G-CPET is the aircraft that will carry out the last scheduled British Airways Boeing 757 revenue flight, and the timetable below charts its last working day on Saturday 30 October:
BA1384 Heathrow to Manchester departing 0745 arriving 0840
BA1389 Manchester to Heathrow departing 1000 arriving 1105
BA1482 Heathrow to Glasgow departing 1215 arriving 1340
BA1487 Glasgow to Heathrow departing at 1425 and arriving at 1545
BA1454 Heathrow to Edinburgh departing 1725 arriving 1850
BA1463 Edinburgh to Heathrow departing 1935 arriving 2100
To mark the occasion, G-CPET has been liveried in the way that BA 757s were when they first arrived on the fleet in 1983.
The other two other remaining BA 757s will fly from Heathrow on Spanish services during the same day.
British Airways and Eastern Air Lines were the type’s launch customers, and BA’s first 757 took to the skies in 1983. At its height, BA’s 757 fleet was 54 strong in the late 1990s.
The three remaining 757s, all of which entered service in 1997, have been sold to FedEx Express, along with eight other 757s retired in the past year.
Captain Stephen Riley, director of flight operations, says: “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 on board the final few flights around the UK will enjoy the day as well.”
Thank you, Capt Riley. I’ll be enjoying the LHR-EDI-LHR goodbye sortie, helping to celebrate this little bit of BA history.