BA and Lufthansa place 747s on short-haul routes

21 Dec 2009 by Mark Caswell

BA is placing larger aircraft on its London-Paris route to try and cope with increased demand caused by the suspension of Eurostar services.

The carrier has taken the unusual decision of placing a 747 jumbo on its 1255 departure from London Heathrow today, as well as upping capacity on other services between the two cities by swapping A319 and A320 aircraft for A320 and A321s respectively.

As an example an A321 holds around 50 more passengers than an A319. Despite this move all BA flights between London and Paris are full for today, as Eurostar services remain suspended until at least tomorrow.

BA is also running an extra service from T5 to New York today, to cope with the backlog caused by adverse weather conditions throughout the east coast of America over the weekend. The extra flight will depart Heathrow at 1900, and BA says it expects the service to be completely full on both the outbound and inbound legs.

Meanwhile Lufthansa is also placing larger aircraft on its route between London Heathrow and Frankfurt during the next few days. A link on the carrier’s homepage states that there are “extra seats to Frankfurt on December 22 and 23”, and a quick check shows Lufthansa has rostered an A340-600 on to flight LH4724 tomorrow (December 22), and a 747 jumbo on the corresponding flight on December 23.

These two flights are amongst Lufthansa’s busiest on the LHR-FRA route as they are key connectors into the carrier’s long-haul network

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