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behramjee
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British Airways Colombo Query

Fri Apr 28, 2006 7:45 pm

hi,

i would like to know when did BA suspend flying to CMB from LHR and for what reasons as UL do pretty well on the LHR route with 11 weekly A 343s/A332s sometimes nonstop from CMB and sometimes via MLE.

I recall seeing a BA DC 10 at DXB in 2000 heading on to CMB.
 
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RE: British Airways Colombo Query

Sat Apr 29, 2006 2:35 am

I think it was suspended in 2000. It ran from Gatwick, twice a week I think, with a DC10 via AUH.
 
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RE: British Airways Colombo Query

Sat Apr 29, 2006 2:49 am

After 2 seasons the LGW-AUH-DXB DC10 service rerouted through DXB for 2 more seasons, then the route transferred to LHR, still routed through DXB. The route only lasted at LHR 1 or 2 seasons IIRC
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RE: British Airways Colombo Query

Sat Apr 29, 2006 8:20 am

Quoting Behramjee (Thread starter):
as UL do pretty well on the LHR route with 11 weekly A 343s/A332s sometimes nonstop from CMB and sometimes via MLE.

The number of services UL operates weekly isn't an indicator of load factors or yields. While I can't be certain about yields, they tend to have poor loads quite often. It's not uncommon to see only about half the seats taken or large sections of the aircraft blocked for trim. Further, lots of the passengers are often connecting in CMB onto India.
 
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RE: British Airways Colombo Query

Thu May 04, 2006 12:21 am

Also Sri Lanka has a lot of historical ties with the UK and add to that there are plenty of Sri Lankans who live in the UK.

Another interesting point is lots of Sri Lankans in the East Coast of USA and Canada fly to London and then connect onto a SriLankan flight to Colombo.

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