Been a while since I picked through the BA
schedules, so here's a summary of changes for the Summer: -
* Highlight of the longhaul schedule must be the planned launch of flights to Shanghai in June. Flights are due to start on Wednesday 1st June with a four class 777, operating five days a week (No service on Tuesday or Thursday).
* Beijing increases to a six times weekly frequency from June with the three class 777, only not operating on a Tuesday. The service is set to return to four times weekly for the Winter.
* Hong Kong goes three times daily from Wednesday 1st June too, all flights operating with the 747-436. Until then there will be a twice daily service with a third flight on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. This will remain an all year round frequency.
* Another destination that goes three times daily, again from 1st June, is Los Angeles. Like HKG
it has a twice daily service until then with a third flight on Mon, Wed and Sat. Again, all flights are with the 747-436. Seems that for the Winter the schedule will revert to twice daily.
sees an additional flight for the summer with a 747-436, making four flights per week.
* At LGW
nonstop service increases to 13 flights per week, Tuesday been the only day to have a single flight. The one-stop flight from LHR
continues to operate too.
* Also at LGW
Bermuda sees a five times weekly service, dropping back to four times weekly for the Winter. Not too long since this was only a three times weekly flight.
left the network in February, with RUH
leaving at the start of the Summer timetable change.
* MAA is set to go from twice weekly to six times weekly for the Winter season, while BLR will be a new destination with a thrice weekly service. No schedules are loaded as yet.
* New services launched at the start of April from LGW
were Salonika four times weekly; Split three times weekly; and Vilnius five times weekly.
* From May there will be a three times weekly red-eye flight from LGW
to Bucharest; and from June a three times weekly red-eye flight from LGW
to Sofia. This is a new departure for BA
on shorthaul, so be interesting to see how it pans out - could see new LGW
routes as a result if successful.
CitiExpress has added daily flights from Bristol to Milan Malpensa, and six times weekly to Zurich, both with the ERJ-145.
* Franchise carrier GB
Airways will add service from LGW
to Heraklion (Crete) in May, while at its new base at MAN
the carrier has launched flights to Malaga, and from May will add Dubrovnik, Malta, Paphos and Tenerife South. GB
Airways aims to add an aircraft a year to MAN
, so some expansion ahead at Ringway over the coming years.
CitiExpress has dropped routes to Copenhagen and Bologna from MAN
, while frequencies on some other routes, e.g. MAN
have been cut.
* The 767 dusking programme finally got under way earlier this year, removing the First cabin and installing Club World Flat beds and World Traveller Plus, as well as PTVs in World Traveller. Revised seating is 24J 24W and 141M.
* G-BNWO and G-BNWT already completed, with G-BNWS, G-BNWV, G-BNWR, G-BNWM, G-BNWU, G-BNWI, G-BNWN and G-BNWH to follow in that order.
* Provisional plans for shorthaul aircraft G-BNWD, G-BNWY, G-BNWW and G-BNWC to also be upgraded to longhaul configuration (In that order), suggesting some longhaul expansion in the pipeline for next Summer, as all 767 upgrade work is scheduled to be completed by April '06.
* As already reported elsewhere on A-Net, BA
will use an A319 on a W pattern from MAN
during the week to LGW
, operating the first flight to LGW
and the last back to MAN
in the evening. During the day it will also serve EDI
. No sign of any plans to transfer any A319s to LGW
for the Winter at present.
CitiExpress will see its fleet shrink this summer. The planned withdrawal of the Dash 8 fleet by the end of March has not now happened.
* Dash 8 G-BRYJ left the fleet in March, and G-BRYJ will leave by the end of this month. This will leave 8 Dash 8-311Bs in service.
* BAe 146-200 G-MIMA is to leave the fleet in May. The remaining four BAe 146s (1 x -100, 2 x -200s and 1 x -300) are due to leave by '06.
[Edited 2005-04-06 00:31:13]