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What happened to British Airways DC-10 fleet?

by Matt Falcus
Photo (c) Alan Lord

The original lineup of British Caledonian DC-10s. Photo (c) Alan Lord

When British Airways merged (some would call it a takeover) with British Caledonian in 1987, it inherited a fleet of McDonnell Douglas DC-10 aircraft operated by the airline at its London Gatwick base.

While these aircraft did not fit in with the established British Airways and widebody fleets, they were retained to operate select long-haul routes until as late as 1999.

With that in mind, we thought we’d take a look at the fleet and what happened to the aircraft once British Airways retired them.

 

McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 fleet

G-BEBL

C-GKFB (scrapping)

After BA service it was converted to a freighter and flew with Cargo Lion, VARIG Logistics and Kelowna Flightcraft.

Scrapped in 2016.

 

G-BEBM

C-GKFA (Kelowna Flightcraft)

After BA service it was converted to a freighter and flew with Gemini Air Cargo, DAS Air Cargo, VARIG Logistics and Kelowna Flightcraft.

Scrapped at Hamilton, Ontario in 2015.

 

G-BHDH

MANCHESTER JUNE 1993 CALEDONIAN AIRWAYS DOUGLAS DC10 G-BHDH

After BA service it was converted to a freighter and flew with Emery Worldwide, Omni Air and Centurion Air Cargo.

Scrapped at Orlando Sanford, FL in 2013.

 

G-BHDI

5X-JCR, McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30F DAS Air Cargo @ Amsterdam AMS EHAM

After BA service it was converted to a freighter and flew with Cargo Lion, DAS Air Cargo and Arrow Air.

Scrapped at Opa Locka, FL in 2013.

 

G-BHDJ

Centurion Air Cargo DC-10s

After BA service it was converted to a freighter and flew with Gemini Air Cargo, Centurion Air Cargo, Cielos del Peru and Solar Cargo.

Scrapped at Hamilton, Ontario in 2018.

 

G-DCIO

N189AX

After BA service it was stored for a couple of years at Marana, AZ. It was then converted to a freighter and flew with Omni Air International.

Damaged beyond repair in a landing accident at Bogota, Colombia, on 28 April 2004.

 

G-MULL

G-MULL

After BA service it was converted to a freighter and flew for World Airways and Centurion Air Cargo.

Scrapped at Orlando Sanford, FL, in 2018.

 

G-NIUK

PP-MTP_McDonnellDouglas DC-10-30_MTAcargo_ksfb27092013

After BA service it was converted to a freighter and flew for Gemini Air Cargo, Cielos del Peru and MTA Cargo.

Stored at Orlando Sanford, FL since 2011 as PP-MTP.

 

 

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