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by BA777FO
Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Atlantic Tackles MH370 Final Conclusions
Replies: 19
Views: 3816

Re: The Atlantic Tackles MH370 Final Conclusions

I've heard a fairly convincing story that the real culprit of this was not the Captain but the crew oxygen cylinder exploding. Apparently it was serviced prior to departure, perhaps overfilled or not tightened properly. An explosion of the crew oxygen cylinder would knock out various electrical buse...

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by BA777FO
Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LHR-CHS: How's it doing?
Replies: 61
Views: 14093

Re: LHR-CHS: How's it doing?

And as stated, you've come up with nothing that rebuts the actual point; pretending as though it's only applicable to only two routes or oil destinations (when those were just listed as anecdotal examples, not express limitations) doesn't serve that purpose either. Then I'm unsure of the point you'...

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by BA777FO
Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LHR-CHS: How's it doing?
Replies: 61
Views: 14093

Re: LHR-CHS: How's it doing?

...to BA. The same cannot be said for their peers in various capacities, which was the whole point of the statement to begin with. So your point that BA's connectivity is lacking, specifically to oil destinations, compared with LH, AF and KLM doesn't really wash. You've come up with 2 cities: And a...

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by BA777FO
Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LHR-CHS: How's it doing?
Replies: 61
Views: 14093

Re: LHR-CHS: How's it doing?

oil markets with ties to that region (SVG, GYD, ABZ, LOS, etc). Stavangar and the former Soviet countries just don't drive enough volume of high yielding customers to make it worth it at the moment. ...to BA. The same cannot be said for their peers in various capacities, which was the whole point o...

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by BA777FO
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LHR-CHS: How's it doing?
Replies: 61
Views: 14093

Re: LHR-CHS: How's it doing?

What kind of cities are you thinking of that LH, AF and KLM serve that BA doesn't? Take for example the MSY-LHR flight. Contrary to A.net lore, it's not there to cater to people coming to puke on Bourbon street or screw someone who's not their wife.... it's mostly there to serve the oil market (whi...

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by BA777FO
Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should Envoy/American Eagle Downsize?
Replies: 15
Views: 1050

Re: Should Envoy/American Eagle Downsize?

The other thing to remember with the smaller stations is that they might provide some very high spending individuals access to the wider network from the hub. If a passenger flies Midland/Odessa to DFW and then onto AMS/LHR and beyond for oil reasons in First class, that one connection alone may hav...

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by BA777FO
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LHR-CHS: How's it doing?
Replies: 61
Views: 14093

Re: LHR-CHS: How's it doing?

What metric are you considering Heathrow to be less connected than FRA/AMS/CDG? Not trying to be confrontational. I'm actually rather curious BA has less connectivity to EMEA than Lufthansa or AFKL. That is a fact. There are many secondary cities in Europe or the Middle East served by LH or AFKL th...

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by BA777FO
Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEVEL load factor drops to 82.6% from 90.9% in May YoY
Replies: 18
Views: 4049

Re: LEVEL load factor drops to 82.6% from 90.9% in May YoY

Nevertheless, the goal and future of LEVEL brand are still unclear in longterm. But that has nothing to do with current changes in load factor. I think it's little more than a stick to beat other work groups with - "look at how little money Level workers earn, there's no reason why you should ...

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by BA777FO
Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LHR-CHS: How's it doing?
Replies: 61
Views: 14093

Re: LHR-CHS: How's it doing?

I have a question about the crew layover. The flight from LHR arrives on Sunday and then departs CHS that evening--obviously without the crew that flew the bird in that day. The next flight to LHR doesn't leave until Thursday. So that means that BA has to put the crew up in a hotel for four nights,...

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by BA777FO
Sat Jun 08, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways touches down in Pakistan after 10 years
Replies: 93
Views: 11817

Re: British Airways touches down in Pakistan after 10 years

Theres J demand to Pakistan? Yes. I was a diplomat in Pakistan just over 10 years ago, and J was always busy with other diplomats and wealthy British Pakistanis. I flew PIA which would be much cheaper in J than BA. I can't find a price for PIA but BA is offering return Club World fares to ISB from ...

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by BA777FO
Fri Jun 07, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LHR-CHS: How's it doing?
Replies: 61
Views: 14093

Re: LHR-CHS: How's it doing?

The CHS route seems to be a steady performer. I'd be surprised to see it cut but similarly I'd be surprised to see it increase in frequency next year or go year round.

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by BA777FO
Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways touches down in Pakistan after 10 years
Replies: 93
Views: 11817

Re: British Airways touches down in Pakistan after 10 years

Having operated to both Abuja and Lagos, Islamabad is on another level after seeing what has been required to successfully restart operations there. Nigeria is a dangerous place but the security apparatus exists to allow safe passage when operating the aircraft but also transport of crew through the...

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by BA777FO
Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways touches down in Pakistan after 10 years
Replies: 93
Views: 11817

Re: British Airways touches down in Pakistan after 10 years

BA stopped the route due to very serious security concerns. At no point will BA put its staff or customers at undue risk. Those security concerns have now been addressed and BA is able to resume service to Islamabad. Service to Lahore and Karachi is still deemed too dangerous as far as I'm aware. T...

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by BA777FO
Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways touches down in Pakistan after 10 years
Replies: 93
Views: 11817

Re: British Airways touches down in Pakistan after 10 years

If customers had any principles they'd ignore BA on this route. Given that BA ignored them for 10 years. Sadly, they'll book whomever is cheaper at the moment. Which just means airlines will continue to treat customers and routes like disposable items. Why would any airline show any loyalty to a ro...

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by BA777FO
Wed Jun 05, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG deciding between A220 and Embraer E2 for BA Cityflyer
Replies: 68
Views: 11045

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

And it was done with a premium config of 40J. The range numbers from Leeham have no bearing on range numbers from a field limited LCY, operating with an all-J cabin. If doing TATL, there's no way they are doing that with 108 pax from LCY. So scope is irrelevant to TATL. It is still relevant. The sc...

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by BA777FO
Wed Jun 05, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG deciding between A220 and Embraer E2 for BA Cityflyer
Replies: 68
Views: 11045

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

There's nothing out there that says scope has changed. Nothing also saying that scope can't be changed to accommodate a larger aircraft with say contractual restrictions on which airports they can operate to/from. Given how the latest pay negotiations have been going and how many FTAs BALPA already...

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by BA777FO
Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG deciding between A220 and Embraer E2 for BA Cityflyer
Replies: 68
Views: 11045

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

And it was done with a premium config of 40J. The range numbers from Leeham have no bearing on range numbers from a field limited LCY, operating with an all-J cabin. If doing TATL, there's no way they are doing that with 108 pax from LCY. So scope is irrelevant to TATL. It is still relevant. The sc...

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by BA777FO
Sun Jun 02, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RUMOR: American to order A321LR
Replies: 172
Views: 28906

Re: RUMOR: American to order A321LR

Considering the source, I'd put money on it. JonNYC is pretty plugged in with AA--he has tweeted several proposed/rumored actions by AA that later became official. Aside from the apparently imminent IAD-LHR route where AA was supposed to start taking over a BA frequency... There are a lot of market...

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by BA777FO
Sun Jun 02, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RUMOR: American to order A321LR
Replies: 172
Views: 28906

Re: RUMOR: American to order A321LR

Considering the source, I'd put money on it. JonNYC is pretty plugged in with AA--he has tweeted several proposed/rumored actions by AA that later became official. Aside from the apparently imminent IAD-LHR route where AA was supposed to start taking over a BA frequency... There are a lot of market...

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by BA777FO
Fri May 31, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Old BA 737 at CVG
Replies: 6
Views: 1545

Re: Old BA 737 at CVG

I've seen one parked up on the east side of TPA for years, looks like it has undergone a cargo conversion at some point but no idea if it's used for that or awaiting a different fate. Anyone have any idea on that one?

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by BA777FO
Fri May 24, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea
Replies: 144
Views: 21438

Re: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea

Sorry, but now we are going into the realms of fantasy. So they score higher than the current aircraft. That's comparing new interior v old interior. Completely unfair. You need to compare new 9 abreast v new 10 abreast. Do that, and the 10 abreast cannot win. At best, some will say they don't noti...

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by BA777FO
Thu May 23, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea
Replies: 144
Views: 21438

Re: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea

AML was a lot different to the current LGW operation. The refreshed 10-abreast 777s are scoring higher customer satisfaction results than the current 9-abreast ones. BA is about one of the last airlines to do it on the 777 and it's working well. Try it, you might be pleasantly surprised. I'd expect...

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by BA777FO
Tue May 21, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea
Replies: 144
Views: 21438

Re: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea

AML was a lot different to the current LGW operation. The refreshed 10-abreast 777s are scoring higher customer satisfaction results than the current 9-abreast ones. BA is about one of the last airlines to do it on the 777 and it's working well. Try it, you might be pleasantly surprised. I'd expect ...

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by BA777FO
Tue May 21, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea
Replies: 144
Views: 21438

Re: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea

I am from britain and I can ensure you the vast majority of the country drinks tea, as well as a lot of coffee too. Regardless of whether traditional 'Afternoon Tea' contains a drink of tea or coffee (my understanding is that either would be acceptable), the real story here is that BA is too cheap ...

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by BA777FO
Tue May 21, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B 797 - One pilot cockpit?
Replies: 177
Views: 17522

Re: B 797 - One pilot cockpit?

Let me know when a computer can detect a non-normal situation requiring an unannunciated checklist and then action it. By the very nature of being unannunciated means a computer cannot detect it. Airspeed unreliable is the prime example. And then with a AIR DATA SYS how to prioritise the several che...

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by BA777FO
Fri May 17, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does BA (and others) decide to use 20+ year old planes on specific popular routes?
Replies: 103
Views: 22067

Re: Why does BA (and others) decide to use 20+ year old planes on specific popular routes?

Once, whilst in GRU T3 (their best and newer terminal) going back to LHR via MAD, I could hear the BA 744 doing the non-stop route winding up its engines from the Immigration Control area (about 10 minustes walk form the gates (!!!). I was discussing with my son on whether it would have to effectiv...

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by BA777FO
Fri May 17, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First BA RR powered 777 with 10 across in Y
Replies: 7
Views: 3332

Re: First BA 777 with 10 across in Y

This is the first RR powered 777 to get the refresh. The LGW based GEs have all had the refresh and have been flying a 32J/52W/252Y config for a while. The RR 777s are the same config but 48W instead of 52 as on the GEs. The 4-class GEs at LGW are configured F14/J48/W40/M134 for a total of 236. The ...

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by BA777FO
Fri May 17, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea
Replies: 144
Views: 21438

Re: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea

Your headline price is just the exception not the norm. Flying to Lisbon this on Sunday and back on Tuesday. BA sells it for £526 HBO. TAP £200. I know who I am flying with and not because of the price. £526 is plain outrageous when the only thing you get is water from the tap. Of course, you're bo...

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by BA777FO
Fri May 17, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea
Replies: 144
Views: 21438

Re: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea

£45 on BA from Heathrow? Hmmm.....call me when you find that. Frequently enough you can find fares like this from Heathrow. Last November, I booked LHR-DUB-LHR for £79 return, two weeks before travel. I've also seen things like £95 one way in Club Europe from Stockholm to London Heathrow (searching...

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by BA777FO
Thu May 16, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does BA (and others) decide to use 20+ year old planes on specific popular routes?
Replies: 103
Views: 22067

Re: Why does BA (and others) decide to use 20+ year old planes on specific popular routes?

To answer the question, BA is offering a poor and worsening product, whether we're talking about new or old aircraft. The old aircraft are still around and BA doesn't care what you think of their tired old B744's as long as you are paying them the big bucks. Consider other airlines that do care abo...

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by BA777FO
Thu May 16, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea
Replies: 144
Views: 21438

Re: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea

That is exactly why I choose to fly Club Europe on short haul flights between 14:00 and 16:59. I get my scones, jam, cream, ploughman's lunch, Champagne and tea. That way I don't need to worry about the extra £2.50 for the tea. It's all included in the ticket that I paid at least 40 times more than...

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by BA777FO
Thu May 16, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea
Replies: 144
Views: 21438

Re: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea

However... British Airways is supposed to represent the country as a nation, the hospitality, culture and traditions I mean goodness they fly with a crest and carry the flag!! For many first time visitors to the UK using British Airways this will be their first experience of the UK, and if a “Very ...

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by BA777FO
Tue May 14, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW Foreign Carrier Estimated March 2019 Loads
Replies: 32
Views: 3380

Re: DFW Foreign Carrier Estimated March 2019 Loads

BA is back to the 777-200 for the summer (744 returns in winter season). So I took the BA seat counts for March from the BA Source website - it showed 226 (14F 48J 40W 124Y) and 219 (12F 48J 32W 127Y) seat variety on the route. Also showed 24 flights for the month. No flights recorded on the 5th,12...

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by BA777FO
Sun May 05, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Narrowbody vs widebody costs trans Atlantic
Replies: 58
Views: 8958

Re: Narrowbody vs widebody costs trans Atlantic

I'll use the example of TLV to compare an A321 vs a B777-200 The A321 carried 154 passengere in a 23J/131Y split - a payload of 14.7 tonnes with no cargo. It burned 13.7 tonnes of fuel. The B777-200ER carried 253 passengers in a 3 class 45J/23W/185Y split. It also had 5 tonnes of cargo and 2 tonnes ...

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by BA777FO
Tue Apr 30, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways cancels Fort Lauderdale service
Replies: 96
Views: 20360

Re: British Airways cancels Fort Lauderdale service

I would argue that these routes do need +80% LF to be viable. Pulling some data, BA at FLL averaged a 0.06 yield in 2017 while OAK averaged a 0.07. BA at MIA consequently averaged 0.15 and 0.23 at SFO. Rough calculations put needed load factor in economy and premium to be 86.3% average for FLL to b...

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by BA777FO
Sun Apr 28, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways cancels Fort Lauderdale service
Replies: 96
Views: 20360

Re: British Airways cancels Fort Lauderdale service

Forget the tiny unit cost details etc... BA is a network carrier with one of the largest hubs at one of the most desirable airports in the world. They have a big nest at one of the most desirable spots and that alone is what is saving the day and bringing in the profits; nothing more. DY is a carri...

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by BA777FO
Sun Apr 28, 2019 3:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways cancels Fort Lauderdale service
Replies: 96
Views: 20360

Re: British Airways cancels Fort Lauderdale service

We'll have to agree to disagree. IAG saw Norwegian as a threat and a takeover was a way of eliminating that. That it wasn't pursued reveals more about the state Norwegian finds itself in more than anything else. IAG is ready to pick up the pieces it wants later than take the whole mess now. Hardly l...

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by BA777FO
Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Insults between controller and pilot after near miss
Replies: 83
Views: 20219

Re: Insults between controller and pilot after near miss

And yet LHR ATC manages to be polite, courteous and professional the vast vast majority of the time? Being busy is in no way an excuse for being rude etc. Indeed it is, that's something that I feel is not emphasized enough in flight training and that I wish I was prepared for the first time I flew ...

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by BA777FO
Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways cancels Fort Lauderdale service
Replies: 96
Views: 20360

Re: British Airways cancels Fort Lauderdale service

It may well be that Norwegian has already sold most of its capacity at a loss. Or they're simply not selling at the higher fares. We don't know for sure. But while BA powers along with nearly a £2bn operating profit and 14% margins Norwegian stilk can't turn a profit. They're financing 787s at high ...

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by BA777FO
Sun Apr 28, 2019 1:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways cancels Fort Lauderdale service
Replies: 96
Views: 20360

Re: British Airways cancels Fort Lauderdale service

BA can sell ~600 seats cheaper than Norwegian and still has 1,000+ more seats per day to sell at higher prices. If Norwegian matches BA on those 600 seats then Norwegian has no more seats to sell at a profit. BA has exceptional pricing power in the market. Notice also how the cheapest BA fare to NYC...

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by BA777FO
Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways cancels Fort Lauderdale service
Replies: 96
Views: 20360

Re: British Airways cancels Fort Lauderdale service

Your answer is typical but it doesn't line up with reality. If having so much capacity and such a huge presence in a market was such an advantage then why does BA feel the need to respond to every move DY makes? It seems to me that the brass at BA feels more threatened by DY than you give them cred...

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by BA777FO
Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways cancels Fort Lauderdale service
Replies: 96
Views: 20360

Re: British Airways cancels Fort Lauderdale service

This is what happened in Chicago - Norwegian started, BA put an A380 on it and dumped capacity in addition to their daily 747 and AA's 4 daily flights. Norwegian had to make it seasonal rather than year round. Same with Austin. It was on a 787-9, BA responded to Norwegian by putting a 747 on the ro...

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by BA777FO
Sat Apr 27, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways cancels Fort Lauderdale service
Replies: 96
Views: 20360

Re: British Airways cancels Fort Lauderdale service

Miami wrote:
BA777FO wrote:
the A380 now no longer serves MIA.

Let me correct you on that. The A380 is seasonal service. Went back to 3x daily 747 little over a week or so ago.


Like I said, and you've just repeated, it's 3x daily 747 this summer and therefore no A380. Winter 2020 won't be finalised for a several months yet.

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by BA777FO
Sat Apr 27, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways cancels Fort Lauderdale service
Replies: 96
Views: 20360

Re: British Airways cancels Fort Lauderdale service

They way I look at it is the other way around. It backfired and brought DY's lower fares to MIA and SFO, which now BA and AA have to match at least in part. Every time you invite a LCC to setup camp at your airport it's bad news. Except BA/AA have so much capacity into MIA they can do better than N...

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by BA777FO
Sat Apr 27, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways cancels Fort Lauderdale service
Replies: 96
Views: 20360

Re: British Airways cancels Fort Lauderdale service

Actually, BA and all carriers in the US do submit load factor information to the US government. It’s the t100 survey. They don’t do it for individual flights, but in a market where’s just one flight, like fll-lgw, it’s obvious what their information is for. Again, this is a reporting requirement, t...

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by BA777FO
Sat Apr 27, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways cancels Fort Lauderdale service
Replies: 96
Views: 20360

Re: British Airways cancels Fort Lauderdale service

Wait a minute. Where is all the point to point mantra from the BA A380 thread? Smaller aircraft make every route possible and more profitable, wasn't it? But at the end of the day, BA crawls back to MIA where they're running a VLA-centered operation. Come to think of it, it looks like BA is profita...

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by BA777FO
Sat Apr 27, 2019 5:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways cancels Fort Lauderdale service
Replies: 96
Views: 20360

Re: British Airways cancels Fort Lauderdale service

I mean OAK averaged a ~58% load factor and FLL averaged ~64%. Both very economy heavy and both far from working. Pretty much a knee-jerk reaction to Norwegian entering their markets and wanting to compete head to head. With that passenger mix they needed at least another +20% to +25% load factor to...

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by BA777FO
Fri Apr 26, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways cancels Fort Lauderdale service
Replies: 96
Views: 20360

Re: British Airways cancels Fort Lauderdale service

It's served a purpose, Norwegian has now moved to a higher cost airport in Miami and San Francisco, where BA/AA are very strong - 5xdaily London to Miami and 2xdaily SFO including a daily A380. That'll be a tough environment for Norwegian to make money in. They way I look at it is the other way aro...

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by BA777FO
Fri Apr 26, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways cancels Fort Lauderdale service
Replies: 96
Views: 20360

Re: British Airways cancels Fort Lauderdale service

The loads are not there, its averaging about a 65% LF with higher Y mix. the extra MIA rotation works better. And there are no spare 787's to move it LHR/FLL. Whether it was a Norwegian spoiler or a serious attempt to get another LGW appropriate leisure route bedded in, it hasn't generated the retu...

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by BA777FO
Fri Apr 26, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAS on strike
Replies: 110
Views: 17960

Re: SAS on strike

As a lot of people have found out the hard way, many jobs can be done by a computer/robot now, so perhaps the pilots should think twice before demanding large salary increases for a job that is POSSIBLE to be carried out by a computer. Flight decks on many large a/c went down from 3 crew to 2 crew,...

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