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BA To Start Flights From LHR To Shanghai

Tue Jan 25, 2005 8:25 pm

Ba plans to start flights this summer, 5 time a week using a 777 to Shanghai Pudong. It is still subject to regulatory approval though. All is confirmed by Robert Boyle, director commercial planning. Looks like a brilliant, long awaited move by BA
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AIR MALTA
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RE: BA To Start Flights From LHR To Shanghai

Tue Jan 25, 2005 8:29 pm

Airtrader, where did you get this info from??
If it is true, this is indeed a great move. It is time BA filled the gap it has with the like of AF, AY and LH in Asia...
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RE: BA To Start Flights From LHR To Shanghai

Tue Jan 25, 2005 8:35 pm

Air Malta: BA emailed a statement today. I dont have the statement and due to copyright reason I cannot send other releases on it.... But as far as I can see, this info is a 100% confirmed
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RE: BA To Start Flights From LHR To Shanghai

Tue Jan 25, 2005 8:39 pm

Since when are company statements copyrighted
 
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RE: BA To Start Flights From LHR To Shanghai

Tue Jan 25, 2005 8:40 pm

Hi,
it is now officially in BA's press center :
www.britishairways.com/press

and here is the article :

Plans for new Shanghai service

British Airways plans to start flights this summer from London Heathrow to Shanghai in China, subject to approval by the Chinese authorities.

Robert Boyle, the airline’s director of commercial planning, said: “We have flown to both Hong Kong and Beijing for many years and are keen to start services to Shanghai. The city is the powerhouse of the Chinese economy and, as the economy continues to grow, we believe there will be a great demand for our flights.

“Shanghai Pudong airport is due to open a second runway and we are talking to the Chinese authorities about securing take-off and landing slots in Shanghai for our flights. We hope to fly five times a week with a Boeing 777 aircraft.”

British Airways’ Shanghai plans have been boosted by the news that the British and Chinese governments have agreed to changes in travel visa rules which will make it easier for Chinese citizens to visit the UK.

The airline flies currently from London Heathrow to Beijing four times each week with a Boeing 777 aircraft. This will increase to six times per week from June 2005. British Airways flies also17 times a week from London Heathrow to Hong Kong with a Boeing 747 aircraft, which will increase to 21 flights a week from June 2005.

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RE: BA To Start Flights From LHR To Shanghai

Tue Jan 25, 2005 8:41 pm

Zweed: I am just being carefull, had a problem with a fokker 70 pressrelease recently.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: BA To Start Flights From LHR To Shanghai

Tue Jan 25, 2005 8:45 pm

This will mean that there will be 15 weekly flights between LHR and PVG (5 BA, 4 MU and 6 VS*). Not bad!  Wink/being sarcastic

Any news about a LHR-CAN service?

* From 24th August. Until then, there will be 5 weekly flights.

[Edited 2005-01-25 12:47:48]
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RE: BA To Start Flights From LHR To Shanghai

Tue Jan 25, 2005 8:48 pm

This news follows hot on the heels of the UK government simplifying visa requirements for Chinese tour groups. It was anticipated that this would increase Chinese visitors to the UK by some 70,000 per annum. However, I was under the impression that the bilateral remained restrictive. Does anyone have details of it? If UK airlines are being allowed greater frequencies surely these would have to be allocated by the CAA as per the recent UK-India hearing and VS would be keen to get their hands on some.
 
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RE: BA To Start Flights From LHR To Shanghai

Wed Jan 26, 2005 1:10 am

ITS ABOUT TIME!!

China is a lucrative market and this is a good move.
 
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RE: BA To Start Flights From LHR To Shanghai

Wed Jan 26, 2005 3:41 am

Nothing like a good ol' head to head with BA for VS!

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RE: BA To Start Flights From LHR To Shanghai

Wed Jan 26, 2005 4:33 am

OK.... so BA will get the spare 777 capacity necessary by halting Saudi flights and opening up PVG.... nice.
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RE: BA To Start Flights From LHR To Shanghai

Wed Jan 26, 2005 7:27 am

Another transit city for the kangaroo route (if the flights link up)
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RE: BA To Start Flights From LHR To Shanghai

Wed Jan 26, 2005 9:15 am

Would Chinese visa requirements make PVG redundant as any sort of transit point?

Just hope that regulators don't put a spanner in the works. UK passengers need more choice on this route and it gives OW a little extra presence in China as well.
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RE: BA To Start Flights From LHR To Shanghai

Wed Jan 26, 2005 9:34 am

BAxMAN,

Visa are not required for transfers.

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RE: BA To Start Flights From LHR To Shanghai

Wed Jan 26, 2005 1:07 pm

are they going to code share with QF on the route? anyway, another OW carrier to PVG would be good. hope AA also come and waiting for the hopeless CX
 
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RE: BA To Start Flights From LHR To Shanghai

Wed Jan 26, 2005 1:51 pm

VS must be crying over this. I bet that this was/is one of their most profitable flights. I know most, if not all of the British corporates like to fly BA as much as possible. It's about time.

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