BA504 snafu tonight

Old Sep 21, 18, 3:30 pm
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BA504 snafu tonight

Anyone else lucky enough to be stuck on the LHR-LIS? Currently more than 2 hours delayed and no real info on takeoff time.

Plane G-EUYC has been sitting here since 7pm, but apparently couldn't board until a delayed crew from Manchester had turned up. With all passengers on board the captain suddenly realised that the minimum legal maintenance on the plane hasn't been carried out, and this is currently being done.

Apart from everything else, it's obvious that BA has no contingency plans whatsoever. And it's reassuring to know that the plane has already done four sectors today without meeting those minimum legal requirements, whatever they may be.
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Old Sep 21, 18, 3:37 pm
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Yep, absolute omnishambles.

There’s a taxi strike in Lisbon too so (assuming we actually get there) suggest you book an Uber as soon as you are clearing the airport.
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Old Sep 21, 18, 3:39 pm
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Yes thanks, I was aware and have pre-booked.

Captain just announcing that there isn't enough fuel on board. So who was it allowed the fuel truck to leave without making sure that enough had been put in?
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Old Sep 21, 18, 3:49 pm
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Just waiting for the crew to go out of hours and we get decanted back into T3.
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Old Sep 21, 18, 3:52 pm
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But, of course, if we do go they'll make sure that we scrape in just a smidgen under three hours late. Or if not, watch them try and blame the whole .... show on the wind in Manchester. Sorry guv, force majeure innit.
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Old Sep 21, 18, 3:58 pm
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Yes, clearly the weather.

It’s totally unreasonable to expect an airline to have a spare crew at their global hub to take up this kind of slack. That would be utterly preposterous.
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Old Sep 21, 18, 3:59 pm
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And of course, why would a global hub have anyone on duty to remove a jetty at 2300....
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Old Sep 21, 18, 4:03 pm
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It strikes me that everything that's happened tonight could have been prevented with just the tiniest bit of forward planning.
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Old Sep 21, 18, 4:09 pm
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FFS I thought the Captain would show some
compasion and call “short taxi” to spare us the “funny” safety video.
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Old Sep 21, 18, 4:11 pm
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Haha yes I was just thinking the same... I don't have the energy to cringe anymore.
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Old Sep 21, 18, 4:13 pm
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It would be hilarious if you were actually seat neighbours, but hadn’t recognised it
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Old Sep 21, 18, 4:27 pm
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Originally Posted by rossmacd View Post
It would be hilarious if you were actually seat neighbours, but hadn’t recognised it
I love threads like this.

Too much to hope that BA have sorted things out now?
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Old Sep 21, 18, 4:32 pm
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Departed 2h47m late.
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Old Sep 21, 18, 4:36 pm
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Originally Posted by nd100 View Post
...it's reassuring to know that the plane has already done four sectors today without meeting those minimum legal requirements, whatever they may be.
Indeed. Keep your eyes out for an AAIB Bulletin about this over the next few months. It should give more details.
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Old Sep 21, 18, 6:48 pm
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Ha! Well I don't know what BobServant looks like, but I know my seat neighbour wasn't he.

On a positive note (small mercies!) I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the CE catering. Best I've had in a long time (and a long time coming).
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