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Jerry

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Surely they have to have some sort of send off party the 747 and BA were made for each other for so long the queen of the skies is now well and truly a freight dog on our shores. Visiting Heathrow will never be the same again.
I'm at Cardiff Airport now and it is quite a sad sight to see them parked up knowing they'll never carry passengers again.
 

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A large amount of capacity being withdrawn or a lifeline for their A380 fleet? I now have to consider what to do with my Herpa fleet of BA747s, I was building up but now redundant. Do I switch to Cargo lines or give up?
 

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I'm at Cardiff Airport now and it is quite a sad sight to see them parked up knowing they'll never carry passengers again.
Someone suggested on another forum that they should do a series of farewell charter flights. It would be nice if a few airports outside London got to see the 747. It wouldn‘t have surprised me if they had been planning something like that for its retirement, as they did for Concorde.

Unfortunately it’s probably the last thing on the minds of BA management right now.
 

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Someone suggested on another forum that they should do a series of farewell charter flights. It would be nice if a few airports outside London got to see the 747. It wouldn‘t have surprised me if they had been planning something like that for its retirement, as they did for Concorde.
That'd cost money! I suspect that they'll just fly them off to the graveyards.
 

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The statement from BA was written in language that was infinately ambiguous and open to interpretation i.e. no plans and not expecting to etc., I suspect a clamour to persuade BA to keep a few and use the harvested spares to maintain them and I join those wishing to see farewell flights and courtesy visits to regional airports. Would do the brand some good!
 

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Be great but can't see it they were supposed to do some fights last year wasn't it with the 747 special liveries I stand corrected can't remember the specifics? they got cancelled pretty quickly after the announcement. I do think it is sad they can't find a place for a few of the newest one's not to fly till the planned retirement date, they could probably sell the tickets at a premium over the period they kept operating for and make a nice bit of cash on every extra flight.
 

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Yes, similar to the Concorde effect. Special tour flights linking airports willing to forgive landing fees for the good publicity that can follow. I understand that QANTAS have organised the end of B747 in celebratory fashion and this is reflecting the fondness this aircraft has generated, unlike the unceremonious dumping of A380 by most operators. Do not misunderstand, the aircraft will continue as a freighter for many years but sadly airlines seem unwilling to make them earn profit as a people carrier, allegedly!

Heck, even Sir Raymond had a special treat last year on a substitute flight on a B747 and thoroughly enjoyed I understand!
 
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Some of the changes ahead for BA and IAG airlines. One casualty will be the loss of the A318 which operates the LCY-JFK route. The temporary grounding of 4 A380s and up to 6 777s, 18 narrow bodies and the early retirement of 13 narrow body aircraft.
And worse of all the potential of up to 13,000 redundancies.
 

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Temporary grounding of 4 x A380 leaving how many? Whatever the remaining number, hopefully a return to flight soon. I believe BA will miss having the B747 available despite the negative economics associated with the type. I can see BA pulling some out from storage before the scrapping outfits destroy them. Can it be possible the A380 be cheaper to operate than a B747 owned and paid for in full?
 

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All the infrastructure which would support a 747 fleet is going too (training, simulators, etc.). I am afraid the 747 is gone and won’t be returning. At most prior to Covid they were only destined to last until around 2024/5. Which passengers numbers unlikely to reach pre Covid levels until around then, and with new long haul aircraft coming still over the next few years (A350/787/77W) there just is no need for them sadly.
 

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The A380s also operate specific routes where like Hong Kong and LAX where it's capacity negates the need for extra frequency. The 747 did a lot of routes where a 777 or 787 or A350 would be fine on.
 
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