BA173 Damaged

Old Aug 17, 19, 3:57 am
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BA173 Damaged

"We wanted to keep you updated on the status of your flight from London Heathrow to New York JFK. The original aircraft scheduled to operate your flight has sustained damage while on the ground and we have been forced to provide a replacement aircraft to operate your flight."

This message would have been useful before I left the concorde room for the gate, but hey ho.

I wonder what happened to the original aircraft and why a replacement is going to take 3 hours to find. I thought they usually kept a spare on hand at LHR? An hour to move the baggage I could understand.
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Old Aug 17, 19, 4:14 am
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3 hours doesn't seem unreasonable - and hopefully just long enough to get EUR300 compensation
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Old Aug 17, 19, 4:20 am
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Indeed, so long as the arrival is 3:01 delayed and not 2:55 delayed. I get enough 14 minute delays from South West Railway, just under the 15 minute refund threshold.

M​​​​​​y wife is flying to BLR about 3 hours after my original departure time. So it could be worse.
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Old Aug 17, 19, 5:10 am
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I'm intrigued as to what damage was sustained and how. Someone will no doubt receive congratulations from his Manager for today's work!
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Old Aug 17, 19, 5:11 am
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Likely to be a ground vehicle collision...
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Old Aug 17, 19, 5:27 am
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Which aircraft was it?
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Old Aug 17, 19, 5:38 am
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Originally Posted by elwe View Post

I wonder what happened to the original aircraft and why a replacement is going to take 3 hours to find. I thought they usually kept a spare on hand at LHR? An hour to move the baggage I could understand.
If the other aircraft is coming from base, it's an hour to tow it.

Plus the catering, dressing etc.
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Old Aug 17, 19, 5:47 am
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If the other aircraft is coming from base, it's an hour to tow it.

Plus the catering, dressing etc.
Can't it come under its own power?
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Old Aug 17, 19, 5:50 am
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Which aircraft was it?
It believe it was VIIK, the new aircraft is VIIC.
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Old Aug 17, 19, 6:09 am
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Can't it come under its own power?
Possibly but it's not going to be any quicker than a tug.

I understand that to keep emissions down that moves like this are done by tug.
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The bad news on the compensation front is that although it’s delayed 3 hours 40 minutes at the moment, they are expecting a quick Atlantic crossing to bring it under the 3 hours delay into JFK.
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Old Aug 17, 19, 6:39 am
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Originally Posted by martin102 View Post
The bad news on the compensation front is that although itís delayed 3 hours 40 minutes at the moment, they are expecting a quick Atlantic crossing to bring it under the 3 hours delay into JFK.
6h57 according to the flightplan, so not particularly quick. 20-25 minute taxi out at LHR, plus taxi in at the other end, I would be extremely surprised if they get this in under 3 hours late.
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Old Aug 17, 19, 7:03 am
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Originally Posted by elwe View Post
Can't it come under its own power?
Apart from costing a few tonnes of fuel - with annex CO2 emissions - the speed limit is still similar, so not much of a saving in terms of times.
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Old Aug 17, 19, 7:43 am
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But it doesn't take anything like an hour to taxi to T5, even when you join the taxi way from the far end of the runways. How can it take so much longer from base?
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Old Aug 17, 19, 7:50 am
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Because these things take time to arrange - I doubt there is a tug and staff just sat there waiting.

They also get clearance to move the plane around the airport.
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