|Quoting Ctbarnes (Reply 2):|
First off, in the 80's to the mid 90's BA had an alliance with US Airways which included a BA flying LHR-PIT to hook into US's hub network.
I just checked some OAG data on seats and frequencies, for years 1994-2003. According to that, there was *NO* LHR
flight at all - it shows as LGW
(included in the OAG search were all flights to/from PIT
on no- and one-stop services). Can you guys just tell me if OAG is wrong or if we should be talking about LGW
instead of LHR
In any case, LGW
was operated by BA
until 1999. However, interestingly enough, after BA
dropped it, US picked up the traffic, and, as a result, capacity remained on average the same whilst frequencies remained identical. Thus, scientifically speaking, even though BA
no longer serves the routes, passengers should not have lost in the amount of capacity/frequency provided (of course, this does not address service preference).
I would go with the general view here that PIT
was alliance-related for BA
, although cutting back of long-haul destinations has been a general trend to streamline the operation, evident in the fact that it was operated both before and after the alliance with US.