This small fleet of DC-10's came to British Airways unexpectedly and surprised many by surviving so long, seemingly inseparable from Gatwick where they were such familiar sights for more than 20 years. Basically their continued operation was because the aircraft's attributes - reliability, ease of maintenance and suitability for many of the long haul routes flown from Gatwick - made them difficult to replace economically and operationally.
10 DC-10-30's came from BCAL, G-BEBL becoming the first to wear BA colours in May 1988.
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