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Will LON-DTW (Detroit) ever be on the cards?

Will LON-DTW (Detroit) ever be on the cards?

Old Jul 17, 17, 8:37 am
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Will LON-DTW (Detroit) ever be on the cards?

Was trying to sort a trip there and realised it's pretty tricky using any carrier, as only Delta flies direct from London/UK.

Wonder if there's ever been a hint of such a route? Was fairly surprised AA didn't operate.
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Old Jul 17, 17, 9:16 am
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VS did the route for a while, but I don't think it was very successful.

Of course this might a reason:
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Old Jul 17, 17, 10:05 am
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Originally Posted by mmxbreaks View Post
Was trying to sort a trip there and realised it's pretty tricky using any carrier, as only Delta flies direct from London/UK.

Wonder if there's ever been a hint of such a route? Was fairly surprised AA didn't operate.
Why would you be surprised that AA didn't operate a direct flight from a medium-sized US city with a struggling economy that is a fortress hub for another carrier?
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Old Jul 17, 17, 10:23 am
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BA flew to DTW many moons ago until it became economically unviable. I think it was on a 763 and it was one of he Bermuda II routes from LHR.
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Old Jul 17, 17, 10:33 am
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Originally Posted by srbrenna View Post
BA flew to DTW many moons ago until it became economically unviable. I think it was on a 763 and it was one of he Bermuda II routes from LHR.
Many moons earlier than that, BOAC served DTW with a 747 as a tag on LHR-BOS.
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Old Jul 17, 17, 10:35 am
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DTW is a Delta hub, AA fly 90 min commuter hops through the day to ORD which is a major oneworld centre for AA/BA/AY/QR
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Old Jul 17, 17, 10:52 am
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I remember flying to Detroit on BA as an add on from Mirabel, Montreal.
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Old Jul 17, 17, 11:11 am
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VA couldn't make it work even with the DL feed so I doubt BA can make it work at the moment.
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Old Jul 17, 17, 12:10 pm
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My first Club World flight was an op-up on the DTW-LHR route in 2003: I was moving to Europe for a Fulbright, was extremely stressed, had massive amounts of luggage, and I still remember very fondly the kindness of BA's check-in agent who upgraded me (and even apologized he couldn't upgrade my connecting flight), especially because that got me lounge access at Heathrow and I had a ridiculous 10-hour layover. That flight, and the kindness of BA's staff back then, helped drive my future airfare purchases to BA. It would seem today's BA, with getting rid of its US ground staff, probably isn't inspiring that kind of loyalty.

Even in the early 00s, that flight was operated by a 767 with the old cradle seats. (I still slept wonderfully on that flight.) Did it ever get flat beds before it was cancelled?
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Old Jul 17, 17, 12:17 pm
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Originally Posted by srbrenna View Post
BA flew to DTW many moons ago until it became economically unviable. I think it was on a 763 and it was one of he Bermuda II routes from LHR.
Correct you are, sir. Flew it once only DTW-LHR in 2006.
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Old Jul 17, 17, 12:40 pm
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BA used to fly a B747 direct from Heathrow to Detroit.

It was around 2001 and I remember it well as I had the choice of Concorde to New York and then internal to Detroit or direct Detroit for the same money (about 1000).

I choose the direct option and shortly afterwards Concorde was grounded.

The only conciliation was that I got an upgrade from Economy to Club on the way out
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Old Jul 17, 17, 5:48 pm
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Interesting read!
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Old Jul 17, 17, 6:32 pm
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I thought it was only discontinued relatively recently, rather than "many moons ago", but maybe it's been longer than I thought. Detroit was always well served from AMS in the 90's as it was a Northwest hub who partnered with KLM.
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Old Jul 17, 17, 8:13 pm
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Originally Posted by Yorkshire Traveller View Post
I remember flying to Detroit on BA as an add on from Mirabel, Montreal.
Me too! Three class service I seem to remember - First, Business and Economy. Did it once!
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Old Jul 17, 17, 8:20 pm
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Originally Posted by LUFTY View Post

I choose the direct option and shortly afterwards Concorde was grounded.
I hope you learnt your lesson!
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