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Aviation Nostalgia Forum | BA Boeing 757-200
Regards Luke Brown
Later on Rolls Royce had to develop the engine further, and introduced the RB211-535E4 which was more competitive with Pratt And Whitney's PW2037 as well as quieter and more robust. BA bought the G-BIK* abd G-BMR* series with the -535C and eventually sold these on to DHL and others who weren't bothered about the higher fuel burn as they only operated them on short freight flights. BA had retained the original engines as these planes were only used domestically and shorthaul in Europe. The lighter -535C engines compensated for the extra fuel burn over short sectors.
Later on BA took delivery of the G-BPE* and G-CPE* series with the improved engines. These were the last ones to be retired and many have found a new home at fedEx. BA had to retire them as the 757 is incompatible with the containerised baggage system that T5 at Heathrow uses, and this would have caused problems and delays at the gate as the system could not deliver bags on trailers to the aircraft for loaders to put on board.
BA did briefly use them across the pond from Birmingham and Manchester (IIRC Glasgow too) but not for any major length of time. BA's policy of only doing longhaul out of LHR and LGW has been around for quite some time, and internal complications made the routes hard to operate profitably.
As well as pounding the beat domestically they were handy for higher traffic European routes and the odd one where the range came in handy. Some did have the ET fitment at BA so they had the extra tanks for transatlantic if needed. I did read that the ET wasn't the same as Extended Range as the extra tank fitting was more to improve the margins and give sufficient diversion or holding fuel as well as headwinds.
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