19 NOVEMBER 2018


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Article from BTNews 19 NOVEMBER 2018

AND FINALLY: A bridge too far

When British Airways took delivery of its first Rolls-Royce-powered Boeing B767 in 1990, the plan was to name the aircraft in the fleet after famous bridges with Severn Bridge the first.

The idea became unstuck when a presumably senior BA executive tried to name the next one Stamford Bridge. BTN even thinks it knows who it might be. He would have been a Chelsea football fan. The 28 aircraft were named after European cities instead.

The B767 proved to be very versatile for BA but the Rolls version did not catch on, with only three more sold. The passenger aircraft is no longer in production but FedEx recently placed an order which will keep the line open until 2025 at around one a month. It's a great freighter. Some 1,120 B767s have so far been delivered with about 750 in airline service.

The final British Airways Boeing 767 scheduled flight takes place next Sunday (25 November) from Larnaca into Heathrow.

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Andrew Sharp, Surbiton

The Great Western Railway's Hall class of locos was named after famous halls in the GWR area. Rumour has it that the last three to be named were 'Albert Hall', 'Henry Hall' and 'That's Hall'

Robert Shaw, Burgess Hill

There is no doubt that the 767 has been a very good aircraft for BA, but like everything, age catches up on us.