PM From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 7109 posts, RR: 63 Posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 7025 times:
It seems that LHR will be seeing loads of A380s from early on in the programme's life (SQ, QF, EK, VS, etc.) but it may be much longer before 787s are seen there regularly.
Who'll be the first to fly them into LHR?
Neither of the Japanese airlines seem likely. Nor do any of the Chinese airlines. NW and CO don't (can't) fly to LHR and Blue Panorama and First Choice won't be there either. NZ and QF seem unlikely to use them into London and so on and so on.
My guess would be Icelandair and Air Canada as the only likely airlines in the near term. Maybe Kenya Airways and Air India would come later.
Either way, it seems that LHR will NOT be the place to see 787s in the early years at least.
Humberside From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 4937 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6662 times:
Quoting PM (Thread starter): My guess would be Icelandair and Air Canada as the only likely airlines in the near term. Maybe Kenya Airways and Air India would come later.
Air Canada and Kenya Airways seem the obvious ones to me. AC will probably use them on routes like Halifax and Ottawa - LHR (routes like LHR-YYZ might need the capacity of a B777). As Nairobi-LHR is arguably KQ's main route and the B787 will be their main long haul aircraft I would expect them to send them to LHR
I guess Air India will use a larger aircraft on most LHR services but maybe a B787 will beb used from smaller cities like Calcutta. As for Icelandair I guess they will only use their B787 at peak times
Dc10s4ever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4582 times:
Quoting NYC777 (Reply 16): AA will certainly order the 787 (within the next 1 year IMO), so I'm betting some 787 in AA colors will be flying around LHR. I hope to be on one of them.
I dont think you would see the 787 at LHR right away. In all likelyhood the 787 would first replace the aging 767-223 fleet and be deployed on LAX/SFO-JFK. AA is happy with 100% 777 ops at LHR, plus having a common fleet type at a particular city helps keep costs down.
Gr8Circle From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 3146 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2779 times:
Quoting Humberside (Reply 5): I guess Air India will use a larger aircraft on most LHR services but maybe a B787 will beb used from smaller cities like Calcutta.
You're right....AI will probably use the 777's on the LHR route, but could have a few 787's flying direct from smaller cities like Hyderabad, Bangalore, maybe even Ahmedabad....
Kolkata, as you rightly pointed out, could be a candidate for direct 787 flights to LHR , but I'd be careful about calling it a 'smaller city'....definitely a lower traffic city, but it happens to be one of the biggest cities in India....you'll have a bunch of Bengali babu's at your throat for saying this...it's all too easy to hurt their ego's...
Much depends on the delivery slots but I guess some of the European carriers might use them temporarily on some LHR flights post delivery in the same way that the likes of IB A340s, AF 777s and others have been used on LHR flights in the past.
With that in mind we might see the odd LO or FI 787 flight operated after taking delivery.
But as far as regular scheduled ops are concerned then most likely AC and KQ as already stated must be contenders.
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