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Old 26th Sep 2014, 10:25
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Waiting for a gate was even worse in the days when BA operated into T4. A half hour wait was not uncommon. It may have been better to have more remote parking.

JFK T7 (the BA terminal) I think only has five wide bodied gates (3-6 & 9) and that's not really enough capacity. If you arrive just before 19:00 local you are always waiting for someone to push from a stand. (Surely not why the cheapest fare is normally on a departure from LHR around 16:00.)

If you have nothing better to do listen to the JFK Company Channels in the archives of liveatc.net on a bad day (yes it is legal). As an aside the US has a rule that fines (heavily) airlines if passengers cannot alight for an aircraft after three hours on the ground (four for international flights). No one likes being held hostage but it does cause some grey hairs amongst ground staff.

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Old 26th Sep 2014, 10:58
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Found a slightly old doc here with one or two interesting stats in it :
Thanks for posting that. A pity BA management or Scheduling chose not to attend as I would have found their inputs interesting. My experiences have only been on SH and the later arrival flights so guess the same philosophy is applied by BA there.
Given there were multiple empty slots on the terminal as we taxied to remote I can only deduce this was part the planning for some reason.
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Old 28th Jan 2015, 17:31
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T5 again

Well as you may gather my pet beef is arriving at T5 taxying past empty terminal slots to park at a remote parking that isn't prepared for our arrival ,
Yesterday I was so chuffed the MUC flight was granted terminal parking..wait for it ....we were told that we would still have to get on a bus to the terminal!
Apparently we were on the domestic arrivals side
I guess I should have been happy the buses were waiting.....
As they say you live and learn.
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Old 28th Jan 2015, 22:51
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If you were on the BA947 or BA953 from MUC, they both operated UK domestics as their next sector, to Aberdeen and Newcastle respectively.

Saves towing ...
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Old 28th Jan 2015, 23:17
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Yeah, I had that at LGW last year. Nowadays the computer will decide the work flow to be the most economical use of equipment.

As we all know, the airline pass these savings on to us ...
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Old 29th Jan 2015, 10:05
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A few years ago on BA Terminal 1: Arrive on 737 from GVA, park next to airbridge, but steps attached and onto bus. Process through terminal to domestics for connection to NCL. Down the airport steps onto bus for transfer to steps leading into gate to board via airbridge onto exact same aircraft. at least it provided a bit of exercise between aircraft seating !
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Old 29th Jan 2015, 10:38
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That's a great coincidence, Hipennine! You were probably the only one with that connection and one of very few who would have realised it was the same machine.
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Old 29th Jan 2015, 17:17
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One thing that has happened to me twice over the last few weeks on AMS-LGW is Easyjet depositing us at the South Terminal (rather than the scheduled North) for "operational reasons".

Not a problem personally as I catch the train home, but horribly confusing for non English-speaking PAX...
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Old 2nd Mar 2015, 18:02
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That'll teach me

After all my niggles with BA I flew back with Lufthansa last week and guess what.. first time in 20 years I got a bus at MUC for the flight..then upon landing we were parked on the domestic side and then bussed to International arrivals! Don't know why, there were spare air bridges on T2 and am presuming they weren't all unserviceable.
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Old 3rd Mar 2015, 01:52
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Last time I did MUC was 15 months ago and with Lufthansa. I was irritated to be bussed on both arrival and departure. The explanation given was about building works of the new terminal.
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Old 3rd Mar 2015, 07:08
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Last time I did MUC was 15 months ago and with Lufthansa. I was irritated to be bussed on both arrival and departure. The explanation given was about building works of the new terminal
I have never been given an explanation from either BA or LH. Guess I will politely ask the next time..
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Old 3rd Mar 2015, 07:48
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I'm not saying I actualy believed them ...
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Originally Posted by jxf63 View Post
One thing that has happened to me twice over the last few weeks on AMS-LGW is Easyjet depositing us at the South Terminal (rather than the scheduled North) for "operational reasons".

Not a problem personally as I catch the train home, but horribly confusing for non English-speaking PAX...

Had that a couple of times on internal EDI-LGW flights, but on both we were then bused back to the North terminal! (To then get the shuttle back to South to catch the train)
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