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by Lofty
Thu May 21, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: All OW carriers to move T5 LHR
Replies: 38
Views: 7760

Re: Rumor: All OW carriers to move T5 LHR

All lounges are closed

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by Lofty
Thu May 21, 2020 8:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: All OW carriers to move T5 LHR
Replies: 38
Views: 7760

Re: Rumor: All OW carriers to move T5 LHR

On stand capacity. With less shorthaul flights this would open up stand 514 516 and 518 for longhaul. As for EI moving to T5, T5 only has one CTA stand / arrivals gate (523) this is being used by the IOM flight at the moment. Stand 522 was built to accommodate CTA flights so I guess could be put bac...

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by Lofty
Thu May 21, 2020 8:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: All OW carriers to move T5 LHR
Replies: 38
Views: 7760

Re: Rumor: All OW carriers to move T5 LHR

My understanding is a move of other flights into T5 has a IT issue.

LHR T5 has only BA systems, for other airlines they would need access to multi user sets, this would mean a complete hardware change of all PCs.

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by Lofty
Sat May 09, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Person killed by plane on runway at Austin
Replies: 97
Views: 25444

Re: Person killed by plane on runway at Austin

I can't believe a possible unauthorised person on the airfield and the airport did not go into a ground stop and lock down after a clear security breach! Had this happened in the UK (and its has) we would have put a ground stop on and locked down the terminals.

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by Lofty
Fri May 08, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Future Of First Class? (and who would pay for it?)
Replies: 21
Views: 1813

Re: Future Of First Class? (and who would pay for it?)

To some people catering is only a small part of the First experience. Once lock down is over you will get those rich people who think their lives are worth more and First will give great social distancing.

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by Lofty
Fri May 08, 2020 8:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Person killed by plane on runway at Austin
Replies: 97
Views: 25444

Re: Person killed by plane on runway at Austin

What I can't understand is why the tower gave taxi permission when you had a possible person on the airfield, that should have been a ground stop. I can't also understand why the flight crew did not ask for an inspection before taxiing to stand,

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by Lofty
Fri May 08, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why do so many international terminals have arrivals corridors above the departures level?
Replies: 70
Views: 11328

Re: Why do so many international terminals have arrivals corridors above the departures level?

One thing you have to think about is passenger flows. I will use LHR T5A as an example When you leave the aircraft you are on Level 1 (this means no congestion on the escalators to take you up). You clear immigration on Level 1 those transiting go up to Level 3 and clear security before going down t...

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by Lofty
Fri May 08, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why do so many international terminals have arrivals corridors above the departures level?
Replies: 70
Views: 11328

Re: Why do so many international terminals have arrivals corridors above the departures level?

I am going to throw in the example of LHR Terminal 2. The arrivals for Terminal 2 MAIN terminal (A gates) is below the departures floor. However, the arrivals in Terminal 2 Satellite (B gates) are above the departures floor... LHR T2B was the old Europier so as such was a add on to T1 so has arriva...

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by Lofty
Thu Apr 30, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UIA to LHR instead of LGW
Replies: 7
Views: 3098

Re: UIA to LHR instead of LGW

LGW has not closed it only operates on a part time bases.

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by Lofty
Thu Apr 30, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why do so many international terminals have arrivals corridors above the departures level?
Replies: 70
Views: 11328

Re: Why do so many international terminals have arrivals corridors above the departures level?

When LHR T5 was originally designed they looked at this issue. The answer all comes down to the design of the building for LHR T5 its design means you enter the terminal with a large open space, which is carried through to the departures lounge, for departing passengers the environment and feeling i...

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by Lofty
Fri Apr 17, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BA fleet parking, 747 fleet retired
Replies: 457
Views: 105638

Re: Updated: BA fleet parking, at 40+ including 747s, A380s

Silly question looking at the CHX and other parking the Nose wheel is straight and near the grass, anyone know which type of tug was used to park them with.

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by Lofty
Fri Apr 17, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)
Replies: 527
Views: 70329

Re: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)

Can't see an issue with cargo being loaded in the passenger cabin. As long as I can remember BA. BMI and some others used to load the overnight mail flights into the cabin. Have also seen a video of a BA 777 with cargo in the seats, it did state rules had been relaxed but did not say which ones.

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by Lofty
Wed Apr 15, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BA fleet parking, 747 fleet retired
Replies: 457
Views: 105638

Re: Updated: BA fleet parking, at 40+ including 747s, A380s

Looking at the photos I hope they have them parked in the correct order, I spent 16 years stand planning and nothing worse than needing the one that is in the middle!

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by Lofty
Sat Apr 11, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways DC-10 in early 1980s?
Replies: 87
Views: 14676

Re: British Airways DC-10 in early 1980s?

Information taken from "British Airways, Its History, Aircraft and Liveries" Interchange started in May 1975 due to the B747 being too big and L1011 out of range. Agreement was due for 4 years. In 1978 BA started B747 on LAX route so used the DC10 on 5 x Miami 3 x Montreal plus 2 x LAX (th...

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by Lofty
Sat Apr 11, 2020 8:55 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Covid-19 Interesting One-Off Flights
Replies: 61
Views: 8880

Re: Covid-19 Interesting One-Off Flights

Some of the one off flights are caring passengers who were passengers and crew from Cruse Ships who were at sea during the lock down and have been looking for a dock to take them. Also many are carrying supplies and believe it or not Mail, BA are clearing the backlog of mail by loading them in the o...

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by Lofty
Mon Apr 06, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Group Calls for A380s to Be Used as ICUs
Replies: 81
Views: 12378

Re: Group Calls for A380s to Be Used as ICUs

If the UK can create and make operational a 400 bed ICU in 2 weeks, why would you spend months converting a A380 which then would have to be certified if it was to be used as a flying hospital.

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by Lofty
Mon Apr 06, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airport construction projects question
Replies: 74
Views: 10790

Re: Airport construction projects question

Many may change their plans, for example during the building of LHR T5 the original plan was for T5B and T5C building to reach the ends and a Executive lounge in T5C. When 9/11 happened the plans were changed as they expected a large drop in passenger loads.

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by Lofty
Mon Apr 06, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BA fleet parking, 747 fleet retired
Replies: 457
Views: 105638

Re: Updated: BA fleet parking, at 40+ including 747s, A380s

Not sure how much cheaper you can get then free. BA do not pay parking charges at the BA base as it is owned by them. I guess by clearing base you can then move aircraft parked on LHR stands into base, it also allows base to be used to work on aircraft that are expected to fly or need maintenance wo...

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by Lofty
Mon Apr 06, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Consolidation of Airport Operations
Replies: 46
Views: 9143

Re: Consolidation of Airport Operations

LHR T5 has closed T5C

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by Lofty
Mon Apr 06, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet, Bail it or bin it?
Replies: 117
Views: 24927

Re: EasyJet, Bail it or bin it?

"And the major reason VS was not making money for a while was that VS was not part of an alliance and that's the major reason Branson went to Delta.[/quote]

Considering VS was part owned by SQ before Delta the option to be part of a alliance was always a option.

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by Lofty
Mon Apr 06, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BA fleet parking, 747 fleet retired
Replies: 457
Views: 105638

Re: Updated: BA fleet parking, at 40+ including 747s, A380s

Châteauroux is used by BA for flight crew training.

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by Lofty
Sun Mar 22, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LHR terminal moves?
Replies: 38
Views: 11586

Re: LHR terminal moves?

Following government advise all lounges to be closed!

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by Lofty
Sun Mar 22, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Samaritan's Purse DC-8 flying GSO to Italy
Replies: 57
Views: 12299

Re: Samaritan's Purse DC-8 flying GSO to Italy

One project their programmes you may have heard of is the "Christmas Shoe Box".

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by Lofty
Sun Mar 22, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II
Replies: 1993
Views: 338679

Re: British Airways Partly Nationalised

I think it is right for the government to look at all options but because they are looking at options does not mean they will be used.

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by Lofty
Fri Mar 20, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LHR terminal moves?
Replies: 38
Views: 11586

Re: LHR terminal moves?

The airport has already started Heathrow staff training for T3 and T4 teams in T2 and T5. At the moment no confirmation of which airlines are going where and when. All we know is it looks like BA will be T5 ops in the summer schedule. If you look at this logically if you have a JV you can withdraw f...

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by Lofty
Fri Mar 20, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airport Photos in the wake of coronavirus impacts
Replies: 184
Views: 10011

Re: Airport Photos in the wake of coronavirus impacts

With LHR closing T4 and T3 they will have plenty of parking space.

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by Lofty
Tue Oct 29, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should airports charge passengers to recover lost property?
Replies: 28
Views: 4660

Re: Should airports charge passengers to recover lost property?

Look at Missingx.com to see how many companies charge for lost property. Lost property is a big problem and a very expensive problem I work for an airline that has 4 runners and 2 drivers per day decapitated to lost property. The airline also has a contract with an external company to manage lost an...

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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: 91
Views: 19700

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: 6530

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: 13767

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: 13727

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: 6844

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: 6844

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: 13727

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: 7957

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: 6844

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: 6844

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: 7957

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: 7957

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: 7957

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: 8117

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: 4047

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: 1302

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: 298
Views: 65965

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: 2691

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: 298
Views: 65965

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: 1346

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: 14842

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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