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BA FLEET: NEW AIRCRAFT ARRIVALS AND RETIREMENTS WIKI

BA are in the mid-stages of a large fleet renewal programme. The new aircraft have enabled BA to retire the 767 and old 737 fleets, although the 737 MAX may appear in the fleet in the future, and will eventually allow the retirement of the 747 fleet plus the addition of new routes, both shorthaul and longhaul. BA have not yet announced the replacement aircraft for the majority of their 777-200ERs which are approaching retirement age.

This Wiki has been divided into:
  • Projected Fleet
    • New Arrivals
      • Retrofits
        • Retirements
          • Historical Fleet

(Click on the aircraft type, where there is a link, to go to the relevant details in this wikipost.)


Projected Fleet

This renewal programme, which is being complemented with a cabin refresh for some of the older aircraft, will see the following fleet at year end 2023.

Heathrow: Heathrow Fleet
Shorthaul
A319: 22*
A320ceo: 55*
A320neo: 22
A321ceo: 14*
A321neo: 13
(All configured with the New Shorthaul Cabins)

Midhaul
A321: 4

Longhaul
A350-1000: 18 (Featuring the next generation CW seat), with options for 36 more
A380: 12
B744: 3
B772: 43*
B77W: 16
B777-9: 18 with options for 24 more
B787-8: 12
B787-9: 18
B787-10: 12

Gatwick: Gatwick Fleet
Shorthaul
A319: 10* (all ex-bmi aircraft)
A320ceo: 16*(6 ex-bmi aircraft plus 10 second hand A320s with the same new seats as the LHR A320s)
A320ceo Small number of A320s used from LHR - Aircraft vary.

Longhaul
B772: 14

* Numbers shown under LHR are the totals for the A319, A320 and B772 - the only aircraft that are also operated at LGW

London City: London City Fleet
Shorthaul
E170 / E190: 16

Longhaul
A318: 1

New Arrivals

Airbus A320ceo: Ten A320ceos were delivered between June 2013 and Oct 2014, based at LHR. Ten second hand A320ceos were delivered to LGW between Dec 2014 and Aug 2016. Details are archived here.

Airbus A320neo: 35 A320neo family aircraft (25 A320s and 10 A321s) were ordered to replace 21 of the older A319 and A320ceos and add extra capacity. Deliveries started in 2018. In May 2019 three A320neos were converted to A321neo bringing the split to 22 A320s and 13 A321s.
G-TTNA - Delivered on 10 Apr 2018
G-TTNB - Delivered on 25 Apr 2018
G-TTNC - Delivered on 07 Jun 2018
G-TTND - Delivered on 26 Jul 2018
G-TTNE - Delivered on 21 Sep 2018
G-TTNF - Delivered on 27 Oct 2018
G-TTNG - Delivered on 29 Nov 2018
G-TTNH - Delivered on 17 Jan 2019
G-TTNI - Delivered on 20 Feb 2019
G-TTNJ - Delivered on 28 Feb 2019
G-TTNK - Due in Jan 2020
G-TTNL - Due in Feb 2020
G-TTNM - Due in Apr 2020
G-TTNN - Due in Jul 2020
G-TTNO - Due in Sep 2020
G-TTNP - Due in 2020
G-TTNR -
G-TTNS -
G-TTNT -
G-TTNU -
G-TTNV -
G-TTNW -

Airbus A321neo:
G-NEOP - Delivered on 27 Mar 2019
G-NEOR - Delivered on 23 Nov 2018
G-NEOS - Delivered on 29 Jan 2019
G-NEOT - Delivered on 01 Mar 2019
G-NEOU - Delivered on 10 May 2019
G-NEOV - Delivered on 30 Aug 2019
G-NEOW - Due in Sep 2019
G-NEOX - Due in Oct 2019
G-NEOY - Due in Oct 2019
G-NEOZ - Due in Nov 2019
G-???? -
G-???? -
G-???? -

Airbus A350: BA has ordered 18 A350-1000s for delivery between 2019 and 2021. They will all be based at LHR are being delivered as 3-class in a 56J/56W/219Y configuration. Deliveries started in July 2019
G-XWBA - Delivered on 27 Jul 2019
G-XWBB - Delivered on 19 Sep 2019
G-XWBC - Due in Nov 2019
G-XWBD - Due in Dec 2019
G-XWBE - Due in Jan 2020
G-XWBF - Due in Mar 2020
G-XWBG - Due in Jun 2020
G-XWBH - Due in Jul 2020
G-XWBI - Due in Oct 2020
G-XWBJ - Due in Jan 2021
G-XWBK - Due in Feb 2021
G-XWBL -
G-XWBM -
G-XWBN -
G-XWBO -
G-XWBP -
G-XWBR -
G-XWBS -


Airbus A380: Twelve A380s were delivered between Jul 2013 and Jun 2016 and are based at LHR. Details are archived here.

Boeing 777-300ER: Six 777-300ERs were delivered between Sep 2013 and Aug 2014 and are based at LHR. Details are archived here. A further three were ordered in November 2018, and a fourth in December 2018. These final four are due to be delivered from Q3 2020.
G-STBM - Due in Q3 2020
G-STBN - Due in 2020
G-STBO - Due in 2020
G-STBP - Due in 2020

Boeing 777-9: BA announced an order for 18 Boeing 777-9 aircraft plus 24 options which will be powered by General Electric GE9X engines on 28th February 2019. Each aircraft will be fitted with 325 seats in a 4-class, 8F/65J/46W/206Y configuration. The 777-9s on order will be used to replace 14 Boeing 747-400 and four Boeing 777-200ER between 2022 and 2025.

Boeing 787-8: Twelve 787-8s were delivered between Jun 2013 and Nov 2018 and are based at LHR. Details are archived here.

Boeing 787-9: Eighteen 787-9s were delivered between Sep 2015 and Jun 2018 and are based at LHR. Details are archived here.

Boeing 787-10: BA has 12 787-10s on order to be delivered between 2020 and 2023.
G-ZBLA - Due in Q1 2020
G-ZBLB - Due in 2020
G-ZBLC - Due in 2020
G-ZBLD - Due in 2020
G-ZBLE - Due in 2020
G-ZBLF - Due in 2020
G-ZBLG - Due in 2021
G-ZBLH - Due in 2021
G-ZBLI - Due in 2022
G-ZBLJ - Due in 2023
G-ZBLK - Due in 2023
G-ZBLL - Due in 2023

Embraer 190: Three more new Embraer 190s were delivered in May 2014 and Sep 2014. Details are archived here. Seven second hand aircraft have since been sourced. Two more are due in 2019.
G-LCYV - Delivered on 19 Dec 2015
G-LCYW - Delivered on 25 May 2016
G-LCYX - Delivered on 10 Jul 2016
G-LCYY - Delivered on 22 Dec 2017
G-LCYZ - Delivered on 17 May 2018
G-LCAA - Delivered on 23 May 2019
G-LCAB - Delivered on 21 July 2019
G-LCAC - Due in 2019
G-LCAD - Due in 2019

Retrofits

A320ceo:

The A320ceos currently based at LHR are being reconfigured from CY168 to CY180. These feature Pinnacle seats throughout and still have tables in CE, (unlike the A320neos). There are currently 24 completed.

Completed (CY180):
G-EUUS/T/U/V/W/X/Y/Z
G-EUYO/P/R/S/T/U/V/W/X/Y
G-MEDK
G-MIDO/S/T/X/Y
The following aircraft are currently undergoing cabin refit at Madrid:
G-EUYA
G-EUYB
G-EUYC

A321ceo (COMPLETED):

All 14 shorthaul frames have now been reconfigured from a CY205 to a CY218. These feature Pinnacle seats throughout and still have tables in CE (unlike the A321neos). The four midhaul frames remain unchanged in a 23J/131Y layout.

Completed (CY218):
G-EUXC/D/E/F/G/H/I/J/K/L/M
G-MEDL/M/N
Boeing 777-200ER: For full details on the complete refit plan of the 777s, see the following detailed thread: https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/brit...8-onwards.html

Cabin retrofit of LGW 777-200ERs with 10-across economy seating and upgraded Panasonic IFE. These do not feature the new Club World seat. This commenced in January 2018. There are currently 11 completed.
Completed (32J/52W/252Y): G-VIIO/P/R/T/U/X
Completed (32J/48W/252Y): G-YMMC/F
Completed (14F/48J/40W/136Y): G-VIIV/W/Y
The following aircraft are currently undergoing cabin refit at Cardiff:
G-YMMD

Cabin retrofit of LHR 777-200ERs with 10-across economy seating and upgraded Panasonic IFE. These do feature the new Club World seat. This will commence in August 2019. There are currently 1 completed.
Completed (8F/49J/40W/138Y): G-RAES
The following aircraft are currently undergoing cabin refit at Cardiff:
None

Boeing 777-300ER:

Cabin retrofit to commence Jul 2020 in an 8F/72J/48W/136Y configuration with the new Club World seat.


Retirements

With all the new arrivals there are also some much loved/hated (*delete as applicable) older aircraft heading for the chop. Until 2015 most of these ended up in Victorville (VCV) in California for storage and ultimately part out for scrap. Since 2016 most ex-BA planes have been sent to St Athan (DGX) in Wales for scrapping.

Airbus A319:
G-DBCI - Retired to MAD on 07 Mar 2018
G-EUPV - Retired to DGX on 01 Nov 2018
G-EUOH - Retired to DGX on 05 Sep 2019
G-EUPX - Retired to DGX on 07 Sep 2019
The next to be retired are:
G-EUOE - Due to be withdrawn in Oct 2019
G-EUOB - Due to be withdrawn in Nov 2019
G-EUOC - Due to be withdrawn in Nov 2019
G-EUOD - Due to be withdrawn in Nov 2019
G-EUOF - Due to be withdrawn in Nov 2019
G-EUOG - Due to be withdrawn in Nov 2019
G-EUOI - Due to be withdrawn in Nov 2019
G-EUPE - Due to be withdrawn in Dec 2019
G-EUPW - Due to be withdrawn in Jan 2020
G-EUPA - Due to be withdrawn in Sep 2020
G-EUPB - Due to be withdrawn in Oct 2020
G-EUPC - Due to be withdrawn in Nov 2020
G-DBCA - Due to be withdrawn in Dec 2020

Boeing 747-400: As of June 2019, 24 747-400s have been retired from the original fleet of 57, leaving 33 aircraft in service. Of those remaining 18 are "super high-J" aircraft (14F / 86J / 30W / 145Y), all of which have received a cabin refresh. The remaining 15 aircraft are "mid-J" (14F / 52J / 36W / 235Y), all of which will have received a cabin refresh by the end of 2019. All aircraft are fitted with New First.

The current plan is for all aircraft to be retired by February 2024. BA plans to have the following numbers of 747s in the fleet at year end:-
  • 2019: 32 aircraft
  • 2020: 27 aircraft
  • 2021: 20 aircraft
  • 2022: 13 aircraft
  • 2023: 3 aircraft

A list of retired 747-400s as of 26 May 2019 is archived here.
Since then the following has been retired:
G-BNLN - Retired to DGX on 24 Jun 2019
For a further analysis of the fleet and retirement plans: see Globaliser's tracker.

The last known planned dates of the next retirements were as follows (but should all be regarded as subject to change). All the retirements will be of the "mid-J" configuration unless stated otherwise.
G-CIVG - Due to be retired in Nov 2019 [super high-J]
G-CIVD - Due to be retired in May 2020
G-CIVH - Due to be retired in Jun 2020 [super high-J]
G-CIVJ - Due to be retired in Jun 2020
G-CIVI - Due to be retired in Oct 2020 [super high-J]
G-CIVL - Due to be retired in Nov 2020
G-CIVK - Due to be retired in Jan 2021
G-CIVM - Due to be retired in Jan 2021
G-CIVN - Due to be retired in Feb 2021
G-CIVF - Due to be retired in Jun 2021 [super high-J]
G-CIVB - Due to be retired in 2022
G-CIVC - Due to be retired in Nov 2022
G-CIVE - Due to be retired in Nov 2022
G-BYGC - Due to be retired in 2023 [super high-J]
G-BNLY - Due to be retired in 2023

Boeing 777-200:
G-ZZZC - Due to be retired in Jan 2020
G-ZZZA - Due to be retired in Sep 2020
G-ZZZB - Due to be retired in Oct 2020
Historical Fleet

Boeing 737: The last remaining 737 was retired in Oct 2015. Details are archived here.

Boeing 767: The last remaining 767 was retired in Nov 2018. Details are archived here.
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Old Nov 3, 14, 12:25 pm
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G-BNLU en route CWL - VCV
Indeed, still seems odd to have been wfu a whole year before its planned date.
Isn't it simply that the plans have changed? Some other aircraft are now staying long past their original planned retirement dates instead.
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I was on G-DOCN tonight back from Bordeaux. The pilot informed it was the last commercial flight for the old bird and she was heading for the scrap heap.
Just out of interest DOCN was back in service yesterday. Not sure if this was a one off or postponed retirement.
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Some updates,

G-BNLE is due to go to Victorville around the 24th November.

G-BNLG will be removed from service sometime around the beginning of December, with the Victorville flight happening in the first week of January.

767 G-BNWV will be removed from service around the 12th December flying to Victorville a few days later.

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Old Nov 4, 14, 5:19 pm
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G-BNLU en route CWL - VCV



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Old Nov 5, 14, 1:44 am
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Originally Posted by champair79 View Post
Some updates,

G-BNLE is due to go to Victorville around the 24th November.

G-BNLG will be removed from service sometime around the beginning of December, with the Victorville flight happening in the first week of January.

767 G-BNWV will be removed from service around the 12th December flying to Victorville a few days later.
Thanks for the updates, champair79!
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Old Nov 5, 14, 4:02 am
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Originally Posted by champair79 View Post
Some updates,

G-BNLE is due to go to Victorville around the 24th November.

G-BNLG will be removed from service sometime around the beginning of December, with the Victorville flight happening in the first week of January.

767 G-BNWV will be removed from service around the 12th December flying to Victorville a few days later.

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Thanks for the update,

Interesting to see the first refurbished 767 being retired when an unrefurbished aircraft is still flying.
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Old Nov 5, 14, 9:52 am
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Red face farewell ba 747 g-bnlu

Hi I was on the ba source site and was sad to see that bnlu had been withdrawn from service and ferried back to Victorville for the 2nd time, as it only came back from vcv & returned to service in 2011 after being stored for nearly 2 years @ vcv, &, wasn't due to be wfu until 10/15, just curious as to what's changed to bring forward its withdrawal. considering there must have been a considerable amount of work carried out to get the aircraft back into service the first time round.
I realise this time it's for good, but we only flew back from sfo on her in may this year.
sorry to ramble but this is my first post.
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Old Nov 5, 14, 9:57 am
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sorry to ramble but this is my first post.
Don't worry, some of us ramble even with tens of thousands of posts behind us. Welcome on board Boeing747geek, welcome to the BA board and it's good to see you here. I've a feeling you may not be the only 747 geek out here either. Please continue to post, welcome on board.

I remember the stress put on the system back in 2011, with various bits of hardware being delayed and other hardware going tech. So I can imagine the push to get her back into service. But she is a gas guzzler, no two ways about it, so numbered were the days, unfortunately.
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Hi! thanks for the reply & the welcome to ft. I'm going to visit the new user section now!
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Old Nov 7, 14, 3:41 am
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1 A380 (I guess G-XLEJ) brought forward from 2016 to 2015 so there will be 2 new A380s next year in the fleet according to IAG Capital Markets Investor Day presentation today.

4 shorthaul 767s remain at end of 2015 and 39 747s.

Also quite a long section on the efforts they are making in the short haul fleet across the IAG group to allow interfleet operability - in the future Iberia/Vueling shorthaul A320s will be capable of being converted to BA fleet in 1 week (and between Iberia/Vueling in less than 1 week) including interiors and exterior paintjobs. They have already down a lot of work behind the scenes harmonising galleys/cupboards/toilets etc.
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Old Nov 7, 14, 4:34 am
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Originally Posted by dptraveller View Post
1 A380 (I guess G-XLEJ) brought forward from 2016 to 2015 so there will be 2 new A380s next year in the fleet according to IAG Capital Markets Investor Day presentation today.

4 shorthaul 767s remain at end of 2015 and 39 747s.
I think it's very interesting that they're going to be keeping just the four shorthaul 767s in the fleet. There must be enough demand that an A321 can't cope with, either for passengers or cargo.

I'm guessing that these will be on the EDI/GLA shuttles at peak business times? Must be a recipe for disaster when these old birds go tech.
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I think it's very interesting that they're going to be keeping just the four shorthaul 767s in the fleet. There must be enough demand that an A321 can't cope with, either for passengers or cargo.

I'm guessing that these will be on the EDI/GLA shuttles at peak business times? Must be a recipe for disaster when these old birds go tech.
It always surprised me that these planes are in any way economical. They're a lot wider and heavier with 2 aisles but only have 1 seat extra per row. They obviously are worth it but it always struck me as an oddly small increase in capacity over a 757 (or a321).
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I am surprised that BA hasn't got more A321's given the slot restricted nature of LHR.
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Originally Posted by dptraveller View Post
Also quite a long section on the efforts they are making in the short haul fleet across the IAG group to allow interfleet operability - in the future Iberia/Vueling shorthaul A320s will be capable of being converted to BA fleet in 1 week (and between Iberia/Vueling in less than 1 week) including interiors and exterior paintjobs. They have already down a lot of work behind the scenes harmonising galleys/cupboards/toilets etc.
I can't find my own post but as I mentioned somewhere back in July.

Interesting but sensible move from IAG's point of view.
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Originally Posted by dptraveller View Post
1 A380 (I guess G-XLEJ) brought forward from 2016 to 2015 so there will be 2 new A380s next year in the fleet according to IAG Capital Markets Investor Day presentation today.

4 shorthaul 767s remain at end of 2015 and 39 747s.
Now that I've seen the slides linked to by travellingblade on the Capital Markets Investor Day thread, the reference to 4 767s that remain at the end of 2015 are long haul ones. In addition all 7 shorthaul 767s will still be in service at the end of 2015, but are lumped together with assorted Embraers and 737s in the Shorthaul Others section and are referred to in a note.
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