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British Airways News & Information February 2011.

27th February 2011 - G-CIVZ BA74 Diversion.

Boeing 747-436 G-CIVZ, operating flight BA74 from Lagos - London Heathrow (depart Lagos 26th February) was en route over Algeria when the crew had to shut down an engine. The aircraft diverted to Tamanrasset, Algeria. A replacement Boeing 747-436 G-CIVJ was despatched from London Heathrow as BA9153 and returned with the BA74 passengers, arriving into London Heathrow around 19 hours late. G-CIVZ was able to return to London Heathrow as BA9175 around 5 minutes after G-CIVJ.

The use of Tamanrasset as a diversionary airport when better engineering and ground support would have been available at other airports within reach, and the relative closeness of Tamanrasset to the Libyan border has led many conspiracy theorists to suggest that there may have been more to this incident than first meets the eye.


24th February 2011 - Sharm El Sheik axed.

The Boeing 777-236ER operated BA2055/2054 London Gatwick -  Sharm El Sheik route is to be withdrawn as of 3rd May 2011.

22nd February 2011 - Flight cancellations.

The following Heathrow flights (and their scheduled returns) were cancelled today:

BA898 London Heathrow - Tripoli.

BA195 London Heathrow - Houston.

22nd February 2011 - 747 Cardiff Maintenance swap.

Boeing 747-436 G-CIVI positioned London Heathrow - Cardiff Wales as BA9172. Sister G-BNLF positioned Cardiff Wales - London Heathrow as BA9173. This aircraft does not yet have new First fitted.

21st February 2011 - Flight cancellations.

The following Heathrow flights (and their scheduled returns) were cancelled today:

BA187 to Newark.

BA197 to Houston.

BA11 to Singapore.

20th February 2011 - G-BNLE Heathrow return.

Boeing 747-436 G-BNLE operating BA11 to Singapore, its first revenue flight since returning from Cardiff Wales, was forced to level off at 9,000ft when it was unable to retract the landing gear. The aircraft was positioned to the North Sea to dump fuel before returning to Heathrow some two hours after take off. Passengers were accommodated in hotels overnight and the flight subsequently departed on 21st February as BA11X operated by sister aircraft G-BYGA.

20th February 2011 - Cardiff Maintenance Movements.

Boeing 747-436 G-BNLE positioned Cardiff Wales - London Heathrow as BA9174. This aircraft is confirmed as having New First fitted.

Boeing 767-336ER G-BNWM positioned London Heathrow - Cardiff - Wales as BA9170.

19th February 2011 - London Heathrow - Tokyo Haneda Launched.

BA’s new BA7 London Heathrow - Tokyo Haneda service was launched today with Boeing 777-236ER G-YMMK operating the inaugural flight.

19th February 2011 - 777 Cardiff Maintenance Swap.

Boeing 777-236ER G-YMMG positioned London Heathrow - Cardiff Wales as BA9172. Sister G-YMMH positioned Cardiff Wales - London Heathrow as BA9173. This aircraft is confirmed as having New First fitted.

8th February 2011 - G-BNLJ Continues to Mexico City.

Following yesterday’s medical diversion and night-stop Boeing 747-436 G-BNLJ continued from Prestwick - Mexico City today as BA9604.



8th February 2011 - 777 Cardiff maintenance swap.

Boeing 777-236ER G-YMMH positioned London Heathrow - Cardiff - Wales as BA9172. Sister G-YMMP positioned Cardiff - Wales - London Heathrow as BA9173. This aircraft is confirmed as having new First fitted.

8th February 2011 - Mauritius to go to Gatwick.

The BA123/122 London Heathrow - Mauritius flights will transfer to London Gatwick from 1st November 2011. The flight will operate with a 3 Class Boeing 777-200 with timings as follows:

BA2063 LGW2030 MRU1225+1 Mon, Thur, Sat.

BA2062 MRU2105 LGW0520+1 Tue,Fri,Sun.

7th February 2011 - G-BNLJ BA243 Prestwick Diversion.

Boeing 747-436 G-BNLJ operating BA243 London Heathrow - Mexico City diverted to Prestwick today due to a medical issue. However the aircraft is expected to remain at Prestwick overnight.

7th February 2011 - G-BYGE technical issues.

Boeing 747-436 G-BYGE, fresh from maintenance at Cardiff, operated BA247 to Sao Paolo and Buenos Aires on 4th February, running around 90 minutes late throughout. Technical issues meant the aircraft was unable to operate the return BA246 on 5th. The aircraft positioned empty as BA9603 from Buenos Aires  - Sao Paolo on 6th and then to Heathrow on 7th as BA246F, presumably carrying belly freight.

5th February 2011 - G-YMMJ Seattle cancellation.

Boeing 777-236ER G-YMMJ arrived into London Heathrow this morning as BA9602 from Seattle. The aircraft had operated out to Seattle as BA49 on Thursday 3rd but did not operate back as  scheduled as BA48 which was cancelled.

4th February 2011 - 747 Cardiff Maintenance Swap.

Boeing 747-436 G-CIVE positioned London Heathrow - Cardiff- Wales as BA9172. Sister G-BYGE positioned Cardiff-Wales - London Heathrow as BA9173. This aircraft already has new First fitted.

3rd February 2011 - G-VIIX returns to UK.

Boeing 777-236ER G-VIIX left Boston today as BA9174 en route to London Heathrow and a return to service.

2nd February 2011 - Cancellations.

The following departures from Heathrow were cancelled today:

BA990 to Berlin. Unknown reason.

BA213 to Boston. US Weather.

BA295 to Chicago. US Weather.

BA189 to Newark. US Weather.

BA297 to Chicago. US Weather.

Corresponding inbound flights were also cancelled.

1st February 2011 - US Weather cancellations.

Due to storms in the Eastern US the following departures from London Heathrow were cancelled today:

BA69 to Philadelphia.

BA185 and BA187 to Newark.

BA113, BA115, BA179 and BA183 to New York JFK.

BA195 to Houston.

BA265 to Washington.

BA297 to Chicago.

Corresponding inbound overnight flights and BA178 on 2nd February are also cancelled.

1st February 2011 - 747 G-BNLT to Cardiff Maintenance.

Boeing 747-436 G-BNLT positioned London Heathrow - Cardiff-Wales as BA9172.


18th February 2011 - 747 Cardiff Maintenance Swap.

Boeing 747-436 G-CIVD positioned London Heathrow - Cardiff Wales as BA9172. Sister G-CIVE positioned Cardiff Wales - London Heathrow as BA9173. This aircraft is confirmed as having new First fitted.

14th February 2011 - G-VIIN BA238 Diversion.

Boeing 777-236ER G-VIIN operating BA238 Boston - London Heathrow diverted via Shannon due to a medical emergency.

13th February 2011 - BA57 24 hour delay.

Today’s BA57 London Heathrow - Johannesburg was delayed by 24 hours and operated on 14th with Boeing 747-400 G-BYGE as BA57X. The return BA54 also operated 24 hours late as BA54X.

13th February 2011 - Cairo Schedule Change.

As of today the London Heathrow - Cairo schedule changes to the following:

BA155 London Heathrow 0930 Cairo 1610

BA154 Cairo 1740 London Heathrow 2050

This avoids the need to overnight the crew in Cairo.

12th February 2011 - G-BNLC titles removed.

Boeing 747-436 G-BNLC, a long term resident outdoors at Cardiff-Wales, has been stripped of all British Airways markings and logos.

11th February 2011 - G-VIIS Tel Aviv issues.

Boeing 777-236ER G-VIIS operated yesterday’s BA165 London Heathrow - Tel Aviv service but due to technical issues the return BA164 was delayed 24 hours and operated today as  BA164Y.

11th February 2011 - G-BNLF to Cardiff maintenance.

Boeing 747-436 G-BNLF positioned London Heathrow - Cardiff-Wales as BA9172.

10th February 2011 - 767 cabin refresh.

BA have released news that 14 of the 21 strong 767-300 fleet will have a cabin refresh commencing this year and completing by the end of 2012. The other 7 aircraft will be withdrawn when 787s begin arriving. The re-fresh will see “enhancements in all cabins.” Currently there are 14 Longhaul and 7 European 767s but there is no confirmation that the 7 European machines will be the ones to be withdrawn, especially as 5 of the shorthaul machines are among the 6 youngest airframes.

10th February 2011 - G-BNLR back in service.

Boeing 747-436 G-BNLR positioned Cardiff-Wales - London Heathrow as BA9177 today. This aircraft does not yet have new First fitted.

8th February 2011 - BA forces new strike ballot.

British Airways cabin crew are to be balloted again on strike action after the airline said a previous ballot was unlawful. Workers had voted last month for stoppages but the Unite union said it would hold a new vote after a "legal blitz" by the airline. The dispute centres on action against staff who went on strike last year, including the removal of travel perks.

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