Saa From South Africa, joined Oct 2000, 126 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2785 times:
On Sky News a BA 777 was shown departing Luton Airport (London-Luton) In Bedfordhsire with the England world Cup squad to Dubai for training before heading to the World Cup. They even had a BA stairs and a full complement of flight crew. Since when does BA even operate out of this airport and howcome they did not just use Gatwick or Heathrow? And did they have to transport the airstairs with logos to Luton or did they just relable an existing one? Apparently this 777 will stay with the squad flying them wherever they need 2 go. Richard Branson eat your heart out. This one is worth more publicity than one of your Virgin stunts
Steady Eddie From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 182 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2576 times:
BA positioned the aircraft in empty from Heathrow, the steps came by road, they also had a 777 in Luton last week to take Arsenal to and from Cardiff for the FA cup final, the England 777 also had stickers 'Official Carrier of the England Team' since the downturn in Business BA have been doing a lot of charters on their aircraft and it is perfectly feasible that this aircraft can stay with the group until they are either knocked out or win but it will be at a cost to the FA, I am sure they wont be doing this for free. The Choice of Luton was the FA's presumably becuase of the quick departure procedures and the location of the training ground where they all met up yesterday morning.
BlueShamu330s From UK - England, joined Sep 2001, 3146 posts, RR: 22
Reply 5, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2539 times:
Considering BA have in the past painted or stickered aircraft for the Olympic Games, Rememberence Sunday, the World Cup, wouldn't it be appropriate to paint up a 744 in the Commonwealth Games scheme, considering BA is the flag carrier for the head of the Commonwealth and for once, the games are coming home to the UK...?
A 744 visiting fellow commonwealth nations on the route network would be a great PR stunt, not only for BA, but for the games also.
Shamu (en vacance )
So I drive a 4x4. So what?! Tax the a$$ off me for it...oh, you already have... :-(
David_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7568 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2443 times:
Vfw614, you forget the magical rule: it's very easy for non-Londoners to get to London. However, it seems to be absolutely impossible for Londoners to use the same motorways & rail companies to go elsewhere! Hence, they (the fans) complained bitterly about delays going to Old Trafford for the semi-final by road and rail, and so there were a whole host of charters from LTN and STN to CWL for the Final despite it being only 139 miles (223 km) away.
Lapper From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 1585 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2401 times:
Chelsea also flew into Cardiff for the final.
David: The thing with the Semi final and the final was that it was 2 London teams and sets of fans travelling on the same stretch of road/rail for the whole journey. At leat when you have teams from outside London playing each other, the fans are usually coming from different places, therefore not clogging up the same bit of road/rail.
I was at LGW on the morning of the cup final and saw the check in desks for an EAL charter to Cardiff. Do you think they flew VFR following the M25/M4?
SAA From South Africa, joined Oct 2000, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2277 times:
Arsenal I think that they were travelling Club or first as the Sky commentator said that there are flat beds in the aircraft which normally is one of BA's premium products. Besides I cant imagine Victoria Beckham (who seems to think she is Queen Victoria) who was on the plane with David in anything less than First Class.
Lowsonboy From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 275 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2245 times:
The England team always fly in and out of Luton. One of my earliest memories was of the 1990 World Cup team landing there and Bobby Robson leading them off in front of crowds as fans. I think they used to charter Britannia aircraft too.