Gilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2964 posts, RR: 1 Posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 7548 times:
As I have shares in BAA, I just watched the webcast of BAA financial results for the last six months and they annouced at the press conference that they have struck an agreement with the Star Alliance for Terminal 1 to become there Hub and all participating airlines will switch their flights to this terminal.
This makes common sense and must be great news for BMI to offer smooth transfers to passengers travelling on UK regional flights to connect on to long haul flights with it partner airlines. They annouced no date for this but assume will happen around the time Terminal 5 opens.
There has been much concern in recent years BA was getting all the preferential treatment at LHR as they will be switching all their routes to Terminal 5 when this opens and is envisaged Terminal 5 will become a One World Hub.
At Present as you can see below the current situation is very messy and by allowing all the flights to depart from one terminal will change dramtically how flights operate at LHR.
Air Canada - T3
Air New Zealand - T3
All Nippon - T3
Asiana - T4
Austrian - T2
British Midland (BMI) - T1
Croatia Airlines - T2
LOT - Polish Airlines - T1
Lufthansa - T2
SAS - T2
Singapore Airlines - T3
South African - T1
TAP - Air Portugal - T2
Thai - T3
United - T3
Varig - T3
Iowa744fan From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 928 posts, RR: 1 Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 7309 times:
The Big One,
I think that the entire central terminal area is in need of a facelift. I agree with you though. Perhaps BAA has plans to revamp the T1 area before Star takes over.
A couple of questions. When is Star to move their operations to T1? Second, where will the European carriers go? Will Virgin be given control of T4 (and maybe other intercontinental carriers sent there)? What about T3? I assume that if T5 becomes a Oneworld hub and T1 becomes a Star hub, and perhaps T4 becomes Virgin's home (and all intercontinental ops), a large portion of the traffic in T3 will be gone. Would that make T3 the new European terminal? Or would Virgin and the intercontinentals stay in T3 and have the European airlines move out to T4? Any word?
VS045 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 192 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 7105 times:
I am not sure, but I think vs will stay in T3, as they have just redeveloped the clubhouse, costing quite a lot, I think its on two floors now. To move to T4 would be very costly as well as time consuming and above all, pretty pointless.
Fbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3691 posts, RR: 29 Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6983 times:
Sk945, SK and AC are in Terminal 3. They occupy the rather nice London Lounge. A few pics I took on a recent trip through there:
Wheelsatc, many widebodies at T1 could cause problems. Currently BA fly to SFO, LAX, JNB, HKG andd NRT from there and a 747 takes up two gates. Also El Al and SAA fly 747s from there. As it stands the terminal seems to cope at present levels although if a large longhaul operation were to move to T1 it would cause a few issues.
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BSU747 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 166 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6945 times:
Correct me if I am wrong but I heard that they are knocking down a pier at T3 to make room for some new gates to accomadate the A380 which if true would suggest that T3 still has a role for long haul travel so maybe VS will stay in T3.
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Wheelsatc From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 111 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 6902 times:
FbgDavidson - true their are currently a number of widebodies operating at T1 but they are often moved off stand shortly after arrival. The SAA aircraft spend all day at the maintanence area while the BA aircraft are rotated quite efficiently. I think if you had to park all the United and Air Canada arrivals in the morning there might not be room.
Leezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4041 posts, RR: 54 Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6691 times:
"Terminal 1 At Heathrow To Become Star Alliance Hub"
I have posted this info on more than one occasion on this site months ago from my inside sources.
And just for the record, VS are planning on staying in T3 - hence the huge investment in the new Clubhouse as VS045 said. Think about it, when all the STAR carriers move out, there will be loads of gate space freed up.
Although the plans I have seen for the future is that Virgin would like the Clubhouse above Check-in where B.K. and those crappy restaurants are now, but that all depends on what the BAA are going to do with the space between T3 South Wing and the new Pier 6.
Just for interest, work has started on a new Multi Storey Car Park in the spaces around the big silver Heathrow Express Buliding in the Central Area.
In the plans that I mentioned earlier, it showed Car Park 3 being pulled down and the front of T3 being moved out basically as far as the end of South Wing at the moment making the check-in hall over double the size.
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Iowa744fan From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 928 posts, RR: 1 Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 6613 times:
Skyteam will get T3? Correct me if I am wrong on this, but does Skyteam really need their own terminal at LHR? How many ops do they even have? None of the US carriers in Skyteam fly there. Air France, Alitalia, KLM, and Czech (?) all fly there, but none of them operate large aircraft of the 777/340/747 size there? So, why would they be going to T3? I know that they do fly some widebodies occasionally, but Korean is the only SkyTeam member who regularly flies 747s into LHR, no?
How big is T2? Woud T2 be large enough to house Skyteam? Do they have any widebody jetways for Korean though? Any word on what will happen to T4? Will many of the other intercontinentals move out there?
LHR27C From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 1279 posts, RR: 17 Reply 14, posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 6014 times:
T1 does have quite a few widebody stands: 123,125,127 and 134 tend to get used by SAA, CY and BA. Also the Europier can take widebodies and often does now that there is more BA long haul operating ex-T1. When I was there two weeks ago there were 4 BA 744s lined up on the Europier. Plus there's the remote 170 and 171 which are used by BA 744s. Quite whether it has sufficient widebody stands to cope with Star carriers is debatable but it could always be adapted if necessary.
I believe the plan is that when T5 is introduced it will "let the lid off" the pressure on the CTA and possibly permit BAA to close at least T2 to revamp it.
Iowa744fan - T2 takes the A300s of OA and LH, and I have seen a photo with a CX 744 on stand there. However, it is in desperate need of revamping, the check in area is horrible and I'd hope that this would be a priority for BA before opening it to any alliance.
As Leezyjet has stated VS will be wanting to stay in T3, T4 is not the most accessible of terminals airside, there's often delays crossing 27L/09R and a huge rise in fuel costs overall...
BSU747 - yes the new pier 6 will be capable of handling A380s, that's the most westerly pier of T3. In other activity at T3, I noticed on Sunday morning the tower is now in place .
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Cragley From Australia, joined Jul 2004, 426 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 5835 times:
If STAR go exclusively for T1, it's going to fail miserably. T1 is by far the worst terminal at Heathrow. BMI has its operations there and maybe you could also move in some euro star members (SK,OS,LH,TP,LO) but can you imagine United 777's there as well? Add to this SQ and TG 747's oh, and South African's 747's, now throw in a few Air Canada widebodies and...........tada....total agony for passengers. Sure it will be amazing for STAR connections, but its overcrowded enough as it is for domestic flights!
Good Luck is all I have to say. Even after renovating the Terminal, it still won;t be big enough.
I say STAR would be better using T3, keeping T1 for UK domestic and intra European flights. All long Haul flights would use T3 (as most currently do) and T5 would be One World. T2 can be used for european carriers while T4 could be all long Haul carriers. This give Star T1 and T3, T2 goes to european flights/airlines, T4 goes for Long haul and T5 is One World.
LHR27C From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 1279 posts, RR: 17 Reply 18, posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 5709 times:
Actually, T1 is the busiest terminal at LHR. Also, it's not really "by far the worst terminal at Heathrow", most would say T2. It may lack the necessary infrastructure at present, but with some investment in the right place I think it would easily be able to cope with Star, particularly with BA moved out.
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BestWestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 6778 posts, RR: 57 Reply 19, posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 5687 times:
Come off it... T1 is huge, and BAA will easliy re-configure some of the gates to accept more widebodies. BA have a considerable wide body operation there these days, as do ELAL, SAA and Cyprus airways. SAA are moved during the day as the aircraft would otherwise sit on stand all day everyday.
The condition of Terminal one is quiet good, and BAA have managed to reonvate a large part of the terminal and build new piers.
Perhaps the UK domestic and Ireland gate areas of T1 could be reconstructed to become the AC area, with the BA long haul gates becoming the UA area (no transfer from UA and AC at LHR). Lots of renovation needed, but it could easliy be done. Thai could share the UA gates as hours of operation tend not to overlap the UA operation.
SQ could take the EL AL / Cyprus air gates, with BD and LH, alongside SK taking the connection gates in-between. Could make for quite smooth transfer operations.
T2 will become a ghost-town, with T4, housing AF, KL, KE, SV, etc... Ghost town2.
BestWestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 6778 posts, RR: 57 Reply 21, posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 5664 times:
Cragley... when was the last time you were in T1... the check-in hall is large, and there is a new BA premium extension..... Take BA, and EI out of T1, and you have plenty of room for LH, SK and long haul. Long haul carriers to the US/Canada and Asia dont overlap considerably, allowing for combined use of check-in desks.
With more and more online and self service check-in - expect check-in areas to become smaller.
A combined Star terminal could potentially allow for a star alliance combined check-in area. That would allow so much efficiency and cost savings for the airlines involved.
Bacxboys From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 42 posts, RR: 0 Reply 22, posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5467 times:
sorry to have to throw a spanner In the works!! As an employee of CX at LHR we are constantly hearing all sorts of rumours about T5 and Oneworld.
There are no plans at present for any other Oneworld carriers to move to T5 when it opens. There simply will not be the room for operations such as IB and AA.
The latest is that T3 will become a Oneworld terminal and contain all AA,IB,EI(if they remain a OW memeber),AY,CX AND QF operations.
Again this is rumour, however the reason behind is that baggage connections between T3 and T5 are better and already being planned.
But hey who knows!! We will probably the last to know.
And to all of you who say the airport needs a facelift!! You are right but remember some of us have to work there too!! and its Grim, but maybe BAA needs to invest more in these areas and not so much into what shop its going to open next.