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Boeing, Boeing, Gone

George Clarke (Amazing Spaces) will be buying some to adapt as caravans......... very large Caravans !

 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8531777/End-BA-jumbo-jets-British-Airways-scraps-ENTIRE-FLE...

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Good news. There are much more efficient planes (and airlines) out there.

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And for those that don't want to read a DM article.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-53426886

 

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I forget who did it, but some years back there was a show on I think the BBC where someone took a retired plane and upcycled various parts of it into re-saleable items, one of which was a section of the fuselage being turned into a garden office space, which I thought was rather cool, would love to have such a thing myself, I just don't own any land to put it on... 😁

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And for those who don’t want to read a Daily Mail or BBC article:

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/jul/17/british-airways-retires-boeing-747-fleet-as-covid-1...

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Well I tried to read the Daily Mail link, as I like being pestered by adverts. I eventually managed to actually read some content. That was hard work.

I know little about planes and I wonder what ones I have been on? (I am thinking of holidays). Although my dad had a pilots license, just for microlights though.

 

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Here's an old 747 being put to great use.

 

 

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Personally i think scrapping all of them is a mistake - a very big one.

Scrapping the majority would be sensible but keeping a small fleet of say 5 would still leave us with sort of iconic engineering marvel the nation can be proud of (while boosting ticket values and BA profits).

To get rid of every single one is just daft but then they did that with concorde too. 

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Dinosaur passenger quad jets like the 747 are a diying breed - shame BA wasted millions of £ refitting some of there 747 fleet recently when all the US carriers had already retired there 747 fleets.

Modern twin jets like the Airbus A350 are cheaper to operate & better for the environment.

Also the dinosaur 747 only ever earned an ETOPS 330 rating even with its 4 engines.

A350 twin jet has ETOPS 370 rating at introduction showing how far design, technology & reliability have moved on in the 21st century.
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@7up wrote:

To get rid of every single one is just daft but then they did that with concorde too. 


 

There are a few Concords left (or Concorde with an E if they're Air France ones), but for museum purposes only, despite their abilities for speedy travel they were hopelessly inefficient, very restricted as to where they could fly (basically, not over land), and horrendously expensive to run, hence the rather elite ticket pricing...

 

As for 747s, they've been around for a long time, they're iconic for sure, but, just like the Mini, they did need to be put out to pasture eventually to make way for the young blood...

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@twocvbloke 

Both French and British ones were Concorde with an ‘e’, thanks to some common sense courtesy of Tony Benn:

The argument continued until Tony Benn as Minister of Technology, resolved it in 1967, in favour of the Concorde spelling.”

https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/cabinet-office-100/the-supersonic-airliner/concord-or-concorde/

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@Alex wrote:

Well I tried to read the Daily Mail link, as I like being pestered by adverts. I eventually managed to actually read some content. That was hard work.

 


 

I don't see the ads as I have ad blockers etc, so I just see the plain copy, with pix.

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@Alex wrote:

Well I tried to read the Daily Mail link, as I like being pestered by adverts. I eventually managed to actually read some content. That was hard work.


I use a single core machine with 4GB ram - easily over powered by websites with billions of adverts and the DM is one of them. I went into chromes settings and disabled javascript for dailymail.co.uk. It now behaves itself nicely.

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@7up wrote: but keeping a small fleet of say 5 would still leave us with sort of iconic engineering marvel the nation can be proud of (while boosting ticket values and BA profits).

To get rid of every single one is just daft but then they did that with concorde too. 


But what nation? They are made by an American company! Having flown on a B747 and an Airbus A350, I prefer the A350. But I must admit I can't ever forget my free upgrade on a B747. Flying on the upper floor was quite something, as was the food served on real plates along with metal cutlery. Go figure - seated right next door to the cockpit.

 

As for Concorde, there's one parked near one of the runways (27L? ) at Heathrow.

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@idonno There is also one of the test concordes at Duxford air musem.Thumbs_Up