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Sundays' BA196 IAH-LHR Diverts To CWL  
User currently offline1400mph From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2013, 1009 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3756 times:
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-21232826

Some sort of technical issue apparently.

Anyone got any info ?

http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/local&id=8970447

[Edited 2013-01-28 04:33:31]

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User currently offlineDalavia From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 549 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3695 times:

138 passengers seems a pathetic load for a 747.

User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7704 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3684 times:
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Quoting 1400mph (Thread starter):
Some sort of technical issue apparently.

Seems rather odd diverting to CWL for a technical issue - the distance is surely negligible compared to just landing at LHR.



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User currently offlinebongodog1964 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 3593 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3646 times:

Quoting Dalavia (Reply 1):
138 passengers seems a pathetic load for a 747.

Its the quietest time of the year for transatlantics anyway, plus a Saturday flight from a destination with a high % of business travel. On that basis a load factor of 40 - 45% depending on which configuration the plane is in is probably not unusual.


User currently offlineNibog From Ireland, joined Apr 2009, 329 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3545 times:

Quoting RussianJet (Reply 2):
Seems rather odd diverting to CWL for a technical issue

BA engineering based at CWL,so the aircraft in question will be looked at fairly quickly.


User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7541 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3357 times:

The local enthusiasts web site is reporting here:

http://cardiffstathan.blogspot.co.uk/

that after arriving at 10.43 it departed for LHR at 13.22.

The aircraft was G-BNLE, BA's oldest in-service 744. It is a 'Hi J' aitcraft, configured F14 / J70 / W30 / Y177.


User currently offlineDalavia From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 549 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3357 times:

So, were the passengers sent to London on a bus (well, two buses)?

User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7541 posts, RR: 17
Reply 7, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3116 times:

The BA Source web site is reporting here:

http://www.thebasource.com/

that 'LE squwaked "7700" and then diverted after an instrument failure.


User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7541 posts, RR: 17
Reply 8, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3055 times:

Checked its flight path on Flight 24 at:

http://www.flightradar24.com/data/airplanes/g-bnle

It flew in just south of Cork in Ireland and over Swansea. The only physical diversion seems to have been its 180 degree turn to line up east to west on the CWL runway.


User currently offlinesteve6666 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 411 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2903 times:

Quoting Dalavia (Reply 6):
So, were the passengers sent to London on a bus (well, two buses)?

Think I would rather take a train.

Somewhat amusingly, last week Sundays BA490 from GIB was diverted to Bournemouth - a whole ooh.... 80 miles from LHR, so somewhat closer than CWL. The passengers were not bussed up - apparently they were told that no bus company was willing to do it - instead they were all overnighted in the Bournemouth Marriott and then flown to LHR the next day.

So not a foregone conclusion that they would have been bussed, especially as I gather the road networks are still somewhat treacherous in large parts of the UK.



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User currently offlineFlyingSicilian From Italy, joined Mar 2009, 1332 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2760 times:

Quoting Dalavia (Reply 1):
138 passengers seems a pathetic load for a 747.

How many were up front though?While Saturday is not a heavy biz day, rumour is this route makes good money on C/J loads.



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User currently offline1400mph From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2013, 1009 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2667 times:
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Quoting Dalavia (Reply 1):
138 passengers seems a pathetic load for a 747.

Well it's double daily. There's a 777 that departs four hours earlier. Historically I think it's always been an 'oil' route so lots of premium passengers. Whether that is still the case with new carriers on the route I couldn't say but as I say it is double daily. Can't imagine BA send their planes off to places just for the hell of it.


User currently offlineAZA330 From Italy, joined Feb 2004, 289 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2368 times:

I flew LHR-IAH on March 1st last year, and the load was pathetic for a 747 at that point, too. It was BA197 (the later of the two flights) and the plane seemed to be pretty empty, at least judging for the amount of people at the gate before boarding and at customs after the arrival. However, Club World was full in the upper deck, and it seemed to be quite full downstairs, too.

I guess it makes sense to have double daily flights for premium passengers demand? Or is there also enough freight to justify a 777 and a 747?


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