Ssides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 22 Posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2126 times:
Can anyone fill me in on BA's current operations at IAH? I've checked their timetables and can't get a solid, definitive result.
If I am not mistaken, BA used to have a daily 744 from LGW-IAH, and also flew an additional 777 three or four days a week. Now, it looks like they've switched to a 777 daily. Are they still operating 2 daily flights on certain days? If so, with a 777 or 744? BA's website doesn't seem to provide a good answer.
Tom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 38 Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2091 times:
BA's current timetable shows the following:
1 daily 777 nonstop to Gatwick, leaving IAH at 4:05pm.
1 777 Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday nonstop to Gatwick, leaving at 7:35pm.
1 daily 777 one-stop to Heathrow, with a stop at O'Hare, leaving at 5:15pm.
Greg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1968 times:
The IAH-IAD-LHR was a 744 the first six months of operation.
It is a miserable flight flight compared to the nonstops---even in Club World.
Plus, LGW is so much more civil than Heathrow for morning arrivals.
Edina From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 735 posts, RR: 9 Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1953 times:
The LHR-ORD-IAH (formerly via IAD) on the 744 was introduced mainly to cater for transit pax on to Lagos when the LOS service moved to LHR from LGW & also to introduce the 4 class service on a route that is in BAs top 5 in terms of profitability. The LHR service remains on the 744 whilst the 10 weekly LGWs are on the 777 & 4 class service will be introduced within the next 10 days on the route from LGW. IAH is BA's prime market after JFK to the US in terms of premium traffic. Several companies (mostly oil related) block book seats in F & J & pay for those seats whether they use them or not. These deals give the companies involved flexibility without using exec aircraft & cover much of BAs overheads for the route......any other traffic (&there's a lot!!) is very much the icing on the cake for BA. Must also say that BAs ground staff on IAH are certainly the most friendly & efficient, certainly in the US if not on the whole network.....they beat DFW hands down for example.
[Edited 2003-08-05 23:30:37]
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Lear777 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 290 posts, RR: 4 Reply 12, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1868 times:
Having watched BA go from a daily DC-10 to 17 weekly 777 flights, I have always been fairly amazed at how much and how quickly the Houston market has developed for British Airways. I can vouch for the route's outstanding profitability through discussions I have had with various BA and airport staff. Like has already been said, all flights will be four class 777s in the near future, which will serve all the more to send profits soaring. The demand for premium services is certainly there. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see LGW-IAH go true double daily before too long.
I have wondered what will happen in the event of LHR opening up. Obviously LHR-IAH is a no brainer, considering the trouble they are going through to fly it right now. But it seems that LGW-IAH has developed into a market unto its own, so I can't help but wonder if LGW-IAH will survive even in the event of LHR becoming accessible.
Either way, I love being able to see three BA 777s on the ground at IAH some times...it's a cool sight I would not have imagined just a few years ago. Now if only KLM would follow suit!
Ssides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 22 Reply 13, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1867 times:
That makes sense; I'm surprised that BA flies this route daily. With a daily non-stop to LGW and four more weekly nonstops to LGW, I would think that IAH passengers could deal easily with reduced schedules to LHR.
Lear777 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 290 posts, RR: 4 Reply 14, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1850 times:
Well, those Lagos pax seems to have BA at their beck and call. Many people make the LOS-LON-IAH flight, and most of them are paying high yield premium prices either on their own or through their companies (mostly oil, who take no issue with paying astronomical business and first fares). It was no problem when both Houston and Lagos were at Gatwick, but with Lagos now at Heathrow (not to mention all of the other oil heavy destinations like Aberdeen, Tashkent, etc), I see their reasoning in offering the LHR-ORD-IAH flight. Loads may be light, but I bet those few pax up front are paying ridiculously high fares that might just make the flight worthwhile.
Which isn't to say that BA finds the LHR flight to be fun or convenient or the best they can offer- I am sure when the opportunity knocks, LHR-IAH will become a reality within minutes.
SR 103 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1728 posts, RR: 41 Reply 15, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1812 times:
"Now if only KLM would follow suit!
I'll say! It was really hard for me to secure a seat on the AMS-IAH flight later this month. The flights always seem to be full. If BA can do it, I'm sure KL can. KLM kind of already serves IAH twice a day with their code share on the daily CO AMS-IAH flight. I'm sure though a second AMS-IAH flight on KLM metal would work just fine if CO and KL strengthen their alliance.