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British Airways At LAX

Wed Nov 05, 2003 4:15 am

It seems like BA has gradually declined their presence at LAX over the years.

In the late 80's, early 90's, I remember there being a lot of BA jets at LAX.

There was always the 282 and 268 services to LHR (usually 744s, sometimes a 742).

Then there was a 767 to Manchester.

During the summer there was an even earlier 744 that left london at 9am and arrived in LA at 1 or something.

then i remember seeing a DC-10 a couple of times. I think these were the ex-Caledonian routes serving San Diego and LAX from Gatwick.

Anyway, I've been on the BA 268/282 services at least 50 or 60 times over the last 15 years and I can't remember a single time when those 747's weren't full.

so why now are they down to only 2 dailies from the UK?

has competition from AA, VS, UA, NZ intensified over the years?
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RE: British Airways At LAX

Wed Nov 05, 2003 4:16 am

I think VS AA NZ UA have made some competition, so the loads were lower.
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RE: British Airways At LAX

Wed Nov 05, 2003 4:32 am

The MAN flight although quite full had few business travellers on board. One has reservations about any long-haul route ex-MAN they operate as they would prefer them to go via LHR. Not that I'm suggesting they may have tempted business pax away from the non-stop MAN route.

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RE: British Airways At LAX

Wed Nov 05, 2003 5:30 am

The LGW service could also never get enough J and F class pax and so was cancelled. At one stage BA did have 3 daily flights from LHR to LAX but now with just 2 they fill them completely and most passengers are paying full high fares and so the route is profitable. Add a third that may not sell completely and you start eating into that profit, if pax demand exceeds then i am sure that they can increase flights pretty quickly.
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RE: British Airways At LAX

Wed Nov 05, 2003 6:43 am

During the alte 80's and erly 90's BA operated one of its flights to LAX via SFO. Thus, both markets were served by the same plane and it was likely that the planewould fill up with pax.

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RE: British Airways At LAX

Wed Nov 05, 2003 7:11 am

To add a little bit. I was looking through our timetable and noticed that starting next year (sometime in the summer) we will start serving LAX three times a day. I don't remember all the details but I know that it was 3 days a week. I want to say Monday, Thursday, and Sunday. It will leave LHR around 10:00 and arrive in LAX around 13:05. Then departing LAX at 15:20 and arriving back in LHR at 09:40 +1, using a B-747-400.

I'm on vacation right now but when I get back in the office at the end of this week, I'll get more details on that flight for you (flight number, start date, end date, if it's going to be seasonal).

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