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Old 20th Nov 2023, 20:16
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Originally Posted by Max Angle
I work at LHR and over the years I have seen mice in quite a few different areas, it is not really down to BA, BAA own the building and the mice don't care which bit of the terminal is run by BA, World Duty Free, Prada or Costa Coffee If they are in one area, they will be everywhere.

I'm not saying it's right, but short of hermetically sealing the lounge there is little BA can do about it, anywhere that food is being served will be a magnet for a rodent.
Very hard to eradicate once they have made their presence. Due to the airports layout and all the different buildings with all the various eateries and associated pipework, getting rid of rodents will always be an upheal struggle.

BAA Limited no longer exists as they officially changed their name on the 15 October 2012 to Heathrow Airport Holdings Limited.
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Old 20th Nov 2023, 21:02
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Originally Posted by pabely
Quite easy to find pichures of brand new build Airbuses at Hamburg XFW nearing completion, seems a waste of money to paint in BA colours then send to Spain!
More evidence of BA orders....

http://travelweekly.co.uk/news/air/british-airways-to-gain-new-long-haul-aircraft


https://simpleflying.com/british-airways-aircraft-on-order/#:~:text=British%20Airways%20has%2028%20planes,10%20x%20Boei ng%20787%2D10s

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Old 25th Nov 2023, 19:33
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I will let you all know post experience if that is ok. May I point out that apart from Tax, this is a free flight so just an observation on the experience as we both could have flown with EK on the same.basis , geography and work makes it work.

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Old 30th Nov 2023, 10:53
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I was having a look at Flight radar for my wifeís trip tomorrow on my way to Germany last night, and it was quite surprising to see that it is very rarely on time varying between 20 min and 5.5hrs !

Can I ask if those regular users of BA and LHR if that is standard for BA there as itís a pretty lamentable performance at your Hub airport.

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Old 30th Nov 2023, 16:23
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Originally Posted by Mr Mac
I was having a look at Flight radar for my wifeís trip tomorrow on my way to Germany last night, and it was quite surprising to see that it is very rarely on time varying between 20 min and 5.5hrs !

Can I ask if those regular users of BA and LHR if that is standard for BA there as itís a pretty lamentable performance at your Hub airport.
It's a fundamental misconception that FlightRadar24's history shows departure times. It doesn't - it shows takeoff times.

The difference between the two - i.e. pushback and taxy - can easily exceed 20 minutes at an airport like LHR.
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Old 1st Dec 2023, 07:46
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Originally Posted by DaveReidUK
It's a fundamental misconception that FlightRadar24's history shows departure times. It doesn't - it shows takeoff times.

The difference between the two - i.e. pushback and taxy - can easily exceed 20 minutes at an airport like LHR.
How does that answer the question?!
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Old 1st Dec 2023, 12:03
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Originally Posted by andymartin
How does that answer the question?!
Because Dave was explaining that a flight thatís shown on FR24 as 20 minutes late probably left the gate ontime or early according to the schedule.

Just picking a random example, BA219 LHR-DEN today is shown as 1225 scheduled departure, 1243 acutal on FR24.
But the scheduled departure time is the time the aircraft is expected to leave the gate, whereas FR24 is showing the airborne time. The actual departure time according to BA.com was 1218.

So you see the discrepancy. A flight scheduled to leave at 1225 leaves 7 minutes early at 1218, but is misreported by FR24 as leaving 18 minutes late.

And the same thing applies to arrivals in reverse. FR24 shows landing time not arrival at the gate. I was recently on a BA flight that landed 20 minutes early but due to delays on the ground finally arrived on stand 10 minutes late. So the actual arrival was delayed by 10 minutes, whereas FR24 would wrongly report it as 20 minutes early.
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Old 1st Dec 2023, 13:01
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FR24 isn't wrong, it's just using a different method. It's a flight tracking site, not a record of airline punctuality.
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Old 1st Dec 2023, 14:57
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OOOI

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Does ...OOOI ... answer the question ?
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Old 1st Dec 2023, 15:45
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Originally Posted by SWBKCB
FR24 isn't wrong, it's just using a different method. It's a flight tracking site, not a record of airline punctuality.
Exactly. The issue is when people mistakenly try to use it as the latter.

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Does OOOI answer the question ?
Don't complicate matters, Matron.
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Old 1st Dec 2023, 18:33
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By BA's own admission, 75% of its delays are caused by its own internal issues - see slide 92 of the slide deck from IAG's Capital Markets Day linked below:

https://www.iairgroup.com/investors-...kets-day-2023/

There does seem be a concerted effort to improve operational performance at Heathrow, but BA is supertanker and things take time to turn around.
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Old 2nd Dec 2023, 09:55
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Originally Posted by Downwind_Left
Because Dave was explaining that a flight thatís shown on FR24 as 20 minutes late probably left the gate ontime or early according to the schedule.

Just picking a random example, BA219 LHR-DEN today is shown as 1225 scheduled departure, 1243 acutal on FR24.
But the scheduled departure time is the time the aircraft is expected to leave the gate, whereas FR24 is showing the airborne time. The actual departure time according to BA.com was 1218.

So you see the discrepancy. A flight scheduled to leave at 1225 leaves 7 minutes early at 1218, but is misreported by FR24 as leaving 18 minutes late.

And the same thing applies to arrivals in reverse. FR24 shows landing time not arrival at the gate. I was recently on a BA flight that landed 20 minutes early but due to delays on the ground finally arrived on stand 10 minutes late. So the actual arrival was delayed by 10 minutes, whereas FR24 would wrongly report it as 20 minutes early.
We all know fr24 quotes the actual landing and take off times, the poster was saying that the flight in question was 5.5 hours late on one occasion. That is nothing to do with the time differences on fr24!
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I'm sorry Andymartin, but I don't know how you can confidently proclaim that "we all know FR24 quotes the actual landing and take off times". I dare say there are some users who don't know that.

Secondly, the OP's comment was that the flight is rarely on time, ranging from 20 minutes to 5.5 hours late. What Dave Reid was correctly pointing out is that a flight that FR24 shows as 20 minutes late very likely departed from the gate on time. In fact, with Heathrow taxi times usually 20-25 minutes, and most industry observers (including the CAA in their punctuality statistics) treating flights that left the gate up to 15 minutes late as an on time departure, if FR24 shows the departure was up to 40 minutes after the scheduled departure time, it was really on time!
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Old 3rd Dec 2023, 10:49
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Well she left late at 10.35 and was 20 min late landing.

I went to greet her at the airport with our driver as I had come down with EK earlier and our driver said BA was never on time unquote.

Anyway a quick report from Mrs Mac.

Flight down from Manchester was fine in newish A320 but lounge in Manchester not that great but LH use same brand in T1 so would agree with her.

Inflight Bacon Butty left as had Ketchup on it apparently with no option to be Ketchup free. I know first world problems but asked for the critiqu so thatís what I got.

LHR T5 was quite tired and dirty with worn furniture and fittings. Unbelievably they still have the same issue with Champagne ie itís not on the bar you have to ask fit it specially, she only wanted to make a Bucks Fiz for gods sake not swim in it 🙄

Flight down was good in 2 year old A350. Crew were good and food was rated highly especially Smoked Salmon and lamb and Cheese.

In flight entertainment was ok but not as good as EK or Singapore but not bad. They were bused at Nairobi rather than air bridge for some reason.

Overall good but some issues. The big thing though is the requirement to transfer at LHR T5 which makes for a long day for those based outside SE which she said would impact her choice if she was paying for it. I will see what I think on our way back up and let you know.

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Old 3rd Dec 2023, 12:03
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Originally Posted by Mr Mac
Well she left late at 10.35 and was 20 min late landing.

I went to greet her at the airport with our driver as I had come down with EK earlier and our driver said BA was never on time unquote.

Anyway a quick report from Mrs Mac.

Flight down from Manchester was fine in newish A320 but lounge in Manchester not that great but LH use same brand in T1 so would agree with her.

Inflight Bacon Butty left as had Ketchup on it apparently with no option to be Ketchup free. I know first world problems but asked for the critiqu so thatís what I got.

LHR T5 was quite tired and dirty with worn furniture and fittings. Unbelievably they still have the same issue with Champagne ie itís not on the bar you have to ask fit it specially, she only wanted to make a Bucks Fiz for gods sake not swim in it 🙄

Flight down was good in 2 year old A350. Crew were good and food was rated highly especially Smoked Salmon and lamb and Cheese.

In flight entertainment was ok but not as good as EK or Singapore but not bad. They were bused at Nairobi rather than air bridge for some reason.

Overall good but some issues. The big thing though is the requirement to transfer at LHR T5 which makes for a long day for those based outside SE which she said would impact her choice if she was paying for it. I will see what I think on our way back up and let you know.

Cheers

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Can you elaborate on the "if she was paying for it"
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Old 3rd Dec 2023, 13:54
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Originally Posted by Mr Mac
Well she left late at 10.35 and was 20 min late landing.

I went to greet her at the airport with our driver as I had come down with EK earlier and our driver said BA was never on time unquote.

Anyway a quick report from Mrs Mac.

Flight down from Manchester was fine in newish A320 but lounge in Manchester not that great but LH use same brand in T1 so would agree with her.

Inflight Bacon Butty left as had Ketchup on it apparently with no option to be Ketchup free. I know first world problems but asked for the critiqu so thatís what I got.

LHR T5 was quite tired and dirty with worn furniture and fittings. Unbelievably they still have the same issue with Champagne ie itís not on the bar you have to ask fit it specially, she only wanted to make a Bucks Fiz for gods sake not swim in it 🙄

Flight down was good in 2 year old A350. Crew were good and food was rated highly especially Smoked Salmon and lamb and Cheese.

In flight entertainment was ok but not as good as EK or Singapore but not bad. They were bused at Nairobi rather than air bridge for some reason.

Overall good but some issues. The big thing though is the requirement to transfer at LHR T5 which makes for a long day for those based outside SE which she said would impact her choice if she was paying for it. I will see what I think on our way back up and let you know.

Cheers
Mr Mac
If this was BA65 on December 1st the actual departure time was 1015, the airborne time was 1035, but airline schedules are based on gate to gate times as explained above. The flight landed at 2150, and the arrival time was 2159 against the scheduled 2130.

As for the consistently late arrivals into Nairobi, thatís probably true for very good reason. For safety reasons BA are prohibited from using Sudanese airspace (North and South) so are forced to take longer routings to avoid it, extending flying times in both directions.
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Old 3rd Dec 2023, 14:46
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Originally Posted by Mr Mac
Well she left late at 10.35 and was 20 min late landing.

I went to greet her at the airport with our driver as I had come down with EK earlier and our driver said BA was never on time unquote.

Anyway a quick report from Mrs Mac.

Flight down from Manchester was fine in newish A320 but lounge in Manchester not that great but LH use same brand in T1 so would agree with her.

Inflight Bacon Butty left as had Ketchup on it apparently with no option to be Ketchup free. I know first world problems but asked for the critiqu so thatís what I got.

LHR T5 was quite tired and dirty with worn furniture and fittings. Unbelievably they still have the same issue with Champagne ie itís not on the bar you have to ask fit it specially, she only wanted to make a Bucks Fiz for gods sake not swim in it 🙄

Flight down was good in 2 year old A350. Crew were good and food was rated highly especially Smoked Salmon and lamb and Cheese.

In flight entertainment was ok but not as good as EK or Singapore but not bad. They were bused at Nairobi rather than air bridge for some reason.

Overall good but some issues. The big thing though is the requirement to transfer at LHR T5 which makes for a long day for those based outside SE which she said would impact her choice if she was paying for it. I will see what I think on our way back up and let you know.

Cheers
Mr Mac
Honestly one of the most entitled things Iíve read in my life. Having to ask for the champagne at the bar being portrayed as an unbelievable hardship really is off the charts. Sounds like a thoroughly normal flight with nothing to complain about. Have a look in the news if you want to see what real world problems are.
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Old 3rd Dec 2023, 15:01
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Ketchup on the bacon butty. Oh, the humanity!
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Old 3rd Dec 2023, 16:52
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Ketchup on the bacon butty. Oh, the humanity!
people asked for feedback - and Mr Mac gave it.

And people who are paying (or have their companies pay) for extra special treatment are entitled to it. They EXPECT free champagne - and if they don't get it theywill take note. Its been clear for some time that T5 Business class isn't a world beating experience - so why will people pay for it? They won't - they'll go elsewhere or they'll trim their expenditure
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Old 3rd Dec 2023, 17:06
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They expect the free champagne and they get the free champagne! You just have to ask for it !
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