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BA's Major Schedule Changes

Wed Oct 11, 2000 11:42 pm


Got this from Airwise news...

British Airways (BA) today announced major schedule changes for summer 2001 including the transfer of two longhaul routes from Gatwick to Heathrow, the suspension of one loss-making longhaul route, resumption of services to a key longhaul destination, and increased frequencies on other core routes.

The moves are part of the carrier's strategy to restore its business to better levels of profitability.

All flights between London and Miami will operate from and to Heathrow. This means the airline will offer two daily Boeing 747 flights between Heathrow and Miami, rather than one a day from Heathrow and one a day from Gatwick.

Services to Rio de Janeiro, which fly on to Sao Paolo, will also transfer from Gatwick to Heathrow.

The airline said it believes profits on this route can be substantially improved through this transfer. Daily Boeing 777 flights will replace the current five 747 flights a week, serving both destinations in Brazil.

At Gatwick, BA plans to "delink" the current daily Boeing 747 service to Phoenix and on to San Diego, with both destinations served with their own direct daily 777s, subject to final agreements. With this additional Californian capacity, frequencies between Heathrow and Los Angeles will remain at their winter twice daily rate, instead of thrice daily as last summer.

Also from Gatwick, frequencies to Buenos Aires will be increased - from five 747-400s a week to six 777s.

From Heathrow, British Airways will suspend all services to Kuala Lumpur from the start of next summer season, because of the poor commercial performance of the route. It will offer customers connections to Malaysia over Singapore and maintain a sales presence in the country.

However, the airline plans, subject to final agreements, to resume its own flights to Melbourne, flying from Heathrow four times a week via Singapore. Currently the only "BA" services to Melbourne are its code-shares operated by alliance partner Qantas. The reintroduction of flights by British Airways itself to the Victoria city, after a two-year break, will offer more consumer choice.

Major changes in the coming winter programme, already announced, effective from later this month, are to shorthaul operations:

· Routes between Gatwick and Ljubljana and Salzburg are being suspended.

· Jersey-Heathrow services are also being suspended. The Channel Island will be served with six daily flights from Gatwick by subsidiary and franchisee CityFlyer Express.

· Services from Gatwick to Verona and Genoa will reduce from three to two a day and from two to one a day respectively.

· Operations to Venice and Bilbao will switch from Heathrow to Gatwick.

· Tel Aviv services will consolidate at Heathrow, with the daily Gatwick flights sitting there alongside the existing ten Heathrow weeklies.

· Paris Orly-Heathrow flights will be halved, to three a day, before being suspended completely at the end of the winter season, but services to Charles de Gaulle will almost double, from seven to 12 a day this winter.

· Frequencies are being increased to other key European destinations, including Rome, Prague, Munich, Frankfurt and Barcelona.

Key longhaul changes this winter include the suspension of loss-making services to Tehran, with franchisee British Mediterranean taking up this route.

Flights to Santiago were suspended on August 1.

The summer 2001 flying programme will require two fewer 747-400s than British Airways has at present - mainly as a result of the Heathrow-Kuala Lumpur suspension. Two more 747-400s will become surplus the following winter, with further unprofitable flying reductions anticipated.

As a result, BA has decided to dispose of these four aircraft during the year ahead. Expressions of interest have been received from a number of parties, and negotiations are now at the final stage.

British Airways has the largest Boeing 747-400 fleet in Europe, with around 20 more of the aircraft than any of its European competitors. It currently operates 57 Boeing 747-400s in an overall mainline fleet of more than 260 aircraft. Its longhaul fleet also includes 36 Boeing 777s. The airline currently holds firm orders for nine more of these twinjets, with options on a further 16.

Meantime, the carrier is reviewing its loss-making Gatwick operations and expects to begin rolling out a revised strategy for its second London base, effective from winter 2001.

Gatwick is strategically crucial to the British Airways group, the airline says, and it will maintain a significant presence at the airport.

In Europe, next summer’s timetable will be kept more along this coming winter’s lines, with a small reduction in capacity on the previous summer, although BA says it will be looking to strengthen its position on a number of key routes served from Heathrow.

The overall effect will be a capacity reduction, in terms of available seat kilometres, of 10 per cent on the summer before. That is some 2 percentage points more than previously announced.

Available seat kilometres at Heathrow will reduce by 9 per cent, and at Gatwick by 15 per cent. In terms of flying hours, however, the programme is almost exactly the same as last summer’s, increasing by 1 per cent overall, with a 3 per cent increase at Heathrow and 5 per cent reduction at Gatwick.

Rod Eddington, British Airways Chief Executive, said: "Our drive to return our business to proper levels of profitability is moving up a gear. The network and fleet strategies I inherited when I arrived at British Airways are exactly right - but they do not go far enough fast enough. We must address poorly performing routes and assets that are not adding value."

Any comments on this??? Thanks,


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RE: BA's Major Schedule Changes

Thu Oct 12, 2000 1:48 am

Also to mention, Alvin, is that BA will add another weekly flight to TLV, rising the amount of flights between LON & TLV to 18 weekly flights in the 777, as you said all flights to TLV will departure from LHR.

RE: BA's Major Schedule Changes

Thu Oct 12, 2000 2:01 am

Thanks for the post.

As far as services to South America are concerned, the switch to 777 on the EZE service was not a surprise. The six a week frequency is a reflection of how large the market is.

I am surprised at the decision to move the Brazilian services to Heathrow; why was this service in particular chosen to be switched to LHR??
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RE: BA's Major Schedule Changes

Thu Oct 12, 2000 2:58 am

It is absolutely disgusting that you cannot fly to the Channel Islands from Heathrow. People have no choice but to trek across London from airport to airport to make onward connections. Its about time airlines realise human life exists outside of London and South East England and provide connections from the regions to every London airport or better still provide us with our own direct flights so we don't have to go there in the first place.

RE: BA's Major Schedule Changes

Thu Oct 12, 2000 5:45 am

In the ideal world,that would be great.Unfortunatly,airlines are businesses,not charities.They won't fly where there is little or infrequent demand,and most importantly..NO DOUGH.
I,m afraid it's profits that count.We can dream,though.
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RE: BA's Major Schedule Changes

Thu Oct 12, 2000 5:51 am

BA has forgotten that with profits so high on the agenda - its quickly losing much of its appeal AND with that passengers.

Leaving KUL will have quite an impact in Southeast Asia - where BA had been poorly performing against MAS on the London route and lost out to KLM as the largest European carrier in Malaysia. KLM seems to be doing something right as their 747-400s are often full of KUL-UK passengers!

It won't be long before BA's boom returns to this space.
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RE: BA's Major Schedule Changes

Thu Oct 12, 2000 8:37 am

BUT BA will be making the 216 / 217 flights to IAD a 744!!! Starting in November! and I am excited, Becasue they havent ever operated a 744 to IAD and I have never been on one, so hopefully I will be able to go on one soon!
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RE: BA's Major Schedule Changes

Thu Oct 12, 2000 9:37 am

Starting in March (the 23 I think) BA 203/202 LHR-DTW-LHR will switch from a 747-200 to a 777-200.
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RE: BA's Major Schedule Changes

Thu Oct 12, 2000 9:54 am

Lets see if Cathay Pacific take the four 747-400's.
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RE: BA's Major Schedule Changes

Thu Oct 12, 2000 2:16 pm

Hello guys,

thanks for posting... replying. I am too, excited as BA will have another service to Singapore then to Melbourne... Hurray!!!

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RE: BA's Major Schedule Changes

Thu Oct 12, 2000 8:20 pm

this must be the fourth post here regarding BAs new schedule, why?sad that theyre axing Kuala Lumpur, im glad British Med are taking over the Tehran route though, hope theyll also consider Islamabad if BA pulls out from there.Do BA plan on resuming operations to Karachi in the near future? i stay pretty close to the British Consulate and the rush there for travellkers to the U.K is unbelieveable, makes me wonder which airline ferries them across,is BA losing out on a big market by not flying here direct 
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