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Joining A Piece Of History - BA & The 757, The End

Sat Oct 30, 2010 11:34 pm

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Hello Dear Readers.

As many of you know, today saw the final services of the Boeing 757-200 with British Airways.

BA’s last 3 machines would be flying today, G-CEPR, G-CEPS & G-CEPT.

It has been a few years since BA operated the 757 on domestic routes, however to mark this special day, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester would each receive one final service by a BA 757, the operating aircraft being the specially repainted G-CPET.

G-CEPR & G-CEPS would be operating flights to Spain.

Having flown 22 different BA 757’s on 26 flights, I really wanted to get on one of these services to have my final goodbye to the beautiful plane.

The final schedule for the domestic flights was as follows:-

BA1384/SHT2E LHR-MAN 07.45 - 08.40
BA1389/SHT3R MAN-LHR 10.00 - 11.05
BA1482/SHT6T LHR-GLA 12.15 - 13.40
BA1487/SHT7H GLA-LHR 14.25 - 15.45
BA1454/SHT8H LHR-EDI 17.25 - 18.50
BA1463/SHT9C EDI-LHR 19.35 - 21.00

As much as I would have liked to be on the last flight from EDI, prior commitments in the afternoon and evening put an end to that idea, however the inbound from MAN was possible.

Looking at ba.com, the earlier flights from LHR looked a bit steep price wise, however the LGW service to MAN was a steal, so I booked the 2 flights as one ways.

After some e-mail communication within our ‘gang’, the legend that is P, AKA FlyingFinn76, was able to join the flight, flying in from HEL the night before.

Let’s fast forward about 2 weeks to the special day!



LGW-MAN
Boeing 737-436 G-DOCY built 1993
Seat 25A Economy
1st Flight on this aircraft, 37th 737-400 flight, 87th flight on the 737 series.
SCH DEP 06:40 SCH ARR 07:40
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The alarm went off at 4am, it’s at that point you question your sanity on these early morning flights, I’ve another in about 2 weeks!

As one would expect, traffic was light on the M25 this morning.

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Dropped off the car and headed upstairs to the BA check-in zone.

It’s pretty quiet here

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Hmm, new logo and colours, not sure about it

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the first self service machine died on me but the next one happily spat out a card boarding pass, oh yes, the Gatwick machine still dispense card boarding passes.

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Security was quick, given the ipad track record with security, I enquired if they required it to be removed from my bag, the answer came back they had not been given any instructions on how to screen it.

I’m airside, grabbed some cash just in case and headed to the BA Terraces Lounge, two seemingly chirpy ladies greeted me as I entered, not bad given the still early hour, around about 05:40 now.

Todays North Terminal departures

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Coffee and a bit of breakfast was the order of the day.

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View outside

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Lounge view

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No boarding calls are made in the lounge so you have to check the monitors from time to time, on one such check the flight was showing final call in the red box, it was only 06:19! Despite plenty of time to departure I grabbed my stuff and headed down to gate 55, arriving at the gate area some 3 minutes later.

This is my bird today, a new frame for me.

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Greeted at the door by two smiling crew, always nice to see especially on an early start.

Since Markus was not travelling today I chose his usual seat, last in the house and especially so on these BA 737-400’s since row 25 has excellent legroom.

Not much to see outside

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Load was light this morning, no more than 30 of us on this flight today.

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Captain Parsons welcomed us aboard and gave a brief overview of the expected flight time and routing.

Push back occurred 2 minutes early, DOCY headed to the active whilst the crew conducted the safety demo, I always pay attention to these, I know where the doors are etc but always feel it’s just courteous to the crew.

On to the active and after a 43 second takeoff roll DOCY left the ground at 06:51.

Nothing to say about the flight as I slept pretty much all of it, only waking up on finals, touching down at 07:24, not so much touching down, more planting the plane in the runway!

A quick taxi to the gate, not much action here to see

On stand @ MAN

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I was off the plane following the flight transfer signs.

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A couple of pictures en-route to the BA lounge.

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The lounge has shrunk since I was last here, the ‘missing’ section is now occupied by Flybe.

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For the Americans?

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Managing to secure a couple of seats by the window I headed for the coffee machine as P rang – he would be up in a few minutes, I’d meet him at the lounge entrance and sign him in as my guest, feeling generous today  

A bad picture of CPET arriving, dirty windows and facing the sun don’t help!

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So food, drink and some chats about all things and it was time to head down to the gate when the call was made, @ 09:34 – BTW P, thanks again for the chocolate , I’ll enjoy for sure!



MAN-LHR – final BA 757 service from MAN
Boeing 757-236 G-CPET built 1998
Seat 9A Economy
2nd Flight on this aircraft, 37th 757 flight.
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The boarding queue was pretty long, we found a window to get a couple of shots of out bird.

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A quick chat with the friendly gate agents, I don’t think they quite knew why people were taking pictures of the plane, yes, we were not alone today  http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z287/BA319131/BA7572010/P1060052.jpg

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Down to CPET....

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We have arrived!

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Greeted at door 1L by two friendly crew, one, the CSD, Claire, decked out in 1980’s BA uniform, what a great sight so see and added something special to the already special occasion.

I took my seat in 9A which is the last row in the front cabin, P headed back to row 12, seat F.

Captain Hall came on the mike and said a few words about the route, expected flight time and a brief chat about this being a special flight, promising to give us more information on the 757 in BA service during the flight.

I think this was a nice touch as the majority of passengers would be completely unaware they were taking part in a piece of history.

Despite the healthy load today, 9B remained free  

Forward cabin

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Interior falling apart!

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Push occurred a minute behind schedule, as we headed off towards the active I could see various ground staff taking pictures of this historic event.

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Onto the active and 34 seconds later CPET was

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in the air heading for London @ 10:12, I had hoped for one of the pocket rocket take off’s we used to get in the good old days, alas, not to be – a quick chat with the Captain @ LHR revealed they are not allowed to do those anymore, shame.

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Once released the crew started the drinks service, Claire being the CSD was serving our front section, I could see many people asking her about the uniform and about the plane, nice to see people show some interest.

MAN in the distance

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I took a coffee and G&T, seemed only fair to say cheers to the old girl.

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The rest of the flight was pretty uneventful, Captain Hall came back on the mike and advised we had reached cruise @ 19,000ft, then gave us more information on the history of the 757 at BA, looking around the cabin I could see other passenger put down their papers and listen to the narrative.

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Dated overhead

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Initially Captain Hall suggested we would arrive early, however did warn things could change, he was right and advise us ATC had asked Shuttle 3 Romeo to slow down, we would also incur 2 circuits of the Bovindgdon hold, I could see my house!

Also in the hold

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Cleared to leave the hold it was across North London

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to Canary Wharf, a right hand turn and we were over London heading to Heathrow.

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Unfortunately on approach I was facing the sun so pictures were pretty hard to take, however P has some great shots from the other side of the cabin, I’m they will be up in a few days time.

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Getting closer now, shame the flight has to end, it’s been a real joy.

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CPET touched down @ 11:02, ending it’s final ever flight from Manchester International.

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During taxi to the gate Captain Hall came on again for a final few words and pointed out the new BA 777-300 to our left.

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A first for me, CPET pulled up to a gate on T5A, the 757’s have not been used out of T5 since it opened, instead they had been operating services to Spain and Portugal from T3.

Door L2 was used to disembark, right behind me, however I remained behind and joined a bit of a queue to visit the front office for a few pictures and a chat with the crew, friendly bunch they were too.

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Last cabin look

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By the time P & I left the plane, the cleaners were already aboard and the FA’s had left, bit of a shame leaving her to be honest, shame the day had not been free to fly all 6 domestic sectors.

Heading up the jetway we passed the next cockpit crew as they headed down for their final flights with her, I wished them and enjoyable flight and they all thanked us.

It seemed to me all the crew we had seen today were in good spirits, I guess for them it was a special day too, having spent so many years flying with the 757, I imagine for the pilots especially, it was a sad day.

Last shots from the jet way

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The 757’s may have had their day with BA, but we can look back of some 27 years of excellent service, over 60 different frames, not a single hull loss - great work by BA crews and Boeing for producing this safe & sturdy plane.

What’s next for BA’s 757’s?

Like the original 535C engine machines, these 535E4 versions will be convert to freighters, joining the growing 757 fleet @ Fedex, expect so see these birds flying for at least another 20 years.

Last thoughts

I feel incredibly lucky to have been on this final flight from Manchester, whilst not the very last flight of the day, it’s close enough. I could feel the history of the plane, reflecting on it’s passing as what was one cutting edge aeroplane is confined to freighter status as it leaves service from a major blue chip airline.

Thanks to P for joining me today, it was great to catch up again and to share this special flight.

Thanks for reading, it’s always good to see others read and on occasion drop a comment or question, so go ahead, feel free to drop a line.

Best Wishes

Mark – BA319131
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RE: Joining A Piece Of History - BA & The 757, The End

Sun Oct 31, 2010 12:20 am

Hey Mark, a sad day indeed to see the last few operational flights of BA's B757. I will miss it like a lot of other people.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Security was quick, given the ipad track record with security, I enquired if they required it to be removed from my bag, the answer came back they had not been given any instructions on how to screen it.

Good thing for me to know on my next trip.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Load was light this morning, no more than 30 of us on this flight today.

Most people I'm sure were fast asleep in bed. If I had known you were going, I would have come as well seeing as I have 5 days off work at the moment.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
I took a coffee and G&T, seemed only fair to say cheers to the old girl.

I'm raising my glass of Verve Clicquot in honour of the old girl as well.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Cleared to leave the hold it was across North London

You must have flown over my house as most arrivals come over before heading to the Docklands before banking right to LHR.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Door L2 was used to disembark, right behind me, however I remained behind and joined a bit of a queue to visit the front office for a few pictures and a chat with the crew, friendly bunch they were too.

Good to see that the crew were all in good spirits by letting people into the cockpit to take pictures.

Looking forward to your next adventure.

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RE: Joining A Piece Of History - BA & The 757, The End

Sun Oct 31, 2010 5:05 am

Hi Mark,

excellent report about this special flight, would have been great to join you guys. It's really sad to see yet another major passenger airline getting rid of these fine aircraft. I had some really enjoyable flights on various BA 757s.

Btw - I'm stunned that this report is already online. I guess I would always be last if I joined some a.netters on a special flight...  

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Greeted at door 1L by two friendly crew, one, the CSD, Claire, decked out in 1980’s BA uniform, what a great sight so see and added something special to the already special occasion.

Very impressive - and it's amazing that they even added the old names to the planes. It's a shame that BA doesn't name its aircraft any more.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
During taxi to the gate Captain Hall came on again for a final few words and pointed out the new BA 777-300 to our left.

Looks sharp!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Like the original 535C engine machines, these 535E4 versions will be convert to freighters, joining the growing 757 fleet @ Fedex, expect so see these birds flying for at least another 20 years.

I'd prefer to see them remaining in passenger service somewhere, but at least they continue flying.


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RE: Joining A Piece Of History - BA & The 757, The End

Sun Oct 31, 2010 5:24 am

wonderful TR! Glad to see that you were able to enjoy the experience and share it with us!!!

I love flying into LHR, just such a beautiful view out of the windows every time!!
 
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RE: Joining A Piece Of History - BA & The 757, The End

Sun Oct 31, 2010 6:44 am

Impressive report. It looks like BA made it's last 757 a memorable experience. I wonder why you did not receive the water salute, maybe they kept it for the last flight from EDI.
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RE: Joining A Piece Of History - BA & The 757, The End

Sun Oct 31, 2010 9:22 am

Very nice report! It must have been great to have been part of such a special flight! Amazing that BA has retired the 757 from service with still several hundred 757s in service here in North America......

I had two nice flights with BA 757s; both LHR-ARN one with G-CPEO and the other G-BPEF.

Thanks for sharing these special flights with us. Must have been even better to also meet up with a fellow A.netter like FlyingFinn!

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RE: Joining A Piece Of History - BA & The 757, The End

Sun Oct 31, 2010 10:06 am

Hola Mark!

Great TR. You were lucky to catch this last flight for BA 7575s. They have been quite present at BCN these last days as well, as BA used to use them a lot in this route. For some days they were operating all six daily flights between LHR and BCN.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
The alarm went off at 4am, it’s at that point you question your sanity on these early morning flights, I’ve another in about 2 weeks!

I have had this feeling before.... do not worry is the airliners.net syndrome.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Captain Hall came back on the mike and advised we had reached cruise @ 19,000ft, then gave us more information on the history of the 757 at BA, looking around the cabin I could see other passenger put down their papers and listen to the narrative.

That was a very good idea. I am surprised people listened to him... It pays to give interesting information to passengers. When sitting on the first rows you can sometimes hear the automated landing, 100.... 10.... Really great!

So the King is dead, lobng live the King!      

Salut!

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RE: Joining A Piece Of History - BA & The 757, The End

Sun Oct 31, 2010 10:21 am

Hey Mark, Great report, I really enjoyed it.

37 757s now? Uh oh, you're catching up to me!

37 737-400s, wow, i'm impressed, i have all of 13 I think.
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RE: Joining A Piece Of History - BA & The 757, The End

Sun Oct 31, 2010 12:04 pm

Hey Mark,

Thank you for another excellent trip report. Reading about your trip, I really wish I had managed to catch one of these last flights...

Great pictures and detail. It is also nice to see that so many people were taking an interest in the events onbroad.

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RE: Joining A Piece Of History - BA & The 757, The End

Sun Oct 31, 2010 3:15 pm

Hi Mark,

Really surprised to see you putting this up so quickly! Delighted as well, of course!

That sure was quite a special flight, I liked the feeling onboard, the small nice touches and of course the interesting narrative by the cockpit crew. Oh, and the gorgeous weather and approach over London were a great bonus!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
the legend that is P, AKA FlyingFinn76, was able to join the flight, flying in from HEL the night before.

Naah, I ain't a legend. Legends are either not true or dead. I'm full flesh and blood and still breathing! As I always say, I'm just a crazy Finn who loves to fly!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
I was off the plane following the flight transfer signs.

Have they done away with the transfer security check?

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
I’d meet him at the lounge entrance and sign him in as my guest, feeling generous today

Anytime we cross paths at RIX I'll be happy to guest you into the lounge, but only to the water bar  .

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
A bad picture of CPET arriving, dirty windows and facing the sun don’t help!

My picture turned out to be a bit better, but not by much.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
BTW P, thanks again for the chocolate , I’ll enjoy for sure!

Errr, they were more for the wife! You got your treat already the last time.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
P headed back to row 12, seat F.

And a bad seat it turned out to be - there was no real window, just a misaligned window from the previous row so I had to lean to see out. A bonus was sitting next to the engine, the sounds were great, although I too was disappointed that our take off was so heavily derated.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
I think this was a nice touch as the majority of passengers would be completely unaware they were taking part in a piece of history.

Yes, this is what my seatmate said to me as well. Then again he proceeded to sleep through the whole flight...

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Unfortunately on approach I was facing the sun so pictures were pretty hard to take, however P has some great shots from the other side of the cabin, I’m they will be up in a few days time.

Are you making promises on my behalf?! Yeah, it'll be up in a couple of days I reckon, depending on how busy I am next week.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
A first for me, CPET pulled up to a gate on T5A, the 757’s have not been used out of T5 since it opened, instead they had been operating services to Spain and Portugal from T3.

A couple of years ago, right after the T5 opening both daily HEL flights were 757s as well. Managed to fly it once on HEL-LHR.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Thanks to P for joining me today, it was great to catch up again and to share this special flight.

No, thank YOU, it was an excellent flight and meet. Would've loved to fly up to Scotland after that, but oh well, it just didn't work out.

PS. Sitting at Oslo Airport right now, had a fun day in Oslo - gorgeous autumn weather. Very happy.
 
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RE: Joining A Piece Of History - BA & The 757, The End

Sun Oct 31, 2010 5:39 pm

ahhhhhhhhhhh! Thanks.  
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RE: Joining A Piece Of History - BA & The 757, The End

Sun Oct 31, 2010 8:59 pm

Hi Mark,

Great report and pictures about this special flight. Nice to hear that BA has thought something out to celebrate this event - and the crew also did their part to make the flight a special one. I also like the idea that G-CPET has been painted in the "original" 757 colour scheme.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Greeted at door 1L by two friendly crew, one, the CSD, Claire, decked out in 1980’s BA uniform, what a great sight so see and added something special to the already special occasion.

Nice idea.

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RE: Joining A Piece Of History - BA & The 757, The End

Sun Oct 31, 2010 9:25 pm

Hi Mark

Cheers for sharing a bit of history in the making! Great pics.

Unfortunatly I was unable to make it onto any of the farewell flights, bit gutted really.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Since Markus was not travelling today I chose his usual seat, last in the house and especially so on these BA 737-400’s since row 25 has excellent legroom.

Nice to see they've fitted the 'space saver' seats from the Airbus fleet on the 737 now. Looks a bit 'fresher' inside.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
I took a coffee and G&T, seemed only fair to say cheers to the old girl.

Indeed, perfect.

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Sun Oct 31, 2010 9:49 pm

Hey Mark, nice report! You we're lucky to get on one of those fantastic planes, specially with this special occasion! I've been on DOCY some months ago and I was happy to see the reg come up in this report. Hopefully she will be around for some time to come!

Thanks for sharing,

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Sun Oct 31, 2010 10:14 pm

Hi Mark
Nice trip report, the fact it has a historical element to it makes it more enjoyable. Im flying in to LHR next saturday, only a/c I was hoping to see was 'CPET on the special flight up to MAN. Disappointed that was cancelled.
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Mon Nov 01, 2010 12:42 am

Hey Mark!

Great report! How wonderful you were able to grab the 757 for the last flight with BA .. too bad they are retiring such a classic! (Its my favorite looking aircraft ..  

I remember when I was really young flying on a BA 757 from MAN - JFK. Those were the days!

Thanks for sharing!

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Mon Nov 01, 2010 4:25 am

Wonderful trip report.

The B757 is one of those planes that I really enjoy flying on. When it accelerates on take off (when I flew on a UA one), you feel that you are really moving somewhere in proper fashion.  

That's what I love.   It's great when enthusiastic crews also show how much they love a particular type of plane.

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Mon Nov 01, 2010 9:42 am

Hey Mark ,
Great report and glad it was you that did this report. I had my last 757 flight with Eric earlier in the year LHR-BCN. What a great A/C. Nice to see the old livery and shame you didnt catch a pic of the old uniform. My first ride on the BA 757 was with my Sister 18 years ago LHR-EDI-LHR on the British Airways Super Shuttle! Those were the days.

Great pics and nice memories.


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Mon Nov 01, 2010 10:36 am

Hi All, thanks for the reads and comments, a few replies below:-

Quoting AI151 (Reply 1):
I'm raising my glass of Verve Clicquot in honour of the old girl as well.

- Top man!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
excellent report about this special flight, would have been great to join you guys

- That would have been nice, perhaps on the next typre retirement some place?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Btw - I'm stunned that this report is already online

- I know, I felt inspired so got on with it.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
it's amazing that they even added the old names to the planes. It's a shame that BA doesn't name its aircraft any more.

- It is, shame they don't bring it back.

Quoting 777ORD (Reply 3):
wonderful TR! Glad to see that you were able to enjoy the experience and share it with us!!!

- Glad you enjoyed the event from afat.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 4):
I wonder why you did not receive the water salute, maybe they kept it for the last flight from EDI.

- Yes, just the last flight inboud from EDI.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
Amazing that BA has retired the 757 from service with still several hundred 757s in service here in North America......

- At least it's still easy to get one one.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
Thanks for sharing these special flights with us

- No problem, glad you enjoyed Lars.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
Must have been even better to also meet up with a fellow A.netter like FlyingFinn!

- Always good catching up with P  
Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 6):
Great TR. You were lucky to catch this last flight for BA 7575s

- Thanks Roger, one of those events you can't pass up.

Quoting NorthstarBoy (Reply 7):
37 737-400s, wow, i'm impressed, i have all of 13 I think.

- Actually it's 25, my data had a formula error  
Quoting globetraveller (Reply 8):
Thank you for another excellent trip report.

- Thank you Sir  
Quoting globetraveller (Reply 8):
It is also nice to see that so many people were taking an interest in the events onbroad

- Yes I thought so too, certainly makes a change.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 9):
Really surprised to see you putting this up so quickly! Delighted as well, of course!

- Ha,m yes, quicker than normal!  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 9):
I'm just a crazy Finn who loves to fly!

- Don't we know!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 9):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
I was off the plane following the flight transfer signs.

Have they done away with the transfer security check?

- Perhaps they don't have them from a domestic flight?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 9):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
I’d meet him at the lounge entrance and sign him in as my guest, feeling generous today

Anytime we cross paths at RIX I'll be happy to guest you into the lounge, but only to the water bar .

- Thanks, I'll pass on the water.......

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 9):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
BTW P, thanks again for the chocolate , I’ll enjoy for sure!

Errr, they were more for the wife! You got your treat already the last time.

- Err, she had most of the last treat  
Quoting Contact Air (Reply 11):
Great report and pictures about this special flight. Nice to hear that BA has thought something out to celebrate this event - and the crew also did their part to make the flight a special one. I also like the idea that G-CPET has been painted in the "original" 757 colour scheme.

- Glad you enjoyed, the old uniform and the old livery sure did make a difference to the day's events.

Quoting DunaA320 (Reply 12):
Unfortunatly I was unable to make it onto any of the farewell flights, bit gutted really.

- What a shame, perhaps on the next type to leave the fleet?

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 13):
I've been on DOCY some months ago and I was happy to see the reg come up in this report. Hopefully she will be around for some time to come!

- I don't see these birds leaving for a few years yet, could be wrong though!

Quoting eicvd (Reply 14):
Nice trip report, the fact it has a historical element to it makes it more enjoyable

- Thanks  
Quoting 767747 (Reply 15):
Great report! How wonderful you were able to grab the 757 for the last flight with BA .. too bad they are retiring such a classic!

- I know, not so old the last ones either.

Quoting cpd (Reply 16):
It's great when enthusiastic crews also show how much they love a particular type of plane.

- Oh yes, you could tell the cockpit crews really enjoyed flying them.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 17):
Nice to see the old livery and shame you didnt catch a pic of the old uniform

- I thought about it but did overhear her say to another passenger not to post on the web so decided not to.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 17):
My first ride on the BA 757 was with my Sister 18 years ago LHR-EDI-LHR on the British Airways Super Shuttle! Those were the days

- Ah the good old days! - Mine was GVA-LHR on G-BMRA

Cheers all

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Mon Nov 01, 2010 6:24 pm

Hey, Mark,

great story and pictures, for sure something to remember for a long time.
Also good to know that BA doing the whole thing really special.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
After some e-mail communication within our ‘gang’, the legend that is P, AKA FlyingFinn76, was able to join the flight, flying in from HEL the night before.

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Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Since Markus was not travelling today I chose his usual seat, last in the house and especially so on these BA 737-400’s since row 25 has excellent legroom.

You know, what a pity that my calendar wasn´t open for this date.

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Mon Nov 01, 2010 6:34 pm

Hey Mark,

Great report, so I couldn't make it, was a shame to miss out. I'm glad I managed to get a final BA B757 flight in the summer though coming back from Madrid. Shame that BA only decided to paint this retro livery so near the final retirement date, rather than earlier in the year.
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Mon Nov 01, 2010 7:33 pm

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 19):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Since Markus was not travelling today I chose his usual seat, last in the house and especially so on these BA 737-400’s since row 25 has excellent legroom.

You know, what a pity that my calendar wasn´t open for this date.

- Indeed, would have been great to catch up again, seems a long while since the last meet, I think the THF trip in 2008, OMG, where does time go?!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 20):
Shame that BA only decided to paint this retro livery so near the final retirement date, rather than earlier in the year.

- You are so right, shame it was not earlier. at least thy did it though - thanks for reading.

Cheers

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Tue Nov 02, 2010 7:17 pm

Hey, Mark,

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 21):
- Indeed, would have been great to catch up again, seems a long while since the last meet, I think the THF trip in 2008, OMG, where does time go?!

True words, my calendar is pretty open now for the next months, so we will see whats going on.

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Tue Nov 02, 2010 7:26 pm

What a wonderful day - thanks Mark for posting this so quickly.

I was reading your Trip Report from France, having seen CPET from my departing AF 319 that morning at LHR - it was pulling away from T5, presumably heading away for its first sector of the day. I managed to get a snap from the air as we departed on RW27L.

Great memories and nice touch of BA to have a crew uniform from the period. Made me feel incredibly nostalgic for days gone by, and certainly the pre 9-11 period when watching planes and hanging out at airports was not considered suspicious *sigh*. I remember seeing this scheme in Brisbane when I was a child - and seeing the BA 742 arrive - which was a real highlight for me.

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Tue Nov 02, 2010 7:27 pm

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 22):
Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 21):
- Indeed, would have been great to catch up again, seems a long while since the last meet, I think the THF trip in 2008, OMG, where does time go?!

True words, my calendar is pretty open now for the next months, so we will see whats going on.

- Sounds good, lets see what we can arrange, would be nice for the 'gang' to catch up for a beer and a bite to eat.

Best Wishes

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Tue Nov 02, 2010 7:35 pm

It must feel great to be a part of aviation history! Sorry to see these old birds go.  
 
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Wed Nov 03, 2010 3:13 pm

Very cool report, will be sad to see no more 757s of BA, apart from Icelandair and Turkmenistan and the odd AA bird there is almost no more 757 operations from LHR.

Here is a photo of your plane landing i took, was on the perimeter road for 27R shots.  
 
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Thu Nov 04, 2010 5:29 pm

Great report Mark!

The B757 is a great bird indeed and it is quite saddeining to see it slowly fading away! But none other than good old BA would know how to celebrate something like this in a truly classic way!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
The alarm went off at 4am, it’s at that point you question your sanity on these early morning flights, I’ve another in about 2 weeks!

At least you got some sleep! I never seem to be able to sleep the night before a flight, and i end up wasting my time sleeping on the flight!  
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Hmm, new logo and colours, not sure about it

This 'new' Gatwick seems to be doing some heavy marketing of late!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Lounge view

Looks quite homey! I like it!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
we found a window to get a couple of shots of out bird.

This brings back memories of seeing BA's TriStars at AUH, on their way to LHR via KWI!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Greeted at door 1L by two friendly crew, one, the CSD, Claire, decked out in 1980’s BA uniform, what a great sight so see and added something special to the already special occasion.

Very nice!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
During taxi to the gate Captain Hall came on again for a final few words and pointed out the new BA 777-300 to our left.

Definitely one of my future rides! haha

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
instead they had been operating services to Spain and Portugal from T3.

Is there any specific reason for Spain & Portugal to be from T3? I was quite surprised when my LIS flight docked at T3!


Thanks a lot for sharing this with us!


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Thu Nov 04, 2010 6:47 pm

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 18):

- What a shame, perhaps on the next type to leave the fleet?
Quoting ronerone (Reply 27):
Is there any specific reason for Spain & Portugal to be from T3?

I know Spain and Finland are at T3 due to the codeshares with IB and AY, not sure about Portugal though.
 
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Fri Nov 05, 2010 5:29 pm

Nice TR Mark,

the flight in any case is special given it's last day of operations. I had a similar experience many years ago when GF flew the Lockheed Tristars for the last time on AUH - BOM - AUH run. I was on the AUH - BOM sector.

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Fri Nov 05, 2010 8:39 pm

Quoting penguins (Reply 25):
It must feel great to be a part of aviation history

- Indeed it was, after the flight I just wished I could stay withe the plane for the rest of the day.

Quoting Flyingfox27 (Reply 26):
Very cool report

- Thanks  
Quoting Flyingfox27 (Reply 26):
will be sad to see no more 757s of BA

- Your not wrong, I've had loads of flights on them, sad they have left.

Quoting Flyingfox27 (Reply 26):
Here is a photo of your plane landing i took, was on the perimeter road for 27R shots

- Nice shot, thanks for posting - I can see my window  
Quoting ronerone (Reply 27):
Great report Mark!

- Thanks Roni!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 27):
The B757 is a great bird indeed and it is quite saddeining to see it slowly fading away! But none other than good old BA would know how to celebrate something like this in a truly classic way!

- It's nice they did this, as you know, BA are not great on historical events, at least the events we are interested in, that said, theyt seem to be getting better as they did fly a 744 to NCL for their event earlier this year.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 27):
At least you got some sleep! I never seem to be able to sleep the night before a flight, and i end up wasting my time sleeping on the flight!

- I don't sleep well anyway so it hurts even more when an alarm wakes me!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 27):
This 'new' Gatwick seems to be doing some heavy marketing of late!

- Indeed, will be interesting what they can achive. I get the monthly travel figures(through my work position)they are not good!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 27):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
we found a window to get a couple of shots of out bird.

This brings back memories of seeing BA's TriStars at AUH, on their way to LHR via KWI!
Quoting ronerone (Reply 27):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
instead they had been operating services to Spain and Portugal from T3.

Is there any specific reason for Spain & Portugal to be from T3? I was quite surprised when my LIS flight docked at T3!
Quoting ojas (Reply 29):
Nice TR Mark,

the flight in any case is special given it's last day of operations. I had a similar experience many years ago when GF flew the Lockheed Tristars for the last time on AUH - BOM - AUH run. I was on the AUH - BOM sector.

- Nice, I always wish I'd flown one of those GF Tristars, they looked the business!

Cheers

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Sat Nov 06, 2010 7:46 am

Hi Mark,

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 24):
- Sounds good, lets see what we can arrange, would be nice for the 'gang' to catch up for a beer and a bite to eat.

That sounds good to me as well! Let's do it in London - easy to get to for all the parties involved and always fun. i've got too long stretches there in January, how about that?

PS. Greetings from the BT lounge at RIX, apparently BT Gold gives you access even when not departing with BT, or maybe it is just my charm! Anyway I'm enjoying the rare luxury of a lounge visit before a Ryanair flight!  
 
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Sat Nov 06, 2010 2:19 pm

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 31):
Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 24):
- Sounds good, lets see what we can arrange, would be nice for the 'gang' to catch up for a beer and a bite to eat.

That sounds good to me as well! Let's do it in London - easy to get to for all the parties involved and always fun. i've got too long stretches there in January, how about that?

- Sounds like a good idea, also note Brewox and I will be in MUC one Sat in Jan for some spotting.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 31):
PS. Greetings from the BT lounge at RIX, apparently BT Gold gives you access even when not departing with BT, or maybe it is just my charm! Anyway I'm enjoying the rare luxury of a lounge visit before a Ryanair flight!

- I like that idea, just like BA Gold.
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Sun Nov 07, 2010 9:03 am

Hi Mark,

What a wonderful idea to bid a farewell to the beauty together with fellow A.netter like P.! Great to see a special flight like this being covered from two different points of view. You were blessed as well with the nice weather!  



Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
whilst the crew conducted the safety demo, I always pay attention to these, I know where the doors are etc but always feel it’s just courteous to the crew.

Good on you. Me too.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
after a 43 second takeoff roll DOCY left the ground at 06:51

It was a long take-off roll for a light loaded B734.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
For the Americans?

The decoration somehow reminds me of Casper, the friendly ghost.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
a quick chat with the Captain @ LHR revealed they are not allowed to do those anymore, shame.

Due to some noise regulations?

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
I took a coffee and G&T, seemed only fair to say cheers to the old girl.

No champer?

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Captain Hall came on again for a final few words and pointed out the new BA 777-300 to our left.

The B77W looks marvelous in BA livery!

Thanks for sharing this occasion.

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Sun Nov 07, 2010 5:20 pm

Hi Mark,

It's always good to read two different versions of the same flight and it seems you both enjoyed a very memorable day.

Great that BA gave the 757 a fitting farewell, what with the retro livery on the UK routes and the vintage uniform on board. Those cockpit shots are great too.

Thanks for an enjoyable read & happy flying
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Mon Nov 08, 2010 8:00 pm

Quoting akhmad (Reply 33):
What a wonderful idea to bid a farewell to the beauty together with fellow A.netter like P.!

- Indeed, was a great day and good to have friends around too.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 33):
You were blessed as well with the nice weather!

- Your not wrong, perfect flying conditions.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 33):
The decoration somehow reminds me of Casper, the friendly ghost.

- Good point, not thought about that.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 33):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
a quick chat with the Captain @ LHR revealed they are not allowed to do those anymore, shame.

Due to some noise regulations?

- No, more ATC and the skies being much busier these days.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 33):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
I took a coffee and G&T, seemed only fair to say cheers to the old girl.

No champer?

- Never thought about that option, though G&T more fitting.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 34):
It's always good to read two different versions of the same flight and it seems you both enjoyed a very memorable day.

- Hi Hannah, yes, excellent day, one for the history books!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 34):
Great that BA gave the 757 a fitting farewell, what with the retro livery on the UK routes and the vintage uniform on board

- Yes it was great for the CSD to dress up and thanks indeed to the guy's who re-painted her FOC, heros!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 34):
Those cockpit shots are great too.

- Thanks  

Cheers

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Tue Nov 09, 2010 7:04 pm

Hi Mark, excellent report!

I didn't know the BA 757's were gone until I saw your report on the forum. Very sad to see such a great machine leave the BA fleet. I must say that the old livery looked better than ever on this bird!

The seats looked pretty nice and comfy. IIRC these are the older type of short haul seats. On some 757's the rear half of the plane was fitted with the newer type of seats. Did CPET have that configuration?

Thanks for sharing!
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Tue Nov 09, 2010 7:34 pm

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 36):
Hi Mark, excellent report!

- Hi Jonas, thanks  
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 36):
I must say that the old livery looked better than ever on this bird!

- Indeed, over the years your forget how good this old scheme was.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 36):
On some 757's the rear half of the plane was fitted with the newer type of seats. Did CPET have that configuration?

- Not sure to be honest, both flights on this machine have been in the front cabin with more legroom  

Cheers

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Fri Nov 12, 2010 12:14 pm

Hi Mark,

Great report on this wonderful plane which I'm about to take my first flight on in just over a week! It must have felt great to have been part of this but I guess also somewhat melancholic to know that BA wouldn't fly this type again. Sure looks like a beauty to fly, even if the interior is falling apart!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Door L2 was used to disembark, right behind me, however I remained behind and joined a bit of a queue to visit the front office for a few pictures and a chat with the crew, friendly bunch they were too.

Nice to know the 757 has a few followers!


Cheers,
Nicholas
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Fri Nov 12, 2010 5:56 pm

Nice report. I was on the last EDI-LHR rotation that day and it was a great flight, plugging ATC into the cabin was a particular highlight, though all of the crew were in standard Julien MacDonald uniforms which was a bit of a shame. We thought we may have got the hats, seen as Mixed Fleet and the A318 flights have them and they seem to be used more but no such luck. Also surprising was the fact we only had 5 crew, I remember the days not so long ago when there were more crew than passengers on the domestics !

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Sat Nov 13, 2010 4:40 am

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 38):
Great report on this wonderful plane which I'm about to take my first flight on in just over a week!

- Hi Nicholas, thanks for reading - who's 757 are you getting on?, they are a bit rare in your part of the world.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 38):
It must have felt great to have been part of this but I guess also somewhat melancholic to know that BA wouldn't fly this type again

- Indeed great to be part of the last flights day and I did reflect over my BA 757 flights over the G&T  
Quoting NZ107 (Reply 38):
Sure looks like a beauty to fly, even if the interior is falling apart!

- Indeed, maintenance please!

Quoting A340600 (Reply 39):
I was on the last EDI-LHR rotation that day and it was a great flight, plugging ATC into the cabin was a particular highlight,

- Wish I'd been on that but alas other priorities, I like the ATC in the cabin, cool just for that alone!

Quoting A340600 (Reply 39):
surprising was the fact we only had 5 crew, I remember the days not so long ago when there were more crew than passengers on the domestics

- I remember those days too!

Cheers

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Sat Nov 13, 2010 8:47 am

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 40):
who's 757 are you getting on?, they are a bit rare in your part of the world.

Indeed they are. UA it is. I'll keep the rest semi-quiet to hopefully give everyone a surprise but that gives away enough I think!

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 40):
Indeed great to be part of the last flights day and I did reflect over my BA 757 flights over the G&T

At least it was enjoyable! Quite a different experience to an inaugural, one must wonder..


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Sat Nov 13, 2010 9:17 am

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 41):
Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 40):
who's 757 are you getting on?, they are a bit rare in your part of the world.

Indeed they are. UA it is. I'll keep the rest semi-quiet to hopefully give everyone a surprise but that gives away enough I think!

- Don't worry, nobody is reading this now, just you and me - enjoy the flight, I'll keep an eye out for the TR.

Cheers

Mark
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Sat Nov 13, 2010 9:20 am

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 42):
Don't worry, nobody is reading this now, just you and me - enjoy the flight

Haha. Thanks! NZ 744 AKL-LAX-AKL and a side trip to SFO. I said with my Joyrides series that I'd get them up before Uni restarted in March but that wasn't the case! But I think I should manage at least one before Christmas unless the weather keeps me outside playing tennis every evening!

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Sat Nov 13, 2010 6:35 pm

Hi Mark
it was a shame that I couldn't join you on that day but it would've caused a problem with your guest anyway  . Great report and pics overall, another special BA event after the 747 flight earlier this year.
In what context did the captain tell about the new 77W? Like, replacement in the fleet and the last 757 service, or just a word in general? I had a similar happening when a captain showed us the LH A380 taking off in FRA, while we were taxiing to the runway. I think those crews are proud about their company and want to share it to the public. Really nice.

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Sat Nov 13, 2010 6:59 pm

Great TR.

I was lucky enough to be on the very last BA 757 flight last Saturday, was a great atmosphere & loved the retro uniform lol.
 
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Fri Nov 19, 2010 10:47 pm

Hi Mark.

That was wonderful. I had to wait a while before I found a sufficiently fast internet provider to load it but well worth the wait.

A nice short and concise report on a special flight.

BA seems to be putting alot into these little enthusiast gestures, such as that NCL flight. I think it reflects very positively on the airline and makes it feel a little less corporate.

The plane looked sleek, I feel I must have blown in a BA 757 when I was a wain and less inclined to record the model of plane I was on. But its a great aircraft... I'll have to FedEx myself somewhere should I ever want to get on her.

Also great to see a fine descent over LHR.

Well done once more,


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Fri Nov 26, 2010 8:16 pm

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 43):
NZ 744 AKL-LAX-AKL and a side trip to SFO

- Ah, a bit of a longer trip than norma, looking forward to reading about it.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 44):
Hi Mark
it was a shame that I couldn't join you on that day but it would've caused a problem with your guest anyway

- Hi Eric, indeed a shame & yes, would have caused lounge access issues!!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 44):
Great report and pics overall, another special BA event after the 747 flight earlier this year.

- You know, i'd forgoten about that!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 44):
In what context did the captain tell about the new 77W? Like, replacement in the fleet and the last 757 service, or just a word in general?

- It was in the out with old and in with the new style.

Quoting baexecutive (Reply 45):
I was lucky enough to be on the very last BA 757 flight last Saturday, was a great atmosphere & loved the retro uniform lol.

- Nice, had wanted to be on that one, thought best not to push the wife though given it was a Saturday night.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 46):
That was wonderful. I had to wait a while before I found a sufficiently fast internet provider to load it but well worth the wait.

- Thanks Luke, sorry about the download time, too many pictures I suspect!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 46):
BA seems to be putting alot into these little enthusiast gestures, such as that NCL flight. I think it reflects very positively on the airline and makes it feel a little less corporate.

- Indeed, good to seem them giving the enthusiats a little something.

Cheers

Mark
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Sun Nov 28, 2010 8:22 pm

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 47):
- Thanks Luke, sorry about the download time, too many pictures I suspect!

pictures are great! Its just the crummy internet connection in Africa that is the problem!
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Mon Nov 29, 2010 8:59 am

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 48):
Its just the crummy internet connection in Africa that is the problem!

- Which part are you in?

I used 2 connections in Jo'berg last week, both were pretty good.
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