British Airways Retires its Last Boeing 737

Caption: A British Airways Boeing 737-400, similar to the aircraft which operated the final BA 737 service on September 30. (BA)
Caption: A British Airways Boeing 737-400, similar to the aircraft which operated the final BA 737 service on September 30. (BA)
British Airways retired its last Boeing 737 – a 400 series model – on September 30.
The type’s final duties, BA2578 and BA2579 were a return trip from London’s Gatwick Airport to Turin.
Marking the retirement, the airline described its 737 fleet as being the mainstay of its short-haul network for the last 35 years after the first 737-200s first entered service for British Airways in 1980, replacing the Trident fleet on UK and European routes.
The final return flight was flown by an all-female pilot team, Captain Christine Scott and First Officer Gillian Tunley. It was also Captain Scott’s last flight before retirement.
Captain Scott, who lives in Lingfield, near Gatwick Airport, began her flying career with British Airways on the 737 in 1996 before becoming a Captain in 2003.
Before the final flight Captain Scott, commented: “I’ve been flying the 737 for 19 years, and have loved every moment.
“It’s a terrific aircraft to fly and has proved incredibly safe, comfortable and reliable for our customers over the past four decades. I`m pleased that this will continue with the Airbus 320s replacing the 737 on short-haul routes at Gatwick.
“I can’t think of a better way to end my British Airways career.”
As the airline’s fleet replacement continues, 15 new aircraft will join the British Airways fleet in 2015 including two A380s, the first five Boeing 787-9s (its first 787-9 arrived at Heathrow on September 30) and eight A320s replacing the 737 at Gatwick.

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  1. Message to Captain Scott, if she’s there – did she used to be Christine Chapman? I had an instructor of that name at Biggin Hill for my IMC rating in the 80s, and in the photo published elsewhere of the crew of the final 737, Captain Scott looks similar enough to make me ask..

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