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Flying BA, I Have A Couple Of Questions?  
User currently offlineAlfa75 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 616 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3034 times:

I will be flying BA over the Holidays and was curious as to which version of the 744 they will use. The flight look up by schedule that is on their website does not tell me.

Also, why would I be able to choose my seats for the AGP flights but not the transatlantic ones? I did book my tickets before October 7th.

26-12-09
JFK-LHR BA0112
LHR-AGP BA0496

01-01-10
AGP-LHR BA0495
LHR-JFK BA0183

Also, as this is my first trip with a connection in Europe, will I go through customs in London? (I am a US citizen.)

Thanks, Kurt


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User currently offlineRIX From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1787 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2789 times:

You go through customs after getting your luggage, so, in case of connection, you shouldn't. You will most likely pass another security control if you change terminal (in case BA intra-European flights use terminals other than 5 - or is it code-share?).

As for seat selection, normally they allow it only 24 hours before the flight, unless FF status or First class (not even Club). I'm not sure why you can select seat on connection flights, unless it is code-share.

Hope somebody can be more helpful. Cheers!


User currently offlineLHR380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2761 times:

They will not allocate a aircraft until a few weeks maybe before the flight, but even then it could change last minute for a number of reasons.

Regarding the seating, there are a number of reasons why.
1. Was the AGP booking made sep from the JFK booking, if so you could have a full fare.(Full fare tickets can allocate at any time)
2. If its a travel agent booking, the contract they have with BA could mean seating is included for some reason.
3. FQTV status, but then you would be able to get the international seats as well.

Regarding the new seating policy, it does not matter what date you made it, everyone goes by the same rule now for seating.

Any more questions, pop us a PM or write in here, and both myself and any netter will help ya if we can.

Dan


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25457 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2754 times:



Quoting RIX (Reply 1):
As for seat selection, normally they allow it only 24 hours before the flight, unless FF status or First class (not even Club).

Not quite correct. If you're paying a fully-flexible fare in business, as well as premium economy and economy, you can also select your seat at the time of booking regardless of FF status, except for exit row seats in premium Y and Y which can be purchased at a charge between 10 days and 4 days prior to departure.

It's all covered clearly in the BA website.


User currently offlineFabo From Slovakia, joined Aug 2005, 1219 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2754 times:

Thing with intra-Europe should actually be approached as whether it is intra-Schengen flight (you would have to do customs, as it is in essence a domestic flight now), but since UK is not a part of Schengen area, this is most likely not applicable.


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User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7568 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2518 times:



Quoting Alfa75 (Thread starter):
I will be flying BA over the Holidays and was curious as to which version of the 744 they will use.

I have checked both BA112 and BA183 for the first nine days of October. Except for BA183 on 3 October that was unusually operated by a 772, all the flights were operated by a "Hi J" 744 configured for 299 passengers (F14 / J70 / W30 / M185).

Enjoy your holiday!


User currently offlineAlfa75 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 616 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2415 times:

Thanks for the responses.

If it makes any difference I booked the flights on ba.com along with hotel near AGP at the same time. So I assume it is a BA flight between LHR-AGP. We will be flying WT+ on the transatlantic legs.

It makes sense to not let me choose seats if they do not know which plane they are using, although, how do they know how many seats to sell in each class if each plane is different?



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User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7568 posts, RR: 17
Reply 7, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2204 times:



Quoting Alfa75 (Reply 6):
It makes sense to not let me choose seats if they do not know which plane they are using, although, how do they know how many seats to sell in each class if each plane is different?

BA have a standrd configured aircraft for every flight and from what I have observed from early October both BA112 and BA183 are normally operated by a "Hi J" configured 744 as are, I believe, all 744 flights between JFK and LHR.

The alternative configuration for a BA 744 is "Mid J" for 337 passengers (F14 / J52 / W36 / M235). (There used to be a "Lo J" configuration with just 38 J (Club World) lie flat seats but they have all been reconfigured to "Mid J".)

Both BA0495 and BA0496 are operated by BA aircraft and crews. On Tuesdays and Sundays BA schedule 752s on these flights, but use 320s for the rest of the week. The use of a larger capacity 752 on two days a week may reflect a contract that BA has with a Travel Agent, an Inclusive Tour company or a Spanish Hotel or Hotel Group. But BA's 752s are destined for FedEx so this will not go on for much longer.

BA might change aircraft TYPE on a particular route if a technical problem forces this. But with their current reduction in services because of the credit crunch they will almost certainly have a back-up aircraft of the appropriate type at LHR. However BA will not assign a specific aircraft with a specific registration to a specific service until a few days before departure and may still change the aircraft up until boarding.

The use of a 772 on BA183 on 3 October may reflect the lower operating costs of a 772 compared to a 744. And I suspect that the 772 (G-VIIW) was used because there was a spare 772 and both the passengers booked on BA183 and the return JFK-LHR flight, BA178, could be accomodated in a 772. (Freight would not be a problem as the 772 can carry a little more than the 744.) As BA have parked up three 744s and are about to park another five I do not think the use of a 772 on these flights was because of a shortage of serviceable 744s. But I could be wrong.


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