G-CIVP
Topic Author
Posts: 1408
Joined: Tue Mar 20, 2001 6:38 am

South African B747's At LHR

Wed Mar 28, 2001 4:56 am

Can someone tell me why South African Airlines park up their B747's all day at LHR? For instance, they arrive around 7.00am local and depart sometime after 6.00pm. Why don't they have a short turnaround and head back to Jo'burg/Durban etc?
 
LGW
Posts: 4281
Joined: Thu Jun 01, 2000 6:07 pm

Time

Wed Mar 28, 2001 5:13 am

Well, its all about timings,If they did head staright back they would land @ about 01:00 and manyy ppl dont want that so they ytake off in da eve get to sa at a respectible time and the a/c gets a good clean/looking after by the nice ppl @ LHR

LGW
 
G-CIVP
Topic Author
Posts: 1408
Joined: Tue Mar 20, 2001 6:38 am

RE: South African B747's At LHR

Wed Mar 28, 2001 5:38 am

Thought as much - I suppose its a toss up between aircraft utilization and getting the business.
 
cedarjet
Posts: 8101
Joined: Mon May 24, 1999 1:12 am

RE: South African B747's At LHR

Wed Mar 28, 2001 7:39 am

Often, there's two SAL 747s parked on a remote stand, I think when I was last there (a few Sundays ago), there was a 744 at T1, and a 744 and 74L (SP) in the maintenance area, alongside two CX 744s and a QF 744. All this was in the maintenance area where BA, BM, United and Air-India have their big facilities.
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
 
cedarjet
Posts: 8101
Joined: Mon May 24, 1999 1:12 am

RE: South African B747's At LHR

Wed Mar 28, 2001 7:40 am

And, of course, seven Concordes (three in a hangar and four in the great outdoors).
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
 
deltairlines
Posts: 6876
Joined: Mon May 24, 1999 4:47 am

RE: South African B747's At LHR

Wed Mar 28, 2001 9:00 am

When I have been to LHR, I have seen about 3 747s or 767s at remote stands, with one or two 747s or 767s at T1. I have seen about 3-4 SAA planes in one morning at LHR though.

Jeff