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.Jump to post
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.Jump to post
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.
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...Jump to post
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 ...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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, ...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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 ...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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.
Until you see the deal done never rule anything out with IAG! who would have thought they would take the MAXJump to post
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...Jump to post
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.
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...Jump to post
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.Jump to post
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.Jump to post
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.Jump to post
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.Jump to post
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...Jump to post
This was a worldwide issue not just at Heathrow but all airlines and airports using the system.Jump to post
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.Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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!Jump to post
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...Jump to post