12th Mar 2012, 09:51
I am conducting some research for a book and was wondering if any of you with long memories could confirm or deny this.
I have a statement which says someone arrived at JKIA on 'a later British Airways flight that morning' (feb 1990)
I seem to remember that BA always arrived evenings and only KQ had the daylight hours, but I may be wrong...can anyone shed any light?
thanks in advance
12th Mar 2012, 10:20
I was wondering the same myself only the other day.
I'm sure I recall landing into Jomo, definitely on a BA flight, in the morning on one occasion. I know I departed LHR, T4, on Saturday 3rd November 2007, arriving into Nairobi the following morning. I don't fly VS and it was a non-stop flight, so there must have been an overnight BA service into Jomo at some point.
Would be interested if someone could shed some light on this!
The Ancient Geek
12th Mar 2012, 11:50
FWIW, in 1981 and probably many other years the LHR-JNB overnight 747 flight BA051 stopped at Nairobi in the early morning at around 0800 southbound and around midnight northbound.
There were other flights leaving later which also had Nairobi stops including Khartoum ISTR on thursdays.
For many years Nairobi was about as far as they could get without refueling and it was a common stop for the Seychelles etc.
12th Mar 2012, 13:57
Going back a little ways,1970/80s the BA 747 service to JNB was always overnt LHR/NBO/JNB.Arriving into JKIA at around 0700 then onwards and then back through NBO later that evening with an overnt back to LHR often with a stop in FCO for fuel.
Then you had the MRU and SEZ flights which were all through NBO.In those days you had MK operating BA SVC10'S MRU/NBO/EBB/LHR.
In the 90's the NBO service switched from LHR to LGW this was around the mid 90s on the 747-400s.before going back to LHR.
The incident when a pax got into the flight deck and attacked the crew was on a LGW/NBO overnt service arriving into JKIA early the next morning.
Hope this helps?
12th Mar 2012, 16:03
Apart from wanting to arrive in UK early morning ( and vice versa with Nairobi ) the old jets needed to take off at the coolest time of the day , or near to it anyway , because of the altitude and high daytime temps , and the relatively low-powered engines of the day . Modern equipment means that this is mostly old hat now.
12th Mar 2012, 16:21
Some nostalgia here. The incident where a deranged passenger got onto the flight deck of a LON - NBO flight was just before New Year 2000 (I think). Several 'famous' people were on the flight, one being Bryan Ferry (Roxy Music). The passenger was a Kenyan student and I recall he somehow got control and the aircraft lost several thousand feet before the Captain stabilised things.
As stated, the BA flights between LON and JNB and many others used to land at NBO southbound in the mornings around 0700 and then northbound at night to benefit from the cooler air. Iberia at one time had a flight scheduled to depart around mid-day for Madrid, needless to say it was not a great success commercially!
The airport was then called Embakasi and was a bit of a dump but it was always exciting to land there southbound, specially with a SA passport or SA stamps in any passport. That first kiss of the wheels on African soil meant you were truly on the way home. My worst experience was landing, landing, landing, landing, landing ..... on an Alitalia DC10 - we bounced about 5 times.
Somewhere I have some photos of those days, if I can find them I'll post them.
O'nite LGW - NBO on BA747 arrived o7oo ish
PZU - Out of Africa (Retired)
13th Mar 2012, 08:29
Ok, mystery solved. A bit of internet-searching turned up a .pdf of BA's timetable for 28 October 2007 to 29 March 2008:
TO Nairobi NBO (from LHR)
28-Oct 29-Mar 1234567 LHR 10:05 4 NBO 21:30 BA65 777 0
28-Oct 29-Mar -2 -4-6 - LHR 20:55 4 NBO 08:25 +1 BA89 767 0
Knew I wasn't going mad, and wonder if the BA089 was also in service at the time the OP is talking about in the first post?