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*CANCELLED* BA100 : Heritage-liveried B747s on MAN/NCL/GLA rotations 25 Aug

*CANCELLED* BA100 : Heritage-liveried B747s on MAN/NCL/GLA rotations 25 Aug

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Dear

We're looking forward to welcoming you on board your flight with us from London Heathrow to Glasgow on 25 August.

We wanted to let you know that we'll be making a change to the aircraft operating your flight. Your flight will no longer be operated by a Boeing 747.

We understand that, after speculation on aviation websites, some of our customers booked on BA1482 hoping to be part of our birthday celebration. We’ll happily offer a full refund to anyone who no longer wishes to travel.

You'll be able to view the timing changes to your flight at ba.com/mmb in the next 24 hours.

If you would like to make a change to your booking, please contact us.

If you booked through a travel agent, please contact them to make any changes.
On Sunday 25 Aug - the day of BAs 100th birthday - BA are operating these domestic rotations with 747s, reportedly the three heritage-liveried aircraft :

NCL (seatmap shows a Mid-J 747) NOTE: 747 NOW APPARENTLY CANCELLED as of 07.06.2019
BA1326 LHR-NCL 0920-1035 (stop 2:05, MCT 0:30): aero404, george77300, jfallesen, Msm2000uk, peter h, Telecasterman,
BA1327 NCL-LHR 1240-1400: aero404, Bazza1603 x 3, Brighterside, Chris9642, corporate-wage-slave, Fontana, george77300, jfallesen, Msm2000uk, peter h, S_W_S, squawk, Telecasterman, WickedStepMother, VG31.

MAN (seatmap shows a Mid-J 747) NOTE: 747 NOW APPARENTLY CANCELLED as of 07.06.2019
BA1386 LHR-MAN 1010-1120 (stop 1:30, MCT 0:30): 81romeo
BA1391 MAN-LHR 1250-1400: 81romeo

GLA (seatmap shows a SuperHi-J 747) NOTE: 747 NOW APPARENTLY CANCELLED as of 07.06.2019
BA1482 LHR-GLA 1200-1330 (stop 1:30, MCT 0:30): bisonrav, IFE Wizard, McG, shl +1, Schwann, hodders
BA1487 GLA-LHR 1500-1625: bisonrav, IFE Wizard, shl +1, Schwann
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Old Jun 7, 19, 7:31 am
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The question now begs - How many of you are going to cancel it or are you going to go ahead with the trip?
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Old Jun 7, 19, 7:32 am
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I'm cancelling and seeing what happens.
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Old Jun 7, 19, 7:34 am
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Originally Posted by Chris9642 View Post
Why did they schedule the 747 in the first place if it was all just 'purely speculation' as they are now saying.
It seems clear that this was an idea that BA had been considering, but is no longer part of the plan.

But it wasn't anything that had been announced by BA, and therefore "speculation" is a correct description by BA of the guesses of others (including ourselves) as to what BA had been thinking about. It is possible (I haven't been following closely enough) that that was the line that BA was taking to anyone who asked about it.
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Old Jun 7, 19, 7:35 am
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The BA1482 is now a 319 with CE back to row 10.
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Old Jun 7, 19, 7:36 am
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Originally Posted by crazyanglaisy View Post
I got the same email and have now cancelled my avios booking accordingly. The most interesting thing about this to me is BA's obvious awareness of the level of interest in these flights on blogs and FT, and their sensitivity to accommodating enthusiasts' interest in this opportunity. Good for them; I can't imagine any similar scenarios where they would allow free cancellations in such circumstances and they would have been perfectly within their rights to have required us to fly or to face a penalty if we decided not to.
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The question now begs - How many of you are going to cancel it or are you going to go ahead with the trip?
The cynic in me says that they will operate special 747 flights to the same destinations around the same times but with a significantly higher fare than normal.
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Old Jun 7, 19, 7:37 am
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Originally Posted by McG View Post
The BA1482 is now a 319 with CE back to row 10.
And BA1391 MAN-LHR has 11 rows of CE on an A321.
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Old Jun 7, 19, 7:41 am
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Originally Posted by Globaliser View Post
It seems clear that this was an idea that BA had been considering, but is no longer part of the plan.

But it wasn't anything that had been announced by BA, and therefore "speculation" is a correct description by BA of the guesses of others (including ourselves) as to what BA had been thinking about. It is possible (I haven't been following closely enough) that that was the line that BA was taking to anyone who asked about it.
They tacitly announced it by allocating 747s to the routes.

I wonder if the bad PR from Simon Calder's article helped change their mind? If it did, then it's unlikely that the 747s will be used on shorthaul routes for any birthday activities.
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Old Jun 7, 19, 7:42 am
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Originally Posted by peter h View Post
I wonder if the bad PR from Simon Calder's article helped change their mind? If it did, then it's unlikely that the 747s will be used on shorthaul routes for any birthday activities.
I would say that’s very likely!
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Old Jun 7, 19, 7:50 am
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Originally Posted by peter h View Post
They tacitly announced it by allocating 747s to the routes.
No, BA simply allocated 747s to those flights.

There's a world of difference between doing that as a purely technical step, and announcing that you're going to operate 747s as a birthday celebration event. BA absolutely did not do the latter, which IIRC was something that was commented on. There can't be any doubt that BA was planning it, but only wishful thinking by enthusiasts could transform a GDS aircraft filing into some kind of announcement.
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Old Jun 7, 19, 7:51 am
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Originally Posted by Fontana View Post
The question now begs - How many of you are going to cancel it or are you going to go ahead with the trip?
I will give it a week and then cancel, no rush to do it now as I used a gold priority reward so can cancel for free anyway!
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Old Jun 7, 19, 8:03 am
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So I just received a call on my mobile from a lady at BA confirming it was all a speculation.
She advised there will be a surprise and that I will be invited to the next GGL event in central London.

By the way - she introduced herself as Maggie Drycott's replacement.....

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Old Jun 7, 19, 8:07 am
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I just tried to cancel online (avios booking) and its charging me £17.50 per person for cancellation - is this correct or should this be waived in these circumstances?
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Old Jun 7, 19, 8:09 am
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Both NCL flights now showing A321ceo.

I will be cancelling my “expensive” fares for a refund and can always book another if necessary when plans announced.

Originally Posted by Chris9642 View Post
I just tried to cancel online (avios booking) and its charging me £17.50 per person for cancellation - is this correct or should this be waived in these circumstances?
Should be waived. You may need to call.

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Old Jun 7, 19, 8:17 am
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If it was 'pure speculation' maybe someone should have 'reached out' to Simon Calder to stop fuelling it...
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Old Jun 7, 19, 8:18 am
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On phone to Gold line now - agent has no idea what im talking about and says cancellation fees apply as normal - im waiting for a call back.
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