ChrisNH From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4081 posts, RR: 2 Posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2435 times:
I've been on the morning BA 777 nonstop from Boston to London a couple times...years ago. Both times the flights were modestly full, but not overly so. Never have been on the AA flights. Obviously both carriers must be pleased with the performance of their flights, since the schedules show them through the dead of winter each and every year.
Commavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 11394 posts, RR: 62
Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2384 times:
As for AA, the morning BOS-LHR flight does fairly well in the summer, and takes some pressure off the quite popular evening redeye. During the winter, however, the flight is a dog, and doesn't really do so hot financially. The eastbound morning departure from BOS and westbound evening departure from LHR don't operate on Saturdays during the winter -- it goes to Santo Domingo instead.
LH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2264 times:
Part of the reason these flights do so well is that 80% of the flight is O&D traffic. AA and BA may get a few passengers off red eyes from the west coast and a few onward connections to Africa and the Middle East but by-and-large these planes are filled with people going to/from BOS and LHR, which increases yield. And, at least in BA's case, the flight is popular with many F and J passengers. Also, while the market is not as large, BA is adding a second daylight flight from JFK this winter to coincide with the AA flight and BA's own daylight from EWR. It seems IAD is the only airport where the daylight flight can't be sustained through the winter.
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