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BA To Add Second Flight To LHR  
User currently offlineB764 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 758 posts, RR: 1
Posted (12 years 8 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3100 times:

BA is adding an additional flight to London, however it will be to LHR and a B744.

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/020330/nysa002_1.html

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User currently offlineB764 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 758 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (12 years 8 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3036 times:

Sorry, I got a little excited and left out that the additional service is from IAH!

User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5498 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (12 years 8 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3005 times:

You made no sense there...you mean BA is adding a second flight from houston.

User currently offlineB-OTCH From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 139 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3005 times:

Alright! BA will have TWO flights to LHR now! Pretty soon, it just might be a huge ass hub for them or something...

Naaaaaaa, it'll never happen.  Big grin


User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (12 years 8 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2999 times:
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Yeah i heard this news aswell

You mean BA is adding a second LHR-IAD-IAH flight?



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User currently offlineLt-AWACS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 8 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2990 times:

British Airways Adds Second Flight To London; New Service Offers Revolutionary Flat Beds and Fourth Cabin

HOUSTON, March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Beginning Sunday, March 31, British Airways will offer a second daily flight from Houston International Airport to London Heathrow Airport leaving at 5:30 p.m. The new flight together with the airline's current non-stop service to Gatwick will offer travelers two daily options to fly to London's Gatwick and Heathrow airports.


BA2024 Houston-Gatwick 4.10 p.m. - 07.15 a.m.
NEW BA0216 Houston-Heathrow 5.30 p.m. - 10.55 a.m., one stop in Wash DC

NEW BA0217 Gatwick-Houston 8.55 a.m. - 3.55 p.m., one stop in Wash DC
BA2025 Heathrow-Houston 10.00 a.m. - 2.05 p.m.


``The airline's expanded schedule will give travelers a choice of flying to Heathrow on our new flat beds plus increased connections within British Airway's network to key business destinations such as Lagos and Abuja,'' said Bob Brunner, Regional Director of Sales, Central, for British Airways. ``Or passengers can opt to travel on our non-stop service to London Gatwick.''

Also being introduced on the new flight is British Airways revolutionary new Club World flat bed seat equipped with laptop power port and telephone plus 18 channels of in-flight video entertainment featuring current hit movies, classic films and popular news, sports and comedy programs from UK and US television.

Houston travelers will also get to experience a new class of travel called ``World Traveller Plus.'' The unique new service is aimed at cost-conscious business travelers and discerning leisure passengers who want more space and privacy than in World Traveller (economy).

Highlights of ``World Traveller Plus'' include a dedicated private cabin; a new wider seat with greater legroom -- 38 inch pitch (compared to 31 inch for World Traveller), with fully adjustable headrest, foot rest and lumbar support, in-seat power and telephones; double handbaggage allowance; and 12 channels of entertainment.

Another new feature is a central London check-in facility available to all passengers departing from Heathrow. The check-in at Paddington is open daily from 0600 to 2030. Passengers can check in and drop off their bags as early as they like on their day of departure.

The new flight will be operated by a wide-body Boeing 744 in British Airways four-class configuration: 14 First class seats, 70 Club World (business) class seats, 30 World Traveller Plus seats and 177 World Traveller seats.

The current afternoon flight to London, BA2024, departs at 4:10 p.m. and arrives at London Heathrow Gatwick at 7:15 a.m. The return westbound service, BA2025, departs Gatwick at 10:00 a.m. and arrives at Houston at 2:05 p.m.

The additional flights restores the British Airways Heathrow schedule to last summer's pre-Sept. 11 frequencies.



User currently offlineBritair From United Kingdom, joined Aug 1999, 933 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (12 years 8 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2976 times:

BA will operate 1 daily nonstop flight from IAH to LGW by 777....and...1 daily flight via IAD to LHR by 744.

The reason for the flight to LHR is that firstly the Lagos flight - moves from LGW to LHR tomorrow - is a big transfer destination due to the oil links. And the reason the flight has to operate via IAD is that BA's route license (inherited from BCal) is for Gatwick only, so cannot fly to LHR direct. The is similar to the Charlotte service that now operates via Baltimore to LHR. Although BWI isnt ex BCal, so the right can be used to LHR.

Cheers  Smile


User currently offlineB764 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 758 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (12 years 8 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2961 times:

I will say it one more time. I'm sorry for the mix up. Anywho, excellent news for IAH!

User currently offlineThomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 4013 posts, RR: 26
Reply 8, posted (12 years 8 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2932 times:

Indeed, this is excellent news for Houston. IAH has not had a direct flight to LHR since PA's demise (actually PA's 747 service to LHR from Houston was cut sometime before PA went under) so the return of this service is long overdue.

It has been a little over 3 months since we have seen a BA 747 here, so it will certainly be nice to see it's return.

Thomas



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User currently offlineAussiestu From Australia, joined Mar 2001, 780 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (12 years 8 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2909 times:


So you will have the non stop service from LGW to IAH and then a non stop service from IAH to LGW. This will be on a 777.

Then there is the stopping service from LHR via IAD to IAH. Then the return service is IAH-IAD-LHR.

This second service to LHR will be on the 747-400. Pax. travelling from LHR to IAD-IAH will have to get off in IAD and clear customs and baggage and then get back on the same aircraft to continue the flight. When they travel from IAH to IAD they will not be able to get off the aircraft while it does its transit stop as this is not permitted by the US authorities.

Well I know what service I would want to travel on.


User currently offlineDonder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6660 posts, RR: 21
Reply 10, posted (12 years 8 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2902 times:

Just wait till Open Skies  Big grin

User currently offlineDutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 57
Reply 11, posted (12 years 8 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2897 times:

I understand that this is a complicated issue, with Bermuda 2 and all of that, but does it make economic sense for BA to fly a 744 from Washington to Houston and back? I am not second-guessing the folks at BA, but it seems strange to me. I would imagine most of the pax on the LHR-IAD-IAH flight would have IAD as a destination as a nonstop flight is also offered to IAH from LGW - the only pax interested in this flight would be those connecting at Heathrow, and their journey would become quite long. Flying from a middle east or african city to London, then to Washington, and only then to Houston will not be popular with he business traveller.

It reminds me of the "old days" when the Pan Am 747 from LHR to IAD continued on to Atlanta under a Delta code!


User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 8 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2865 times:

Well, one must take into account the pro's and con's of the new LHR 1-stop service.

Con's

-Not non-stop

Pro's

-Service into Heathrow, with countless connection possibilities

-Direct connection on to BA service to Lagos for all the Oil people, now leaving from LHR

-4 choices of service-FJWY, all in the latest 'edition'

-LHR physically closer to London

To be honest, if I were a businessman, I would take the LHR service; the stop in IAD wouldn't bother me really-I would attach greater importance to connection possibilities, and the fact that the bulk of BA's big business flights operate from there.

Of course, as my company has a business class policy for flights lasting more than 6 hours, I want to try the flat-bed in Club World!  Big grin

Regards


User currently offlineAussiestu From Australia, joined Mar 2001, 780 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (12 years 8 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2834 times:


See you on board then Capt????


User currently offlineDLMCO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (12 years 8 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2771 times:

The new flight will be operated by a wide-body Boeing 744 in British Airways four-class configuration: 14 First class seats, 70 Club World (business) class seats, 30 World Traveller Plus seats and 177 World Traveller seats.

Doesn't a B744 hold more than 301 passengers?


User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13745 posts, RR: 19
Reply 15, posted (12 years 8 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2754 times:

BORING

I posted this ages ago!  Laugh out loud



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User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (12 years 8 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2747 times:

Aussiestu,

But of course, I rate BA as perhaps one of the most reliable airlines in the world-in terms of safety, punctuality and consistently good service.

As a member of the Executive Club, I will always choose BA when feasible.

One must however admit that the competition (Virgin) is also very, very good.

The situation I outlined in the above post was hypothetical, but I know my father agrees totally with me.

On an interesting note, he recently arrived on a flight from CPT in J. I was under the impression that BA were no longer tagging Club World hold luggage in order to save money-is this true or not? His suitcase had certainly been tagged.


Regards


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