I do not think we have as many as the figures you quote. The DBA a/c is now with Globespan and the 300's have been dispensed with. I will try and get the exact number which will be further reduced when A320-100 x 10 move to LGW in October.
We still have a number of -300's at LGW, flew on one not two days ago. Although I belive that the company are trying to get rid of them.
Was told by an Airbus pilot (for us) that the Airbus 319's would arrive at the start of January 2005. And that Airbus 320's were not planned for LGW, that is not planned for mainline. As of course our franchise partner at LGW, GB Airways, has a number of Airbus 320's/321's.
At the moment G-LGTH (-300) is in maintenance at GLA, and GTI was in before it, so there are still -300's about.
The G-LGTx aircraft are -300's; there are 5 of these GTE - GTI,
the G-GFFx aircraft are -500's; there are 10 of these FFA - FFJ, and the G-DOCx machines are -400's; there are 22 of these OCA - OCZ (with the exception of OCC, OCD, OCI, OCJ, OCK and no OCQ!) and there is G-GBTA, and G-GBTB. This is a list produced from the CAA's online registration database on 21 July 2004.
Obviously there were other aircraft that operated in BA's fleet such as ex-Dan Air -400's such as G-BPNZ, BSNV*, BSNW*
(* these 2 had extra fuel tanks in the aft hold),
G-BUHJ, UHK, UHL (these had end-of-lease checks to FAA spec and were sold/handed back), G-BNNL, NNK operated with GB Airways, and there have been various other -300/400/500's leased for short term periods, over the years.
There is a current program of End-of-Lease maintenance checks, but not specifically on the -300's/500's, as G-DOCI and OCK have both moved on. OCK went to S. Africa after an input at the Polar Air hangar at PWK a year or 2 ago, OCI was more recent and done at GLA. UHJ,UHK and UHL were also handed back following inputs at GLA, and just last Xmas ('03/'04) VNM, VNN, and VNO were also done at GLA. Most have the maintenance carried out here as its the 737 major maintenance base, (although the Airbus line in Bay 2 is well up and running), and the aircraft are then repainted at LHR/LGW. G-BVNM, VNN, and VNO were to be sold to an Italian operator but I believe VNM is still registered as such and is still in the UK.
The lease agreements are the main consideration for choosing which aircraft are disposed of. I had asked a member of one of the hand-back teams as to why we were keeping all the "odd-ball" aircraft and not trying to re-establish a consistent fleet of the same type i.e all the G-DOCx -400's. This would make maintenance and spares holdings easier to manage as there is commonality. Cabin layout on the current fleet can vary quite dramatically as do the spares reqd and as such interchangeability.
Further to my above post, G-DOCM was parked up earlier this week, it's due an end-of-lease input in Sept, not sure if it will be at GLA though, it's currently sitting outside Bay 1 (may have been moved today thou,I was not there), had a few parts robbed already, No.1 eng inlet cowl and No.2 outbd fan cowl, both for G-LGTH in the hangar.
This would make maintenance and spares holdings easier to manage as there is commonality.
Cor! That brings back memories! I worked for Dan-Air at Lasham in the summer of 1986, helping one of their accountants on stock control, costs, and... reducing spares holdings! Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose!
The BA hangar at GLA has a continual line of B737 and A319/A320 C Checks, so if for instance an end of lease check 4C requires further engineering work after repaint at LHR BA have on a number of occasions used the Polar Air hangar at PIK. There are a number of Ayrshire engineers at BA GLA only too happy to work at PIK rather than the longer trip to GLA.
Yes the BAR B737-300's AMS,DUS,FRA,MAN,BHX were on short term leases and at end of lease with BA the lease was taken up by GO then Easyjet. The aircraft kept their registrations on transfer to GO, did Easyjet keep the registrations?