Long haul from A bus gates?

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Old May 15, 19, 3:13 pm
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Long haul from A bus gates?

Flying on BA33 to KUL this weekend and it looks as though this flight regularly goes from A10. Why on earth would BA schedule a bus gate for a late night flight with F passengers beginning a 13 hour journey on a bus? Surely there is a spare gate in B or C at that time?
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My recent BA33 was from B gates, and I donít agree that itís a late night flight! Iíve had plenty of bus gates at DOH at 1/2am!
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Originally Posted by aristoph View Post
Flying on BA33 to KUL this weekend and it looks as though this flight regularly goes from A10. Why on earth would BA schedule a bus gate for a late night flight with F passengers beginning a 13 hour journey on a bus? Surely there is a spare gate in B or C at that time?
Hi,

Be grateful it is not a 744!! ( I have had a few of those but not recently) I think the use of A10 has reduced compared to a few years ago but it is not that unsual to see a long haul flight with A10 against it in the display screens in the lounges.

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Iíve had the full-on bus treatment from A10 to both JNB and JFK - I assume this is just (random-ish) stand allocation which doesnít take into account the merits of a particular flight.

And in any case if youíre an airport/airline/areoplan buff you can take some pleasure from the experience of being close up to all the aircraft; if not, well, youíve thirteen hours to enjoy the best of BA, functioning F loos on the 789 permitting
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My one Kul flight was from the B-Gates.
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Iíve had the full-on bus treatment from A10 to both JNB and JFK - I assume this is just (random-ish) stand allocation which doesnít take into account the merits of a particular flight.

And in any case if youíre an airport/airline/areoplan buff you can take some pleasure from the experience of being close up to all the aircraft; if not, well, youíve thirteen hours to enjoy the best of BA, functioning F loos on the 789 permitting
Loo singular.
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FWIW:-
08 May - B36
09 May - C56
10 May - C65
11 May - C62
12 May - C53
13 May - A10
14 May - A10
15 May - A10
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Old May 15, 19, 4:26 pm
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FWIW:-
08 May - B36
09 May - C56
10 May - C65
11 May - C62
12 May - C53
13 May - A10
14 May - A10
15 May - A10
interesting! So just the past few days when I have been checking on it then.

My default with BA longhaul (unless Iím in in F, which sadly I am not this time) is to head to the B lounge. So I will ask any bag drop and hope they know already.
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I have had a flight to BOS depart from an A bus gate - the upside was the gate was right below the CCR, so I got to enjoy extra time there. The downside was that Ďpriorityí boarding really just meant extra time on the bus, with of course a lot of standing in a queue up the stairs to the aircraft at the other end anyway: not the best ground experience for an F ticket

this was for the 8pm BOS flight on a Sunday night, so clearly a more peak time business travel slot (for those Monday morning US meetings) and not a time youíd expect LHR to be all that busy at the stands!
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What day are you flying? Can monitor and find out where the inbound is parked

EDIT: Having just had a look, it seems to come in as BA242 from MEX at 1435. With that long a ground time, there's a chance it could be towed off (not that the last few I checked were!).

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Surely there is a spare gate in B or C at that time?
But there may not have been when the aircraft arrived from its previous destination
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Old May 16, 19, 3:19 am
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Originally Posted by fluffymitten View Post
What day are you flying? Can monitor and find out where the inbound is parked

EDIT: Having just had a look, it seems to come in as BA242 from MEX at 1435. With that long a ground time, there's a chance it could be towed off (not that the last few I checked were!).
Interesting. How do you monitor this?
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I had a 787 to ICN depart from the A bus gates.
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All sorts of long hauls go from A10. I don't think that there is a pattern. As a CCR visitor, I personally prefer to go from A10 than from the C gates I must say.
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I've never departed A gates on widebody longhaul but have arrived and been bussed in a few times. Which actually suits me fine tbh as 1) I am not that precious about a short hop on a bus even if in F for the rest of the journey and 2) I more often than not travel HBO, so it's pretty much the quickest day from a/c doors to my Uber home.
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