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BA Using 777 On Manchester To Gatwick Today  
User currently offlineHARLEYF150 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 70 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 6699 times:

I've just noticed that BA are using a 777 on the lunchtime service to Gatwick.BA2914 is scheduled to arrive at Manchester at 12.35 and depart back to Gatwick 30 minutes later why would BA use such an aircraft for a 30 minute flight

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User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 6679 times:

Quoting HARLEYF150 (Thread starter):
I've just noticed that BA are using a 777 on the lunchtime service to Gatwick.BA2914 is scheduled to arrive at Manchester at 12.35 and depart back to Gatwick 30 minutes later why would BA use such an aircraft for a 30 minute flight

Its probably a repositioning flight. EG plane needed at LGW for a flight and the one at MAN is the only one available.



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User currently offlineSunriseValley From Canada, joined Jul 2004, 4988 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 6600 times:

Do you know if they retracted the landing gear?  biggrin 

User currently offlineStar_world From Ireland, joined Jun 2001, 1234 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 6559 times:

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 1):
Its probably a repositioning flight. EG plane needed at LGW for a flight and the one at MAN is the only one available.

BA don't operate any 777s on scheduled routes to / from MAN, so this wouldn't be the reason.

Not sure why they'd be doing this, one possibility is the a/c has just come out of maintenance at LGW and is on a test run of some sort?


User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24936 posts, RR: 56
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 6435 times:

2 737 flights combined onto 1 777


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User currently offlineBCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 6424 times:

It is not the first time that BA has used the 777 on LGW to MAN services. Occasionally the 777 is sloted in, perhaps due to availability of the aircraft when the usual 737s are undergoing maintenance.

I remember when BA used to occasionally use Concorde (sub-sonically of course) as a stand in aircraft on the LHR - GLA shuttle. This was partly to attract more passengers on BA's services with the possibility that their Trident might be substituted with Concorde.



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User currently offlineWhiteHatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 6375 times:

Quoting BCAL (Reply 5):
I remember when BA used to occasionally use Concorde (sub-sonically of course) as a stand in aircraft on the LHR - GLA shuttle. This was partly to attract more passengers on BA's services with the possibility that their Trident might be substituted with Concorde.

It also did LHR-MAN on occasion. Mainly when the aircraft was needed up at MAN for charter ops or the early arrival from JFK was diverted into MAN because of weather problems. Sometimes they positioned it back to LHR using a shuttle overflow flight.

There could be other reasons why the 777 is doing the route, for instance group bookings for longhaul flights leaving from or arriving at LGW connecting to MAN. I can't see any football fixtures which might explain it though.


User currently offlineJacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 14968 posts, RR: 59
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 6250 times:

Quoting BCAL (Reply 5):
I remember when BA used to occasionally use Concorde (sub-sonically of course) as a stand in aircraft on the LHR - GLA shuttle. This was partly to attract more passengers on BA's services with the possibility that their Trident might be substituted with Concorde.

It also did LHR-LBA every now and then......amazing to see it land and depart that "tiny" little runway 14/32 ("tiny" compared to LHR/JFK/CDG)..... biggrin 



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User currently offlineGBOAC From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 221 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 6210 times:

Apparently both of the first 2 LGW-MANs were cancelled today, so as above, this is to take all of the 'stranded' pax up instead....

Phil


User currently offlineIMatAMS From Netherlands, joined Feb 2005, 317 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 6181 times:

I'd say they're probably missing a 737 or A320 in LGW. Because on tuesday one LGW-AMS-LGW run was also done on a 772...

IM


User currently offlineBDKLEZ From Ireland, joined Jun 2005, 1735 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 6154 times:

Quoting GBOAC (Reply 8):
Apparently both of the first 2 LGW-MANs were cancelled today, so as above, this is to take all of the 'stranded' pax up instead....



Quoting IMatAMS (Reply 9):
I'd say they're probably missing a 737 or A320 in LGW. Because on tuesday one LGW-AMS-LGW run was also done on a 772...

Very possibly. But in addition, BA often use the B777 betwwen LGW & MAN for crew training purposes.



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User currently offlineHS748 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 6079 times:

Quoting BDKLEZ (Reply 10):
Very possibly. But in addition, BA often use the B777 betwwen LGW & MAN for crew training purposes

Often? Including this example I can think of only two occassions in the last 12 months when a 777 has been used on this route. Have I missed something?


User currently offlineCandid76 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 735 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 5975 times:

I'm looking at the 777 now through my office window at MAN. Makes me wonder (again) just how successful a two class high density medium haul 777 operation from Manchester could be!

User currently offlineLGWspeedbird From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 459 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 5771 times:

Hi All

The reason that a 777 has been used is due to 4 tech a/c at LGW in the last couple of days we have cancelled 8 flights and combining two together.

On Tuesday the 777 G-VIIT did the following route LGW-AMS-LGW and LGW-MAD-LGW

and today it was doing a MAN run.

GB airways also had a tech a/c and had to combine some of its services.

Hope this helps

LGWspeedbird



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User currently offlineBWI757 From Israel, joined Dec 2004, 429 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5697 times:

Gee thanks LGWSpeedbird. Ya just killed a perfectly good A.net argument with some insider's knowledgable facts  Smile

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User currently offlineFlyMeToTheMoon From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 242 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 4591 times:

At least it was a 777, if it would have been a 342/3 it would not have even taken off, just taxied from MAN to LGW  Wink


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User currently offlineTrekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3087 times:

I spotted this on Wednesday night at work while rebooking a pax onto it from a canx flt in the morning. I just stumbled and he asked what was wrong. I said ur flying on a 777 which was odd, he laughed and said i used that to go to the states last week lol.

Only one other time have i seen ba use it. That was 7th July Last year.
Nealry got on it as well. Had a booking. But we canx just as we got on our LHR flts, the bombs had gone off in London, and all our parents were calling Sad
AND THIS TIME I WAS AT WORK lol. Did see it though, be it from the office window. Oh well, maybe next time


User currently offlineA340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4105 posts, RR: 51
Reply 17, posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2967 times:

4 tech a/c, typical DOC's then 

I did this on G-VIIO on July 7th, was fantastic, but a shame that something else also happened that day Sad, was a strange day to say the least!

Sam


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