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BA9244 LGW-LHR Charter - Wednesday April 5

Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:36 pm

ba.com is showing a special charter flight tomorrow from LGW to LHR. BA9244 will depart LGW at 12:30 and arrive at LHR at 15:55. I understand BA is holding a press event for journalists at LGW and LHR and this will include a charter flight between the two airports.
 
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Re: BA9244 LGW-LHR Charter - Wednesday April 5

Tue Apr 04, 2017 10:21 pm

It’s being operated by B787–9 G–ZBKN
 
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Re: BA9244 LGW-LHR Charter - Wednesday April 5

Wed Apr 05, 2017 1:01 am

With that schedule I suspect they are towing it round the M25
 
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Re: BA9244 LGW-LHR Charter - Wednesday April 5

Wed Apr 05, 2017 1:03 pm

 
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Re: BA9244 LGW-LHR Charter - Wednesday April 5

Thu Apr 06, 2017 2:42 pm

I see from Flightrader24 that the aircraft spent around 23 minutes taxiing before departing LGW'

Later, after turning south over the northern end of the Isle of Harris, it completed circuits to the west of Glasgow, over the Peak District and then over Lancashire before heading back to LHR. The total flight time was three hours, thirty-seven minutes.

According to the Media Centre on the BA web site the purpose of the flight was to launch the improved BA Premium Class product. This includes the new so-called 'First Wing' in LHR T5, available for use by F Class passengers and BA Gold and oneworld Emerald Card holders. It also includes new catering. Google 'British Airways First Wing T5' or go to the BA Media Centre for images etc.

There is no indication why it was an LGW-LHR flight. There was only a couple of hours between its arrival at LGW and its departure on the Press Flight. However it this unusual routing could be because of the LHR slots used.
 
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Re: BA9244 LGW-LHR Charter - Wednesday April 5

Thu Apr 06, 2017 3:37 pm

The routing was to allow BA to show passengers the new Club World food. Passengers were served the usual Club World dinner on board so it needed to take its time.
 
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Re: BA9244 LGW-LHR Charter - Wednesday April 5

Thu Apr 06, 2017 10:27 pm

The day was designed to showcase BAs move to the South Terminal at LGW and the new lounge facility there and then to show off elements of enhanced new Club World service once in the air.

Upon landing in LHR some time later it was finished off with the jewel in the T5 crown that is the brand new First Wing.

All leading travel reporters and "social media" moguls were invited onboard the special flight.
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Re: BA9244 LGW-LHR Charter - Wednesday April 5

Fri Apr 07, 2017 1:27 am

Anyone get pics of a BA 787 at LGW?
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Re: BA9244 LGW-LHR Charter - Wednesday April 5

Fri Apr 07, 2017 4:07 am

Here's the review of the product on that actual flight:

https://www.ausbt.com.au/british-airway ... eep-better

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