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Old 5th Aug 2020, 17:13
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Swiss A340 in from Zurich this evening
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If only there could have been a touch more sun when the Swiss flight arrived!
The Great Chinese Aeroplane Drought appears to be ending with one arriving yesterday afternoon and three or four today.
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Old 18th Aug 2020, 11:35
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Apparently another one due in today around 5pm local time.
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Old 18th Aug 2020, 12:56
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A virgin 747 just arrived form Manchester, anyone know the story with this?
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Old 18th Aug 2020, 13:23
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It's having an engine change before being sent for storage in Spain.
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Old 18th Aug 2020, 13:25
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The first of the nine BA 747s that remain at LHR departed this morning for the Spanish scrappie, has just landed at Castellon.
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Old 18th Aug 2020, 13:58
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What a shame that someone somewhere wouldn't want to convert them to cargo usage. Just aluminium, but it's sad.
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Old 20th Aug 2020, 08:47
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Another departure today - BA's penultimate non-ER 777. I suspect it's going to the breakers at St Athan.
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Old 20th Aug 2020, 19:27
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There seems to have been a few A343's into LHR this week doing charters for others. Funny how these are now rare and interesting and before they were underpowered sausages of little interest :-)
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Old 28th Aug 2020, 17:57
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Swissair used 777's on two flights today from Zurich, one morning, one evening. Haven't seen them used before into LHR, although the A330 and A340's have been used all through the last 5 months.
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Old 28th Aug 2020, 19:54
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Saw a Polar 747 going out earlier on today, not sure whether they've been mentioned before or are regular visitors.
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Old 28th Aug 2020, 20:50
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Saw a Polar 747 going out earlier on today, not sure whether they've been mentioned before or are regular visitors.
Operating a cargo flight for El Al.
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Old 29th Aug 2020, 03:17
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Swissair used 777's .......
Swissair ceased operations on 31st March 2002.

The present day operator SWISS International Airlines was born out of Swiss regional airline Crossair and inherited their flight prefix LX.
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Old 29th Aug 2020, 06:39
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Old habits die hard, but thank you for the correction. I used to love flying Crossair back in the day, a great little airline with the Jumbolinos and Saab steeds, very reliable.
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Old 30th Aug 2020, 00:01
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Saw a Polar 747 going out earlier on today, not sure whether they've been mentioned before or are regular visitors.
Atlas Air I think?
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Old 30th Aug 2020, 09:21
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Back when Swissair was Swissair the first flight from Zurich was a DC-10-30. As I understood it they made enough money from filling Zurich/London with "bankers" that when it came to the London/Zurich it was a case of selling what they could to make some cash flow.
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Old 31st Aug 2020, 21:28
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Originally Posted by KelvinD View Post
How about the other side of the "recent activity" coin? "Recent lack of activity". While at Heathrow yesterday, I found myself wondering if China had closed. Nothing arrived from China at all. Today seems to be the same, no Chinese flights scheduled. I can see Chinese aircraft flying all over the rest of the world but nothing in the UK. Has somebody said the wrong thing?
There's still 2x Air China flights from PEK but
1) They're cargo only
2) They vanish off fr24 once landed
CA937/938 and CA855/856 as per pax flt no. There are also misc other cargo flights.

The only passenger service is the Thu A380 from CAN and China Eastern from PVG. Some days this is cargo only, the clue is the passenger one is on pier at T2 and cargo one at Pier 6 on closed T3.
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Old 4th Sep 2020, 11:58
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Back when Swissair was Swissair the first flight from Zurich was a DC-10-30. As I understood it they made enough money from filling Zurich/London with "bankers" that when it came to the London/Zurich it was a case of selling what they could to make some cash flow.
I miss the DC-10 - used to look out for the Biman Bangladesh one which operated into Heathrow until end of 2017. All the modern wide bodies are virtually identical whereas the tri-jets had some drama about them.
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Yes the DC-10's were 'different' and they are missed, even if the odd MD-11F does fly over from time to time. I remember seeing one of the THY DC-10's doing and emergency return to LHR a few days after one of their's crashed in the forest outside Paris in 1974 (I think ?), the crew had an issue with a cargo door or some such, which was a contributing factor to the Paris crash. I remember also waiting until it was dark to glimpse an Air Zaire DC-10 landing for the first time at LHR, such was it's rarity back then ;-) The colour-scheme of National always used to make me smile, even on grey winter days when spotting at the Queens Building :-)
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