BA lease Finnair aircraft again
British Airways has previously wet-leased four Finnair aircraft for summer 2022 and is doing so again. This time it does not appear to be a shortage of crew since at the same time according to a source on Twitter, they are offered unpaid leave to crew! I can only assume it is due to a lack of aircraft due to delays with orders. It could also be attributed to the slots that they have acquired from the collapse of Flybe (see below).
British Airways are to wet-lease 4 Finnair A320 aircraft from March 2023 until March 2024.
Here is an example of what you can expect on a BA Finnair lease.
British Airways have also now started leasing aircraft from Titan Airways with one A320 until 12 March 2023 and an additional Titan A321 will also be leased between 26 February – 5 March.
You can read a review of a Titan BA wet lease flight here.
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Flybe slots return to BA
Following the liquidation of Flybe, 43 weekly Heathrow slot pairs have transferred back to British Airways for the current winter season.
This equates to 7 return flights a day to fill. So far, we don’t know how and if BA is planning to use them. Currently, the “use it or lose it” rule about slots is not being enforced, so they may not use them for a while.
In April 2023, Air Passenger Duty on UK domestic flights will be halved, and there are calls for these domestic slots to remain as such from some quarters. BA has cut quite a few domestic routes, such as Newquay and Leeds, so it would be good to see those reinstated.
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Do we have any further info about when BA will start flying to Bangkok again?
Or is it better if I consult the Pythian Apollo at Delphi
I can’t see them being in any hurry to return as it was a low yield route with a lot of competition.
I don’t think they plan on returning ever. Seem to have given up on Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur as destinations
Many Finnair crews told me they hated being based at LHR for days on end last summer, away from home for longer than short haul crews normally would be. I suspect this will not be good news for them.
Would be an incredible boost for Yorkshire business and leisure travellers to have the BA-LHR shuttle back to LBA. There used to be 3 per day and rarely a spare seat. Very much missed, our alternative is MCR, which is a real pain.
Surely LBA is just slot sitting? It might fill but BA have little interest in UK regional service – flights to NCL also go up and down in number depending on the slots they have to fill. It’s no good depending on a reliable service with BA – though of course BD did very well to LBA for years and for that matter MME until they lost the plot.
Rarely a spare seat? Not from my experience on that route. It lost money for BA and I can’t see them going back on it TBH. Far easier to add/reinstate frequencies on existing routes.
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