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by Lofty
Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic mega master for more routes in LHR
Replies: 90
Views: 16983

Re: Virgin Atlantic mega master for more routes in LHR

With only T2 and T5 at the moment only having domestic gates we would have to see some major works in T3 or VS would have to operate out of 2 terminals.

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by Lofty
Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TLV: Ukraine International 737 detached from the push back
Replies: 23
Views: 5761

Re: TLV: Ukraine International 737 detached from the push back

Riding the brakes and wing walkers are down to local airline / airport conditions. I know BA at LHR only use wing walkers on tight stands and A380 push backs. Due to "Robo tugs" most narrowed body flights push with one person.

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by Lofty
Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways A321 emergency evacuation in Valencia
Replies: 45
Views: 12517

Re: British Airways A321 emergency evacuation in Valencia

It is possible that some news outlets may see the APU as a engine.

I know some are saying they had to wait for the doors to open, could this be due to the crew waiting for the engines to shut down? Just imagine what happens if you blow a chute near an engine which is still running.

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by Lofty
Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA move to T5 in LHR?
Replies: 72
Views: 11950

Re: AA move to T5 in LHR?

Do BA use T5A for widebodies? I seem to recall only seeing narrow bodies there. BA's 763s regularly operated from T5A, although I don't know if allocations have changed since they left the fleet. There are 4 gates are outright B763 capable gates, including 1 in domestic area. Then there are 3 narro...

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by Lofty
Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airport Departure Gate Assignment
Replies: 34
Views: 5807

Re: Airport Departure Gate Assignment

One thing I’ve always wondered about when travelling mainly through UK airports is, that departure gates are only announced shortly before boarding begins. Other large airports like FRA, MUC, and AMS seem to announce the departure gates well in advance. Why is it different? It always makes me feel ...

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by Lofty
Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airport Departure Gate Assignment
Replies: 34
Views: 5807

Re: Airport Departure Gate Assignment

I heard that the late reveal of gate and platform for long distance trains are due to the bombings in 1980-1990s. So the terrorists could not know which train / airplane to target. Maybe Lofty can shed some lights on this urban myth. I have to say have never heard of that one. Think historically El...

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by Lofty
Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA move to T5 in LHR?
Replies: 72
Views: 11950

Re: AA move to T5 in LHR?

T5A does have 3 wide body stands, BA chooses not to use them as one is ok but the other two you loose 2 narrow body stands.

With any terminal move never say never.

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by Lofty
Sun Jul 28, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA using remote gates
Replies: 31
Views: 7100

Re: BA using remote gates

Stand costs are very complex as they are based on weight of aircraft and time of day. If you look at Stand cost V cost of off pier stand (airline steps, airline buses including drivers and fuel etc) you would see that off pier is not that much cheaper. At Heathrow this is due to the airline or handl...

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by Lofty
Sun Jul 28, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airport Departure Gate Assignment
Replies: 34
Views: 5807

Re: Airport Departure Gate Assignment

I can only speak for Heathrow, I have been a stand planner for 16 years, in that time I have covered T1 T4 and T5 and at no time have I ever been told not to publish stands to keep pax in the shops. Lets look back a bit. Many terminals in LHR used to have closed gate lounges, in fact T3 still does, ...

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by Lofty
Sun Jul 28, 2019 12:34 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airport Departure Gate Assignment
Replies: 34
Views: 5807

Re: Airport Departure Gate Assignment

Can I just get read of the idea about shopping, T5 don't leave publishing gates to keep people in the shops. In fact they are looking at ways to publish gates earlier, whist keeping the flexibility to stand change and avoid passengers having to run from one gate to another. If a flight is on the gro...

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by Lofty
Sun Jul 28, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA using remote gates
Replies: 31
Views: 7100

Re: BA using remote gates

9/11 put a stop to T5B and T5C being built to the end as per the original plan, some short sighted bean counter at Heathrow Airport Limited decided they would see a drop in passenger numbers! so to deliver on time and with-in budget the plans were changed. I can say at night and around about 1400 T5...

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by Lofty
Sat Jul 27, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA using remote gates
Replies: 31
Views: 7100

Re: BA using remote gates

James If I have one stand with a jetty and 3 aircraft, I will look at the following: 1. Aircraft size V size of stand needed later. For example if I put a B787 on a A380 stand will that mean I will not have a A380 stand later. 2. In hot weather does the aircraft have a serviceable APU, if one of the...

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by Lofty
Sat Jul 27, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA using remote gates
Replies: 31
Views: 7100

Re: BA using remote gates

As a stand planner, I can say that costs are not a consideration when planning stands.
It is complex process and one that is looked at years in advanced for example some airports will give you slots but are unable to offer on pier stand at that time.

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by Lofty
Fri Jul 26, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA pilots to strike over the summer?
Replies: 50
Views: 7166

Re: BA pilots to strike over the summer?

My understand is they have to give 14 days notice and that the unions will not do this until after the court appeal has been heard. Think about this can flight crew bring an airline to a halt. With no flight crew you can wet-lease and operate a reduce service, also if flight crew are away from home ...

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by Lofty
Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LHR Terminal Assignments
Replies: 15
Views: 3597

Re: LHR Terminal Assignments

The problem with LHR started before alliances, main carriers invest sometimes millions of pound in new lounges etc. This does mean they are not happy being told to move terminal when they join / change alliance. Prime example of this would have been Virgin, T4 was due to be the terminal for those ou...

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by Lofty
Wed Jul 17, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: British a/c assembly sites
Replies: 8
Views: 1126

Re: British a/c assembly sites

My understanding was all wiring for all Concorde's (both Britsh and French) where produced at what is now Brooklands (Weybridge).

For anyone interested Brooklands Museum has a Concorde and a great hanger on Vickers and how aircraft were made, as well as cars and buses.

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by Lofty
Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG deciding between A220 and Embraer E2 for BA Cityflyer
Replies: 297
Views: 57135

Re: IAG deciding between A220 and Embraer E2 for BA Cityflyer

Until you see the deal done never rule anything out with IAG! who would have thought they would take the MAX

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by Lofty
Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA A319 nose gear damage in Leeds
Replies: 2
Views: 2545

Re: BA A319 nose gear damage in Leeds

Silly question one of the photos shows a Tow Bar at the front, if they were using a conventional tug during push back and the nose span would not the tug been span too? OR do they use TBLs which would mean the nose wheel was not correctly secured in the Crandall so was free to spin. OR like LHR T5 d...

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by Lofty
Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG deciding between A220 and Embraer E2 for BA Cityflyer
Replies: 297
Views: 57135

Re: IAG deciding between A220 and Embraer E2 for BA Cityflyer

Just for clarity
VY Operates 2 flights into LHR T3 on some days.

Loose load a/c can and at times do operate into T5. Wetlease and on occasions when we have to borrow LGWs fleet.

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by Lofty
Sun Jul 07, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 747 X cabin with
Replies: 2
Views: 1283

Re: 747 X cabin with

Having flown in row 1 on a B747 the view is very special especially when you have a number of windows.

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by Lofty
Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to use all retro 747s on a domestic flight
Replies: 52
Views: 14038

Re: BA to use all retro 747s on a domestic flight

Just one point as LHR T5 do not have any B747 domestic gates, these flights will have to be coached so you should get a good look at the aircraft from outside.

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by Lofty
Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Jewel Terminal at SIN
Replies: 51
Views: 7192

Re: New Jewel Terminal at SIN

It has worked already people I know are making plans to transit SIN so they can see it, instead of other transit airports.

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by Lofty
Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inner city airline terminals
Replies: 25
Views: 2738

Re: Inner city airline terminals

LHR and LGW both had City check-in with bag drop, passengers had to clear at the airports. Both closed around about the same as airlines stopped using them.

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by Lofty
Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fully Automated Jetbridge
Replies: 41
Views: 6309

Re: Fully Automated Jetbridge

One small issue is how would it work with Multi Use stands, when the jetty needs to be in the correct place before the stand guidance is switched on. I guess having watched the video the control room would have to move it first.

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by Lofty
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways 787-8 fleet
Replies: 12
Views: 4068

Re: British Airways 787-8 fleet

Both have no engines!

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by Lofty
Fri Feb 01, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways: ongoing problems on its 100th birthday
Replies: 33
Views: 4892

Re: British Airways: ongoing problems on its 100th birthday

You mean back to one large screen at the front of each cabin with only one film, some dried out plastic meal, arriving at the airport 4hrs before check-in and then being at the gate to get your set number and lets not forget having to sit at the back with the smokers! It is very easy to look back wi...

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by Lofty
Fri Feb 01, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New BA ad - BA 100
Replies: 11
Views: 2155

Re: New BA ad - BA 100

No its does not but it makes his family that age!

I work for a charity which was established in 1900 since it started it has merged and changed its name but it is still the charity that was established in 1900 so is 119 years old.

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by Lofty
Fri Feb 01, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways: ongoing problems on its 100th birthday
Replies: 33
Views: 4892

Re: British Airways: ongoing problems on its 100th birthday

So if a lady who is 100 years old had got married at the age of 70 does that make her 30 years old? No she has a family history formed by a union of her parents and grandparents, her name may have changed but her family is still the same.

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by Lofty
Fri Feb 01, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New BA ad - BA 100
Replies: 11
Views: 2155

Re: New BA ad - BA 100

When a lady gets married she changes her name, that does not change where she come from you can trace her family lines back. The same with BA.

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by Lofty
Thu Jan 31, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Waiting for gate access at DFW
Replies: 42
Views: 5892

Re: Waiting for gate access at DFW

Are any of you involved in stand / gate planning? It is very easy to look at any big airport and think it must be easy after 15 years as a Stand Planner I have to tell you it is not. You have to build buffer between flights but these are used up when things are late or early.

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by Lofty
Sat Jan 26, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QR and stairs
Replies: 32
Views: 6704

Re: QR and stairs

Why do people see off pier arrivals as a negative? at some airports such as T5 at LHR you can get to immigration faster than using the pier and TTS.

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by Lofty
Wed Jan 23, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Who chooses & why to cancel the flight because of snow or weather? Many factors . .
Replies: 19
Views: 4507

Re: Who chooses & why to cancel the flight because of snow or weather? Many factors . .

Airports such as Heathrow can impose a reduced flying program and ATC can impose flow restrictions this leave airline with no option but to cancel flights.

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by Lofty
Tue Jan 22, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Who chooses & why to cancel the flight because of snow or weather? Many factors . .
Replies: 19
Views: 4507

Re: Who chooses & why to cancel the flight because of snow or weather? Many factors . .

Capacity has an input into it. At sometime you will have to close runways / taxiways / ramps and stands to remove the snow. Also considering reduce visibility and braking distances ATC and the Tower will put in a reduced flow rate, that can lead to flights being cancelled.

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by Lofty
Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports with interconnected baggage systems?
Replies: 22
Views: 3725

Re: Airports with interconnected baggage systems?

Heathrow and Gatwick used to have station check-in where the bags used to go on the Heathrow / Gatwick Express, the great thing was you could check-in anytime on the day of departure, so could check-in and spend the day in London without your bags. The "BA Van" between Heathrow and Gatwick...

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by Lofty
Sat Dec 22, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow computer systems crash - passengers delayed
Replies: 6
Views: 2473

Re: Heathrow computer systems crash - passengers delayed

This was a worldwide issue not just at Heathrow but all airlines and airports using the system.

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by Lofty
Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Christian" Airline Receives OK To Start-Up
Replies: 59
Views: 10868

Re: "Christian" Airline Receives OK To Start-Up

We already have "Mission Aviation Fellowship" that seem to be doing well.

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by Lofty
Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK - Canada agree on post Brexit Air Service Agreement
Replies: 17
Views: 3931

Re: UK - Canada agree on post Brexit Air Service Agreement

Since Sep 18 Open Skies airline is no more and moved across to Level. My understanding is Level is on a European AOC so I can't see any issues.

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by Lofty
Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA mulling move to LHR T5
Replies: 81
Views: 13796

Re: AA mulling move to LHR T5

T5 B & C should have been longer but due to 9/11 some short sighted person decided to save costs and not finish them. Having said that if you extend them both you don't get any more parking stands as these are used already, you just reduce the number of coaching movements. AA can fit in T5 but w...

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by Lofty
Tue Oct 09, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetbridge collapses at ISB
Replies: 5
Views: 2525

Re: Jetbridge collapses at ISB

One of the reasons why you should only have 1 person on the jetty when being moved. Imagine if it had been a A380 jetty on the top deck after the stabilizers had gone up. I agree that jetties are not easy bits of kit LHR have had long term issues with a number of theirs, with some of them not knowin...

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by Lofty
Wed Sep 26, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will BA/AA ever resume MAN-JFK in future?
Replies: 27
Views: 3858

Re: Will BA/AA ever resume MAN-JFK in future?

Why would BA want to base any aircraft or crews away from LGW or LHR.

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by Lofty
Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is Norwegian Air suffixed by “Shuttle”?
Replies: 28
Views: 5193

Re: Why is Norwegian Air suffixed by “Shuttle”?

Not the only airline to use "Shuttle" BA domestic service all have "Shuttle" call signs.

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by Lofty
Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA199 (LHR-BOM) delay
Replies: 6
Views: 1554

Re: BA199 (LHR-BOM) delay

Things are normally much more complex than they seem. For this flight time is against you. Spare Aircraft / Spare parts may have been at the engineering base this can be a 40 - 1hr30 round trip. If they had a spare a/c a catering change can take up to 4hrs. All of these would have not only hit the L...

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by Lofty
Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B747-SP for sale, just $9.5m
Replies: 64
Views: 13148

Re: B747-SP for sale, just $9.5m

Park it up and hire it out as a unique party / conference venue.

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by Lofty
Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Comet 1 destinations
Replies: 16
Views: 1973

Re: Comet 1 destinations

Airways Terminal - This was a city terminal where you could check-in etc and then taken by bus to the airport.

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by Lofty
Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways investigation by AAIB for Heathrow incident
Replies: 16
Views: 5989

Re: Jet Airways investigation by AAIB for Heathrow incident

Just for clarity we have an a POD track, 3 roads, 2 rivers and a large field between the end of the runway and the M25. Fingers crossed it would have stopped before hitting the M25!

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by Lofty
Sat Aug 04, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Current Status of LHR Terminals 1, 2, 3, and 4?
Replies: 48
Views: 7160

Re: Current Status of LHR Terminals 1, 2, 3, and 4?

EI Will not go into T5 without some BA flights moving into T2. T5 Has only got 1 CTA stand 523 and at times already has problems coping with BA DUB services. As T3 and T4 have no CTA facilities and no plans to create any you will not see too much of a change until Irish flights are reduced or next y...

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by Lofty
Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow - Lots of go-arounds
Replies: 4
Views: 1844

Re: Heathrow - Lots of go-arounds

Hydric spill on the runway.

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by Lofty
Sun Jul 22, 2018 1:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Complants of bedbugs on AI EWR-India flights
Replies: 53
Views: 9108

Re: Complants of bedbugs on AI EWR-India flights

You use Merlin dogs!

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by Lofty
Sun Jul 22, 2018 1:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus delivers first 280t a350 to Iberia
Replies: 61
Views: 15174

IB A350

IB starts A350 flights to LHR from yesterday for crew training.

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