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Jitters about AF347

Posted: Wed Jun 02, 2021 1:55 am
by first1
Haven't flown in about 2 years because of the pandemic and I am schedule to fly June 11 on AF347.

I've never been a nervous flyer but now I noticed we'll be flying on a 777 and I recall seeing an engine failure involving a 777 in February of this year.

Furthermore, it seems Air France wanted to retire the 777 in May of this year and I actually see current AF347 flights being done on A350s, but starting June 7th they are going back to 777.

Anyone can shed more light on what's going on ? :)

Thanks!

Re: Jitters about AF347

Posted: Wed Jun 02, 2021 1:23 pm
by hoons90
Air France won't be (completely) retiring the 777 anytime soon. They recently started phasing out some older -200ER frames.

Some of their 777s are only 5 years old. They'll probably stick around for another 15-20 years.

If you're avoiding specific aircraft types due to past engine failures, I'm afraid there's no aircraft type left for you to fly on.

Re: Jitters about AF347

Posted: Wed Jun 02, 2021 1:58 pm
by VSMUT
Air France has begun phasing out its oldest 777s and plans to retire the entire fleet over the next 20 years or so. That is because the aircraft are getting old, inefficient and costly to operate, not because they are unsafe.

Further, Air France 777s are powered by engines from General Electric. The incident in February was on a 777 powered by Pratt & Whitney engines. The two engines are completely unrelated. I will also point out that the 777 in question made it down completely safely, nobody was harmed.

Re: Jitters about AF347

Posted: Wed Jun 02, 2021 8:31 pm
by MartijnNL
Maybe an extra, unscheduled landing like this AF347?

https://avherald.com/h?article=4ddf9c25&opt=0

Re: Jitters about AF347

Posted: Thu Jun 03, 2021 3:45 am
by cpd
first1 wrote:
Haven't flown in about 2 years because of the pandemic and I am schedule to fly June 11 on AF347.

I've never been a nervous flyer but now I noticed we'll be flying on a 777 and I recall seeing an engine failure involving a 777 in February of this year.

Furthermore, it seems Air France wanted to retire the 777 in May of this year and I actually see current AF347 flights being done on A350s, but starting June 7th they are going back to 777.

Anyone can shed more light on what's going on ? :)

Thanks!


I've flown on GE powered 777s many times from Emirates, I don't think you should be concerned, other than them being loud (compared with some of the newer types of planes).

Noise cancelling headphones, some good music and all will be good.