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Sundays' BA196 IAH-LHR Diverts To CWL

Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:32 pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-21232826

Some sort of technical issue apparently.

Anyone got any info ?

http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/local&id=8970447

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RE: Sundays' BA196 IAH-LHR Diverts To CWL

Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:39 pm

138 passengers seems a pathetic load for a 747.
 
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RE: Sundays' BA196 IAH-LHR Diverts To CWL

Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:41 pm

Quoting 1400mph (Thread starter):
Some sort of technical issue apparently.

Seems rather odd diverting to CWL for a technical issue - the distance is surely negligible compared to just landing at LHR.
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RE: Sundays' BA196 IAH-LHR Diverts To CWL

Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:44 pm

Quoting Dalavia (Reply 1):
138 passengers seems a pathetic load for a 747.

Its the quietest time of the year for transatlantics anyway, plus a Saturday flight from a destination with a high % of business travel. On that basis a load factor of 40 - 45% depending on which configuration the plane is in is probably not unusual.
 
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RE: Sundays' BA196 IAH-LHR Diverts To CWL

Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:56 pm

Quoting RussianJet (Reply 2):
Seems rather odd diverting to CWL for a technical issue

BA engineering based at CWL,so the aircraft in question will be looked at fairly quickly.
 
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RE: Sundays' BA196 IAH-LHR Diverts To CWL

Mon Jan 28, 2013 1:32 pm

The local enthusiasts web site is reporting here:

http://cardiffstathan.blogspot.co.uk/

that after arriving at 10.43 it departed for LHR at 13.22.

The aircraft was G-BNLE, BA's oldest in-service 744. It is a 'Hi J' aitcraft, configured F14 / J70 / W30 / Y177.
 
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RE: Sundays' BA196 IAH-LHR Diverts To CWL

Mon Jan 28, 2013 1:33 pm

So, were the passengers sent to London on a bus (well, two buses)?
 
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RE: Sundays' BA196 IAH-LHR Diverts To CWL

Mon Jan 28, 2013 2:30 pm

The BA Source web site is reporting here:

http://www.thebasource.com/

that 'LE squwaked "7700" and then diverted after an instrument failure.
 
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RE: Sundays' BA196 IAH-LHR Diverts To CWL

Mon Jan 28, 2013 2:41 pm

Checked its flight path on Flight 24 at:

http://www.flightradar24.com/data/airplanes/g-bnle

It flew in just south of Cork in Ireland and over Swansea. The only physical diversion seems to have been its 180 degree turn to line up east to west on the CWL runway.
 
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RE: Sundays' BA196 IAH-LHR Diverts To CWL

Mon Jan 28, 2013 3:22 pm

Quoting Dalavia (Reply 6):
So, were the passengers sent to London on a bus (well, two buses)?

Think I would rather take a train.

Somewhat amusingly, last week Sundays BA490 from GIB was diverted to Bournemouth - a whole ooh.... 80 miles from LHR, so somewhat closer than CWL. The passengers were not bussed up - apparently they were told that no bus company was willing to do it - instead they were all overnighted in the Bournemouth Marriott and then flown to LHR the next day.

So not a foregone conclusion that they would have been bussed, especially as I gather the road networks are still somewhat treacherous in large parts of the UK.
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RE: Sundays' BA196 IAH-LHR Diverts To CWL

Mon Jan 28, 2013 4:07 pm

Quoting Dalavia (Reply 1):
138 passengers seems a pathetic load for a 747.

How many were up front though?While Saturday is not a heavy biz day, rumour is this route makes good money on C/J loads.
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RE: Sundays' BA196 IAH-LHR Diverts To CWL

Mon Jan 28, 2013 4:41 pm

Quoting Dalavia (Reply 1):
138 passengers seems a pathetic load for a 747.

Well it's double daily. There's a 777 that departs four hours earlier. Historically I think it's always been an 'oil' route so lots of premium passengers. Whether that is still the case with new carriers on the route I couldn't say but as I say it is double daily. Can't imagine BA send their planes off to places just for the hell of it.
 
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RE: Sundays' BA196 IAH-LHR Diverts To CWL

Mon Jan 28, 2013 7:55 pm

I flew LHR-IAH on March 1st last year, and the load was pathetic for a 747 at that point, too. It was BA197 (the later of the two flights) and the plane seemed to be pretty empty, at least judging for the amount of people at the gate before boarding and at customs after the arrival. However, Club World was full in the upper deck, and it seemed to be quite full downstairs, too.

I guess it makes sense to have double daily flights for premium passengers demand? Or is there also enough freight to justify a 777 and a 747?

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