28L28L From Australia, joined Nov 2005, 459 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3536 times:
I believe that BA was absent from SFO during the 1973 - 1978 period.
TW had a SFO-LHR (presumably 707) in their June, 1977 timetable (I believe this was short lived)
PA had a SFO-LHR (747) in their September, 1977 (and subsequent) timetable.
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 27153 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3258 times:
Quoting ukoverlander (Reply 4): I don't think you could non-stop SFO from London before the 747-400.
Assume you are referring only to BA? You could certainly fly nonstop LHR-SFO on Pan Am 747-100s many years before the 747-400 went into service.
Quoting timz (Reply 5): I doubt BA ever scheduled LHR-YVR-SFO, even with a 707.
BA never operated LHR-YVR-SFO and didn't even obtain traffic rights to YVR until after their 707s had been retired. Their first LHR-YVR service was with L-1011-500s around 1980. I think their initial service to YVR was about 3 times a week including one nonstop, one with a stop at YYC and one with a stop at YEG. They dropped the YYC/YEG stops after a year or so.
The only point beyond YVR served by BA was SEA when they first started service to SEA (747-200 by then) which they served as a tag-on from YVR but with no 5th freedom rights YVR-SEA-YVR. I remember flying that route once. They changed crews at YVR with a new crew that only operated the two 30 minute sectors YVR-SEA-YVR and then spent one more night in YVR before returning to LHR. Seemed very inefficient.