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User currently offlineAFa340-300E From France, joined May 1999, 2084 posts, RR: 25
Posted (15 years 8 months 5 hours ago) and read 1377 times:


I would be interested to track down the history of BA operations at Houston.
Could anyone help me with some old timetables to see when they switched aircraft and upgraded frequencies please?

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Thank you,

Best regards,
Alain Mengus

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User currently offlineContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (15 years 8 months 4 hours ago) and read 1321 times:

Hi Alain,

Up until the late 1990's, BA was operating the DC10-30 to
IAH once daily from London Gatwick. They now fly a daily
Boeing 747-400 and have added a second flight three or 4
times per week with a Boeing 777. The reason is simple.
Continental flies twice a day with the 777 and therefore is
offering a more flexible schedule.

BA operations at IAH are based at the International Terminal
designated D, which used to be known as the Mickey Leland
Terminal. It opened in 1990 and serves Continental's inter-
national arrivals from all points and departures to Tokyo, Paris,
London, and Sao Paolo, as well as the ops of KLM, Air France,
Aeromexico, TACA, and all other foreign flag carriers.


User currently offlineSKYTEAM From France, joined Nov 2009, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (15 years 8 months 4 hours ago) and read 1309 times:

Yep, ContinentalEWR is right. I gotta add, Houston Intercontinental's Terminal D (Formerly known as International Arivals Building, or IAB) is the best Int'l Terminal I have ever seen!!!!!


User currently offline777gk From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1641 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (15 years 8 months 3 hours ago) and read 1297 times:

It really is a nice facility. I used to operate international flights from IAH, but back when I did, Terminal D was not constructed yet. Recently, while operating flight 217 back in August, an rush-hour 757 from EWR-IAH, the regular concourses was completely full, so we received instructions to taxi to gate D-6A, which we did. I was excited for this as I have never been into this terminal before. After completing shutdown, we walked up the unusually long jetway to the terminal. Inside, it was almost as nice as the one at EWR. Pleasantly surprised, I looked around to admire the building before going to my hotel. I snapped a few photos of the terminal, but they came out poorly. Here are some nice ones I found:

From above

Inside the facility

Overhead view of the check-in area

User currently offlineMr.BA From Singapore, joined Sep 2000, 3423 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (15 years 8 months 1 hour ago) and read 1260 times:

You guys mean BA canceled their service to Houston???


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User currently offlineCba From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4534 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (15 years 8 months 1 hour ago) and read 1258 times:

No, BA operates one daily flight in a 744 to Gatwick, along with a second flight in the 777 3 times a week. The IAH-LGW route is a high capacity route. CO also operates 2 daily 777 flights on the route.

I have flown in/out of IAH's international terminal several times. It's a really nice terminal.

User currently offlineIshky15 From United States of America, joined exactly 16 years ago today! , 717 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (15 years 8 months ago) and read 1247 times:

Overall, which airline ferries more passengers between the two cities? BA's one daily 747 and few times weekly 777 are almost equivalent to two daily 777s. So which on'es more successful? What about load factors?

User currently offlineContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (15 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1212 times:

It's hard to say. I would think CO's load factors are likely to be higher since IAH is their biggest hub.

Houston is a major transit point and CO's ops there
surpass 520 or so daily flights. However, BA has a
pretty decent feed at Gatwick too. Basically, it is
not relevant who has the higher loads. There is a
lot of room for two players in this market. Houston
is the fourth biggest US city after NY, LA, and
Chicago and London is....well London is London.
Need I say more?


User currently offlineSKYTEAM From France, joined Nov 2009, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (15 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1199 times:

Hiya ContinentalEWR, I will be flying your airline Continental in a couple weeks to New Orleans VIA IAH, and I am looking forward to it. I have never had a bad flight on Continental & doubt I ever will.


P.S. Why doesent Continental, or BA fly the IAH-LGW Route?

User currently offlineLv2fly368 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (15 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1173 times:

I know that BA has served IAH for quite some time. They have flown 744s there for at least the last few years. That is their largest operation in TX bcuz DFW is too locked up w/ AA competition.

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