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Why Did BA Fly A 747-400 On 24DEC To FRA  
User currently offlineA340roy From Germany, joined May 2004, 50 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 10 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 11115 times:

i was taking my flight to madrid on the 24th dec evening at 1640 hrs, and while waiting at the gate, i was amazed to see a BA B747-400 taxi past for the active rwy. this was at around 1550 hrs.

anyone know why.

i was surely very happy to see a fellow EU carrier come in with its biggest into a domestic EU route.

any info wud b appreciated

THANX!
and merry christmas!


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User currently offlineLamedianaranja From Venezuela, joined Nov 2004, 1246 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 11111 times:

I'm sure it was to get a large amount of stranded passengers out in time for Christmas. Remember the UK had been almost shut down by fog as of the 21st?


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User currently offlineJfk777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 8428 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 10821 times:
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Stranger things have happened, being BA the last few years has stunk. With all the problems they had in the last few summers and now the fog. Alwasy at Vacatiion times.

User currently offlineStar_world From Ireland, joined Jun 2001, 1234 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 10691 times:

Quoting Jfk777 (Reply 2):
Stranger things have happened, being BA the last few years has stunk. With all the problems they had in the last few summers and now the fog. Alwasy at Vacatiion times.

You say that like the fog was planned by BA to coincide with vacation time...?  sarcastic 

No different than UA at DEN last week - completely out of their control.


User currently offlineMNeo From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2004, 776 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 10604 times:

Since this was an unscheduled change, who gets to sit in the First and Club seats?


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User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24947 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 10494 times:

Quoting A340roy (Thread starter):
domestic EU route.

No such thing as a domestic EU route.
EUn is also consodered corrupt by quite a few folk living in the UK  Wink



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User currently offlineDAL767400ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 10 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 10470 times:

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 5):
EUn is also consodered corrupt by quite a few folk living in the UK

Not just by people in the UK  Wink .


User currently offlineEgmcman From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 898 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (7 years 10 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 10448 times:

Quoting A340roy (Thread starter):
was taking my flight to madrid on the 24th dec evening at 1640 hrs, and while waiting at the gate, i was amazed to see a BA B747-400 taxi past for the active rwy. this was at around 1550 hrs.

BA were trying clear the backlog of passengers due to the fog which reduced the number of flights LHR could handle hence some short haul flights were cancelled.


User currently offlineXaapb From Mexico, joined Jan 2005, 443 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (7 years 10 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 9665 times:

Quoting Star_world (Reply 3):

I think JFK777 was just saying is a coincidence that at vacation time there are problemas for BA, in the summer the problems, and this holidays the terrible fog in LHR.
About the 747 in FRA, as they said in other post, is just to take all the passengers that had delays in LHR, in stead of sending 4 or 5 Airbus A320 full.

HAppy Holidays!!
Cheers



Jorge Meneses
User currently offlineTheginge From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 1132 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 10 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 9268 times:

As you will see on other threads the 747-400 also went to Madrid a few times and a 777 went to CPH and GVA, all to disperse passengers from cancelled flights. And I imagine to get rid of the mountain of bags that were at LHR as well!!!

I think for these sorts of things no one sits in first class and club europe passengers get put in Club world. Must be a nice surprise to get a long haul seat on a short haul route!


User currently offlineContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 13
Reply 10, posted (7 years 10 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 8826 times:

Because of the fog delays that forced BA and other carriers to scrap or severly delay hundreds of flights ex-Heathrow.

User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8726 posts, RR: 43
Reply 11, posted (7 years 10 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 8681 times:

Having read the replies above, I think it might have to do with the fog dealys at LHR... correct me if I'm wrong.  Wink  duck 

Quoting Theginge (Reply 9):
I think for these sorts of things no one sits in first class and club europe passengers get put in Club world.

Why would they leave any seats empty on that kind of flight? my personal guesses are that it's either on a first come, first serve basis as per check-in time or based on passengers' frequent flier status.



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User currently offlineCPH813 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 10 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 8681 times:

G-YMML landing at CPH on december 22nd. I had no idea that this plane was coming so I was very fortunate to see it  Smile

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User currently offlineMagyarorszag From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 10 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 8465 times:

Quoting A340roy (Thread starter):
anyone know why.



Quoting Aloges (Reply 11):
Having read the replies above, I think it might have to do with the fog dealys at LHR... correct me if I'm wrong.

You are right.  Smile

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Cheers.


User currently offlineCumulus From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 1402 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (7 years 10 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5558 times:

To accommodate the backlog of pax, I hear a 777 was used to Manchester!


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User currently offlineBA787 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 2596 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (7 years 10 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4336 times:

Quoting Cumulus (Reply 14):
hear a 777 was used to Manchester

Wish I had been @ MAN that day


User currently offlineSpeedbird203 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 295 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (7 years 10 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3912 times:

There was a big deal about BA using its biggest long haul aircraft on some of its shortest routes, Does this mean that some long haul flights were stitched to maybe the 767? ... I don't know how many spares BA have to deal with something like this.


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