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Old Nov 19, 17, 6:40 pm
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BA LHR-DOH-LHR daily cancellation since 13/11?

From what I can tell the last LHR-DOH-LHR rotation was operated on 13/11. Since then every flight has been cancelled. Anyone know the reason?
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Old Nov 19, 17, 7:59 pm
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If it has been cancelled, I'd imagine if it's because of a sharp decline in passengers and revenue since the local problems started. And after all, they have QR as partners to carry the BA code.

But, still، it would be a surprise.

QR hubs through DOH, but BA depends on point-to-point traffic and passengers hubbing through LHR to Doha.

I went twice in the last month: BA to Doha was very, VERY quiet, but mobbed coming back.
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DOH was routinely cancelled during the Mixed Fleet strike, due to the readily available flights with partner (and investor) QR. This time maybe it's because of equipment availability, although that does seem strange during the winter season.
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Various carriers incl BA and VS struggling with RR engine supply for 787. I think I saw VS using 747 to JFK as a result.
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Originally Posted by B747forever View Post
From what I can tell the last LHR-DOH-LHR rotation was operated on 13/11. Since then every flight has been cancelled. Anyone know the reason?
I can't find the original post on this from a couple of weeks ago, but the route restarts today I think.

There was some discussion around normalising crew hours, I don't know if that's correct or not. The BA122/123 rotation is currently pretty low yield in my experience, so it's probably the least worse option if something's got to give. I had the whole F cabin to myself on a recent segment a month or so ago.
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Originally Posted by Howard Long View Post
I can't find the original post on this from a couple of weeks ago, but the route restarts today I think.

There was some discussion around normalising crew hours, I don't know if that's correct or not. The BA122/123 rotation is currently pretty low yield in my experience, so it's probably the least worse option if something's got to give. I had the whole F cabin to myself on a recent segment a month or so ago.
I can't find it either and I was the one who put it online!

Yes, it's for flights from 14 to 19 November going out from London on BA123, and returning flights DOH-LHR 15 to 20 November on BA122 inclusive. Rebooking onto QR, unfortunately WTP gets downgraded to economy and passengers are invited to claim downgrade refund. It's OK to go direct if that is now appropriate, so CDG-LHR-DOH can be rebooked to CDG-DOH on QR.

My suspicion is indeed they are trying to saving on cabin crew hours, if that is the case then there will typically be more low-level cancellations as crew hours creep up to the 900 hrs limit. However the official reason is "operational reasons", which is fairly close to meaningless.
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Currently a shortage of 787/747 serviceability, so my guess is the DOH aircraft is being used elsewhere. It has been cancelled the last few days, but should be restarting soon as crews are positioning out to DOH to operate returns
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Currently a shortage of 787/747 serviceability, so my guess is the DOH aircraft is being used elsewhere. It has been cancelled the last few days, but should be restarting soon as crews are positioning out to DOH to operate returns
Lucky them, I hope they get the Q-Suites
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Thanks for the replies. Will be flying LHR-DOH in early December and wanted to see if there was a chance for me to be upgraded to QR
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Thanks for the replies. Will be flying LHR-DOH in early December and wanted to see if there was a chance for me to be upgraded to QR
I got upgraded to QR during the strike and travel with them all the time now!
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BA123 is in the air on its way to Doha. Amusingly I heard an unusually noisy plane flying over the house, looked it up on FR24 and it was BA123 operated by a B772
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I have been cancelled on the BA 122 on the 3rd. I guess I'll post the questions in the EC261 thread!
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British Airways have cancelled the LHR-DOH BA123 from 1-13 December and DOH-LHR BA122 from 2-14 December, with a re-protection agreement available on Qatar Airways (QR).
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Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave View Post
I can't find it either and I was the one who put it online!

Yes, it's for flights from 14 to 19 November going out from London on BA123, and returning flights DOH-LHR 15 to 20 November on BA122 inclusive. Rebooking onto QR, unfortunately WTP gets downgraded to economy and passengers are invited to claim downgrade refund. It's OK to go direct if that is now appropriate, so CDG-LHR-DOH can be rebooked to CDG-DOH on QR.

My suspicion is indeed they are trying to saving on cabin crew hours, if that is the case then there will typically be more low-level cancellations as crew hours creep up to the 900 hrs limit. However the official reason is "operational reasons", which is fairly close to meaningless.
900 hours of flying time a year? I am sure there are many here on FT who fly as passengers and exceed that easily, myself being on about 700 hours so far this year
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Originally Posted by Sam Bee View Post
British Airways have cancelled the LHR-DOH BA123 from 1-13 December and DOH-LHR BA122 from 2-14 December, with a re-protection agreement available on Qatar Airways (QR).
OK - I couldn't find this so thanks. Can I change the ticket onto a QR A380?
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