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European Heavies At LHR During The Olympics

Sat Jul 14, 2012 1:29 pm

Since the Olympics are less than two weeks away now, I was wondering if there are going to be any European heavies at LHR. Since the airport is pretty much at capacity and slot-restricted, there are obviously not going to be extra flights to LHR itself. But there is a chance we'll get to see bigger planes, right? If so, does anyone know if any airline has such plans? Say, an LH A340 from FRA or an AF A330 from CDG etc.
 
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RE: European Heavies At LHR During The Olympics

Sat Jul 14, 2012 1:41 pm

Quoting DAL763ER (Thread starter):

Since the Olympics are less than two weeks away now, I was wondering if there are going to be any European heavies at LHR. Since the airport is pretty much at capacity and slot-restricted, there are obviously not going to be extra flights to LHR itself. But there is a chance we'll get to see bigger planes, right? If so, does anyone know if any airline has such plans? Say, an LH A340 from FRA or an AF A330 from CDG etc.

Don't get your hopes up to much.


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RE: European Heavies At LHR During The Olympics

Sat Jul 14, 2012 1:58 pm

When Atlanta hosted the Olympics in 1996, there wasn't a major upgrade in a/c types used by international airlines that served ATL at the time nor were there any frequency increases as ATL was already a major international airport with flights to many parts of the world (Same is true with London, Sydney, Beijing, and Athens.). Considering the amount of flights that currently exist between the various London airports and Europe, there is not much of a need to upgrade service to larger a/c. Another thing to remember is that many folks will likely opt to take the Eurostar instead of flying into London.
 
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RE: European Heavies At LHR During The Olympics

Sat Jul 14, 2012 1:59 pm

Does anyone know of any charters into LON for the Olympics. Im thinking Air Koryo might pop up as in previous years. Heres hoping!

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RE: European Heavies At LHR During The Olympics

Sat Jul 14, 2012 2:01 pm

Quoting srbmod (Reply 2):
Another thing to remember is that many folks will likely opt to take the Eurostar instead of flying into London.

Even thats not certain.
The frequencies available rolling stock and line capacity of Eurostar isn't that flexible either !







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RE: European Heavies At LHR During The Olympics

Sat Jul 14, 2012 2:08 pm

Quoting MACDADDY (Reply 3):

Does anyone know of any charters into LON for the Olympics. Im thinking Air Koryo might pop up as in previous years. Heres hoping!

MAC

North Koreans may well arrive via China , through it would be nice to see an JS Tu204 wouldn't it .

I have have had the pleasure to see the only JS IL62 to visit the UK twice at Manchester many many years ago for the student games event held in Sheffield
 
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RE: European Heavies At LHR During The Olympics

Sat Jul 14, 2012 6:01 pm

I seem to recall a few up gauged flights at the end (day or so after) in past events. Athletes tend to arrive sporadically, but they tend to depart in a short time. Can't find proof of it, but it's what I seem to remember.
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RE: European Heavies At LHR During The Olympics

Sat Jul 14, 2012 6:44 pm

Quoting rutankrd (Reply 5):
I have have had the pleasure to see the only JS IL62 to visit the UK twice at Manchester many many years ago for the student games event held in Sheffield

Shame they sent the same bird for both flights tho, P885 IIRC.
 
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RE: European Heavies At LHR During The Olympics

Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:07 pm

There has been a lot of news coverage in the UK over the last 24 hours as the new temporary air traffic control procedures were implemented at midnight last night.

The news said:

"Paul Haskins, the London general manager of the National Air Traffic Services, said: "London's airspace is one of the most complex and busy in the world. We handle about 3,500 flights a day just through London alone.

"During the Olympics, we're seeing an additional 4,000 flights scheduled into London primarily on six busy days just prior to the opening ceremony, around the 100m final and again just after the closing ceremony.""

STN are expecting a busy few days at the start and end of the Olympics - presumably this is for inbound (and then outbound) charter flights. I believe charter / additional flights have been banned at LHR as it is already at full capacity. To see interesting aircraft, the mantra is likely to be "anywhere but LHR".

Found it....

"Heathrow Airport will not be accepting non-scheduled flights during the Games period." - Dept of Transport

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RE: European Heavies At LHR During The Olympics

Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:20 pm

Quoting srbmod (Reply 2):
When Atlanta hosted the Olympics in 1996, there wasn't a major upgrade in a/c types used by international airlines that served ATL at the time nor were there any frequency increases as ATL was already a major international airport with flights to many parts of the world

I transited thru ATL the day after the closing ceremony and recall seeing three LH 744s, two SR 743s, two OA 742s and a SU Il-62. There were loads of people trying to sell their Olympic volunteer shirts to leaving tourists.........
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RE: European Heavies At LHR During The Olympics

Sun Jul 15, 2012 1:06 am

Quoting MACDADDY (Reply 3):
Does anyone know of any charters into LON

I know the Australian Olympic team are arriving all via normal commercial flights, but the return flights are two Charters. (like last olympics). The charters are with QF however I am not sure (after seeing the previous thread of no more additional flights) which airport they will use or what equipment they will use (last Olympics it was an A380 and a 744)
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RE: European Heavies At LHR During The Olympics

Sun Jul 15, 2012 6:15 am

Quoting ZuluAlpha (Reply 10):
I know the Australian Olympic team are arriving all via normal commercial flights, but the return flights are two Charters. (like last olympics). The charters are with QF however I am not sure (after seeing the previous thread of no more additional flights) which airport they will use or what equipment they will use (last Olympics it was an A380 and a 744)

A380? Beijing was August 2008. Qantas got their first 380 in September, so they didn't fly an A380 then. With just 21 winter competitors I can't believe Qantas flew an A380 to Vancouver in 2010 just for them and their families?

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RE: European Heavies At LHR During The Olympics

Sun Jul 15, 2012 6:40 am

Quoting chumley (Reply 11):

It was a 744 and A330, August 26th.
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RE: European Heavies At LHR During The Olympics

Sun Jul 15, 2012 7:08 am

Quoting rutankrd (Reply 4):
The frequencies available rolling stock and line capacity of Eurostar isn't that flexible either !

Since HS1 and HS2, do they have flexibility with loading gauge? If so, they could supplement with SNCF and DB stock if they really wanted.
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RE: European Heavies At LHR During The Olympics

Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:02 am

Quoting MACDADDY (Reply 3):
Im thinking Air Koryo might pop up as in previous years. Heres hoping!

Are they not banned from the EU?
 
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RE: European Heavies At LHR During The Olympics

Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:42 am

Quoting N1120A (Reply 13):
Since HS1 and HS2, do they have flexibility with loading gauge? If so, they could supplement with SNCF and DB stock if they really wanted.

HS2 doesn't exist yet, and the thing with HS1 is the certification for Eurotunnel operations, which no regular DB/SNCF rolling stock has for the moment. The only exception being some Eurostar rolling stock that was withdrawn by Eurostar from Eurotunnel service that is now being used by SNCF in France domestically.
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RE: European Heavies At LHR During The Olympics

Sun Jul 15, 2012 9:37 am

That right parked on the 60s and on first attempt held in Moscow awaiting political clearances.

Quoting N1120A (Reply 13):

Quoting rutankrd (Reply 4):
The frequencies available rolling stock and line capacity of Eurostar isn't that flexible either !

Since HS1 and HS2, do they have flexibility with loading gauge? If so, they could supplement with SNCF and DB stock if they really wanted.

Whilst its true that the HS1 loading and passing clearances are wide enough for EU mainline stock and that the TGV/Thalys stock could run through to London right now
Indeed an ICE and TGV Posté (not under own power) have visited St Pancras on test and press missions.

Regretfully no other passenger stock meets with the fire and escape regulations necessary for working within the tunnel at this time.
Its just the Eurostar certified for passenger operations.

DB are working on getting a version of the ICE approved but that still a few years out yet.
 
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RE: European Heavies At LHR During The Olympics

Sun Jul 15, 2012 9:44 am

Quoting grimey (Reply 14):
Are they not banned from the EU?

The two Tu204s are allowed into the EU they have fully disclosed and documented maintenance records acceptable to the JAA.

Its lack of these that restricts their IL62M for EU airspace.
 
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RE: European Heavies At LHR During The Olympics

Sun Jul 15, 2012 1:02 pm

Unless you have a WHOLE Olympic committee and teams from one country, I doubt you'll see charters. The US Olympic swim team just arrived this a.m. in GVA on the CO/UA flight from IAD to go and train south of here and acclimate for two weeks before flying to London on a regular flight. They all flew coach; the only reason people noticed is that the Captain gave them a thumbs up on the intercom.
 
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RE: European Heavies At LHR During The Olympics

Mon Jul 16, 2012 1:12 pm

Putting aside the blatent bias and attempts by the The Daily Mail to find anything it can wrong with the Olympic preparations, there were some interesting facts in an article about the Olympics and LHR this morning:

The previous "busiest day ever" at LHR was last summer: 233,500 pax were "handled" by LHR (I presume that means arriving + departing). Today (16 Jul) they expect to beat that record with 237,000 pax and expect the number to peak at
239,000 pax on 26 July.

So the increase over last summer's busiest day is only ~2%. While it will no doubt be unpleasant in parts of LHR at certains times (as it was last summer at the peak times), it is only a small increase over numbers that the airport has previously dealt with and certainly doesn't justify many extra aircraft or major upgauging (airlines will like the 2% better LF though).
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RE: European Heavies At LHR During The Olympics

Mon Jul 16, 2012 3:01 pm

If LHR is "slot bound" - and it virtually is - then there is little if any room for additional air traffic movements or the substitution of a twin-aisle for a single-aisle aircraft.

Separation of aircraft on both approach and departure is determined by the size of the two aircraft following each other. Some time back (May 2008) I made a study over a three hour nineteen minute period of 136 consecutive arrivals at LHR on 09L. Using a camera with a timer I determined the average separation between aircraft.

On 69 occasions a single-aisle aircraft followed a single-aisle aircraft on finals. The average separation between these aircraft was 75.1 seconds.

On 23 occasions a twin-aisle aircraft landed after a single-aisle aircraft. The average separation between them was 75.0 seconds.

On 24 occasions a single-aisle aircraft followed a twin-aisle aircraft. The average separation here was 133.9 seconds.

On 19 occasions a twin-aisle aircraft folowed another twin-aisle aircraft. Their average sepoaration was 100.1 seconds.

While with judicious ATC it might be possible to substitute a small number of twin-aisle aircraft in slots officially assigned to single-aisle aircraft, it is clear from my data that any significant substitution would not be possible without creating significant delays in the stacks that serve LHR. It is also important to recognise that using larger aircraft may also be constrained by the availability of suitable aircraft stands and by the ability to process the larger number of arrival and departing passengers (although the temporary Olympic Terminal will address this issue for departing passengers on the three days following the closure of the games).

So I would not expect to see a flood of additional wide bodies at LHR because there are not the facilities to handle such an influx.