BA to retire entire B747 fleet

Old Jun 19, 2020, 11:35 am
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BA to retire entire B747 fleet


seems like the 747s are not coming back as the 600 training and recency for the 747 pilots was formally suspended
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Old Jun 19, 2020, 11:51 am
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Originally Posted by opus99
https://twitter.com/tim_the_pilot/st...112380416?s=21

seems like the 747s are not coming back as the 600 training and recency for the 747 pilots was formally suspended
No no no. Surely not. I was sure at least a few would come back.
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Old Jun 19, 2020, 1:12 pm
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BA 747 to be retired sooner than planned

From a BA B747 pilot:
Farewell !

This could mark the beginning of the final chapter of the B747 at BA, as today all training & recency for the 600 or so pilots was formally suspended.

I feel very lucky to have flown both the B747 Classic in the right hand seat & B747-400 as a skipper.

1971-2020 ?
Edit: could a Mod please add “sooner” on the title ? My Safari bugged and post while typing
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Old Jun 19, 2020, 1:17 pm
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La la la, I can’t hear you.

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I want to do a last B747 trip, this might be difficult
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Old Jun 19, 2020, 1:28 pm
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So how long would it be before crew loose the currency on their license? It would be scandalous if we didn’t see a special UK tour of the 747 before it is finally retired, I for one would be booking up for a last hurl on the queen of the sky’s.
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Old Jun 19, 2020, 1:38 pm
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I really didn’t think BA would ditch all 28 right away. I assumed some would stick around till 2021.

As for a final flight, BA would be silly not to do something. It could bring in some nice profit and create some good old nostalgia and PR.
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Old Jun 19, 2020, 1:39 pm
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BA would not phase out all of their 28 Boeing 747-400 aircraft.
I think that these birds would rejoin the fleet back at some point but they might be parked for a long period until demand recovers.
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Old Jun 19, 2020, 1:42 pm
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Originally Posted by TRISTAR1979
So how long would it be before crew loose the currency on their license? It would be scandalous if we didn’t see a special UK tour of the 747 before it is finally retired, I for one would be booking up for a last hurl on the queen of the sky’s.
Careful, you will have Simon "travelling the world so you don't have to" Calder ranting about how unnecessary domestic flights are.
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Old Jun 19, 2020, 1:48 pm
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As for a final flight, BA would be silly not to do something. It could bring in some nice profit and create some good old nostalgia and PR.
Any income from a farewell flight would likely not cover the cost to bring the 747 back into service and operate the flight. Good PR amongst the aviation community would have to be weighed up with negative PR amongst the sustainability community.
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Originally Posted by ISTFlyer
BA would not phase out all of their 28 Boeing 747-400 aircraft.
I think that these birds would rejoin the fleet back at some point but they might be parked for a long period until demand recovers.
They could... 28 airframes over a fleet of 130 or so longhaulers. If the market will take 3 years to recover, and they expect to lay off 30% of the workforce, 28 planes is a similar reduction. I wouldn't discount A380s too. A 380 SFO told me they're not planning to fly in a significant way until september.
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Old Jun 19, 2020, 1:51 pm
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Originally Posted by ISTFlyer
BA would not phase out all of their 28 Boeing 747-400 aircraft.
I think that these birds would rejoin the fleet back at some point but they might be parked for a long period until demand recovers.
Given demand is not likely to fully recover for 2-3 years and all 747s were planned for retirement by the end of 2024 in any case, I fear the 747s may never return. I hope I'm wrong.
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Originally Posted by fransknorge
From a BA B747 pilot:

Very sad about this.
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Old Jun 19, 2020, 2:26 pm
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Originally Posted by fransknorge
From a BA B747 pilot:

Very sad about this.

I loved the 747s. They were majestic.

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Old Jun 19, 2020, 2:32 pm
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Quite sad I have a few bookings on 747s early next year never had the chance to ride them
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