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British Airways To Resume Iran Service

Wed Jan 30, 2002 3:02 am

BA apparently pulled out of Tehran about a year ago according to the Iranian news agency IRNA quoted by CNN and will return to the market in March, I thought BA had handed the route to Bmed and they were flying there with the A321, so what exactly happened Confused

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RE: British Airways To Resume Iran Service

Wed Jan 30, 2002 4:14 am

Mmmm. Interesting....BA 'proper' did fly to Tehran until a year or so ago when the route was handed over to Bmed.

According to the schedules, BMed remains the sole British airline on the route through March.

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RE: British Airways To Resume Iran Service

Thu Jan 31, 2002 4:18 am

So maybe BA 'proper', are returning with the 777 on the route Smile
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RE: British Airways To Resume Iran Service

Wed Feb 06, 2002 6:38 am

According to justplanes.com the service will be maintained by Bmed who will now upgrade it to the A321 from the A320 operated twice weekly from LHR, so when did they quit the Iranian market Confused
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RE: British Airways To Resume Iran Service

Wed Feb 06, 2002 8:15 am

Not sure Airmale, perhaps someone with better knowledge of BA's ops could shed some light on this-the fact that it was operated by a 777 might have meant THR was axed by BA mainline 2+ years ago.

BTW, Bmed has it's own site at http://www.britishmediterranean.com

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P.S. The A321 service will be non-stop, so perhaps this means Baku might get a dedicated flight.
 
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RE: British Airways To Resume Iran Service

Wed Feb 06, 2002 8:18 am

Weren't BMED always operating the Tehran flight with A321s after BA proper pulled the 777s?
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RE: British Airways To Resume Iran Service

Wed Feb 06, 2002 8:20 am

No, until this March, THR will be operated with an A320 via Baku.

Bmed does not have an A321, it's due to be delivered very soon-hence the start of the non-stop THR flight-possibly the longest sector operated by an A321 anywhere.

Check the news section of their website.

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RE: British Airways To Resume Iran Service

Wed Feb 06, 2002 4:52 pm

I think in the mid 90's, the London-Teheran flights made a stop in Larnaca, Cyprus.. Was this the case when they stopped the route? Or were they offering nonstop flights to Teheran?
 
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RE: British Airways To Resume Iran Service

Thu Feb 07, 2002 2:46 am

Thanks Capt.Picard, for some reason i was thinking of the GB A321s Nuts

Aeri28, the stop at Larnaca was made when BA were using 763s to Tehran. The route was upgraded to 777s and they flew non-stop.
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RE: British Airways To Resume Iran Service

Thu Feb 07, 2002 2:49 am

Yes-BMED will fly LHR BAK non-stop and this will
be only a BAKU service which is good for capacity

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RE: British Airways To Resume Iran Service

Thu Feb 07, 2002 4:46 am

Traffic to Tehran from London is 2.5 times greater in summer than other times of year so thats why BA are returning I guess.
 
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RE: British Airways To Resume Iran Service

Thu Feb 07, 2002 5:09 am

When did BA quit, that is the mystery, because quite clearly they transferred the route to Bmed and neither axed services there.
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RE: British Airways To Resume Iran Service

Sun Feb 10, 2002 12:03 am

So, is BA proper starting the route again??
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RE: British Airways To Resume Iran Service

Sun Feb 10, 2002 12:30 am

Britsh Med will be operating the flight with the usual
BA flight number

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RE: British Airways To Resume Iran Service

Sun Feb 10, 2002 12:33 am

There's a bit of confusion here.

BA mainline, that is to say, a BA flight operated by a BA crew, aircraft & with full BA service (aka BA 'proper'  Wink/being sarcastic ), stopped flying to THR a while ago (I don't know exactly when).

The route was dropped, probably because it wasn't making BA any money.

Now, Bmed comes into the story. They are a MUCH smaller operation, specialising in serving 'niche' markets with appropriately-sized 'niche' a/c (the A320, and soon, A321).

Because of this, it is much easier for them to turn a long, thin route (such as LHR-THR or LHR-ADD), into a money-earner.

BA would like to continue selling tickets to places such as THR (whilst also including the destination on the 'BA' network), without incurring the cost (and losses) involved with actually flying their own a/c on the route.

I don't know what the exact arrangements are, but obviously BA pay Bmed to fly their a/c in BA colours, and offer, essentially, a BA product on-board.

Bmed gets the cash from BA, BA gets the cash from it's customers-or something like that.

Anyway, the point is that BA stopped, Bmed then picked the route up-I don't think there was a situation when both flew the same routes simoultaneously.

If anyone knows any better, I would be interested to hear!

Here are BA's franchise partners:

http://www.britishairways.com/inside/wrldwide/partners/franch.shtml

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