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Two SEA-LHR Flights This Summer On BA?  
User currently offlineQXFLYINGCOUG From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 95 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4685 times:

I'm currently looking at flying to the UK for May and part of June and when I went to book my tickets on the return flight from LHR there were two flights on there to choose from. From my previous knowledge I thought BA only operated 1 daily 747 LHR-SEA-LHR. The flights only depart two hours apart and it looks like they are both 747s. Had anyone else noticed this?


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User currently offlineRwSEA From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 3103 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4680 times:

The second flight is actually only 3x per week, using the 777 I believe. This is for summer only, starting around June and ending in September.

User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9634 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4675 times:

I believe that the second flight is a 777. BA sometimes adds flights to SEA in the summer time. SEA is a highly seasonal market for leisure traffic. The additional flight will help increase capacity. Loads in the winter out of SEA to Europe are horrible on the order of 60%, but in the summer those numbers jump up to the 90s.

I would expect a 777 with fewer premium seats. Although SEA has a lot of business traffic to fill the premium cabins to LHR, I would think that the 747 should do a good enough job and that leisure customers are the reason for added capacity. Also SEA is the main point of departure for people going to Alaska. Many people connect in SEA to flights to ANC or elsewhere in Alaska and some cruise ships leave from the port of Seattle although many still leave from Vancouver BC as well.



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User currently offlineStevenUhl777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4651 times:

Yep..it will be a 772, and it leaves at around 12:30 or 1pm during the summer, getting into LHR in the early morning. The 2nd flight is the standard 744 that leaves SEA around 6:15pm.

User currently offlineMason From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 748 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4432 times:

According to the BA website, both flights will be 744s. Where are you getting your information?

User currently offlineRdwootty From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 904 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4371 times:

As mentioned previously I cannot understand people from Seattle paying BA fares when they can fly from Vancouver with Zoom and Canadian Affair or even the Thomas Cook Canadian site for nearly half the price. just get the diretc bus across the border and see how much you can save..you could spend it in UK instead. Also if you are goping around UK try the megabus site for cheap travel

User currently offlineStevenUhl777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4323 times:

Quoting Mason (Reply 4):
According to the BA website, both flights will be 744s. Where are you getting your information?

I read on this site that the 2nd flight would be a 772. But, if that's what BA is using (a 744) then wow...demand is even higher than I thought. Me thinks people are booking away from NWA due to labor uncertainty?


User currently offlineFlybynight From Norway, joined Jul 2003, 1005 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4300 times:

Quoting Rdwootty (Reply 5):
As mentioned previously I cannot understand people from Seattle paying BA fares when they can fly from Vancouver with Zoom and Canadian Affair or even the Thomas Cook Canadian site for nearly half the price. just get the diretc bus across the border and see how much you can save..you could spend it in UK instead. Also if you are goping around UK try the megabus site for cheap travel

Well, Vancouver is 2 1/2 hours away. That is one third of the entire flying time to Europe. Besides, you have to deal with the border.Of course, spending a few days in awesome Vancouver can make up for that. Flying to Vancouver on AS can add a lot to the cost.
From SEA you could also fly on SK or NW to Europe, but only BA is direct to England.



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User currently offlineRwSEA From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 3103 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4278 times:

The flights originally showed as 777s on the BA website. Looks like they may have been changed since then.

User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9634 posts, RR: 52
Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4247 times:

Quoting Rdwootty (Reply 5):
As mentioned previously I cannot understand people from Seattle paying BA fares when they can fly from Vancouver with Zoom and Canadian Affair or even the Thomas Cook Canadian site for nearly half the price. just get the diretc bus across the border and see how much you can save

Well with the time spent driving to YVR, you could also make a connection on any one of about 7 or 8 airlines that serve both cities. Passengers do pay a premium for the nonstop flight. Now if UA, AA or VS started up some competition on the route, then it would be different. UA use to fly the route over a decade ago.



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User currently offlineMason From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 748 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4222 times:

UA still has one-stop service through IAD, with the same flight number (UA939, I believe). If memory serves me, didn't they fly 747SP aircraft SEA-LHR for awhile?

User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9634 posts, RR: 52
Reply 11, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4194 times:

Quoting Mason (Reply 10):
UA still has one-stop service through IAD, with the same flight number (UA939, I believe).

United has flight 938/939 which is one stop via ORD. The morning flight to IAD continues on to FRA.



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User currently offlineQXFLYINGCOUG From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4033 times:

Quoting Flybynight (Reply 7):
As mentioned previously I cannot understand people from Seattle paying BA fares when they can fly from Vancouver with Zoom and Canadian Affair or even the Thomas Cook Canadian site for nearly half the price. just get the diretc bus across the border and see how much you can save..you could spend it in UK instead. Also if you are goping around UK try the megabus site for cheap travel

I did look at these sights and it really wasn't any cheaper for me by the time u add in the 6 1/2 hr drive that it would take me to get from Wenatchee in Central Washington State. I guess I could fly to YVR from EAT but then I'd have to connect in SEA and it would probably cost another $300 or more and probably take 4-5 hrs. Leaving from SEA is IDEAL trust me! I'll pay the extra money for a direct flight!



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User currently offlineCrossChecked From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 256 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4018 times:

Quoting Rdwootty (Reply 5):
I cannot understand people from Seattle paying BA fares when they can fly from Vancouver with Zoom

Because, my friend, British Airways are the best and those who pay the money expect, are used to and recieve a quality service. Money well spent!!!



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User currently offlineUpperDeck79 From Finland, joined Feb 2005, 1139 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4006 times:

Quoting Rdwootty (Reply 5):
As mentioned previously I cannot understand people from Seattle paying BA fares when they can fly from Vancouver with Zoom and Canadian Affair or even the Thomas Cook Canadian site for nearly half the price. just get the diretc bus across the border and see how much you can save..you could spend it in UK instead. Also if you are goping around UK try the megabus site for cheap travel

Not all people are going to stay in London. It doesn't cost much more on BA to have a connecting flight from LHR, but if you fly to London on an airline that does not offer connections, you would be paying a lot more extra for your intra-European flight.



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