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LHR T5- Finally Running Smoothly?  
User currently offlineA350 From Germany, joined Nov 2004, 1100 posts, RR: 22
Posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2668 times:

Hello,

since a couple of days T5 in not in the (bad) news anymore and even not in the A.net forum. Does that mean it is finally in normal operation now and a terminal working properly doesn't make it to the headlines, or did we just get used to a chaotic T5?

For me it's too late, just booked STR-STN on 4U, I'm currently not in the mood to beta-test a terminal  no 

Cheers

A350


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User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13744 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2646 times:

Flights seem to be operating at 100% of the planned schedule though probably no way to tell the percentage of baggage that is getting to passengers' destination.

British Airways are no longer proclaiming that "We're Sorry" on their website.



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User currently offlineLHR27C From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 1279 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2608 times:

T5 is certainly working fine now - and there don't seem to be any baggage issues either since the problem was fixed on Sunday morning.

In fact, statistics since Tuesday (when the operation was up to 100%) have shown a distinct improvement on punctuality compared to BA's operation out of T1, which is really encouraging  Smile.

Not sure yet what the plan is with the move at the end of the month.



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User currently offlineTheginge From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 1132 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2609 times:

It is starting to run steadily, the question is when are the rest of the T4 flights coming over, the word is that this might be delayed from the original date of April 30th. Will probably hear something about this next week although any option is a bit of a logistical nightmare for BA and everyone else as all resourcing, terminal moves etc have been planned around this date.

User currently offlineBAStew From Australia, joined Sep 2006, 1028 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2558 times:

Some points from the BA operational update on the BA intranet today:

Terminal 5 operated a normal schedule for the 3rd day running today (197 departures/394 flights).

Yesterday, 71% of T5 flights departed within 15 minutes of scheduled departure time.

Across the global network 82% of flights left within 15 mins of departure time, 50% exactly on time.

The baggage situation 'continues to improve' but no figures given.


User currently offlineVikingA346 From Sweden, joined Oct 2006, 515 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2519 times:



Quoting LHR27C (Reply 2):
Not sure yet what the plan is with the move at the end of the month.

That is currently under discussion by top by personnel as they want to make sure T-5 is capable of adding services considering the major baggage failure that seems to finally be working normally.

I would be comfortable travelling through T-5 today. We had the unfortunate snowstorm in London over the weekend so that made it seem like things were at the very lowest. Weather + baggage belt failure was bad.. but it seems to be back to normal now - at least we hope so (knock on wood)



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User currently offlineBAStew From Australia, joined Sep 2006, 1028 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2470 times:

the problem is it may not just be up to us (BA).

alitalia and air france have planned their move into T4 around our moving out.

do i hear 'compensation' being yelled should ba delay their move?


User currently offlineThreepoint From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 2147 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2201 times:



Quoting BAStew (Reply 4):
Yesterday, 71% of T5 flights departed within 15 minutes of scheduled departure time.

Across the global network 82% of flights left within 15 mins of departure time, 50% exactly on time.

Until 'departure times' are based upon takeoff times rather than pushback times, these figures tend to be quite misleading. An airline could push back on time and hold on the apron and take off an hour or more late, yet still claim 'within 15 minutes of scheduled departure time'.



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User currently offlineTonystan From Ireland, joined Jan 2006, 1441 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2187 times:

Im not holding my breath for a smooth transition of the last few flights from T4!!!


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User currently offlineJACK02116 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 145 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2092 times:



Quoting Tonystan (Reply 8):
Im not holding my breath for a smooth transition of the last few flights from T4!!!

Its not the last few that still need to move, its the vast majority of their long haul operation.


User currently offlineBabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1848 times:

T5 was never well thought out. When you leave the terminal in a car, there are no road signs for central London! There are only signs to Staines and Slough, T4 and Terminals 123. Not exactly tourist hotspot destinations.

Not sure who to contact to sort this out.  Confused


User currently offlineTonystan From Ireland, joined Jan 2006, 1441 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1760 times:



Quoting JACK02116 (Reply 9):
Its not the last few that still need to move, its the vast majority of their long haul operation.

True but they only accound for 60 take off and landings a day. The shorthaul operation which is mostly there already are more labour intensive for the ground crews with the exception of checkin and boarding considering the amount of time the longhauls are on the ground for!



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User currently offlineReadytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 3281 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1728 times:

BBC news is reporting that BA have cancelled the move of all long haul traffic into T5 30 April from T4 until things are running smoothly.
Knock on effect to other airlines hoping to move into T4.  Sad



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User currently offlineSpeedbird2155 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 878 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1704 times:



Quoting Babybus (Reply 10):
T5 was never well thought out. When you leave the terminal in a car, there are no road signs for central London! There are only signs to Staines and Slough, T4 and Terminals 123. Not exactly tourist hotspot destinations.

How do the road signs equate to T5 not being "well thought out"?


User currently offlineCaspritz78 From Germany, joined Aug 2007, 518 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1674 times:



Quoting Babybus (Reply 10):
T5 was never well thought out.

It depends how you see it. BAA earns more money from stores and shop rents than landing fees. So for me T5 is a shopping mall with flight gates. The whole Terminal is optimized for shopping. Instead of space for passengers they reserved the space for stores. I order to get more people into the same stores domestic and international travellers are not separated. That's why BAA came up with this great idea of taking every ones fingerprints at check-in which would be rechecked during boarding. I think it won't take long and T5 will be crowed as every other Terminal.


User currently offlineVSFLYER747400 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 133 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1674 times:



Quoting Babybus (Reply 10):
T5 was never well thought out. When you leave the terminal in a car, there are no road signs for central London! There are only signs to Staines and Slough, T4 and Terminals 123. Not exactly tourist hotspot destinations.

Not sure who to contact to sort this out.

I think you will find this is probably a matter for BAA and the Highways Agency.



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User currently offlineBabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1626 times:



Quoting Speedbird2155 (Reply 13):
How do the road signs equate to T5 not being "well thought out"?

Surely the whole set up should have been considered. From arrivals to getting out of the airport.

Quoting VSFLYER747400 (Reply 15):
I think you will find this is probably a matter for BAA and the Highways Agency.

Thanx, I'll drop them a line today.


User currently offlineBHD From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 282 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1549 times:



Quoting Readytotaxi (Reply 12):
Knock on effect to other airlines hoping to move into T4.

Anyone have the insight into the knock on affects for the airliner wishing to move to T1. Im particularily interested in United Airlines

W


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