Qantas59
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BA history in Zambia question

Tue Jul 30, 2019 5:20 pm

Regarding this topic, did BA serve Zambia prior to the British Caledonian merger of 1988?
Also does anyone know, or remember the aircraft type that were utilized on these routes just after that merger?
I found that BA operated 744s on LGW-LUN-LLW and LGW-HRE-LUN in 1997, but was curious as to other aircraft that may have been on these services prior to that (DC-10-30 perhaps)? I've been unsuccessful in other attempts to find this data elsewhere.
Thanks for any replies.
Cheers.
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Re: BA history in Zambia question

Tue Jul 30, 2019 5:35 pm

This BA route map from 1975 shows Lusaka as a destination. https://airlinemaps.tumblr.com/image/140449129423

British Caledonian took over BA’s Zambia route in 1976 due to a redistribution of routes by the UK government.
https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive ... 00281.html

BA returned to Zambia once it took over BCal. It flew DC10s on a LGW-LUN-GBE service.
 
Qantas59
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Re: BA history in Zambia question

Tue Jul 30, 2019 7:05 pm

Thanks Gangurru! I appreciate your informative reply.
Cheers.
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Re: BA history in Zambia question

Tue Jul 30, 2019 8:24 pm

Gangurru wrote:
BA returned to Zambia once it took over BCal. It flew DC10s on a LGW-LUN-GBE service.

In Winter 1988/89 this operated twice weekly as BA44/45. This flight definitely operated in Summer 1989 and Winter 1989/90.

By Summer 1992 Lusaka had switched to LHR as a twice-weekly tag from Harare on a 747 classic as BA52/53 (this flight operated to Harare a third time a week with a tag to Lilongwe). This was part of Harare, Lusaka and Lilongwe being linked through the 1990s. Initially from LHR then switching to LGW as the dual-hub strategy kicked in.

By Summer 1995 the flights had switched to the 747-436 and the BA44/45 flight number was reintroduced, this time for a weekly LHR-LUN-LLW flight on top of the existing BA52/53 frequencies.

Summer 1996 was when the flights made the move to LGW and back onto the 747-236B.

In Summer 1997 the flights switched back to 747-436 operation and new flight numbers were introduced (BA2044/2045 and BA2052/2053).

By Summer 1998 Lusaka had four flights a week to LGW with the additional flighg another tag from Harare (BA2052/2053).

By Summer 1999 the BA2044/45 flight had been dropped so LUN was back to being served three times a week via HRE (BA2052/2053).

The flight remained at LGW immediately post 9/11 (Winter 2001/2) but by Winter 2004/5 it was back at LHR but now as a three times weekly direct flight on the 767-336ER (BA254/255). This flight was still operating with that equipment and at that frequency in Winter 2009/10.
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Re: BA history in Zambia question

Tue Jul 30, 2019 8:48 pm

Gangurru wrote:
This BA route map from 1975 shows Lusaka as a destination. https://airlinemaps.tumblr.com/image/140449129423

British Caledonian took over BA’s Zambia route in 1976 due to a redistribution of routes by the UK government.
https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive ... 00281.html

BA returned to Zambia once it took over BCal. It flew DC10s on a LGW-LUN-GBE service.


That's a very interesting old route map, I counted 47 destinations on that map that British Airways currently don't serve. It's amazing to think that in 1975 British Airways was serving 8 destinations in the USA compared to 26 in 2019.

Regarding the route map, I always thought that Lima Peru was a former British United Airways route and I was not aware that it was previously flown by British Airways and BOAC before them, the same applies to Lusaka, Zambia.

I'm always been interested in the former BCAL routes and in particular those to Africa and South America and I've found this particular thread very interesting.

Any discussions related to BCAL always makes me feel good :-)
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