FLY777UAL From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4512 posts, RR: 3 Posted (9 years 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4455 times:
I know that through the Bermuda II agreement, RDU is not one of the "approved" cities with the authority to operate into Heathrow, however thinking back to some of the loop holes which BA has used, I was wondering if these would be applicable to AA, as well.
SAN and PHX originally operated to LGW, both before and after they received separate flights, however were later switched over to LHR. This was due to a clause which basically stated that if any other airline wasn't operating between London and that particular city, then the flight could be operated out of Heathrow.
Was this clause written strictly for BA, or does it apply to everyone?
Jacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 14968 posts, RR: 61 Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4391 times:
Under the Bermuda II agreement, since only two U.S./UK air carriers are allowed to fly to LHR/LGW and the two U.S. Air carriers being AA/UA, and the British carrier being BA, why hasn't some other UK air carrier (i.e. British Midlands-though they fly to ORD from MAN) taken over? Is it because there is too much competition? VS was there for a small amount of time...but they ended it after 9/11....
I dont think Air India qualifies since they aren't a US/UK-based carrier, and even when BA/VS operating ORD-LHR, AI was still flying ORD-LHR...
N1120a From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26005 posts, RR: 78 Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4364 times:
AA also flys their DFW flights to LGW. They don't want to use precious LHR slots on a flight that is already a guarenteed money maker. Also, BA offers a good number of connections from LGW, so they are not at too much of a loss there.
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JoFMO From Germany, joined Jul 2004, 2211 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4248 times:
It was also mentioned that the RDU flight relies mostly to one big company in that area. And it's European headquarter is based not far from LGW. So why move your flight to LHR when the most important passenger flow goes next to LGW?
ERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6697 posts, RR: 18 Reply 14, posted (9 years 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4180 times:
I think if AA could shift to LHR, they probably would. It would make most of the companies in the Triangle happy, which is the reason behind the LGW flight. But I think that due to the Bermuda II agreement, AA just can't do it. RDU is a specific gateway only to LGW. I don't think there is a loophole past that.
PROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5530 posts, RR: 5 Reply 15, posted (9 years 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4129 times:
No I don't think it is Glaxo, from memory it is Pfizer, which is closer to LGW.
It's Glaxo, whose U.S. headquarters is in the Research Triangle Park not too far from RDU.
Pfizer's headquarters is in New York City, and its main research center is in eastern Connecticut, reasonably close to PVD and BDL.
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ERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6697 posts, RR: 18 Reply 18, posted (9 years 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3958 times:
The aforementioned Aventis was bought out by Bayer a couple of years ago. Recently, Bayer announced that they were going to move their Crop Sciences HQ to RTP. Currently, their Biological products HQ is already in RTP (althought it is in the process of being sold). Therefore, the RDU-LGW route could be utilized more for travel to Germany...
ERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6697 posts, RR: 18 Reply 19, posted (9 years 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3746 times:
I was just looking at the stats at rdu.com for the month of October...
an interesting tidbit I saw was International Enplanements and Deplanements... the only international destinations from RDU in OCT were LGW and NAS. YYZ was not considered international. NAS (AE E135)only lasted for 2 weekends, 2 flights a day... Total NAS service lasted 9 months...
International enplanements... OCT 2004...7205... YTD... 76321
International deplanements... OCT 2004...7459... YTD... 79687
Guessing NAS probably averaged 200 enplaned passengers over the 2 weekends, that leaves 7005 for LGW.. at 31 days.. averaged 225 pax/day.. the 777 seats 245 I think.. so I would have to say that the LGW flight does pretty damn well for RDU despite the subsidies... taking into account for the YTD (again assuming 100 pax/weekend to NAS for 9 months).. the average is 239 pax/day to LGW...
ERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6697 posts, RR: 18 Reply 21, posted (9 years 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3636 times:
I too am in the Pharmaceutical Industry. I worked for Bayer until March this year. Bayer Cropscience did, in fact, buy Aventis Cropscience. The Aventis Pharmaceutics was not purchased or merged with Bayer. Bayer is not pulling out the Pharma, but pulling out the Biological Products business. They are selling their BP HQ, also in RTP, and a buyer should be announced shortly.
Bayer Environmental Science plans to relocate its North American operations from Montvale, N.J., and Birmingham, Ala., to Research Triangle Park, which is the Americas region headquarters for Bayer CropScience.
MasseyBrown From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 4988 posts, RR: 7 Reply 22, posted (9 years 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3556 times:
ERJ170, as I read the RDU report I don't see any reason to think that the 7,205 international passengers shown all traveled on non-stop flights. I believe this number includes the passengers connecting through other hubs.
I'd rather count on the British CAA numbers shown at:
Scroll down to page 43 and the Brits report RDU-LGW total traffic for October to be 8,552 or (divided by 31 days and 2 directions) about 138 pax per flight to or from LGW - a load factor in the mid-fifties, which really isn't all that bad for the off-season.