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Did BA ever fly to Kabul or other obscure places that no one flies to now???

Did BA ever fly to Kabul or other obscure places that no one flies to now???

Old Jun 9, 12, 5:48 am
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Did BA ever fly to Kabul or other obscure places that no one flies to now???

Im sure I heard that BA used to serve Kabul from Heathrow

and Tehran, Baghdad and Rangoon from Heathrow as well

did they???

I think they flew to Kabul because when I went there as a student I flew Aeroflot because it was much cheaper than the BA direct

And I am also sure that they flew to Rangoon, because when I went there as a student as well I flew Biman Bangladesh because it was cheaper than the BA direct as well

I regularly used to go obscure places and the BA direct was always so expensive that I used to have to go unusual routes. For Istance I went to Tel Avia on Tarom via Bucharest, and I went to Lagos on Air Bulgaria via Sofia and Tripoli

But the fact of the matter is that BA also flew to these unusual places as well, only I cannot find them anymore on the list of BA destinations on the internet
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Old Jun 9, 12, 5:58 am
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BA now serve Tehran again, after the acquisition of BMI. And they definitely served it before. I have a BA guide to Iran from the early eighties. I know BOAC used to do Rangoon (thanks to my collection of First Flight covers). They also did Baghdad, and think BA did to at least the rise of Saddam Hussein. Don't know about Kabul though.
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Did BA ever fly to Kabul or other obscure places that no one flies to now???

Is Tehran that strange?
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Old Jun 9, 12, 6:00 am
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Tehran used to be flown via LCA, which then had one shorthaul flight (terminating LCA) and one longhaul (via LCA).
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Old Jun 9, 12, 6:23 am
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Did BA ever fly to Kabul or other obscure places that no one flies to now???
According to another thread i've just read, some place called Birmingham?

Can't find it on a map though.
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Old Jun 9, 12, 6:26 am
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Originally Posted by SpurMan View Post
BA now serve Tehran again, after the acquisition of BMI.
Is there even much of a market for the Tehran route? Plane loads of nuclear plant inspectors?
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Old Jun 9, 12, 6:29 am
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I seem to remember a few years ago when George Bush declared the Iraq war over, BA said they would consider re-instating the Baghdad route. A bit premature but a good thought.
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I don't know how accurate it is, but there's a list on good old Wikipedia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British...s_destinations

There's a lot more greyed out destinations than current ones
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Old Jun 9, 12, 6:49 am
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Bemused at the idea of Yangon (Rangoon) or Tehran as weird. Baghdad wasn't 20 odd years ago either. As TLV being obscure... BA did file for rights to Basra after the Coalition invasion but never actually started the route for obvious reasons.

BA used to fly to Detroit and Charlotte - much odder.
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Old Jun 9, 12, 7:05 am
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Originally Posted by KLflyerRalph View Post
Is Tehran that strange?
it will be when its radioactive
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Old Jun 9, 12, 7:06 am
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Originally Posted by Swanhunter View Post
Bemused at the idea of Yangon (Rangoon) or Tehran as weird. Baghdad wasn't 20 odd years ago either. As TLV being obscure... BA did file for rights to Basra after the Coalition invasion but never actually started the route for obvious reasons.

BA used to fly to Detroit and Charlotte - much odder.
I didnt suggest Tel Aviv and Lagos were 'obscure' I was just pointing out in the old days their were some far cheaper ways of getting there via Communist hubs
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Old Jun 9, 12, 7:09 am
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Originally Posted by Sam Bee View Post
According to another thread i've just read, some place called Birmingham?

Can't find it on a map though.
wow

I heard once that BA used to serve a place called ;Gulp' Liverpool
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Old Jun 9, 12, 7:30 am
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In the late 1990s BA certainly did fly to Tehran. I am sure it was a 777 flight that left LHR mid/late morning.

Maybe not obscure in the sense of war-ravaged/threatened nations, but BA flew once a week from Gatwick to Lilongwe via Harare back in the late 1990s.

I confess to having had to look that one up at the time, my geography degree having seemingly failed to cover some of the less-well known cities of sub-Saharan Africa
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Old Jun 9, 12, 7:42 am
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Lots of airlines used to fly to places that would now be considered "odd" back before aircraft had the ranges they do now.
eg, in 1982, BA9 used to fly LHR-BOM-MAA-KUL-PER-MEL-AKL.
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Old Jun 9, 12, 7:45 am
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Originally Posted by flyingcrazy View Post
wow

I heard once that BA used to serve a place called ;Gulp' Liverpool
Must not bite must not bite...

This was the last BA flight into LPL I believe.



this is my part of the world, i'm allowed to pander to stereotypes
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