irishpower
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3rd BA LHR-LAX Flight

Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:57 am

BA is offering a 3rd LHR-LAX flight this summer. The flight number is 279. According to the timetable it is being served with a 777. Does anyone know if it will be a 772ER or a 77W?

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RE: 3rd BA LHR-LAX Flight

Mon Feb 06, 2012 10:03 am

Flights 278/79 will be a 77W.
 
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RE: 3rd BA LHR-LAX Flight

Mon Feb 06, 2012 11:47 am

Quoting Irishpower (Thread starter):
BA is offering a 3rd LHR-LAX flight this summer.

BA operated three daily 744 flights last summer, BA268/69, BA278/79 and BA282/83.

While BA268/69 was nearly always operatws in Summer 2011 by a 'Mid J' 744 configured for up to 337 passengers (F14 / J52 / W36 / M235) the other two flights were operated by a mix of 'Mid J' and 'Hi J' 744s, the latter configured for up to 291 passengers (F14 / J70 / W30 / M177).

For comparison purposes BA's 77Ws are configured for up to 297 passengers (F14 / J56 / W44 / M183).
 
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RE: 3rd BA LHR-LAX Flight

Mon Feb 06, 2012 12:03 pm

Now that AA has JV/ATI with BA, I wonder if it's time for them to drop their own metal on the crowded LAX-LHR route in favor of codesharing with their partner that offers a superior product? This has to be the sort of route that is costing AA a fortune to run but suffering from rather low yields thanks to heavy competition from BA, VS, UA, and NZ. I know L.A.-London is an ever-popular route for the entertainment industry and British tourists, but I have to believe a little rationalization can go a long way...
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RE: 3rd BA LHR-LAX Flight

Mon Feb 06, 2012 12:04 pm

Thats an impressive seat count BA will offer, no matter what configeration they go with. Is this generally an O & D market or is there lots of connections, particularly on the London end?
 
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RE: 3rd BA LHR-LAX Flight

Mon Feb 06, 2012 12:56 pm

Quoting ual777uk (Reply 4):
Is this generally an O & D market or is there lots of connections, particularly on the London end?

Lots of O&D, that's for sure. Plenty of business and leisure traffic between L.A. and London - you hear plenty of British accents here whether it's in the office or at the club!

That said, BA is also a popular option between L.A. and Scandinavia, among other places. I imagine they get a healthy contingent of connecting traffic beyond LHR just as they would with all other North American markets.
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RE: 3rd BA LHR-LAX Flight

Mon Feb 06, 2012 1:05 pm

Quoting SurfandSnow (Reply 5):
That said, BA is also a popular option between L.A. and Scandinavia

  

Every time I have flown on BA to/from LAX I have seen quite a few Swedes on board.
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RE: 3rd BA LHR-LAX Flight

Mon Feb 06, 2012 1:37 pm

Hasn't BA had 3 daily during the summer for years now? I don't think this is anything new.
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RE: 3rd BA LHR-LAX Flight

Mon Feb 06, 2012 5:12 pm

Quoting SurfandSnow (Reply 3):

The problem is that if AA drops its flight, AAdvantage members would not able to earn 100% regular and status miles on BA flights, except on higher fare classes. Plus AA is now serving alcohol free to economy class, so AAdvantage members would prefer for AA to continue to offer flights. And AA has relationships with other non-oneworld airlines, (QR etc.) where QR members would earn miles.
 
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RE: 3rd BA LHR-LAX Flight

Mon Feb 06, 2012 5:20 pm

Quoting ual777uk (Reply 4):
Is this generally an O & D market or is there lots of connections, particularly on the London end?

Excluding Canada and Mexico, LA-London is one of the top-5 international city pairs from the US. About 1.4mil people travel between the cities annually.

Quoting as739x (Reply 7):
Hasn't BA had 3 daily during the summer for years now? I don't think this is anything new.

Yes for like 10-odd years.
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747srule
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RE: 3rd BA LHR-LAX Flight

Mon Feb 06, 2012 5:46 pm

I would consider it newsworthy because it is a different aircraft than a 744. Looks like I will finally see a BA triple 7!!!
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RE: 3rd BA LHR-LAX Flight

Mon Feb 06, 2012 5:49 pm

Quoting hohd (Reply 8):
The problem is that if AA drops its flight, AAdvantage members would not able to earn 100% regular and status miles on BA flights, except on higher fare classes.

This is not true. The earning scheme is metal neutral, whether you fly AA or BA.

The bigger issue for AA elites is the fact that BA charges fuel-surcharges on redemption (where AA does not) and the inability to use system-wide upgrades on BA at the moment.
 
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RE: 3rd BA LHR-LAX Flight

Mon Feb 06, 2012 5:52 pm

Quoting 747srule (Reply 10):
I would consider it newsworthy because it is a different aircraft than a 744. Looks like I will finally see a BA triple 7!!!

Exactly, and besides that it is on their newest and best product.
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RE: 3rd BA LHR-LAX Flight

Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:53 pm

Quoting Irishpower (Thread starter):

Looks like a 77W
 
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RE: 3rd BA LHR-LAX Flight

Tue Feb 07, 2012 2:20 am

Quoting 747srule (Reply 10):
I would consider it newsworthy because it is a different aircraft than a 744. Looks like I will finally see a BA triple 7!!!

I second that. I've been flying LAX-LHR and vice versa 2-4x a year for the last 25 years and it's always been a 747. It will be incredibly exciting to see a BA 777 at LAX, although I hope that the type doesn't replace the 747 for a long, long time.
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RE: 3rd BA LHR-LAX Flight

Tue Feb 07, 2012 6:20 am

Quoting as739x (Reply 7):
Hasn't BA had 3 daily during the summer for years now? I don't think this is anything new.

More than 15 years.
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