|Quoting Monkeyboi (Reply 16):|
I remember a few years ago BD were fighting like mad for the license to operate LHR to Moscow. After some stiff competition from VS, BD were eventually issued the license.......and then despite several start-up dates NEVER operated a single flight on the route! Crazy!
|Quoting LTU932 (Reply 1):|
Any more details on this rumour about GB Airways becoming a full BA subsidiary and how this could affect their ops?
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|Quoting VV701 (Reply 18):|
What goes around comes around. For most of its life GT has effectively been all but a BEA / BA subsidiary.
Formed as Gibair to operate a Gibraltar to Tangier service in 1931, the airline soon became inactive. It restarted operations in 1947 when British European Airways bought a majority shareholding. Its 51 per cent stake passed to BA in 1974 and was subsequently reduced to 49 per cent. As recently as 1995 BA sold their stake back to Bland but also signed the current franchise agreement.
However since then the relationship has been more than that of being franchise partners. For example I believe that several of the aircraft operated by GB Airways today are leased by them from BA. G-TTOJ, an A320, is a good example. It was bought by BA from Airbus on 30 March 2004 and put into service by GB Airways the following day (BA6902 LGW-GIB). However it remained registered to BA until 14 June 2004 when the registration was transferred to GB Airways.
So if BA is going to retake a significant stake in GB Airways I would only expect this would effect the airline's operations if there were some much larger changes to, for example, the BA EuroGatwick operation. However even then it should be remembered that GB Airways also flies out of LHR.
|Quoting BestWestern (Reply 14):|
The cadogan group - owners of GB airways are struggling at present
|Quoting BAxMAN (Reply 20):|
These schedule massacres occur during every season, every year.
|Quoting AIR MALTA (Reply 24):|
Flights to Valencia are to be withdrawn beginning of May. So it seems that the Spanish routes are not that successful as some have suggested.
|Quoting Richardw (Reply 26):|
I think GT will start a service to the Cape Verde islands fairly soon from LGW, you won't find FR and U2 flying there.
|Quoting Richardw (Reply 30):|
LGW-VLC is still bookable for May at www.ba.com
|Quoting VV701 (Reply 35):|
Quoting B742 (Reply 34):
On a slight side note, has anyone experianced the GB Airways service?
As a BA franchise operator it has to be indistinguishable from BA's service. I have flown with GB several times on the LGW-MPL route and confirm that it is equivalent to BA standards.