To be fair, BA has added quite a few non-North American routes at Heathrow over the past few years: Durban, Kuala Lumpur, Santiago, Seoul and The Seychelles. But I think IAG as a whole is becoming very North Atlantic centric with growth at Aer Lingus, LEVEL and, of course, a possible bid for Norwegi...Jump to post
The CAA stats for June show that LHR-BNA is performing well, and ahead of LHR-MSY in terms of passenger numbers: http://www.caa.co.uk/uploadedFiles/CAA/Content/Standard_Content/Data_and_analysis/Datasets/Airport_stats/Airport_data_2018_06/Table_12_1_Intl_Air_Pax_Traffic_Route_Analysis.pdf 8,777 pass...Jump to post
Any indications of when it could be increased to daily and possibly upgauged to a 789? Nothing was said about aircraft or frequency changes, but Willie Walsh was clearly very enthusiastic about its performance. What specifically did he say? Any load factors he cited? I did take the flight recently ...Jump to post
At IAG's results presentation yesterday, Willie Walsh described the performance of LHR-BNA as "stunning". Any indications of when it could be increased to daily and possibly upgauged to a 789? Nothing was said about aircraft or frequency changes, but Willie Walsh was clearly very enthusia...Jump to post
There were elements of absurdity to bmi. It had a substantial operation and holding of slots at London Heathrow, yet it was run from a Grade II listed 18th Century house in Castle Donington. It had an extremely generous frequent flyer programme which members could use to acquire First/Business class...Jump to post
BA confirming its involvement with QR in operating relief flights back to the UK:
https://www.britishairways.com/travel/f ... blic/en_gb
I can't see IAG having any interest in the 737 order. I don't think they'd want to add another fleet type when all the focus of late has been harmonisation across IAG airlines. IAG probably wants LGW slots. They were interested in buying Flybe's LGW slots but IAG wasn't ready to start using them at ...Jump to post
IAG is reported to have expressed an interest in Monarch's assets:
http://news.sky.com/story/ba-parent-eye ... s-11063003
IAG CEO Willie Walsh has been speaking at the World Routes conference in Barcelona. https://twitter.com/dominiksipinski/status/911927069562540037 WiIlie Walsh says Level will have 13 aircraft by 2019 and up to 30 in 2022. The next base will be either Paris Orly or Rome and it will be decided in the ...Jump to post
Just a quick observation - this may be an upguage but in my limited experience of BA 747s not necessarily an upgrade. Having flown on an unrefurbished mid J 747 from SAN to LHR I would not recommend the BA 747 experience to anyone travelling in Y, which lets face it is where most people travel. Sea...Jump to post
IAG has been perfectly candid that they've seen how Norwegian has been able to generate new demand through price and they're happy to respond to what they see as a new market.
As for IAG buying Norwegian it is never going to happen. There's no way IAG would ever take on such a high debt burden.
I think it would make a lot of sense for BA and QF to form a new joint-venture for London-Australia. Obviously the old joint-venture is not coming back as most of mainland Europe is covered by Emirates, but with Qantas launching direct flights to Perth they would gain hugely from BA's point of sale ...Jump to post
Yes this was announced at IAG's Capital Markets Day last year. BA is introducing a lot more automation at T5, self-service baggage drops, automatic boarding gates, remote control aircraft pushback as well as self-service rebooking during disruption on its smartphone app.Jump to post
directorguy wrote:Flew them LCY to ORY last year. Does that mean no more LCY flights to Paris ?
While Qantas and Emirates will no longer revenue share to LHR Again, how do we know this to be true? (and again, apologies if that's been clearly stated and I've missed it). Just because there's no longer overlapping metal doesn't necessarily mean that revenue associated with the Australia to Londo...Jump to post
Andy33 wrote:Where did QF's LHR slots go - they only use two pairs now, but once there were more? Sold or leased to other airlines?
It's noteworthy that the press release says that Emirates cannot put its code on Qantas Singapore - London and Perth - London services for regulatory reasons. If there is no codesharing on these routes then it must follow there is no pooling of revenue. So there is an element of Qantas and Emirates ...Jump to post
A lot of people will be very happy with this news.
I wonder whether it might result in the return of codesharing with BA?
Surprised to see YYZ. There has long been low cost long-haul to Canada at LGW and it hasn't troubled BA in the past.
Canada doesn't seem to be in Norwegian's sights and I would have thought BA would be more concerned about protecting its US markets from Norwegian?
Virgin Atlantic's "4 engines 4 long-haul" A340s.Jump to post
Irrespective of fuel hedging, if you look at the management report Cathay yields are under pressure in pretty much every market: Australasia, Europe, Canada, the US... http://www.hkexnews.hk/listedco/listconews/sehk/2017/0816/LTN20170816199.pdf Cathay faces major structural problems. Given its relat...Jump to post
May be BA should just outsource all European flying to QR. If it was 1 single penny cheaper, rest assured A. Cruz would do it with no 2nd thoughts. There aren't even any rumours running around CRC about what's really being thought or planned over 'all of this' If the Qatar blockade were to be calle...Jump to post
It's due to cabin crew strike action. BA seems to pick one flight and cancel it for successive days. The same has happened on LHR-ORD and LGW-JFK:
https://londonairtravel.com/2017/08/01/ ... 15-august/
I've taken the 8.30am BA flight to JFK and the day is really hard going by the time you get to the early evening New York time. The only way this service would work if it was a form of reverse "Sleeper Service" that airlines operate in business class on the evening East Coast departures to...Jump to post
I'd take the BA A380 over any other direct transatlantic flight from London. I've been fortunate to secure an exit row seat in World Traveller Plus a couple of times and it really is great, particularly with the storage bins at the window. Even though BA does not have the best business class seat ac...Jump to post
In another move to address DY; It is rumoured here in the UK that LEVEL will be selling a block of Y seats on BA's long-haul network from LGW this winter. This will add LGW-JFK, LGW-OAK, LGW-FLL, LGW-MCO & LGW-TPA; (I doubt BA's Caribbean destinations will be 'LEVELLED') Just a rumour but there...Jump to post
WizzAir released its half-year results this morning, reporting a rise in profits and revenues. http://corporate.wizzair.com/en-GB/investor_relations/results_presentations It has been some years since the acquisitive IAG last acquired an airline. Will WizzAir be IAG's next target? I think it maybe: 1...Jump to post
On a related note, Norwegian's CFO resigned on Friday: https://www.reuters.com/article/norweg-air-shut-moves-idUSL8N1JX2KD OSLO, July 6 The chief financial officer of Norwegian Air, the budget carrier that is rapidly expanding its transcontinental routes, resigned on Thursday, sending the company's ...Jump to post
My support is fully with them and shame on their union for letting things get to this point. I don't think the union should be ashamed of anything, if anything they should be applauded. MF was set up late 2010 following the damaging strikes of earlier that year under the BASSA union which is a bran...Jump to post
Norwegian is the new young upstart in London.
Regardless of its financials, it has been well received by passengers and it shows how from a marketing perspective a couple of points of differentiation are what matters. I hear "new planes and WiFi" a lot.
If DL and VS can't collectively make ORD and PHL work but what is there left other than major hubs and gateways like JFK and ATL? It's remarkable how much lower profile VS has in the UK now. It used to get so much free press on the BBC and in the newspapers so easily. Now a lot of younger leisure pa...Jump to post
Is there any chance VS could start LAS from LHR with some of the DL slots? They do ok from LGW & MAN and with BA now 10x weekly from LHR it could work, though I know BA are getting connections which VS isn't Interestingly, Virgin is operating a couple of special rotations between LHR and LAS in...Jump to post
Quite irritating to me - is BA really in such a bad condition that they have to engage strike breakers from Quatar instead of finding a solution with the unions? I understand a pay deal has been agreed with the unions. The issue is what the union sees as punitive measures against those who went on ...Jump to post
Was he sacked or was it his own decision to leave?
If you work for a public company you can only work within the budgets you're given.
It's just over 20 years ago to the day BA officially launched what has now become the notorious "World Images" tailfins. A marketing disaster or perhaps one of the most misunderstood branding exercises ever that was way ahead of its time? https://londonairtravel.com/2017/06/11/british-airw...Jump to post
Theresa May is unlikely to be Prime Minister in the autumn. Her authority has been weakened considerably. Likely candidates for Prime Minister include Boris Johnson MP who is fiercely opposed to Heathrow expansion and Phillip Hammond MP whose constituency is near to Heathrow and has had mixed views ...Jump to post
BA has had different approaches to local language speakers on international flights. When BA closed the SIN cabin crew base, they set up new bases in mainland China to work on flights between mainland China and the UK. When Mixed Fleet started on LHR-GIG, BA recruited Portuguese speaking crew for Mi...Jump to post