Unusual BA Operation from LTN

Old Apr 26, 20, 6:33 am
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Unusual BA Operation from LTN

See below from FR.

My assumption is that this is 1) Cargo and 2) using a leased Airbus freighter? Have not seen AB6 as a BA aircraft type before.


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Old Apr 26, 20, 6:40 am
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AB6 = A300-600

i cant answer your questions, just as an info
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Old Apr 26, 20, 6:47 am
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apparently also flew april 19th and also scheduled for may 3rd
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Old Apr 26, 20, 7:00 am
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DHL have been operating A300 freighters on behalf of BA Cargo for a number of years. They are normally to Heathrow but there’s loads of reasons why this could change at the moment.

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Old Apr 26, 20, 7:06 am
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Originally Posted by Jumbodriver View Post
DHL have been operating A300 freighters on behalf of BA Cargo for a number of years.
That will be a relief to LTNPhobia
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Old Apr 26, 20, 7:12 am
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What I find illuminating eating is the number of cargo flights on Flight Radar. I guess they have always been there but lost in the mass of passenger aircraft shown. Now, with very few flights, you click on the icon and it's a freighter. In my idle moments most of the craft activity seems to be cargo. Made me realise what a huge business it must be.

The other odd thing is the number of normal flights going to unusual destinations. A3 (Aegean) has had numerous flights going into ALA (Almaty, Kazakhstan) over the last few weeks and they don't have passenger services there. Again, cargo I expect although what it is who knows!
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Old Apr 26, 20, 7:23 am
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Originally Posted by DrBenO View Post
See below from FR.

My assumption is that this is 1) Cargo and 2) using a leased Airbus freighter? Have not seen AB6 as a BA aircraft type before.
I'm assuming this is aka QY6717 which is a scheduled flight from LTN or LHR to FRA. At the moment it leaves from LTN every Sunday but it used to be every Saturday. As mentioned above - it flies from LHR more often but LTN has been used on occasional weekdays as well.

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Old Apr 26, 20, 7:52 am
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What I find illuminating eating is the number of cargo flights on Flight Radar. I guess they have always been there but lost in the mass of passenger aircraft shown. Now, with very few flights, you click on the icon and it's a freighter. In my idle moments most of the craft activity seems to be cargo. Made me realise what a huge business it must be.
Also finding it very interesting! Mrs DrBenO less so when I’m providing a running commentary of the (very infrequent, compared to usual living under the bovingdon stack) planes passing over.

Yesterday afternoons’ highlight was an RAF A400 inbound to Brize Norton.
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Old Apr 26, 20, 8:26 am
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Originally Posted by Schind View Post
I'm assuming this is aka QY6717 which is a scheduled flight from LTN or LHR to FRA. At the moment it leaves from LTN every Sunday but it used to be every Saturday. As mentioned above - it flies from LHR more often but LTN has been used on occasional weekdays as well.
I live under the flight path into Luton and DHL A300 flights have been a common sight for quite some time. However there are more these days usually FRA, AMS, MXP and ARN. We have also seen a C13 Globemaster a few times.
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Old Apr 26, 20, 10:42 am
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Originally Posted by Greenpen View Post
The other odd thing is the number of normal flights going to unusual destinations. A3 (Aegean) has had numerous flights going into ALA (Almaty, Kazakhstan) over the last few weeks and they don't have passenger services there. Again, cargo I expect although what it is who knows!
There are a lot more cargo flights coming in here. LOT are doing regular flights in & out of Astana as well. A lot of foodstuff is imported & there are a lot of restrictions on the the main land freight routes from Russia & China
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ALA is fuelling stop for some non- standard long haul flights.
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Old Apr 27, 20, 12:22 am
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Originally Posted by Richmond_Surrey View Post
ALA is fuelling stop for some non- standard long haul flights.
Yes Condor have been using it thus recently too.
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Old Apr 27, 20, 3:32 am
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Cargo doesn't care if it has a 2 hour "gas'n'go" stop in the middle of the night and on longhaul flights the total fuel burn can be considerably lower with a refuelling stop as close to midway as possible.
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