I am a very very scared flyer. I am due to fly from Orlando to Manchester on 4th April but I am considering canceling the flight.
I have all sorts of horrid thoughts going through my head. I also have many CDs about fear of flying. I know air travel is safe but it doesn’t stop me from thinking about the worse.
But my question is, I am thinking of booking a flight with British Airways from London to Atlanta and I know the plane will be a Boeing 777. After reading different articles on the plane I’m not sure what to do.
In your opinion is the Boeing 777 an air worthy aircraft? Would you trust your loved ones on the aircraft and would you travel on one?
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According to the European Aviation Safety Agency, the Boeing 777 is safe despite concerns from the US transport authority (NTSB) that versions with Rolls-Royce engines could lose power in freezing weather. That is, provided the airlines undertake the operational procedures that the Safety Agency has mandated.
British Airways said it would continue to fly its Boeing 777 aircraft despite the NTSB order for an urgent redesign to part of the engines. The order was that the Rolls-Royce engine's fuel/oil heat exchanger be redesigned as a permanent way of stopping ice forming and restricting fuel flow.
A British Airways spokeswoman said that the airline had adopted the mandatory changes to flying procedures designed to prevent a repeat of the fuel blockage which was believed to have caused the crash of BA Boeing 777 at London's Heathrow in January 2008.
The NTSB has said that a Delta Air Lines Boeing 777 had suffered a similar loss of engine power while flying between Shanghai and Atlanta in November 2008. The pilot followed the recommended procedure to recover engine power and landed the jet safely at Atlanta.
Well, this incident is more likely when the Boeing 777 flies over the polar route both ways and the ground temperature at the stopover point is well below zero.
Your flight from London to Atlanta does not fly over the polar routes. So you need not have to worry at all.
Despite the adverse reports about the Boeing 777, this plane still holds the record of being the safest commercial airliner in the world.
Yes, the British Airways Boeing 777 as operated by one of the safest airlines today is of course still airworthy. An airline would not put its reputation at stake and it would do its utmost to ensure that their planes are safe before they are put into service.
And yes, I would travel and also put my loved ones on the Boeing 777 anytime!
Boeing 777 performing cross wind landing
British Airways Boeing 777 from London to Boston (Simulated)
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