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Old Aug 18, 2013, 2:36 pm
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Order: Back-to-back Transfer Landside Notes
[so Excellent for back to back usually means an easy airside transfer with few risks]
ABZ: Excellent Excellent if domestic, otherwise Reasonable Reasonable Arrivals decant into departure hall.
ACE: Reasonable if off season, there is a transfer channel just before passports Reasonable Reasonable
AGP: Excellent for Schengen, Risky if not. Schengen - immediate turnaround possible at gate area. Non-Schengen - There is a transit passageway back to airside on the left after passports, but there can be long delays at passports, achievable if you are willing to politely push in the queue.
see here.
ALC: Reasonable if off season, but you do need to go fully airside if non Schengen. Small and efficient airport. Peak time: see here.
ALG: Impractical due to visa and immigration processes. See post 2224.
AMS: Excellent Excellent Poor Arrivals decant into departure hall normally.
ANE: Good - very small airport, tarmac walk. You may want to telephone the airport to let them know since there's no OLCI facility.
ARN: Excellent Good Reasonable (arriving pax should watch for sign to gates 70-82) * see posts 593, 238 & 1298 for more details.
ATH: Reasonable but don't hang about, you need to enter Schengen immigration, then leave Schengen, and a fairly efficient security check. Distances aren't great.
BCN: Good to excellent - bit of a walk - small flight connection facility to the left of passport control, dedicated security but no passports Good if non-Schengen, Reasonable if Schengen Reasonable
BGO: Excellent Excellent Excellent, borderline foolproof though only restricted number of flights Arrivals decant into departure hall.
BHD: Excellent - use stairs upwards between gates 5 and 6, against flow Excellent if domestic, otherwise Reasonable Reasonable
BIO: Reasonable, does involve going landside but small airport, airbridge rather than bus Reasonable Reasonable
BIQ: Reasonable, involves going through passports to landside, security and passports again, but you need to be off early since passport checks are thorough.
BJV: Not really feasible, there is no online check-in or App facility, you must check in at the gate.
BOD: Reasonable but does involve going landside and back again. However it's a small airport and efficient.
BLL: Good (there is a clear transfer route after passport control to avoid a security check Good Good
BLQ: Good (small airport but you have to go landside) Reasonable Reasonable (bus gates)
BRI: Good (small airport but you have to go landside) Reasonable Reasonable
BSL: Good Good Good (Bit of a walk to landside, but it's not a huge airport. See this post for info).
BRU: Excellent on the transfer route, reasonable if not Reasonable Poor (see comments in post #246, also 64 onwards)
CAG: Reasonable, does involve going landside but small airport, airbridge rather than bus Reasonable Reasonable
CDG: Hopeless
CFU: Near impossible, no OLCI, you must present yourself at check-in. Process involves bus, passports, out to landside, short walk to departures building on right, security and bus. Security is bad on peak days.
CGN: No OLCI, but on some dates it is still possible. See this post for details.
CHQ: Near impossible despite being a small airport, no OLCI so you can only get a boarding pass at the airport, and bus to and from gates.
CMB: Easy to do airside. Arriving and departing pax are not segregated. If you have your return boarding pass, just walk directly from arrival gate to departure gate.
CMF: Generally Good, involves going landside. Best avoid Saturdays, the main changeover day, when security is stretched.
CPH: Excellent Good Reasonable Arrivals decant into departure hall.
CTA: Reasonable, there is a transfer route signed but seems obsolete. However small and efficient airport so still do-able if going via landside.
DBV: Impractical - there's no online check in here, you have to go landside and collect a boarding pass. Otherwise a very small airport.
DUB: Good (if ex-LHR), Reasonable if ex-LCY (quicker plane turnaround) Good if Common Travel Area, otherwise Reasonable Reasonable May require passing security, so Fast Track helps. See this post for a photo guide. (As of June 2017 increased risk due to pax segregation at 200 gates and ongoing building work)
DUS: Excellent Excellent if non-Schengen, Good if Schengen Good Arrivals decant into departure gate, though risk of bus to baggage hall.
EDI: Excellent Excellent if domestic, otherwise Reasonable to Poor Reasonable to Poor Arrivals decant into departure hall normally, risk of bus to baggage hall.
EGC: Impractical. Bergerac has its own check-in system and is currently not on App/OLCI, so boarding passes must be obtained in person, no later than 45 minutes before departure.
FCO: Reasonable (return shuttle to main terminal) Reasonable Reasonable
FDH: Impractical due to delays during ski season - see here.
FLR: Poor due to use of bus transfers and airport layout Poor - no transfer track Reasonable
FNC: Reasonable due to small airport and long turnarounds. You do need to go landside and return to airside. Note high risk of weather related diversions. Bus from aircraft, passports, security, passports, walk to aircraft.
FRA: Reasonable to Poor Poor (particularly if coming off Schengen) Reasonable
FSC: Uncertain - if boarding passes can be issued in advance then it will be an easy landside transfer in a tiny airport. If boarding passes can only be collected in FSC then it's impossible.
FUE: Reasonable if out of the peak season, airbridges used. Have to go via passports landside and security, behind check in. Try Canaries+Families security if desperate.
GIB: Good Good Good Must go landside, bearing right and back up through security. Turnaround can be long. Leave the aircraft early so as to beat the queue at passport arrivals.
GLA: Excellent Excellent if domestic, otherwise Reasonable Reasonable Arrivals decant into departure hall normally.
GNB: Good Good Good: Walk to/from aircraft. Must go landside, outside and right back into departures. Long turnaround times make this feasible though Saturdays busy.
GOA: Reasonable Reasonable Reasonable
GOT: Excellent Excellent Excellent Borderline foolproof. Arrivals decant into departure hall.
GVA: Excellent Good Good (but can be poor during ski season) Turn left in arrival lane to go back up to departures area.
HAJ: Excellent Excellent if non-Schengen, Good if Schengen Good Arrivals decant into departure gate. See posts 1670 and 1671 below.
HAM: Excellent Excellent if non-Schengen, Good if Schengen Reasonable Arrivals decant into departure hall, though sometimes bus to baggage hall.
HEL: Good Good Reasonable Incoming passengers can reverse direction just before Schengen passports. If a bus from gate, you will need to rush.
HER: Infeasible. There is no online or App check in, it's a bus transfer and arrivals / departures are in separate buildings.
INN: Good Good Good - you have to go landside, and there is a bus transfer to/from the aircraft, but the airport is very small and highly efficient.
INV: Good to Excellent Good Good - you have to go landside and through security. See here for more info.
IOM: Good Good Good (no flight connections but small airport)
IST: Good (visa not required) Good Poor (also note you may need to buy a visa as a result of going landside). More details in this post.
JER: Excellent Excellent if domestic, otherwise Good Good Arrivals decant into departure hall, sometimes you need to double back to the BA lounge.
JMK: Nearly impossible due to clunky arrival processing and use of buses.
JTR: Impossible: bus transfer, slow passports.
KEF: Excellent Excellent if non Schengen, Good otherwise Good BA flights tip arriving passengers into the departure gate. Foolproof. NB LCY flights pax use a bus from a remote stand, still easy as dropped off less than 100M from the departure gate.
KLX: Moderately risky due to boarding passes only being issued at check-in. No buses used normally, walk off plane straight into very small building.
LBA: Good Good Good have to go landside for any connection or b2b but small airport, see here for further details
LCA: Good Good Reasonable There is a "Connecting Flights" channel on the left of the arrivals corridor, half way along, well before passports.
LEI: Moderate to risky: you have to go via landside, and you need the return boarding pass before travel. But it's a small and efficient airport. No buses are used, it's similar to LCY in operation.
LHR T3: Good Good Reasonable Follow connecting flights route, which can be as quick as 11 mins from disembark to through security. No conformance unlike T5.
see here.
LIG: Good to Excellent Good Reasonable See this post for more information
LIS: Good Good Reasonable There is a security check to the right, immediately before and avoiding the passport desks. Risk of bus gates, but still OK.
LIN: Good Good Reasonable to Poor (bus gates)
LPA: Possibly OK if off peak. Some flights are bus gates, but it's a relatively small and efficient airport. OLCI and App check in both work.
LUX: Very Good Good Good Borderline excellent, no known fatalities. Landside route is described here: Airside transfer door described here.
MAD: Very good Good to Reasonable depending on arriving terminal Reasonable See this post for full details.
MAH: Good to excellent, see post number 563.
MAN: Reasonable to Poor Reasonable to Poor Reasonable to Poor
MCT: Excellent - direct transfer route [ ] [ ].
MJV: Good Good Good provided you avoid a peak time More information here.
MLA: Good Good Good This this post and linked blog for details.
MRS: Good Good Good There is a transfer and security point just before going down to passports. Use the phone on the post to ask for it to be opened it for you; however, there is no guarantee that it will and you may have to exit to landside and re-enter through departures security.
MUC: Very good Good but note 2 terminals Good Transfer point after passport, details in this post
MXP: Good - bit of walk to Transfer facility Good Good Thread links here.
NCE: Reasonable Poor Good [There is a direct transfer route by turning into the door way on the right before the slope up to passports]
NCL: Excellent Excellent if domestic, otherwise Good Good Arrivals decant into departure hall.
NTE: Good Good Good see this post.
NUE: Impractical unfortunately due to no OLCI, all check in done at the airport
OLB: Excellent Excellent Excellent Arriving into Olbia is via jetty to the departure gate, no passports or security. Note no OLCI via the App, more info here.
ORK: Good, do need to clear passports and security but very small and efficient airport.
ORY: No recommended due to fast turnarounds on LCY services. You have to go fully landside and back in again, via 2 passport checks and a security check.
OPO: Excellent [Look for grey escalator going up] Good (reasonable if Schengen) Reasonable
OTP: Excellent as at April 2019. Poor as of 29 Dec 18, see post #2660 https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/30586858-post2660.html.
Excellent - See post #1919 https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/29017017-post1919.htmlGood - look for Connection facility on right after leaving aircraft Reasonable Poor (can be Good if all everything works)
OSL: Good on the whole Reasonable Reasonable (See experiences in this post, this post, this post and this post.)
OVD: Not really suitable. This is really an Iberia Express route but leaves T5 under BA code. The aircraft is based in OVD not LHR. Small efficient airport though.
PFO: Good on the whole, but you do need to go landside. However it is a small airport. May not be so good on a busy Saturday during school holidays. Note bus transfers however.
PMO: Airport is currently being rebuilt. Once completed potentially a good option due to airbridge. Departure security is two floors above arrivals (use lift)
PMI: Excellent Excellent Excellent borderline foolproof - you are landed direct into boarding area.
PRG: Excellent ?? ?? For back-to-back the LHR-PRG arrival dumps you right into the main corridor of that pier; walk 100 ft. to security check for the BA boarding lounge and you'll be good to go.
PSA: Reasonable Reasonable Reasonable (not the best location since there are a lot of LCC and you have to reclear security from landside). (August 2018 review and comment)
PUY: Unrealistic, due to the bus transfer process followed by passport control.
RAK: Terrible Unknown See post #1353 below
RHO: Infeasible - no OLCI or App check in, bus transfers from gates. Also airport very busy on Saturday PM and Sunday AM.
RTM: Good Good Good (Reasonable during morning/evening peaks)
SEZ: Excellent, use the Transit desk at the right side of the immigration hall, opposite end to passport control, see this post.
SKG: Reasonable Reasonable Reasonable but note bus transfers on apron.
SOF: Excellent Excellent Reasonable arrivals decant into departure area.
SPU: Reasonable but there is a bus transfer and then landside Reasonable but transfer routes seems to be from Star Alliance Reasonable
STR: Reasonable - stairs from baggage hall back to security. Can't avoid security/passports Reasonable Reasonable Report here.
SVG: Excellent Excellent Excellent borderline foolproof, though only restricted number of flights
SVQ: Reasonable but need to exit landside and go up through departures, security. and passports is by the gate. Compact airport, fast security even if queuing.
SZG: Reasonable Reasonable Reasonable no transfer channel and note bus transfers, but small airport.
TFS: Reasonable but in all cases involves going landside. May be tricky to reclear security in peak holiday season.
TIA: Probably impractical. There is a bus transfer process and passport checks/stamps takes a while (Albania isn't in the EU).
TLL: Very good Good Reasonable see this post.
TLV: At your own risk. There is a transfer route with security on the way to passport control just after the rotunda.
TNG: No transfer or B2B route. Have to pass immigration, customs and security again. Airport is tiny (think 10 flights a day) and B2B is perfectly doable provided no problems at immigration.
TRN: Reasonable to Good Good Reasonable No short cuts to avoid going landside via passports x2 and security, apart from Fast Track security, but a small and efficient airport.
TXL: Good - security takes place in limited area by arriving gate Good Good Security is at gates, if using A gates. NB: Currently, this usually includes LCY flights, which now mostly use A gates like LHR flights.
UIP: Good - very small airport, tarmac walk.
VCE: Very good Good at offpeak times Reasonable See this post for details
VIE: Excellent (BEWARE see: https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/29579878-post2190.html ) Good Reasonable
VLC: Good Good Reasonable there's no transfer route so you have to go via landside. Departures is straight up from the arrival point. Disagree with the previous two sentences. For me, a direct turnaround from gates 12-14 was possible without going landside. Took less than a minute.
VNO: Excellent Good Reasonable arriving passengers enter departing passenger area. [BA have codeshare and also has TP Run options via AY]
VRN: Good Good Reasonable there's no transfer route so you have to go landside but it's a very small airport and there is Fast Track.
WAW: Good - small connection facility on left after airbridge Good Reasonable
ZAG: Very good Good Reasonable ask to use the International Transfer channel on the left side of the passport hall, you need a boarding pass/App. NOTE: New terminal just opened, so this info needs updating.
ZRH: Generally good but see this post and the replies for more information.
ZTH: Infeasible due to buses and no online check-in possibilities. Somewhat unfortunate given the small airport. No transfer route, you must enter Schengen and go to landside.

Excellent generally means you will leave the aircraft and find yourself in the boarding area for departure. Good suggests that you may have to clear either security and / or passports before reboarding, but it should still be possible.

Two caveats:
A) Sometimes things don't go to plan. E.g. EDI sometimes uses buses, which puts passengers landside and thus needing to reclear security. Ditto HAM.
B) The above needs to be combined with the turnaround time. MXP often has a generous back-to-back time, for example.

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Back-to-back / Immediate Turnarounds at BA Destinations

Old Jun 28, 2018, 11:42 pm
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Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave
IOM is fairly do-able, however you do go landside and have to go via an efficient security check. I wouldn't be too concerned, and there's no passport control. I presume you are looking at a LCY routing, so EDI and GLA would be better for keeping you airside. If LHR, then LUX, GOT, CPH, HAM, NCL and ABZ should also be checked. If it's only a modest amount extra for these other places then I would certainly consider it.
Thanks c-w-s for the recommendations, however IOM is still cheaper. Thou I will have almost a 3 hr transit in IOM
I see that the flights for ORY-LCY is "Eastern Airways For BA CityFlyer" does this qualify for the 1 out of 4 BA flights a year requirement?
The LCY-IOM flight is "BA CityFlyer", also does this qualify?

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Old Jun 29, 2018, 12:10 am
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Originally Posted by hakzai
Thanks c-w-s for the recommendations, however IOM is still cheaper. Thou I will have almost a 3 hr transit in IOM
I see that the flights for ORY-LCY is "Eastern Airways For BA CityFlyer" does this qualify for the 1 out of 4 BA flights a year requirement?
The LCY-IOM flight is "BA CityFlyer", also does this qualify?
Yes it does qualify, Eastern are just being used to cover resource shortages. I guess it is their E70 aircraft, in which case the crew will be more familiar with BA than some BA crews! The aircraft is near identical too. Usually this service is run by BACF, who are doing your IOM sector. That is a 100% BA subsidiary, and therefore gives qualifying flights. So I see no issues here. Hopefully it's a nice sunny day, so that when you arrive near to the IOM you will see the rocky island emerging from the sea.
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Old Jun 29, 2018, 12:19 am
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Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave
Yes it does qualify, Eastern are just being used to cover resource shortages. I guess it is their E70 aircraft, in which case the crew will be more familiar with BA than some BA crews! The aircraft is near identical too. Usually this service is run by BACF, who are doing your IOM sector. That is a 100% BA subsidiary, and therefore gives qualifying flights. So I see no issues here. Hopefully it's a nice sunny day, so that when you arrive near to the IOM you will see the rocky island emerging from the sea.
Thanks again c-w-s.
I was being lazy and didn't re-read the BA rules on qualifying flights before sending out my post.
After re-reading the terms, it seems that IB operated and marketed flights are also eligible.
Also seems ORY-MAD-BIO turn around is cheaper than BA to IOM.
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Old Jun 29, 2018, 12:23 am
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Originally Posted by hakzai
Thanks again c-w-s.
I was being lazy and didn't re-read the BA rules on qualifying flights before sending out my post.
After re-reading the terms, it seems that IB operated and marketed flights are also eligible.
Also seems ORY-MAD-BIO turn around is cheaper than BA to IOM.
As well as Vueling BA codeshares, so check their prices out (but not IB codeshares of Vueling or Vueling prime code services). But if you can, a quick visit to BIO would also be worth considering, there is a cheap city bus that runs from the airport to the city centre, it only takes about 20 minutes. Sometimes you will have to retroclaim the credit for Iberia services but it's just a minor hassle.
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Trying to book a same day, same plane LHR-EDI turn with a 50 minute turn.
BA.com won't let me book the same flight return. Gold agent was also unable to force it as she noted a message that claimed I needed at least 60 minutes.
HUCA or is this correct? Could always do 2 one ways but the price is higher. Any suggestions?
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Originally Posted by SFO777
Trying to book a same day, same plane LHR-EDI turn with a 50 minute turn.
BA.com won't let me book the same flight return. Gold agent was also unable to force it as she noted a message that claimed I needed at least 60 minutes.
HUCA or is this correct? Could always do 2 one ways but the price is higher. Any suggestions?
MCT for BA-BA DOM->DOM connection is 60 minutes so it is not possible to book that as a return.

Results from https://www.ExpertFlyer.com
Code:
Minimum Connect Times:
Connecting at EDI
Incoming airline BA
Outgoing airline BA
Flight type Domestic to Domestic

STANDARD.D/D...D/I...I/D...I/I.
ONLINE .30 .45 .45 1.00
OFFLINE .30 .45 .45 1.00
** OR * ARE ALL
BA-BA DD .50 FLT 4066 - FLT 2939
BA-BA DD 1.00 ALL - FLT 6100 - 6199
BA-BA DD 1.00 FLT 6100 - 6199 - ALL
BA-BA DD SUP ALL - FLT 2046 - 2060
BA-BA DD SUP ALL - FLT 8040 - 8199
BA-BA DD SUP ALL - FLT 8830 - 8849
BA-BA DD SUP FLT 2046 - 2060 - ALL
BA-BA DD SUP FLT 8040 - 8199 - ALL
BA-BA DD SUP FLT 8830 - 8849 - ALL
BA-BA DD 1.00 
**-BA DD SUP ALL - FLT 2046 - 2060
**-BA DD SUP ALL - FLT 8040 - 8199
**-BA DD SUP ALL - FLT 8830 - 8849
BA-** DD SUP FLT 2046 - 2060 - ALL
BA-** DD SUP FLT 8040 - 8199 - ALL
BA-** DD SUP FLT 8830 - 8849 - ALL
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Old Jul 5, 2018, 1:19 pm
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Originally Posted by SFO777
Trying to book a same day, same plane LHR-EDI turn with a 50 minute turn.
BA.com won't let me book the same flight return. Gold agent was also unable to force it as she noted a message that claimed I needed at least 60 minutes.
HUCA or is this correct? Could always do 2 one ways but the price is higher. Any suggestions?
This is correct, it's a 1 hour MCT in this scenario and I don't think there are any turnarounds that long at EDI, excluding night stops. There is sometimes a LCY-EDI with a longer wait but I can't see it in the timetable. If a night in EDI doesn't appeal, you could try NCL again, MCT is 30 minutes there, ABZ is 45 minutes. GLA is also 60 minutes so no good.
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Anyone know any ifo about doing a B2B at ACC or connecting there?
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Old Jul 6, 2018, 10:20 am
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Originally Posted by KARFA
MCT for BA-BA DOM->DOM connection is 60 minutes so it is not possible to book that as a return.

Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave
This is correct, it's a 1 hour MCT in this scenario and I don't think there are any turnarounds that long at EDI, excluding night stops. There is sometimes a LCY-EDI with a longer wait but I can't see it in the timetable. If a night in EDI doesn't appeal, you could try NCL again, MCT is 30 minutes there, ABZ is 45 minutes. GLA is also 60 minutes so no good.
Thanks KARFA and c-w-s. I went ahead and booked GLA with a 2 hour turn @ 89 RT.
Cheaper than the other options and I avoid the 767 return from EDI.
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OTP b2b report - BA887 to BA887

apologies not having posted sooner but Im not comfortable writing on phone or tablet. But now that I'm back with my PC...

Everything worked just fine, but i think I will not do B2B in the future involving transit via immigration. I'm a too nervous person for that...

Anyway... We arrived - with 20min delay - at gate 2, I think one of the closer to passport control. the path from arrival gate to passport and transit is well marked and easy to follow.
Once out of the gate bridge, turn left and follow for Transit/arrivals/baggage claim. You go down a floor with an escalator and keep following Transit or Passport Control signs, to going back up one floor again.
Basically, you pass in front of the Transit security checkpoint (it will be on your left) and immediately go up another flight of stairs to the passport control hall.
NOTE I asked at the agent about being just in transit but directed me to proceed with passport control and then come back there.

Once in immigration hall, ​​​​any booth for EU passports holders will do; tell the agent you're in Transit. In my case there were a lot of agent and very few passengers.
I was asked where I was going and were I did come from (cue very perplexed look from the agent, but he just shrugged when shortly explained it was to start a cheaper ticket) and my passport was briefly looked at, non even scanned.

Done that, you go back the stairs and to the security checkpoint right at the stairs bottom. Once clear you pass a door and turn left to the gate area. Gate 2 was 25mt away. Time total from leaving the plane to being back at the gate: 6 minutes.
Please note that I was in CE* and 3rd out, but I think It would have been good even with an ET seat in row 12.

*I chickened out to be seated in row 12, and upgraded at LHR. Of course now that I know I wouldn't do that again...
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Old Jul 17, 2018, 1:50 am
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Many apols if this has been asked before but I wonder if someone could help me out with a (slightly) unusual B2B question.
We're starting a family holiday to California from Oslo on the first flight to LHR on Sunday, August 12. I had booked a positioning flight from LHR for early on Saturday morning to be on the safest of safe sides but, due to a work-related issue, we won't now be able to get that.
There is a BA flight LHR-OSL at 1730 on the Saturday but it's the last flight of the day, so if something goes wrong we would be pretty screwed.
My question is: Is the last flight into Oslo on the Saturday effectively a back-to-back with the first flight out on the Sunday?
And if it isn't the same plane, what do you think the chances are of BA looking kindly on us in the event of something going wrong with that Saturday evening flight – and finding a solution that wouldn't involve me re-purchasing all the flights?
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Old Jul 17, 2018, 1:58 am
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Originally Posted by sirkay
Many apols if this has been asked before but I wonder if someone could help me out with a (slightly) unusual B2B question.
We're starting a family holiday to California from Oslo on the first flight to LHR on Sunday, August 12. I had booked a positioning flight from LHR for early on Saturday morning to be on the safest of safe sides but, due to a work-related issue, we won't now be able to get that.
There is a BA flight LHR-OSL at 1730 on the Saturday but it's the last flight of the day, so if something goes wrong we would be pretty screwed.
My question is: Is the last flight into Oslo on the Saturday effectively a back-to-back with the first flight out on the Sunday?
And if it isn't the same plane, what do you think the chances are of BA looking kindly on us in the event of something going wrong with that Saturday evening flight and finding a solution that wouldn't involve me re-purchasing all the flights?
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Yeah first morning at like 7am tends to be the left over from the night before, same at HEL and BCN and VIE
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Old Jul 17, 2018, 2:14 am
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Originally Posted by sirkay
We're starting a family holiday to California from Oslo on the first flight to LHR on Sunday, August 12. I had booked a positioning flight from LHR for early on Saturday morning to be on the safest of safe sides but, due to a work-related issue, we won't now be able to get that.
There is a BA flight LHR-OSL at 1730 on the Saturday but it's the last flight of the day, so if something goes wrong we would be pretty screwed.
My question is: Is the last flight into Oslo on the Saturday effectively a back-to-back with the first flight out on the Sunday?
And if it isn't the same plane, what do you think the chances are of BA looking kindly on us in the event of something going wrong with that Saturday evening flight and finding a solution that wouldn't involve me re-purchasing all the flights?
If you go back to Friday 10 August, you'll see that the aircraft types planned to operate LHR-OSL are, in order: 321, 319, 320, 319. The second, third and fourth OSL-LHR flights are 321, 319, 320 - so even if the times of the flights didn't fully answer the question, that should give you confidence that the last LHR-OSL of that day (a 319) overnights at OSL and operates the first OSL-LHR the next day. This is less easy to see on the Saturday and Sunday with which you're concerned, because all of the planned aircraft types are 319s, hence going back to Friday to confirm this.

If BA768 (the last LHR-OSL) on Sat 11 August is cancelled, then it is almost certain that BA761 (the first OSL-LHR) on Sunday 12 August (the first sector of your ex-OSL) will have to be cancelled too. If all this has happened on Saturday evening, and you are physically at LHR so BA staff can see you, then past reports suggest that there's a decent chance that BA will then allow you to adopt the practical solution, which is simply to start your trip with sector 2 (LHR-California).
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Old Jul 17, 2018, 2:20 am
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Thanks very much nufnuf74 and globaliser. That's reassuring... If it was just me on my own I wouldn't hesitate but having the family with me always makes me think twice. Anyway, think I'll go ahead with that 1730 flight.
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Old Jul 17, 2018, 4:41 am
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So... the time is coming for my INV B2B tomorrow.

I feel quite ready for it, after all the reading I've done in this thread! Any last minute tips?

Below is the departure board for tomorrow. Based on that, I shouldn't hit too much congestion at security, unless I'm missing something!

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