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Are the refurbished B747's used on BA flights from LHR-DXB?

Thu Oct 24, 2019 9:54 am

I'm planning on taking BA on LHR-DXB next year. Are the refurbished B747's used for this route?

Wasn't sure whether to take the B777 flight (which I'm assuming is refurbished as all of theirs are now, aren't they?) or the B747.

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Re: Are the refurbished B747's used on BA flights from LHR-DXB?

Thu Oct 24, 2019 9:57 am

They are. I’d take the 747 over 777, the IFE will be better.
 
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Re: Are the refurbished B747's used on BA flights from LHR-DXB?

Thu Oct 24, 2019 10:03 am

Not all of the 777's are refurbished, there not even half way through the refurbishment process.

I would definitely take the B747 whilst you get the opportunity as they won't be around for as long as the B777. Regarding IFE you can always use your personal tablet!
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Re: Are the refurbished B747's used on BA flights from LHR-DXB?

Thu Oct 24, 2019 10:04 am

8herveg wrote:
I'm planning on taking BA on LHR-DXB next year. Are the refurbished B747's used for this route?

Wasn't sure whether to take the B777 flight (which I'm assuming is refurbished as all of theirs are now, aren't they?) or the B747.

Thanks

Note that not all the 777s are refurbished, but the 777s on the DXB route are normally those with First Class - which have been done up in recent years. Its the 3 class ones which are still old and tatty
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Re: Are the refurbished B747's used on BA flights from LHR-DXB?

Thu Oct 24, 2019 10:40 am

Thanks all
 
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Re: Are the refurbished B747's used on BA flights from LHR-DXB?

Thu Oct 24, 2019 10:41 am

Thanks all
 
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Re: Are the refurbished B747's used on BA flights from LHR-DXB?

Thu Oct 24, 2019 10:47 am

The same question applies to LHR-JFK if anyone is able to advise?
 
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Re: Are the refurbished B747's used on BA flights from LHR-DXB?

Thu Oct 24, 2019 10:56 am

BA has been using a mix of B772/B772ER and A3510 on the route.
 
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Re: Are the refurbished B747's used on BA flights from LHR-DXB?

Thu Oct 24, 2019 11:59 am

Anyone know which B777 they use to Abu Dhabi on BA?
 
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Re: Are the refurbished B747's used on BA flights from LHR-DXB?

Thu Oct 24, 2019 12:18 pm

BA has 3 daily LHR-DXB and 1 Daily LHR-AUH

LHR-DXB BA 777 is usually G-VII* series which has refurb cabin...however, their refurb cabin are still ancient compared to other carrier....if I am traveling DXB, I would always prefer EK or even EY and then a taxi to Dubai ! that tells you how much I dislike BA product.

As it stands, BA105 is 777, BA107 is A350 and BA109 is 777 which is changing to 747 from 27th Oct.

LHR-AUH BA 73 used be on 789 but it will be on 777 from 28th Oct....and no idea whether it will be G-YMM* or G-VII*....G-YMM* are really stale and are in pathetic condition imo (having recently traveled long haul on on G-YMMN).
 
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Re: Are the refurbished B747's used on BA flights from LHR-DXB?

Thu Oct 24, 2019 12:23 pm

theaviator380 wrote:
BA has 3 daily LHR-DXB and 1 Daily LHR-AUH

LHR-DXB BA 777 is usually G-VII* series which has refurb cabin...however, their refurb cabin are still ancient compared to other carrier....if I am traveling DXB, I would always prefer EK or even EY and then a taxi to Dubai ! that tells you how much I dislike BA product.

As it stands, BA105 is 777, BA107 is A350 and BA109 is 777 which is changing to 747 from 27th Oct.

LHR-AUH BA 73 used be on 789 but it will be on 777 from 28th Oct....and no idea whether it will be G-YMM* or G-VII*....G-YMM* are really stale and are in pathetic condition imo (having recently traveled long haul on on G-YMMN).


Thanks. EK is about £200 more over Easter, which is when I'm planning on going. EY is about the same price though. I am getting bored of flying BA to be honest, but it means I lose out on my Avios points if I go with another airline.
 
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Re: Are the refurbished B747's used on BA flights from LHR-DXB?

Thu Oct 24, 2019 1:52 pm

B742 wrote:
The same question applies to LHR-JFK if anyone is able to advise?


As a flagship route, the B744s that BA schedules to JFK will all be refurbished ones. In the past two years, I have flown G-CIVV and G-CIVY from JFK and both had the new cabins. You have to look pretty hard to notice that these are 20+ year old planes (most customers would not notice.) Seats were good, IFE was just about state of the art, and there was plenty of overhead space.
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Re: Are the refurbished B747's used on BA flights from LHR-DXB?

Thu Oct 24, 2019 1:58 pm

A cross check between fr24, BA Source and planespotters.net should answer most of these questions. Beware of LHR-JFK as both High and Mid J B744s are used as well as B772s and B77Ws.
 
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Re: Are the refurbished B747's used on BA flights from LHR-DXB?

Thu Oct 24, 2019 3:03 pm

According to Seat Guru, the B777 used for LHR-AUH for March/April 2020 is going to be the B773. I've never been on the B773, and I can take this flight, with my points, for as little as £287rtn. Seems like a good option, no?

How accurate is Seat Guru usually?
 
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Re: Are the refurbished B747's used on BA flights from LHR-DXB?

Thu Oct 24, 2019 7:26 pm

8herveg wrote:
According to Seat Guru, the B777 used for LHR-AUH for March/April 2020 is going to be the B773. I've never been on the B773, and I can take this flight, with my points, for as little as £287rtn. Seems like a good option, no?

How accurate is Seat Guru usually?


Without using points, you should be able to pick this up for around that fare anyway...
 
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Re: Are the refurbished B747's used on BA flights from LHR-DXB?

Fri Oct 25, 2019 7:20 am

TUGMASTER wrote:
8herveg wrote:
According to Seat Guru, the B777 used for LHR-AUH for March/April 2020 is going to be the B773. I've never been on the B773, and I can take this flight, with my points, for as little as £287rtn. Seems like a good option, no?

How accurate is Seat Guru usually?


Without using points, you should be able to pick this up for around that fare anyway...


Yes, I’m only using £40 worth of points (about 5000) but I think psychologically, because it’s in the ‘£200’s’, it’s seems like an absolute bargain!
 
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Re: Are the refurbished B747's used on BA flights from LHR-DXB?

Sat Oct 26, 2019 1:16 am

Off topic, but I'm surprised BA doesn't fly the A380 (brief interregnum while 12R/30L was closed this spring notwithstanding). There must be loads of O&D demand between the UK and UAE. Dubai is the financial capital of the Middle East, while London is the financial capital of, well, the world. Lots of Brits travel from London and Dubai on business: property developers, skilled finance professionals, entrepreneurs, etc.

The late flight to Dubai (BA104/105) used a 767-300ER until 2012(!) Meanwhile, Emirates has 6 daily A380s to LHR, 3 daily A380s to LGW, and 2 daily 77Ws to STN. I'm sure Emirates would use the A380 to Stansted if it wasn't for its limited cargo space.

On top of the business demand, Dubai is also a popular holiday spot among affluent holidaymakers, without the reputation of drunk Brits* that Mallorca/Ibiza/Cyprus/Mykonos get. Shouldn't that also be a catalyst for premium demand (since such customers wouldn't be flying LCC or the cheapest Y fare)?

And on another subject relating to business, Dubai is a trading hub and gateway market for Pakistan and Bangladesh--Britain has 1 million+ people of Pakistani heritage and a half-million Bangladeshis**, many of whom (especially the Miupuris) have close ties to family businesses in their homelands and do business out of Dubai since no European legacy carrier is willing to fly to Pakistan or Bangladesh (BA's homecoming to Islamabad this June notwithstanding).

I mean, this should be a slam dunk. Why did BA choose smaller aircraft for the Dubai route, instead of whipping out the A380s like for HKG, SIN or SFO?

I'm from Canada and not totally familiar with the UK, so if I got anything in this post gravely wrong, please don't rip me apart too harshly.

*-Considering the strict alcohol laws in Dubai (which are still jaw-droppingly progressive compared to elsewhere in the ME besides maybe Lebanon and Bahrain), I wouldn't risk getting drunk in Dubai, either!

**-With especially large concentrations of Pakistanis and Bangladeshis in the West Midlands, Yorkshire (Leeds-Bradford) and Luton. Which begs the question: why hasn't anyone tried LTN-DXB or LBA-DXB on top of EK's successful double-daily 388s to Brum or the 9 388 + 2 77W daily flights to Greater London airports?

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