BA to dust off desert aircraft

13 Aug 2010 by AndrewGough

As demand for air travel returns, British Airways has confirmed reports that it is to reinstate a B747 currently in storage in California’s Mojave Desert.

A BA spokesperson told sister publication ABTN that the aircraft would be brought back later this year, though further details were not made clear.

According to reports out this week, the B747 in question will be used on BA’s Dallas flight as part of its winter timetable, starting in October – a sure sign that extra capacity is needed on US routes.

The returning B747 will replace a B777 currently being used on the Dallas service. This in turn will serve an additional frequency on BA’s important New York-London route, going from six to seven times daily.

Boeing and Airbus both use the Mojave Air and Space Port, California, for maintenance and storage of serviceable aircraft. Two US deserts – Mojave and Arizona-Sonora – are famous for containing vast aircraft “graveyards”.

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Report by Andrew Gough

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