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Old 12th Mar 2024, 14:36
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Originally Posted by SWBKCB
Which of the new entrants at LGW would BA be most concerned about?
Not 100% certain, but Singapore airlines could draw people away from LHR services as could Cathy Pacific if they return.
Air India seems to be doing well on their services too. You also have Saudi and Ethiopian (The later offering good connections throughout Africa).
The Chinese carriers offering 3 to 4 flights daily and of course Emirates and Qatar Airways.
There are also short haul entrants too, such as Lufthansa and Swissair. They also obviously don't want to leave the SH market to easyjet. as why bother with BA Euroflyer? They are taking back all the slots leased to easyjet since the pandemic by 2025.
Having said that they appear to have given easyjet an almost free run on domestics from Gatwick. BA were carrying 300000 to 400000 plus passengers annually to and from Gatwick and Edinburgh up to 2019.
I don't believe they have all disappeared, even allowing for less business travel.
Of course they remain determined to protect their Heathrow loads and yields. I wonder if BA Euroflyer are really that free to try additional cities from Gatwick without mainline worrying about impact on their services from LHR.
I also didn't say they were concerned, rather just keeping an eye. However, they did react when Norwegian expanded some of their transatlantic destinations from Gatwick a few years ago. They seem less worried about Norse though.
Just a few random thoughts.
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Originally Posted by vectisman
I wonder if BA Euroflyer are really that free to try additional cities from Gatwick without mainline worrying about impact on their services from LHR.
They also need to be mindful of their impact on LCY, the domestics from LGW were removed but point to point connectivity was kept out of LCY. Now even CFE are having to densify the Embraers to survive as most sensible companies offer hybrid working and so less need for business travel to a glass tower in East London. If they let BA Euroflyer off the leash and funded some growth, they'd impact LCY negatively as well as boosting LGW. I note Tom Stoddard is running both LCY and LGW operations, hence for BA it's LHR and "the rest". It's a tricky balance! It's the same dilemma Barbara Cassani faced at Go-Fly, , she could really have built a successful business FOR BA if they'd been less concerned about the impact on an existing short haul model that wasn't growing and subsequently almost collapsed.

Compare easyJet's ability to grow STN/LTN/LGW in parallel with the same thought process, BA can't do this as a critical mass of traffic MUST use LHR to feed long haul and so they must prioritise accordingly.

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Old 12th Mar 2024, 15:55
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Originally Posted by Skipness One Foxtrot
No, that's not what I said. By comparison, easyJet have a LGW based fleet of NEOs. WizzUK, likewise. What I said was BA's finance team apparently cannot see an ROI on going to IAG to ask for new NEOs for Euroflyer as the business case isn't strong enough. Could be wrong, but with so many aircraft on order.....
BA are the oddballs in that they don't fly new builds in market, even Jet2 bought a new fleet of B73Hs and are taking A321Ns as we speak. If LGW did as well for BA as we'd all like to hope, even me, there would be a Club Suite refresh plan and new A32Ns / Maxes coming. Neither is happening. It's not a LGW problem, it's an inability of BA to make LGW work well enough for them on it's own merits, like everything else, LHR comes first as that seems to be where consistent money is made for BA, others do way better. Follow the money?
Complete nonsense. You say BA Euroflyer is similar to Vueling / IB Express - no it is not.

Vueling is a standalone low cost carrier, they are allocated NEOs by IAG for fleet renewal and expansion.

Iberia Express runs routes out of Madrid to assist IB in competing with the low cost carriers. The business case notion falls flat again. They will be allocated NEOs with no less Ďpreferenceí than mainline.

Itís nothing more than BA using the NEOs at Heathrow to save money, donít know where you have gotten this from?
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Old 12th Mar 2024, 16:46
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Complete nonsense. You say BA Euroflyer is similar to Vueling / IB Express - no it is not.

Vueling is a standalone low cost carrier, they are allocated NEOs by IAG for fleet renewal and expansion.

Iberia Express runs routes out of Madrid to assist IB in competing with the low cost carriers. The business case notion falls flat again. They will be allocated NEOs with no less Ďpreferenceí than mainline.

Itís nothing more than BA using the NEOs at Heathrow to save money, donít know where you have gotten this from?
Ok, so why not allocate some new A320/A321 neos to Gatwick in parallel to LHR?
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Old 12th Mar 2024, 16:59
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Originally Posted by laviation
Complete nonsense. You say BA Euroflyer is similar to Vueling / IB Express - no it is not.
Vueling is a standalone low cost carrier, they are allocated NEOs by IAG for fleet renewal and expansion.
Iberia Express runs routes out of Madrid to assist IB in competing with the low cost carriers. The business case notion falls flat again. They will be allocated NEOs with no less ‘preference’ than mainline.
It’s nothing more than BA using the NEOs at Heathrow to save money, don’t know where you have gotten this from?
Does BA Euroflyer have it's own AOC like Vueling and Iberia Express? Yes.
Is it branded the same way as it's parent? Yes, see Iberia Express?
Are they paid less? Yes, as per Iberia Express. I2 was set up by Iberia with the threat that every single new route and airframe would go to I2 and IB would be allowed to wither and die as I2 grew UNLESS staff agreed to major concessions. The public branding would be almost identical, that's why "Express" is in tiny letters.
The NEOs are a multi million pound CAPEX fleet renewal, they are placed where IAG agree they will derive maximum ROI.
IAG do not "allocate" aircraft as a benevolent daddy figure, each OpCp has to make a business case as to why they deserve them! It's competitive and a case must be made. Now it turns out that A320 CEOs are a pain point at LHR due to noise considerations meaning they're more expensive than they were, which is why almost everyone now flys the NEO to LHR, BA doesn't exactly have THAT option as they have a based fleet of CEOs.
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Ok, so why not allocate some new A320/A321 neos to Gatwick in parallel to LHR?
Same reason there's no Club Suite coming to LGW, the investment goes where the ROI can be made up faster, LGW is relatively weaker than LHR for BA, hence LHR always gets first dibs on new equipment. If BA gets 50 new NEOS, all 50 would be expected to start their life at LHR. The only short haul narrow body I can remember that BA ever took delivery of at LGW was the very last Dan Air ordered B737-400 over three decades ago. Before that we're talking British Airtours B737-236s.
(I think that's right?)

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Old 12th Mar 2024, 17:11
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Skipness One Foxtrot, I asked that question 'Ok, so why not allocate some new A320/A321 neos to Gatwick in parallel to LHR?' to sort of question/challenge the suggestion that the only neos went to Heathrow as they were cheaper to operate from there. I know the actual reason, which, in my opinion, is as you describe.
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Whilst BAEF may have a degree of autonomy, I just don't see a MAN base happening.

BA's main priority is long haul on the North Atlantic and other key markets. In terms of growth, all the signs from IAG are that BA will be focused on rebuilding long haul capacity in the coming years.

Short haul aircraft orders for IAG seem very conservative and with BA still leasing out slots at LGW & LHR, it's not as if it's exhausted capacity in London. The brand recognition in the South East is stronger - watching people tap in and out on the Tube it seems that half of London has a BA Amex card.

Also, the last thing BA should be doing now is anything that distracts it from operations in London - hopefully this summer will confirm it has turned a corner.
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" Tube it seems that half of London has a BA Amex card."

Clearly you use different tube stations to the rest of us...............................
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Originally Posted by Asturias56
" Tube it seems that half of London has a BA Amex card."

Clearly you use different tube stations to the rest of us...............................
Iíve read articles stating that there are over 500,000 people with a BA Amex and they put through more than a billion pounds a month so itís not unlikely a lot of tube passengers could have one.

In the US nearly 1% of the GDP goes through a Delta Amex so BA still have a bit of a way to go.
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"In the US nearly 1% of the GDP goes through a Delta Amex so BA still have a bit of a way to go."

US GDP is circa $ 23 Trillion - so 1% is $232 Bn - AMEX only have an operating income of $10Bn for the whole company so that that sounds a little - inflated?
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Originally Posted by Asturias56
"In the US nearly 1% of the GDP goes through a Delta Amex so BA still have a bit of a way to go."

US GDP is circa $ 23 Trillion - so 1% is $232 Bn - AMEX only have an operating income of $10Bn for the whole company so that that sounds a little - inflated?
It's a slightly inflated number but Amex can't book transaction volume as revenue, so it's not a million miles off https://viewfromthewing.com/is-delta...4277%20billion.
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Old 12th May 2024, 17:04
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BA media mchine cranking out 'good news'. I first saw a reference to it in a link to The Telegraph giving a highly favoured piece today about the 'flag carrier'. There were other articles about how work-from home is hurting:
Luis Gallego says UK corporate travel is at just 70pc of pre-Covid capacity British Airways parent. IAG has said an increase in home working since Covid is holding back demand for corporate travel, even as it predicts a bumper summer for leisure sales...
Probably contributing to the bargain prices for leisure...

I could not read the article I wanted as it's behind a pay wall. So I looked for the source and ...

BA Media Centre 5th March
You may be glad to know:-

  • 600+ modernisation initiatives are being rolled out as part of the airline’s £7bn transformation plan, as it invests in every part of its business
  • A new website, mobile app, free onboard messaging, new short-haul seats and a new First suite are among the airline’s latest plans
  • Multi-million-pound leading-edge technology systems, AI and machine learning will help flights depart on time, along with 350 new jobs at Heathrow and the first ever bespoke Microsoft Connected Teams ground-to-air customer care solution
  • The BA network continues to grow, with two of the airline’s most popular Asia destinations to return from October and November
  • The airline is also investing in a new lounge space in Dubai, as well as the previously announced refreshes for Lagos, Seattle, Heathrow and Edinburgh
Well. I would hope that a SIZEABLE part of the money will go towards the website. Experience of the corporate world in the last 20 years says - it will be a polish up of the front screens and stuff the customer sees. However, an overhaul of the back office systems? Moving to new software platforms to take advantage of new developments? Banishing the major crashes of the system by dint of better IT mgmt within BA and IAG? Probably not so much.
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I am looking forward to "AI" fixing
- late arrival of the incoming aircraft
- not enough gate staff to run boarding properly
- not using groups properly so boarding is a free for all
- too much hand luggage so delayed boarding and extensive gate-checking
etc
etc
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Originally Posted by Lord Bracken
I am looking forward to "AI" fixing
- late arrival of the incoming aircraft
- not enough gate staff to run boarding properly
- not using groups properly so boarding is a free for all
- too much hand luggage so delayed boarding and extensive gate-checking
etc
etc
Perhaps a formal complaint or hurt hardest by taking business elsewhere? The grass unfortunately however is not greener.
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Originally Posted by PAXboy
BA media mchine cranking out 'good news'. I first saw a reference to it in a link to The Telegraph giving a highly favoured piece today about the 'flag carrier'. There were other articles about how work-from home is hurting:
Probably contributing to the bargain prices for leisure...

I could not read the article I wanted as it's behind a pay wall. So I looked for the source and ...

BA Media Centre 5th March
You may be glad to know:-


Well. I would hope that a SIZEABLE part of the money will go towards the website. Experience of the corporate world in the last 20 years says - it will be a polish up of the front screens and stuff the customer sees. However, an overhaul of the back office systems? Moving to new software platforms to take advantage of new developments? Banishing the major crashes of the system by dint of better IT mgmt within BA and IAG? Probably not so much.
I remember reading that the software airlines use has to work with the most basic set ups, in outstations; websites like BA's are just glossy (arguably!) covers for what is a very basic back office system. Airlines like easyJet who are not dealing with legacy systems have much smoother websites. Hopefully BA has finally realised this.
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Yes Lord Bracken I am really looking forward to 'AI' fixing problems created by humans, the weather and that pesky red light that just won't reset and will require an overnight inspection. Once AI has fixed all of those, we can see how it manages the rest of the world.

You are correct SealinkBF BA outsourced their IT years ago and don't want to spend the money to set up new systems and then transition across to them. Doing that takes real money and real expertise but the benefits do not show up for several years. Also, the main benefits cannot be easily put in the '+' ledger. Systems that don't fail and make headlines and systems that work just the way the customer wants?
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Jeddah

British Airways in northern winter season 2024/2025 are to resume London Heathrow- Jeddah on the 04 November 2024.

Flights will be operated four times weekly with Boeing 789/-10.

Credit to aeroroutes.com
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This won't get you far but it's where airline reservations (including BA!) are headed New Distribution
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With British Airways recently announcing the resumption of flights between London Heathrow and Jeddah, the Airlines Asian network is slowly but surely getting back to what it was like prior to the covid 19 pandemic

Several destinations on the British Airways Asian network have been recently resumed or are about to be including the following.

Abu Dhabi
Bangkok
Jeddah
Kuala Lumpur

Other destinations that were previously on the British Airways Asian network prior to the covid 19 pandemic and have so far not returned include the following.

Damman
Muscat
Osaka
Seoul

Two former destinations that were previously on the British Airways African network prior to the covid 19 pandemic and have also yet to return are Durban and Mahe.

I wonder what former British Airways destination out of those listed above will be the next to resume after the relaunch of Jeddah 🤔

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Originally Posted by Sotonsean
With British Airways recently announcing the resumption of flights between London Heathrow and Jeddah, the Airlines Asian network is slowly but surely getting back to what it was like prior to the covid 19 pandemic

Several destinations on the British Airways Asian network have been recently resumed or are about to be including the following.

Abu Dhabi
Bangkok
Jeddah
Kuala Lumpur

Other destinations that were previously on the British Airways Asian network prior to the covid 19 pandemic and have so far not returned include the following.

Damman
Muscat
Osaka
Seoul

Two former destinations that were previously on the British Airways African network prior to the covid 19 pandemic and have also yet to return are Durban and Mahe.

I wonder what former British Airways destination out of those listed above will be the next to resume after the relaunch of Jeddah 🤔
Seoul and Osaka would be impeded by Russian airspace so that's probably the main reason they've yet to return.

Muscat is served by Oman Air who will be joining OneWorld later this year so whether BA indeed add their own service to enhance connections or are happy to stick with that I guess could go either way.
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