Flights to London This Week

Old Jan 30, 13, 12:30 pm
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Flights to London This Week

I have a flight to LHR coming up and wanted to check the loads this week.
SFO/IAD/EWR/ORD/IAH flights were incredibly empty...I mean hundreds of seats on each flight. Even some empty seats in J. I was just curious if they fired the whole revenue team. Why not offer some sales...maybe I missed it!

I know it's winter but geez...
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Old Jan 30, 13, 12:32 pm
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Originally Posted by Rogerdodger View Post
I have a flight to LHR coming up and wanted to check the loads this week.
SFO/IAD/EWR/ORD/IAH flights were incredibly empty...I mean hundreds of seats on each flight. Even some empty seats in J. I was just curious if they fired the whole revenue team. Why not offer some sales...maybe I missed it!

I know it's winter but geez...
They fired the customers.
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Old Jan 30, 13, 12:33 pm
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Originally Posted by mitchmu View Post
They fired the customers.
Funny!
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Old Jan 30, 13, 12:38 pm
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I did notice a few flights that they have substituted a 767 for the 777.

I did not look what config the 767 was. Do 767 have biz first lie-flat?
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Old Jan 30, 13, 12:43 pm
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I agree. It does look REALLY bad. Is this a sign of Chapter 11 ahead?
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Old Jan 30, 13, 12:46 pm
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It's blowing a gale, torrential rain, freezing temps at night, a huge number of flood warnings and still snowing in the North of the country.

Who in the right mind would want to come to the UK in the next couple of weeks.
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Old Jan 30, 13, 12:46 pm
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Originally Posted by txp View Post
I agree. It does look REALLY bad. Is this a sign of Chapter 11 ahead?
Ok, I wasn't going there...just that people were asleep at the switch.

Originally Posted by Richym99 View Post
It's blowing a gale, torrential rain, freezing temps at night, a huge number of flood warnings and still snowing in the North of the country.

Who in the right mind would want to come to the UK in the next couple of weeks.
Business?

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Old Jan 30, 13, 12:52 pm
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it is winter, and loads are usually lighter. That said, I'm currently planning a TATL trip in late February that requires a European connection onward to Africa. When I took similar trips in 2012, IAD-BRU and IAD-FRA were the flights that invariably popped up. Now, the IAD-LHR flights are the first to appear, which is a change from last year.

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Old Jan 30, 13, 12:56 pm
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Originally Posted by Rogerdodger View Post
Business?
Exactly. Or, family. Or, transiting for a winter holiday to the alps.

It's great to fly to Europe on business during low season. Lower fares. Better UG odds. Fewer crowds. Easy restaurant reservations. Easy to find good accommodation. That's presumably why many business conferences are held during low/shoulder season in their destinations.
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Old Jan 30, 13, 1:54 pm
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Originally Posted by vandesa View Post
I did notice a few flights that they have substituted a 767 for the 777.

I did not look what config the 767 was. Do 767 have biz first lie-flat?
Yes, it does (the one from IAH-LHR, anyway).
I'm on a 764 IAH-LHR in a few weeks that was switched from the 787. If it didn't have the lie-flat seats I would have tried to switch to the later flight on the 777.
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Old Jan 30, 13, 1:59 pm
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Funny, I'm flying to London next week as well, and FWIW, it's the same story over at AA -- empty planes.

This is the traditional low season for US-UK travel, you know...
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Originally Posted by mitchmu View Post
They fired the customers.
AWESOME retort!!
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Old Jan 30, 13, 2:19 pm
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Funny, I'm flying to London next week as well, and FWIW, it's the same story over at AA -- empty planes.

This is the traditional low season for US-UK travel, you know...
Low Season? I just checked again today...literally every plane is half empty. I'll say it again, why not offer a sale?
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Old Jan 30, 13, 2:32 pm
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I've been looking for President's Day Weekend. Flights are EMPTY. However, at nearly $900, I'm not exactly thrilled to fork over that kind of money for an open 9 abreast row of economy plus.

UA should pull a TK and offer some $400 flights to Europe. That will fill the planes in a hurry. Otherwise, that's an awful lot of empty seats over the pond.
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Old Jan 30, 13, 2:59 pm
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They have not lowered the fares to attract any last minute business.
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