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User currently offlinemikey72 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2009, 1780 posts, RR: 2
Posted (2 years 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 10139 times:

I was thinking (oh no I hear you all cry) with the A380's and 787's looming on the horzion is there a possiblity that the LGW long-haul fleet might go all 744.

In other words a simple swap with LHR for the 777's ?

With the exception of BDA (which I think may go to LHR anyway) all the other routes like MCO, BGI etc can fill a 744 and have done so in the past.

Just seems to me to make sense to capitalize on the bucket and spaders (don't flame me - nothing wrong with them) and what with the new LGW - LAS service commencing...........

(you could put a billboard up on the M23 and fill that one everyday...Don't go to work...go to Vegas....Oh alright then !!)


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User currently offlineAPYu From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2007, 834 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 10128 times:

No chance in my opinion, while those routes can fill up a 744 during the school holidays, there are many other times of the year when you'd be flogging seats for peanuts (as Virgin do for lots of the year - an airline with a lower cost base).

772 works perfectly, and allows then to charge ridiculous fares during those peak times.



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User currently offlineCHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 62
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 10102 times:

Hmmm. LGW-LAS - nice. Didnt know about that.

I can see it going the other way actually and LGW getting some of the dusked LHR-long-ahul configured 763ERs when they start to be replaced by 788s ex-LHR. They would be great for some of the longer thiner routes that the 772ER is too big for and enable them to do some more Caribbean routes as well.



What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???
User currently offlinemikey72 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2009, 1780 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 10071 times:

Quoting APYu (Reply 1):
No chance in my opinion, while those routes can fill up a 744 during the school holidays, there are many other times of the year when you'd be flogging seats for peanuts (as Virgin do for lots of the year - an airline with a lower cost base).

772 works perfectly, and allows then to charge ridiculous fares during those peak times.

That I understand but the same could be said for some 744 routes at LHR and I think the 787 and A380 will change the landscape there when there are decent numbers in the fleet.

(I'm not saying it will happen tomorrow)

The 744 will slowly become the less desirable long-haul aircraft in the BA fleet from a passenger perspective.



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User currently offlineAPYu From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2007, 834 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 10049 times:

Quoting mikey72 (Reply 3):
The 744 will slowly become the less desirable long-haul aircraft in the BA fleet from a passenger perspective

While the 744 has an Upper Deck it will always be preferred by those in J over the 777. The 744 is also much better for F pax then the 777. OK so the IFE is a bit dodgy but we'll all have iPads in the next few years.

The A380 will always have a lure for passengers, but the order is still quite small.

Do we know yet if the 787 will be 3:3:3 in economy? or 2:4:2. That will have the biggest impact on whether Y pax might prefer that particular one.



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User currently offlinescouseflyer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 3380 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 10024 times:

Quoting APYu (Reply 4):
The A380 will always have a lure for passengers, but the order is still quite small.

I do wonder for how long that order will stay that small - I can see another 10 or so being added but the large majority of the 744 fleet beign replaced by the pending 777X / A350 order


User currently offlinemikey72 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2009, 1780 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 9975 times:

Quoting APYu (Reply 4):
While the 744 has an Upper Deck it will always be preferred by those in J over the 777. The 744 is also much better for F pax then the 777.

Yes I guess so - that did occur to me.

Just changing the subject slightly -

If BA are going to go again down the ' lets put on an overspill flight down at Gatters' route....

i.e the new LGW / LAS service.....might we see some other duplicates from LHR ?

They've done it before and if it can work for LAS......etc DXB ?



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User currently offlineBongodog1964 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 3535 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 9867 times:

BA have upped the frequency on many of the LGW long haul routes inn recent years, one example being ANU which is flown most days, albeit with tag ons. MCO is double daily at weekends when demand is higher.
Assuming that there would be no requirement for 1st on these routes, and that the Club requirement is similar to present, this would increase economy seating by 50 or more per plane, could this be economically sold ?
If the result were decreasing frequency many would view it as a retrograde step.


User currently offlinejumpjets From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2012, 792 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 9838 times:

Quoting APYu (Reply 4):
Do we know yet if the 787 will be 3:3:3 in economy? or 2:4:2. That will have the biggest impact on whether Y pax might prefer that particular one.

Way back in 2008 there was a report floating around that BA had 'revealed' their 787 seat plan to staff, and the following is a quote from a post on flyertalk.com

'BA have revealed the cabin layout in LHR crew report center at terminal 5. 42 club world, 7 abreast (new for club world) 2-3-2. 51 world traveller plus 2-3-2 and rear cabin between 3 and 4 doors is 90 world traveller 2-4-2. 10 crew seats.


I have no evidence to doubt or support this posting - and as its from 2008 a lot could have happened since then - but if its true BA will have a 2-4-2 in Economy which is good to know. Maybe any a.netters who are BA staff can comment on the reliability of the original post on flyertalk.


User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7399 posts, RR: 17
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 9766 times:

Quoting CHRISBA777ER (Reply 2):
Hmmm. LGW-LAS - nice. Didnt know about that.

Three times a week from 29 October by 772 in addition to the daily 744 flight from LHR. So LAS becomes the only BA long haul destination served from both its hubs.

The new three-times-daily LGW-BCN-LGW rotation starts in February. The increases in frequency of LGW-FAO flights from four to five a week , LGW-AGP flights from seven to ten a week and LGW-RAK from three to seven a week are all scheduled from 28 October. From the same date the LGW-BLQ and LGW-MRS will be discontinued and three-times-daily flights to the same destinations will operate out of LHR.

BA have promised further announcements to changes to their Winter 2012-13 timetable later this month.


User currently offlinemikey72 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2009, 1780 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (2 years 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 9765 times:

Quoting Bongodog1964 (Reply 7):
BA have upped the frequency on many of the LGW long haul routes inn recent years, one example being ANU which is flown most days, albeit with tag ons. MCO is double daily at weekends when demand is higher.
Assuming that there would be no requirement for 1st on these routes, and that the Club requirement is similar to present, this would increase economy seating by 50 or more per plane, could this be economically sold ?
If the result were decreasing frequency many would view it as a retrograde step.

Yes I see your point.

But...you never see a BA 777 parked in the desert.

I can't help but think that from BA's perspective and in a few years time (with fleet renewal in full swing) it would make sense to have a percentage of your big ol' 744's (that let's face it you'd get rid of tomorrow if you could) where you know you can fill them. (albeit on the cheap)

Because with the current order book and the opportunites becoming available from LHR (slots etc) I really don't see them being in a position to just retire them 'sans' replacement.

?



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User currently offlineAPYu From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2007, 834 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 9676 times:

Are you suggesting that 747s at LGW would be more full than 747s at LHR? I dont think thats a correct assumption. BA's comprehensive short and mid haul network provide the feed necessary to keep the bums on the seats of those big birds from LHR, without the need to rely on the huge seasonality the bucket and spade routes require.


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User currently offlinemikey72 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2009, 1780 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (2 years 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 9485 times:

Quoting APYu (Reply 11):
Are you suggesting that 747s at LGW would be more full than 747s at LHR? I dont think thats a correct assumption. BA's comprehensive short and mid haul network provide the feed necessary to keep the bums on the seats of those big birds from LHR, without the need to rely on the huge seasonality the bucket and spade routes require.

No i'm not really saying that.

LHR is going to have probably 19 A380's and 24 787's ( not a great deal and ordered way before the ink was dry on BD) unless they order more aircraft I can see them keeping some 744's (not through choice as a suitable aircraft but a necessity to keep the expanding timetable flying) for longer.

No it's not ideal to have 744's at LGW but it does seem to be what other airlines have done with them (leisure routes) whilst upgrading fleets and the would be the lesser of two evils.

Let's see if they increase their order book....

[Edited 2012-07-02 05:40:08]


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User currently offlineSheridan125 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2012, 25 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 9427 times:

IMHO there is no way BA will use anything other than 777's at LGW for long haul. In several years time they may be changed to 787's but there is no current plan to do that.

User currently offlinemikey72 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2009, 1780 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (2 years 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 9310 times:

Quoting Sheridan125 (Reply 13):
In several years time they may be changed to 787's but there is no current plan to do that.

What is the passenger config of a 787 approx ?

According to wiki they are going to have 90 seats in economy on BA. (on the 788 anyway)

That doesn't sound to me like the sort of aircraft you want to be sending to MCO ?

CAN yes.....MCO....... no.

[Edited 2012-07-02 06:59:34]


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User currently offlineliverpoola380 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2012, 201 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 9172 times:

Does anybody have any news on the 734 renewal yet? Are any of the BD birds coming across?

User currently offlineGT4EZY From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2007, 1781 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (2 years 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 9102 times:

Quoting mikey72 (Reply 14):
What is the passenger config of a 787 approx ?

According to wiki they are going to have 90 seats in economy on BA. (on the 788 anyway)

That doesn't sound to me like the sort of aircraft you want to be sending to MCO ?

CAN yes.....MCO....... no.

Very true but as I dare say you know, with any future orders, or indeed within any batch of deliveries, an airline can of course configure aircraft so they are optimised for certain types of route. No different to the BA 744/777 fleets in that respect.



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User currently offlinemikey72 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2009, 1780 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (2 years 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 9041 times:

Quoting GT4EZY (Reply 16):
No different to the BA 744/777 fleets in that respect.

Well look......I don't want to sound like i'm arguing black is white for the sake of it but when you compare the size of the 787 to its range.....is it really an aircraft a full service premium focused carrier will want to configure with high economy ?

I mean this isn't TOM we're talking about who have to pack in 291 on a 788 to make a decent profit compared to BA's 183 passengers.

With the high yielding routes available from LHR (alot not even in service yet) it's not an aircraft I see at LGW unless they order quite a few more of them.



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User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7399 posts, RR: 17
Reply 18, posted (2 years 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 9033 times:

Do not write off BA's 744s too soon. The youngest is just past its thirteenth birthday and has perhaps got another 10 or 12 years useful life left in it. The oldest is approaching its 23 birthday and costs little if anything in terms of capital cost but is increasingly costly in terms of maintenance.

With an A380 listed at well over US $300 million and the likely purchase price being not far short of that figure, the capital cost of operating a 380 is likely to outweigh the additional maintenance and fuel costs of operating a fully written down 744.

When looking at a replacement for BA's 744s it should be remembered that when they were first ordered (in 1986) the market and probably the view of the future market looked very different to how it looks today. Indeed in 1997 deliveries of and firm orders held for the 744 by BA totaled 66 frames with options on a further seven to take the total to 73. But by then the outlook had changed. So when 50 744s had already been delivered in May 1998 BA cancelled firm orders for four aircraft ordering five 772ERs in their place. Only three months later in August of that year they cancelled orders for a further five 744s and all seven of the options. At the same time they ordered an additional 16 772s, this time powered by RR Trent instead of the GE engines installed in their earlier 772 frames. This left only seven 744s (instead of sixteen) to be delivered. All were delivered and in service by the early summer of 1999.

This all occurred around the time that the BA strategy changed and there was increased focus on premium class customers. This change resulted in the launch of their new, ground-breaking Club Class first generation lie-flat seat in the summer of 2000.

So while there may be further BA orders for the 380 as the current 744 fleet ages, this is fart from certain.


User currently offlineGT4EZY From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2007, 1781 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (2 years 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 8908 times:

Quoting mikey72 (Reply 17):
Well look......I don't want to sound like i'm arguing black is white for the sake of it but when you compare the size of the 787 to its range.....is it really an aircraft a full service premium focused carrier will want to configure with high economy ?

I mean this isn't TOM we're talking about who have to pack in 291 on a 788 to make a decent profit compared to BA's 183 passengers.

I didn't mention range and neither did you mate so it's no good bringing that into the debate at this late stage. You were explicitly referring to the aircraft seating configuration and whilst you were absolutely correct in highlighting that a config of 90 WT seats would be absolutely pants to somewhere like MCO, I was merely saying that configs can be tailored to specific types of routes like the current worldwide fleet is today. I also acknowledged that you were probably well aware of that.

For what it's worth, I don't see the 787 being a LGW based aircraft, not for a long time.



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User currently onlineskipness1E From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2007, 3199 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (2 years 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 8825 times:

Quoting VV701 (Reply 18):
this is fart from certain.

Well that HAS to be the last word!


User currently offlinemikey72 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2009, 1780 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (2 years 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 8495 times:

Quoting skipness1E (Reply 20):
Well that HAS to be the last word!

Trust you, I was going to let W701 get away with that !!



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User currently offlinedivemaster08 From Cayman Islands, joined Jul 2008, 332 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (2 years 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 8418 times:

I think in the current climate, airlines want to have better operating costs..... and today B744s are not the best. Not saying their bad aircraft, but they need to remain on routes that they can be filled (both pax and cargo) to ensure profits. Leisure routes now dont have the consistency that would require the B744 IMO.

The 777 is a far better choice. Better field operations for Caribbean routes also and better value for the leisure travelers.

The B763 is probably the better preferred for these leisure routes, but as BA focus on more of the premium traffic with the lower seating arrangements, they are probably not enough seats to be viable also (along with the cargo holds being smaller). This is where those B787 are going to come in handy!



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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24868 posts, RR: 22
Reply 23, posted (2 years 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 7402 times:

Quoting VV701 (Reply 18):
When looking at a replacement for BA's 744s it should be remembered that when they were first ordered (in 1986) the market and probably the view of the future market looked very different to how it looks today.

If memory correct, BA was still 100% government-owned in 1986. A totally different airline than today.


User currently offlinemikey72 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2009, 1780 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (2 years 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 5991 times:

Quoting VV701 (Reply 18):
Do not write off BA's 744s too soon.

Well luckily for BA in 2012 I don't think there is any other airline in the world that has the markets (high premium) and route structure to support 55 approx 747-400's and make a profit/stay financially respectable in these turbulent times.

From Moscow at 4 hours to Singapore at 14....she makes money even though at 20 years old in design and fuel efficiency etc.

I don't see that changing.

When the A380's start taking over the trunk routes it wil just be a very welcome boost.



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25 APYu : TOM who pack them in but offer more leg room in Y than either BA or VS.
26 Post contains images gkirk : Boo yaa!
27 mikey72 : Oh come on APY....what sort of airline is TOM, how many wide-body aircraft do they have in their fleet and where do they fly to ? Apples and oranges.
28 skipness1E : The same long haul holiday destinations as BA do from LGW, on a fleet of ten B767-300ERs. They give the majority of their passengers much more legroo
29 APYu : Europes largest holiday airline. And lets remember most people dont travel in First and Club. Of course they are different types of airline, but they
30 mikey72 : I'm not sure of the business sense in BA reconfiguring its entire long-haul fleet to offer the same amount of leg room in its economy cabins as TOM's
31 Post contains images gkirk : They offer flights from more UK airports than our so called flag carrier does as well
32 APYu : I dont think anyone is suggesting they should. Each airline has their own USPs - the Legroom in Economy is one of TOMs
33 mikey72 : 180 to 290....relatively they are cramming them in. 50% of BA's passengers on the 787 all 90 of them will occupy the same space as 66% of the passeng
34 mikey72 : Oh I know......and Ibiza is such an industrial / financial power house on the world stage. What are they thinking at BA ? Sorry, I don't mean to soun
35 Post contains images gkirk : Hopefully down the BA vs Everyone else route....we've not had one for a while All joking aside, different airlines, serve different markets. TOM look
36 APYu : Round in circles we would seem. So, do we have anyone supporting the BA 747 to LGW motion?
37 gkirk : No, I think they're probably better off staying at LHR.
38 Post contains images liverpoola380 : That is why BA has increased its Ibiza flight schedule from London City over the summer as it is a nothing destination sorry had to throw my 2 pennie
39 APYu : An effort to use the aircraft for some revenue generation at otherwise quiet times
40 gkirk : I'm expecting a new Airbus order within the next 3-4 years, with older A319s/320s heading to Gatwick. It'll be interesting how the LGW-BCN does up ag
41 mikey72 : Ibiza is hardly the crux of the point I was making is it ? How about Cancun ? Neither of which are 'nothing' destinations but what is bread and butte
42 mikey72 : Well how do you explain a 4 million decrease in annual passenger numbers since 2007 ? Not much of a USP is it ? More like an act of desperation.[Edit
43 APYu : I would explain that as an effect of the increase in Low Cost carriers which has affected many airlines Whats an act of desperation? How many passeng
44 mikey72 : Any airline that has to rely heavily on 'drawing already well served market share away' from more 'established' carriers seem to go for gimmicks or e
45 skipness1E : There will be no replacement until the RFP goes to the board, which I don't believe it has..... It depends on yet more concessions from staff I hear.
46 Post contains images gkirk : When's the next BA strike due anyway? Not had one for a while
47 mikey72 : Without them (or more accurately the changes that caused them) BA would not be the competitive airline that it is today. Look across the channel to F
48 APYu : Drawing away market share? TOM arent moving into those markets if anything its the other way around!
49 APYu : Gatwick Cabin Crew voted against proposed changes just a few months ago.
50 mikey72 : Either way it doesn't matter.
51 Sydscott : Wouldn't that be "Euro" Cents from Ibiza? Suppose it's better than Drachma's........
52 jet72uk : I favour the 747's going to LGW. As for how will BA fair against EZY on the BCN route. Probably better than some other routes although the recently re
53 Post contains images A340600 : This thread has to have some of the most ridiculous, sweeping statements of any I've read in a long time and I've been here quite a few years! The pro
54 skipness1E : What has changed since the B744s were withdrawn from LGW that being a decade older, they're a better bet for high frequency leisure long haul? It's ju
55 LHRFlyer : I don't think you'll be seeing any strike action at BA again for a very long time (if ever again).
56 Post contains links liverpoola380 : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...carriers-fly-cheaper-airports.html Does anybody think this will have an impact on BA's LGW plans??
57 by738 : They do ? On the their small subfleet of ex FCA 767s perhaps, but thats where it stops.
58 rutankrd : Pie in the sky . Why did every TALC carrier bar one up sticks and move to Hounslow Windsor and Slough regional ? It had nothing to do with the level
59 VV701 : The Daily Mail article needs to be treated with some scepticism. Its headline reads: "Cut-price flights to America on the horizon as Government announ
60 skipness1E : You know I swear we used to date......it's sweet. Anyhoo, more interestingly above all this fluff and nonsense is that people are now seriously discu
61 anstar : And how many less passengers is BA flying since 2007? A lot more than 4 Million I would think. Especially considering they have got rid of BA connect
62 skipness1E : anstar these franchise passengers were not flying with BA as you well know, the routes and AOC were all their own, only the brand and marketing suppor
63 mikey72 : There's a difference between planned reduction to improve overall profitability (as we have seen with BA) and simply losing the custom. LGW is the wo
64 skipness1E : Wasn't the whole point of pulling the B744 from LGW so that there weren't quite so many economy seats that had to be sold? Doing so kicked long haul i
65 mikey72 : Well if you go way back to the start of the post I was thinking more of in the future. When new aircraft start arriving BA are going to have a surplu
66 skipness1E : My understanding is that the oldest B744s will be fit for retirement as they are displaced so there ought not to be "spare" healthy B744s available f
67 Post contains links VV701 : On the contrsry they flew more than 700,000 MORE passengers in 2011 than in 2007 despite closing down BA Connect. Data from the CAA web site at: http
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