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Queen of the skies just keeps on flying!

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Watching BA59 G-BNLY landing once again at CPT this morning, realising that this 26-year old B744 (and others) just keeps on flying =D>
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Re: Queen of the skies just keeps on flying!

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and G-BNLY is only due for retirement in 2023!
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trees wrote: Sat Dec 21, 2019 12:08 pm and G-BNLY is only due for retirement in 2023!
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Re: Queen of the skies just keeps on flying!

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117670 hours (as of Jan 2019), and still going strong.
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Re: Queen of the skies just keeps on flying!

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Burner wrote: Sat Dec 21, 2019 3:42 pm 117670 hours (as of Jan 2019), and still going strong.
Flight Cycles :?:
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Ugly Duckling wrote: Sat Dec 21, 2019 3:55 pm
Burner wrote: Sat Dec 21, 2019 3:42 pm 117670 hours (as of Jan 2019), and still going strong.
Flight Cycles :?:
Airframe Hours.
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Interesting that BA's eldest 777 was delivered less than 2 years after BNLY (the eldest current 747 in their fleet), and she is also about to hit 100 000 hours of time on the airframe.
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Re: Queen of the skies just keeps on flying!

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I believe she's also going to retain the Landor livery through until retirement.

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Re: Queen of the skies just keeps on flying!

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Burner wrote: Sat Dec 21, 2019 4:02 pm
Ugly Duckling wrote: Sat Dec 21, 2019 3:55 pm
Burner wrote: Sat Dec 21, 2019 3:42 pm 117670 hours (as of Jan 2019), and still going strong.
Flight Cycles :?:
Airframe Hours.
If it was airframe hours they would all be cooking pots by now.
https://www.airspacemag.com/need-to-kno ... -29533465/

The flight cycle question is still relevant :D
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Re: Queen of the skies just keeps on flying!

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Ugly Duckling wrote: Sat Dec 21, 2019 6:48 pm
Burner wrote: Sat Dec 21, 2019 4:02 pm
Ugly Duckling wrote: Sat Dec 21, 2019 3:55 pm
Flight Cycles :?:
Airframe Hours.
If it was airframe hours they would all be cooking pots by now.
https://www.airspacemag.com/need-to-kno ... -29533465/

The flight cycle question is still relevant :D
I'm slightly confused. Do you think it would rather be cycles? Over 26 years we're looking at around 12 hours a day of utilisation if we use the number that Burner gave us as hours. The article you posted mentioned how longer haul aircraft can have really high hours because they should have less cycles on them. I can imagine that Burner was right and that it is indeed hours.
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Re: Queen of the skies just keeps on flying!

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Every time the fuselage in pressurized on the climb and depressurized on the descent it it a cycle. Long haul aircraft have 1 per flight which can be up to 18 hours where a 737 on the JHB DBN flight has 1 cycle per 45 minutes.
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Re: Queen of the skies just keeps on flying!

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Ugly Duckling wrote: Sat Dec 21, 2019 8:28 pm Every time the fuselage in pressurized on the climb and depressurized on the descent it it a cycle. Long haul aircraft have 1 per flight which can be up to 18 hours where a 737 on the JHB DBN flight has 1 cycle per 45 minutes.
Ugly Duckling, I'm not sure if I'm disagreeing with you or if I've got the wrong end of the stick :lol: When you posted "Flight Cycles?", were you asking what the Flight Cycles were of the aircraft, or were you asking if Burner meant Flight Cycles?

I completely understand that with 118 000 hours of flying (which is possible) that the cycles would be around 7900.
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Yeah the info I posted was airframe hours... as is spat out on the UK registry off UK CAA website. Of course as with any pressurized aerie, cycles not hours are the limiting factor usually, but hours on the frame are still a good indication of utilization over their life span.
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Re: Queen of the skies just keeps on flying!

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Hats off to BA for making the 744 work so well for them. Why did SAA dump their 744 with even lower cycles? Captured perhaps?
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gregdeklerk wrote: Sun Dec 22, 2019 6:38 pm Hats off to BA for making the 744 work so well for them. Why did SAA dump their 744 with even lower cycles? Captured perhaps?
Captured by Coleman :evil:
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