British Airways

Boeing Out On A High

Press Release   •   Oct 28, 2010 09:28 BST

British Airways will wave goodbye to its three remaining Boeing 757s on Saturday October 30 with a special farewell tour around the UK.

To add some extra style to the day, one of the aircraft, G-CPET, has been repainted in the airline’s 1983 “Negus & Negus” livery.

Aviation fans are being encouraged to watch as the “retro” painted aircraft visits Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh during its final day in British Airways’ service.

 

The final flights will be:

BA1384 Heathrow to Manchester departing at 0745 and arriving at 0840

BA1389 Manchester to Heathrow departing at 1000 and arriving at 1105

 

BA1482 Heathrow to Glasgow departing at 1215 and arriving at 1340

BA1487 Glasgow to Heathrow departing at 1425 and arriving at 1545

 

BA1454 Heathrow to Edinburgh departing at 1725 and arriving at 1850

BA1463 Edinburgh to Heathrow departing at 1935 and arriving at 2100

 

The other two aircraft will fly from Heathrow on Spanish services during the day.

 

Following the retirement of the Boeing 757 from British Airways, the airline will primarily use a mixture of Airbus A319, A320 and A321s on its shorthaul network supported by a small number of Boeing 767s.

 

British Airways was the global launch customer when the first Boeing 757 took to the skies in 1983 and the airline grew its fleet to be 54 strong in the late 1990s.

 

The three remaining aircraft, all of which entered service in 1997, have been sold to a cargo courier, along with eight other 757s retired in the past year.

 

More than 40 of the fleet were named after famous castles around the UK and the last aircraft joined its predecessors by being titled “Stokesay Castle” during its final month of service.

 

Captain Stephen Riley, director of flight operations, said: “Almost everyone in the operational side of the business has either piloted, repaired, dispatched or looked after customers, on Boeing 757s during the past 27 years.

 

“We say farewell to the aircraft with a lot of happy memories and hope that customers onboard the final few flights around the UK will enjoy the day as well.”