British Airways Boeing 747-436 G-BNLF was withdrawn from service at London Heathrow this morning after arriving as BA78 from Accra. This aircraft was the last to fly with an “Old First” cabin meaning this cabin is now obsolete and had twice had its service life extended following the B747-400 incident at Johannesburg and the B777-200ER incident at Las Vegas. The aircraft positioned London Heathrow – Cardiff-Wales for component recovery early in the afternoon as BA9170. This reduces the active Boeing 747-400 fleet to 39 aircraft.
British Airways Boeing 747-436 G-BNLF arrived into Delhi as BA143 from London Heathrow (depart London Heathrow 31st October) in the early hours of this morning. However due to the 24 hours delay to the BA143 service of 30th October, there was no rested crew available at Delhi to operate the return BA142 on time, and this therefore operated this afternoon as BA142D once crew had minimum rest.
British Airways Boeing 747-436 G-BNLF, which has remained at Orlando since operating the outbound Dreamflight charity flight on 18th October, departed this evening operating the return Orlando – London Heathrow Dreamflight as BA2DF.
British Airways Boeing 747-436 G-BNLF, which was scheduled to be withdrawn from service last September but which saw its service life extended following the Johannesburg wing incident, and was then scheduled to be withdrawn at the end of October 2015, has received a further service life extension and will now remain active until February 2016 to provide extra cover at London Heathrow following the transfer of a Boeing 777-200ER to London Gatwick to cover the fire damaged Las Vegas aircraft. It is not year clear how the airline will accommodate the “Old First” cabin as the routes which saw Three Class Boeing 747-400 service using the “Old First” equipped aircraft all revert to Four Class operation from the start of the winter timetable.
Following the technical issue it encountered on 5th June, British Airways Boeing 747-436 G-BNLF departed Las Vegas in the early hours of this morning operating the delayed BA274 Las Vegas – London Heathrow as BA9609.
British Airways Boeing 747-436 G-BNLF, which has been under maintenance at London Heathrow since 6th January, returned to service this afternoon operating BA275 London Heathrow – Las Vegas. The aircraft has been repainted into White Union Flag with Crest livery.
British Airways Boeing 747-436 G-BNLF operated BA275 London Heathrow – Las Vegas this afternoon, however due to the late running of yesterday’s BA275 service there was no rested crew available at Las Vegas to operate the return BA274, and this has therefore been delayed overnight.
British Airways Boeing 747-436 G-BNLF positioned London Heathrow – Cardiff-Wales as BA9171 early this afternoon after arriving as BA202 from Boston. Though originally scheduled for withdrawal this month the aircraft will undergo maintenance and be returned to service.
British Airways Boeing 747-436 G-BNLF operated a “Children in The Clouds” charity flight today routing Sao Paulo – Sao Paulo as BA9121 routing to Rio de Janeiro for a flypast at 4,000 ft before returning to Sao Paulo. The flight took place in the downtime between the BA247 arrival from London Heathrow and the return flight as BA246.
British Airways Boeing 747-436 G-BNLF arrived into Sao Paulo this morning as BA247 from London Heathrow (depart London Heathrow 9th August) however today’s scheduled BA246 return has been delayed overnight. It is not clear whether this is due to a crew or technical issue.
British Airways Boeing 747-436 G-BNLF operating BA287 London Heathrow – San Francisco was planned to divert to Vancouver this evening due to the crash of Asiana Boeing 777-200ER HL7742 at San Francisco, however San Francisco was able to accept the flight and it operated as scheduled.
British Airways Boeing 747-436 G-BNLF, which has been at Boston since 18th April, positioned Boston – Washington this morning as BA9150 and will operate BA292 Washington – London Heathrow tonight. The outbound BA293 London Heathrow – Washington was cancelled.
British Airways Boeing 747-436 G-BNLF operated tonight’s BA15 London Heathrow – Singapore – Sydney. This flight will switch to Boeing 777-300ER operation tomorrow, thus under current plans G-BNLF will be the last British Airways B747 to fly to Australia.
Following its technical issue on 15th November British Airways Boeing 747-436 G-BNLF departed Boston in the early hours of this morning operating the delayed BA214 Boston – London Heathrow of 15th November using callsign BA9602.
Following yesterday’s return to Cape Town due to fumes in the cockpit, British Airways Boeing 747-436 G-BNLF departed Cape Town today operating yesterday’s delayed BA42 Cape Town – London Heathrow using callsign BA42X.
British Airways Boeing 747-436 G-BNLF operating BA42 Cape Town – London Heathrow turned back to Cape Town after around 90 minutes in the air due to fumes in the cockpit. The flight has been rescheduled for tomorrow and passengers accommodated overnight.
Following its hard landing at Lilongwe yesterday, British Airways Boeing 747-436 G-BNLF was discovered to be damaged at London Gatwick this morning and positioned London Gatwick – London Heathrow for maintenance.
British Airways Boeing 747-436 G-BNLF sustained damage in a hard landing at Lilongwe whilst operating BA London Gatwick – Lilongwe – Lusaka. The damage was not initially noticed and the aircraft continued Lilongwe – Lusaka – Lilongwe – London Gatwick.
The respected jethros.org.uk site has published the following withdrawal schedule for the Boeing 747-400 and Boeing 767-300ER fleets: Boeing 747-436 G-BNLM November 2013 Boeing 747-436 G-BNLR January 2014 Boeing 747-436 G-BNLE February 2014 (New First) Boeing 767-336ER G-BNWN March 2014 Boeing 747-436 G-BNLT April 2014 (New First) Boeing 767-336ER G-BNWU April 2014 Boeing 767-336ER G-BNWC May 2014 Boeing 747-436 G-BNLS May 2014 Boeing 767-336ER G-BNWH June 2014 Boeing 767-336ER G-BNWO June 2014 Boeing 767-336ER G-BNWD July 2014 Boeing 747-436 G-BNLI August 2014 Boeing 747-436 G-BNLF September 2014 Boeing 747-436 G-BNLW October 2014 Boeing 747-436 G-BNLG July 2015 (New First) Boeing 747-436 G-BNLU October 2015 (New First) Boeing 747-436 G-BNLV November 2015 (New First) Boeing 747-436 G-BNLX November 2015 Boeing 746-437 G-BNLZ January 2016. Some or all Old First fitted Boeing 747-436s G-BNLJ, G-BNLL, G-BNLY, G-CIVA, G-CIVB and G-CIVC will be fitted with New First seats removed from...
British Airways Boeing 777-236ER G-YMMJ operated BA215 London Heathrow – Boston today then returned as BA202 Boston – London Heathrow. BA214 Boston – London Heathrow was cancelled. Boeing 747-436 G-BNLF operated BA203 London Heathrow – Boston and remained there overnight.
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