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Re: British Airways fleet departures 2013 onwards

Post by Cessna954 » Sat Sep 07, 2019 7:46 pm

Thanks to the info from Camb10, we can update the thread with the withdrawal of two further A319s.

G-EOUH which was one of the Olympic Dove aircraft, albeit repainted in to Chatham livery at some point. Relocated to St Athan on 5th September.
ImageBritish Airways 'Olympic Dove' Airbus A319-131 G-EUOH by Neil D. Brant, on Flickr

G-EUPX relocated to St Athan for scrapping today (7th September)
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Re: British Airways fleet departures 2013 onwards

Post by andygolfer » Thu Sep 19, 2019 10:51 am

Here's another of G-EUOH taken in September 2018 in it's final Chatham livery

ImageG-EUOH A.319 British Airways 15-09-2018 Heathrow 4422 by Andrew Goldsmith, on Flickr

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Post by Cessna954 » Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:27 pm

I believe that there will be a number of fleet withdrawals during the next couple of months and today A319 G-EUOI positioned to St Athan for scrapping.

G-EUOI landing at Heathrow 09L in April 2011
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Post by andygolfer » Fri Nov 08, 2019 4:17 pm

a post on the Heathrow Aviation Enthusiasts google group ( https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/lhrae) gives the following info re. A.319 disposals:

A further seven A319s are due to be withdrawn before the end of the year.
ovember:
EUOB, OC, OD, OE, OF, OG

December:
EUPE

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Post by Cessna954 » Wed Nov 13, 2019 12:58 pm

Thanks Andy for the info on the imminent withdrawal of more of the short haul fleet.

In other news, a few recent articles on the IAG short and long haul fleet renewal.

Short haul renewal:-
It's reported that IAG are still looking for 225 short haul aircraft but like many airlines, given the many issues with Boeing of late, reliance on a single supplier has highlighted the need to spread the risk and have a mixed fleet. So, whilst BA are looking to go with the B737MAX they may also place a large order for the A320NEO family. It appears that the B737MAX fleet may be allocated to BA Gatwick and Vueling with A320NEOs being ordered for BA elsewhere and Iberia.

Additionally, the Embraer fleet is to be modernised (new Embraer E2s?) with 30 new aircraft planned by 2023.

Long haul renewal:-
It's old news that the three standard B777-200s in the fleet (G-ZZZA, B & C) will be withdrawn in 2020 and replaced with leased B777-300s and that the B777-9 order will only partly replace the B777-200ER fleet, believed to be 5 aircraft. As such there remains a need for replacement of the remaining 35 B777 fleet over the next 10 years. It's reported that they're looking at a mixed fleet of some sorts, potentially including A321XLR, A350, B777-9 & B787.

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Post by andygolfer » Mon Nov 18, 2019 12:35 pm

B.747-400 G-CIVG positioned to Cardiff yesterday for decommissioning, first of the CIV* series to be retired :(

2 pics of it taken in February 2015:
ImageG-CIVG B.747 British Aiirways Heathrow 17-02-2015 5674 by Andrew Goldsmith, on Flickr

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Post by Cessna954 » Mon Jan 13, 2020 4:02 pm

G-ZZZC is the first of the non-ER B777-200s to be retired by BA. Flown to St Athan 13th January 2020 for parting out and scrapping. Photo taken on the climb out from London-Heathrow Airport - EGLL.
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Post by Rainton20 » Sat Jan 25, 2020 7:09 am

G-ZZZC at Heathrow on 2nd February 2016. Zulu Charlie is to be followed by G-ZZZA and ZZB, scheduled for retirement from the fleet in Q4 2020.

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Post by Cessna954 » Tue Mar 10, 2020 5:30 pm

Latest BA withdrawals with 3 No. A319 due to go to St Athan for scrapping this week.

G-EUOC
ImageBritish Airways Airbus A319-131 G-EUOC by Neil D. Brant, on Flickr

G-EUOD
ImageBritish Airways Airbus A319-131 G-EUOD by Neil D. Brant, on Flickr

G-EUPE
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Post by andygolfer » Mon Mar 16, 2020 7:11 am

according to the Heathrow Historical and Present FB group ( https://www.facebook.com/groups/Heathrow/?fref=nf ) B.747 G-CIVM is being retired today and will position to St Athan later

and from Flyertalk forum (https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/british ... r-271.html ) more details of the retirement flight : Next Monday, 16th March has BA B744 G-CIVM fly her last flight, Heathrow to St.Athan, departing LHR off blocks at 10:10, arriving DGX at 10:55 provisionally. Flt no. BA9171E. This is a planned hull retirement before rumours start flying around !

this seems to be only 2 photos I have of of her, departing Heathrow in September 2012
ImageG-CIVM B.747 British Airways LHR 22-09-2012 7847 by Andrew Goldsmith, on Flickr

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Post by Cessna954 » Mon Mar 16, 2020 8:29 pm

Andy, that's a grand picture of G-CIVM.

Preceding it in to St Athan today was A319 G-EUOB. A bit of a crop shot taken at Heathrow in February 2019.
Image20190226-092509-Heathrow.jpg by Neil D. Brant, on Flickr

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Post by Mike » Mon Apr 13, 2020 6:34 pm

Posted on the LHR facebook group are the following BA 747s due into Kemble this week for scrapping :-

Tuesday 14th
G-CIVL

Wednesday 15th
G-CIVJ

Thursday 16th
G-CIVK
G-CIVN

Friday 17th
G-CIVH
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Post by andygolfer » Tue Apr 14, 2020 12:13 pm

G-CIVL which made it's final flight today photographed departing Heathrow on 2nd December 2019

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Post by Dan214sqn » Tue Apr 14, 2020 6:37 pm

quite a few gone early then , over a year early as to originally mentioned. scary times

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Post by acw367 » Tue Apr 14, 2020 7:27 pm

G-CIVL 24 May 2019

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Post by andygolfer » Wed Apr 15, 2020 6:56 am

and today B.747 G-CIVJ will end it's flying days with a one way trip to Kemble, another one that has served well since it was delivered in February 1997.

He she is returning to LHR on 29th December 2013...
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Post by andygolfer » Thu Apr 16, 2020 12:39 pm

and one day later, G-CIVN made the short flight to Kemble today, this was the aircraft departing Heathrow in A
ugust 2018
ImageG-CIVN B.747 British Airways 15-09-2018 Heathrow 9882 by Andrew Goldsmith, on Flickr

G-CIVK is also scheduled to make the same short journey today, that is the only British Airways 747 of the current fleet that I don't have a photo of, hopefully I can get to Kemble when rules allow it and get a pic before it's reduced to parts
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Re: British Airways fleet departures 2013 onwards

Post by EMA Planespotting » Thu Apr 16, 2020 1:02 pm

Hi Andy, G-CIVK isn’t going to Kemble this week nor are any other BA 747s, they have now been changed to next week.

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Post by andygolfer » Thu Apr 16, 2020 2:35 pm

thanks for that, I'll stop watching FR24 now!

Re the retirements, tis is an interesting comments from theBAsource.com:

Apr 15, 2020
British Airways Boeing 747-436 G-CIVJ, which has been in storage at London Heathrow since 6th April, positioned London Heathrow – Kemble late this morning as BA9113. Our present understanding is that whilst not officially withdrawn, the aircraft would be one of the last to be re-instated should traffic recovery warrant it and so it is unlikely to return to service.


the same comment was used re G-CIVL on Tuesday

However re today's aircraft G-CIVN....
Apr 16, 2020
Withdrawn British Airways Boeing 747-436 G-CIVN positioned London Heathrow – Kemble for part out and scrap early this afternoon, Useful components had been removed/replaced at London Heathrow.

so that has definitely seen the last air under it's wheels.

A post on flyertalk re the BA fleet on Tuesday (at 5.23pm) said the same thing:
G-CIVN will retire in Kemble this week.
The other 4 are planned for parking but are obviously the next 4 to retire should they not be required back at LHR.


so there is a glimmer of hope for them albeit a slim one. VH & VJ were due for retirement in June this year anyway so I think the writing is probably on the wall for them. They are unlikely to be needed before that date and even if the time on the ground extends their life a bit it seems a bit strange to maintain them in flying condition for long with such a limited life remaining.
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