British Airways has scrapped plans to operate a trio of Boeing 747s on domestic routes in commemoration of its 100th birthday.
As I wrote about on Monday, 747s suddenly popped into the schedule for the following six flights on August 25th:
- BA1326/1327 – London (LHR) – Newcastle (NCL) – London (LHR)
- BA1386/1391 – London (LHR) – Manchester (MAN) – London (LHR)
- BA1482/1487 – London (LHR) – Glasgow (GLA) – London (LHR)
August 25th is no coincidence: it is BA’s actual 100th birthday.
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But this morning, the flights have returned to a mix of A319s, A320s, and A321s:
Airline Geeks reports that an email went out to all customers informing them of the schedule change. Refunds were offered to all passengers who booked specifically to catch the 747-400.
Airline Geeks site “sources” saying that British Airways could “not afford” to take three wide body aircraft off its longhaul schedule. These aircraft are fully utilized and additional Airbus A350-100 XWB will not be available in time to act as substitutes.
Although I was not planning on being on any of the special flights, I think it’s a shame that BA scrapped these historic flights. Hopefully BA has something even better in store for its actual 100th birthday.
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image: British Airways