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BA To Send Bmi A330 On The LHR-LCA Route  
User currently offlinesantos From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2007, 741 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 14354 times:

According to schedule BD A330 will be operating BA662/3 LHR-LCA-LHR on behalf of BA from 6th October - 22nd October, instead of the usual B767-300.
Have BD flights to Saudi Arabia terminated? So a A330 becomes available?
I guess it's to do with the current B767 refurbishment programme?

www.ba.com

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User currently offlineraffik From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 1716 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 14326 times:

Strange! I thought that the A330s were being returned ASAP.
It must be due to the refurbishment programme. I assume it will be BD crews operating these as no BA crew are able to operate the A330



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User currently offlineTristarsteve From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 4009 posts, RR: 33
Reply 2, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 14194 times:

Quoting santos (Thread starter):
I guess it's to do with the current B767 refurbishment programme?

Certainly. BA has been very short of shorthaul B767s lately.
Our flight has been A320 all last week, and Longhaul B767 the week before.


User currently offlineaffirmative From France, joined Jul 2009, 352 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 14142 times:

Quoting raffik (Reply 1):
Strange! I thought that the A330s were being returned ASAP.
It must be due to the refurbishment programme. I assume it will be BD crews operating these as no BA crew are able to operate the A330

That's what I thought too. But I saw her parked by the maintenance hangar at LHR just last week so I was wondering why they didn't get rid of it just yet.

I'm guessing it's going to operate in it's all white livery. I would love to see it in BA colors but I guess that's a bit far fetched..



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User currently offlinebwaflyer From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 689 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 13987 times:

Both are due to be returned to the leasing company at the end of October.

User currently offlinescouseflyer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 3390 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 13762 times:

Quoting affirmative (Reply 3):
I'm guessing it's going to operate in it's all white livery. I would love to see it in BA colors but I guess that's a bit far fetched..

Me too but it looks like it's never going to happen  

On a similar note, I wonder if BA had expected that some of it's longhaul 767s would of been released by the arrvial of 787s by now which could of releived some of the issues that they're havign with avialbility.


User currently offlineFI642 From Monaco, joined Mar 2005, 1079 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 13062 times:

I too would love to see those birds in BA livery. Oh we'll, it's not gonna happen.....


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User currently offlineskipness1E From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2007, 3255 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 12929 times:

The surviving BMI machine will go back end of October. She's still in full BMI colours as of Monday morning.

User currently offlinekamboi From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 144 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 12271 times:

I wish BA will operate the 330 to BEY. Read an article that they will be using A-321 just like BD used to, but completely refurbished with lie flat in First/Business and AVOD in all classes. I want to start flying BA again, but a narrowboy to BEY is too "narrow" for me. They should match MEA A-330. Here's the link:

http://dailystar.com.lb/Business/Leb...h-in-the-region.ashx#axzz28RZeB5Oc


User currently offlineraffik From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 1716 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 11664 times:

My father flew in from Beirut to London this morning on Ba8183 and said that the service was fantastic, plus the refurbed A321 but he said no duty free and no bread rolls! I really expected Beirut to go to at least a 767 but at least they didn't cancel the route


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User currently offline1peter From Netherlands, joined Jul 2005, 149 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 11625 times:

There are various a/c unwell across different fleets, the 330 isn't due back for another few weeks so a good covering option currently.


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User currently offlinesantos From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2007, 741 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 11491 times:

Quoting raffik (Reply 9):
My father flew in from Beirut to London this morning on Ba8183 and said that the service was fantastic, plus the refurbed A321 but he said no duty free and no bread rolls!

I flew BA8183 and i did have a choice of white/brown rolls and Duty Free.
I also noted that the A330 operated to BEY last week due to a cancelation


User currently offlineraffik From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 1716 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 10527 times:

Did you fly in on this morning's service? Perhaps he wasn't offered one. I was flying SFO to LHR in Eco plus with vs and the flight attendant walked past my seat without offering me a roll from the warm roll selection.
I'm a bit of a carb addict so was miffed!



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User currently offlineEK413 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 4921 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 9370 times:

What are the plans for the A330's...?

Any plans to be painted in the BA color scheme...?

EK413



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User currently offlineSQSFO From United States of America, joined Sep 2012, 32 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 8559 times:

Last I checked BA/BD was running the LHR-ALA-ATQ. And it seems that they will cease to operate ATQ, further, which is probably in the greatest of intentions because yields are most likely horrible!

User currently offlinesantos From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2007, 741 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 8212 times:

An update on BD mid haul schedule:
Anyone know when is the last BD flight?

AGA - New twice weekly service to be operated by BA from 28th October
ALA - New schedule from the 28th October, route will be via TBS - A321
AMM - New schedule from the 28th October - A321
ATQ - Route will stop on the 28th October
GYD - New daily schedule from the 28th October - A321
BEY - New daily schedule from the 28th October - A321th October
CMN - Route will stop on the 28
FRU - Route already canceled since 1st October
CAI - To be moved to Terminal 1(January 2013), new schedule already in operation- will also be a A321 route
DMM - Route already canceled since the 16th September
FNA - New B767 service to be operated by BA from 28th October - 3xWeekly
JED - BD service has been dropped, now operated by BA
KRT - Route already canceled since 1st October
DME - Last BD flight to be operated the 12th October, route being transferred to BA
RAK - New daily service to be moved to LGW on the 28th October (was 3xWeekly)
RHU - Service will be re-timed on 28 October 2012, New schedule to be operated by BA
TBS - New schedule from the 28th October - A321 route
EVN - Route will be suspended on the 13th October


User currently offlineqf002 From Australia, joined Jul 2011, 2987 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 6881 times:

Quoting EK413 (Reply 13):

They are being returned to the lessors very soon.


User currently offlinegilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 3025 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 6843 times:

Doh... You really got my hopes up!

I am flying LHR-LCA and back at the end of November and returning early December and have been reading the negative press about the short haul 767-300's and how they are looking very tired and only a limited number have been refurbed, so the chances of me flying on one are slim.

I love the A330, but suppose I'll just have to get use to flying a tired and beat up old short haul 767 in November.  


User currently offlinetcx69k From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2012, 135 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 6705 times:
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Quote:
My father flew in from Beirut to London this morning on Ba8183 and said that the service was fantastic, plus the refurbed A321 but he said no duty free and no bread rolls! I really expected Beirut to go to at least a 767 but at least they didn't cancel the route

bmi are operating the only 2 A321's with the refurbed cabins so I think it would of been one with the old cradle seats in? Unfortunately there will be no duty free on any BA A321 midhaul flight due to the lack of space onboard. Bread should definitely of been offered in CW though & I believe it comes on the tray in WT.

Quote:
Anyone know when is the last BD flight?

The last bmi [revenue] flight is BD928 GYD-LHR on 28th October.


User currently offlineby738 From Tonga, joined Sep 2000, 2326 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 6669 times:

Quoting skipness1E (Reply 7):
She's still in full BMI colours as of Monday morning.

Partial colours


User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7538 posts, RR: 17
Reply 20, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 6185 times:

Quoting kamboi (Reply 8):
I wish BA will operate the 330 to BEY.

They did. G-WWBM operated LHR-BEY-LHR (BD907/06) on 24/25 September! But now it is operating to LCA that looks very much like a one-off.

Here is what "The BA Source" web site is saying about the situation:

"bmi A330-200 G-WWBM operated the BA662/BA663 London Heathrow – Larnaca rotation today [6 October] and is scheduled to operate the route daily until 22nd October. This will ease pressure on the Boeing 767-300ER fleet which has five aircraft out of service; G-BNWA under maintenance at London Heathrow, G-BNWD which remains at Calgary following a technical issue on September 25th, G-BNWR under maintenance at London Heathrow, G-BNWV undergoing refurbishment at Cardiff-Wales and G-BZHB undergoing refurbishment at London Gatwick."

Note that G-BNWA and G-BZHB are both con figured for short-haul operations while G-BNWD, 'WR and 'WV are long-haul configured.


User currently offlinejetblast From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 1231 posts, RR: 10
Reply 21, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 6060 times:

Quoting VV701 (Reply 20):
G-BNWV undergoing refurbishment at Cardiff-Wales

Nice to see a third longhaul bird being rehabbed. Will keep a look out for this one.



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User currently offlineraffik From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 1716 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 5690 times:

Really not enough room to operate duty free on an A321? How is that so? The Lebanese are extravagant shoppers- particularly aftershaves and cigarettes, feel this is a missed opportunity for them.
I know when MEA run their duty free service (which they also offer on A321 and A320) it takes about an hour to pass from one end of the aircraft to the other with people shopping. How many trolleys does it take?



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User currently offlinebwaflyer From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 689 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 5284 times:

Quoting raffik (Reply 22):

Really not enough room to operate duty free on an A321? How is that so? The Lebanese are extravagant shoppers- particularly aftershaves and cigarettes, feel this is a missed opportunity for them.
I know when MEA run their duty free service (which they also offer on A321 and A320) it takes about an hour to pass from one end of the aircraft to the other with people shopping. How many trolleys does it take?

I've just operated my first BEY flight as BA crew (after operating many as bmi crew). The 'legacy' BA crew were coming up with loads of ideas to pack the galley more efficiently, using smaller meal trays in World Traveller (like on a BA short haul band 4 flight or like bmi used to use), and within minutes came up with enough space to store a cart of duty free. This is all being fed back to the relevant department, so hopefully things will change

Quoting raffik (Reply 9):

My father flew in from Beirut to London this morning on Ba8183 and said that the service was fantastic, plus the refurbed A321 but he said no duty free and no bread rolls! I really expected Beirut to go to at least a 767 but at least they didn't cancel the route

In Club World, warm bread is served from bread baskets, in World Traveller bread is loaded on the meal tray, as BA don't offer warm bread unlike bmi (although the rest of the meal is nicer!)


User currently offlineraffik From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 1716 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4807 times:

That's what he said, now warm rolls. I think he has been used to them in the past!
He said that the meal was nice but small- some kind of meat balls with rice.

Will the a321s be dedicated to the Beirut route or could it see an upgrade if loads permitted?
Like in the summer?

Also, is the crew hotel still up in Basalim? I know some crew didn't like it there as it was in the sticks!



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User currently offlineskipness1E From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2007, 3255 posts, RR: 1
Reply 25, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4733 times:

Quoting by738 (Reply 19):
She's still in full BMI colours as of Monday morning.

Partial colours

G-WWBM is in partial colours after a STAR ALLIANCE removal, G-WWBD remains in full BMI blue. They are still operating both A332s though it seems LCA will be seeing G-WWBM.

[Edited 2012-10-08 03:02:36]

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