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G-BNLU [and other parked 747-436s] return from the desert

G-BNLU [and other parked 747-436s] return from the desert

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Old Jul 20, 10, 2:13 pm
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G-BNLV is back!

Hi

I was on airliners.net reading some posts/threads and I read one: G-BNLV is back from the desert!!

See for yourself!

Also, this link shows that the plane was flown on 14JUL, most probably to CWL!

Great news to me and all of the 747 lovers out there (and here!)

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Old Jul 20, 10, 2:17 pm
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Is that one a 70J or 52J? Does it have new First - I heard that there were no seats whilst in the desert? Is this true?
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Old Jul 20, 10, 2:23 pm
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I presume one of the reasons why it is in CWL is for the seats to be refitted, therefore they probably will fit it with NF...

However I doubt that there will be NWT and NWT+ because those seats are actually installed at Boeing.
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Old Jul 20, 10, 2:27 pm
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And here is our beauty, before going on "sabbatical".

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Old Jul 20, 10, 2:34 pm
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It truely is brilliant news.
i think off the top of my head that 6 744's were stored at VCV and 2 at CWL leaving only 7 stored now.

What seems to of happened to the talk of 744's heading to LGW for new LH expansion ex LGW ? if it comes off that would surely account for most, if not all of the stored 744's ?

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Old Jul 20, 10, 2:38 pm
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Yes, there are now 7 stored BA 747-400s; G-BNLA, B, C, D, G, H, U
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Yes, there are now 7 stored BA 747-400s; G-BNLA, B, C, D, G, H, U
Bring back our babies!
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Old Jul 20, 10, 3:35 pm
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I presume one of the reasons why it is in CWL is for the seats to be refitted, therefore they probably will fit it with NF...
Weren't the aircraft that were sent to the desert the ones that were closest to needing heavy checks? if that's the case, presumably some will have to go through maintenance before they can be used in service?
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Old Jul 20, 10, 4:00 pm
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Originally Posted by bernardd View Post
Weren't the aircraft that were sent to the desert the ones that were closest to needing heavy checks? if that's the case, presumably some will have to go through maintenance before they can be used in service?
I would guess that some extensive maintenance will be done at CWL prior to any bird re-entering service from a period in the Sun, you are correct that they would also no doubt require heavy checks which would so be done at CWL.

my guess would be that these frames will be re-fitted with NF as part of this as i cant see the point in the same bird ending up back at CWL further down the road to get that fitted. And im pretty sure that it was suggested in a previous thread that some if not all of the seats were removed before these frames went to the desert? i could be wrong and it could of been just the 2 stored at CWL.

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Old Jul 20, 10, 4:02 pm
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No, the ones sent to VCV had nothing but the avionics.
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Old Jul 20, 10, 11:38 pm
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New First?

I hope all those birds will be out fitted with the new cabins. Perhaps they we re activated to expedite the refit for the rest of the fleet without pulling an aircraft from service. ( Sorry if I am stating the obvious) We have a SFO-LHR-JNB return flight in October and I am hoping for a new cabin in F. ( BA first is not cheap, opps to obvious again)
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Old Jul 25, 10, 7:13 pm
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I'm sure that it will be refitted with NF, NGCW but old WT and WT+ cabins.
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Originally Posted by BA6501 View Post
I'm sure that it will be refitted with NF, NGCW but old WT and WT+ cabins.
Then surely it will be with the old entertainment system as the old WT and WT+ cannot have the new entertainment installed IIRC - is NF compatible with the 'current' AVOD?
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is NF compatible with the 'current' AVOD?
yes and it looks really crp. high-res screen with low-res video
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Old Jul 27, 10, 8:30 am
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yes and it looks really crp. high-res screen with low-res video
Sounds very appealing and most definitely 'premium.'
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