BA and their old banger 747-400sBack to Forum
Anonymous14 Aug 2013
A particularly rubbish journey yesterday in F in a totally dilapidated cabin. Good crew and wine but mediocre food and an awful, awful seat with bits of duct tape hanging off and a video screen that looked like something one would find in a North Korean 3 star hotel.
I know BA have at least five new long haul planes arriving this year (3 A380s plus 2 777-300s)
Does anybody know if these dreadful old rust bucket a747-400s are going to be retired soon?
I gather there are only 12 of them with old F and no AVOD. Surely they must be destined for the knacker’s yard soon?14 Aug 2013
Don’t disagree they are knackered and I for one was mightily annoyed that the LHR-BOM route got swapped from 777-300ERs to 747-400s for December this year, but a small fact check: all BA long haul aircraft have AVOD.
Whether they work (the old 12 channel loop system was the ‘fall back’ should AVOD fail) is another issue.14 Aug 2013
On my last flight BOM-LHR I was in a 777, and was on a 12-programme loop system. Deeply unimpressed. Although given the lack of choice I did end up watching a film which I would otherwise have skipped but which I really enjoyed
Still unimpressive, though…14 Aug 2013
I am booked to DEL in F on 18 Dec
showing 777, if its an old banger I may cancel as I am now feeling rather laboured.14 Aug 2013
I was in old first to DFW a couple of months ago and the CSD told me this particular plane was first to be retired, although not until November this year!!!!
I am in F heading to Mexico City in October and expecting to be experiencing BA Mexican shabby chic as this is not one of the prime business routes. Hope the Tequila is good.
Just before BA retred the 100 and 200 series the crew started referring to them as 747 “classics” …… By which of course they meant “very very old”.
Perhaps it’s time for them to come up with an alternative name for these old workhorses, such as 747-Geriatric ????15 Aug 2013
FirstTraveller – 15/08/2013 10:01 GMT : BA should have replaced their aging 744 with the 748i long time ago !!!
That would have been rather challenging, with the maiden flight having taken place less than 2.5 years ago, and deliveries only having started last year…
And interestingly, the launch customer – Lufthansa – has already announced it is going to retire the 748i…15 Aug 2013
It was great when Moscow was put on the long haul roster and 747-400 with IFE system was much better than a cramped Aeroflot A320.
But now BA are substituting short haul config 767’s on the route there are some extremely unhappy customers who have paid top notch business class prices for a very inferior experience.
All the crew can do is say the “plane was substituted due to technical problems” (wears a bit thin when it happens all the time) and “complain to BA” and hopefully you’ll get compensation…..They shouldn’t be put in such a situation.15 Aug 2013