BA Doha Cancellations to December 2018

British Airways has cancelled its daily flight between London Heathrow to Doha until September 2018. Here are options for affected passengers.

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Cancellation of London Heathrow – Doha

British Airways continues to cancel its daily flight between London Heathrow and Doha until for “operational reasons”.

BA123 is cancelled from London Heathrow to Doha until Friday 30 November 2018.

BA122 is also cancelled from Doha to London Heathrow from until Saturday 1 December 2018.

No specific reason has been given for the cancellations other than “operational reasons”.

It is understood that the Boeing 777 which operates this route is being used to cover other routes which use the Boeing 787 fleet which is currently undergoing maintenance to their engines.

A number of Boeing 787 flights to Los Angeles, San Jose California and Tokyo Narita have also been cancelled.

Given this route has been subject to very extensive cancellations over the past 12 months further cancellations, if not its complete suspension, are likely.

Update Tuesday 21 August 2018: The cancellation period has been extended to Saturday 27 October 2018 for the outbound flight BA123 and Sunday 28 October 2018 for the inbound flight BA122.

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BA Doha Cancellations March – July 2018

British Airways has cancelled its daily flight between London Heathrow to Doha from late March through to July. Here are options for affected passengers.

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British Airways Logo (Image Credit: British Airways)

Cancellation of London Heathrow – Doha

In what will feel like Groundhog Day for many readers, British Airways is to cancel its daily flight between London Heathrow and Doha from late March to early July for “operational reasons”.

BA123 is cancelled from London Heathrow to Doha from Sunday 25 March 2018 to Saturday 30 June 2018.

BA122 is also cancelled from Doha to London Heathrow from Monday 26 March 2018 to Sunday 1 July 2018.

No specific reason has been given for the cancellations other than “operational reasons”. It is understood that the likely reason is that the Boeing 777 which operates this route is being released to cover other routes which use the Boeing 787 fleet which is currently undergoing maintenance to their engines.

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Cobalt Air launches London Heathrow – Larnaca

Cobalt Air is to fly direct from London Heathrow to Larnaca, Cyprus from Tuesday 27 March 2018. Flights will operate daily from London Heathrow Terminal 3.

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Cobalt Air (Image Credit Cobalt Air)

Cobalt Air at London Heathrow

Cobalt Air is to fly from London Heathrow to Larnaca from Tuesday 27 March 2018

The airline will fly from London Heathrow Terminal 3 to Larnaca daily. Flights will be operated using Airbus A320 aircraft in a two class configuration.

Cobalt Air is a relatively young airline. It first operated under two years ago. It also flies from London Gatwick and Stansted. It is not a member of any of the three major airline alliances.

Cobalt Air is particularly keen to emphaise that it will be offering its latest business product on this route, which offers dedicated seating in a 2-2 configuration and a 40″ seat pitch.

Currently, the London Heathrow – Larnaca routes is the exclusive domain of BA.

It is treated as a short-haul route which means BA offers Club Europe business class and EuroTraveller economy.

(The now defunct Cyprus Airways sold its one Heathrow slot pair to American Airlines in 2014 for $31 million.)

Given that Cobalt Air will offer a significantly superior business class product to BA’s Club Europe, BA may be forced to effectively switch the route from short-haul to long-haul.

BA made a similar move many years ago, switching Moscow to a combination of long-haul configured Airbus A321s and widebody Boeing aircraft. BA also operates London Heathrow – Tel Aviv, which has a similar flight length to Larnaca, with widebody Boeing aircraft.

Flights are on sale now at Cobalt Air

London Heathrow – Larnaca

Flight CO327 Depart London Heathrow 17:20 – Arrive Larnaca 23:50
Flight CO326 Depart Larnaca 12:45 – Arrive London Heathrow 15:45

How to submit a claim for expenses following BA flight cancellations

How to submit a claim for hotel, meals and ground transportation expenses following BA flight cancellations on Sunday 10 December 2017.

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On Sunday 10 December 2017, there were extensive cancellations to British Airways flights at London Heathrow due to snow. These continued into Monday morning due to aircraft and crews being out of position.

If you have incurred expenses on hotels, meals, ground transportation and communications you can submit a claim for these online:

You can simply do this by submitting a claim through the BA website.

You will need to have details of your booking to hand, and be able to submit copies of your receipts (either by post or electronically) and provide details of an account to which the refund should be transferred.

In terms of submitting a claim for compensation under EC Regulation 261/2004 there is general guidance on compensation and a claim form on the BA website. BA has not, to our knowledge, made any official comment on the eligibility of passengers affected by cancellations to make a claim for expenses.

Separately, BA is allowing all passengers due to fly on Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 December the option of a full refund or to rebook up to Monday 18 December. This is regardless of whether your flight is cancelled. To check the status of your booking, use the Manage My Booking tool on ba.com Also, see ba.com for the latest flight operations news.

BA London – Doha cancellations December 2017

British Airways has cancelled its daily flight between London Heathrow to Doha throughout December and into January. Here are options for affected passengers.

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British Airways Logo (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways is to cancel its daily flight between London Heathrow and Doha for December and early January for “operational reasons”.

The affected flight numbers are BA123 and BA122.

BA123 is cancelled from London Heathrow to Doha from Friday 1 December to Sunday 14 January 2018.

BA122 is also cancelled from Doha to London Heathrow from Saturday 2 December to Monday 15 January 2018.

No specific reason has been given for the cancellations other than “operational reasons”. It is understood that the likely reason is that the Boeing 777 which operates this route is being released to cover other routes which use the Boeing 787 fleet which is currently undergoing maintenance to their engines.

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BA London – Doha cancellations November 2017

British Airways has cancelled its daily flight between London Heathrow to Doha for six days in November. Here are options for affected passengers.

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British Airways Logo (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has cancelled its daily flight between London Heathrow and Doha for six days in mid-November for “operational reasons”.

The affected flight numbers are BA123 and BA122.

BA123 is cancelled from London Heathrow to Doha from Tuesday 14 November to Sunday 19 November 2017.

BA122 is also cancelled from Doha to London Heathrow from Wednesday 15 to Monday 20 November 2017.

Normal service should resume on this route from Tuesday 21 November 2017.  No specific reason has been given for the cancellations other than “operational reasons”. This could be either aircraft or flight / cabin crew shortages.

Update: There are many further cancellations throughout December and into January.

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London flight cancellations due to flooding following Hurricane Harvey

The following BA and United flights between London and Houston have been cancelled due to flooding following Hurricane Harvey.

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Hurricane Harvey TV Coverage (Image Credit: CNN)

Due to severe flooding in Houston following Hurricane Harvey, the following flights to and from London to Houston (George Bush Intercontinental Airport) have been cancelled.  

BA has cancelled all flights to and from Houston up to Friday 1 September 2017.  Other BA and American Airlines flights to Texas are scheduled to operate normally. BA is allowing passengers booked to fly to and from Austin, Houston and New Orleans up to 7 September to rebook up to Wednesday 20 September 2017.

United Airlines has also cancelled all flights to Houston (George Bush International) until at least Thursday 31 August.

For the latest arrivals / departure information you can visit the websites of Heathrow, BA and United.

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Qantas moots non-stop flights from London to Sydney

Qantas has challenged Airbus and Boeing to develop aircraft capable of flying non-stop from London to Sydney by 2022.

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Qantas announced its annual financial results in Sydney today.  The airline posted a healthy profit before tax of AUD$1.4bn.   This is a sharp turnaround in fortunes for Qantas after it reported a record loss of AUD$2.8bn three years ago.  Much of the turnaround has been achieved through a restructuring of its international network.

In Europe, Qantas suspended twice daily services from London Heathrow to Sydney via Singapore and Bangkok and to Melbourne via Singapore and Hong Kong in favour of daily services to Sydney and Melbourne via Dubai under a joint-venture with Emirates.

Whilst Qantas seemed to be in retreat in Europe having ceded much market share to the “Big Three” Middle Eastern airlines (Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways), its interest has reignited of late.  Qantas is due to launch non-stop flights to Perth in March 2018.  Qantas is also due to open a new lounge in London Heathrow Terminal 3 this year.

Qantas has also today given a firm expression of interest in launching non-stop flights between London and Sydney by 2022.

Qantas has tasked aircraft manufacturers Airbus and Boeing to produce new aircraft under development, the Airbus A350 Ultra Long Range and the Boeing 777X respectively, with sufficient range to operate London to Sydney non-stop with no restrictions on passenger loads.

Qantas claim that a non-stop flight between London and Sydney could shave four hours off the journey time.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce commented:

“From next year we’ll be flying direct from Perth to London, which is a huge leap forward. We believe advances in technology in the next few years will make Sydney to London direct a possibility and Qantas is well placed to be the airline to do it.

“Any aircraft purchase would have to meet strict financial thresholds, but these direct flights would be revolutionary for air travel in Australia.”

Airlines do not ordinarily give away commercial decisions on route launches away years in advance, and this is a very public message aimed squarely at aircraft manufacturers to sharpen their pencils.

It is also axiomatic that the viability of non-stop flights from London to Sydney will depend on how non-stop flights to Perth are received, both in terms of cabin comfort and whether passengers, particularly those at the front of the aircraft, are willing to pay a premium for non-stop services.

Personally, we would love to see non-stop flights to Sydney and for Qantas to rebuild its presence in London back to four flights a day.

Also today, Qantas announced a refurbishment of its Airbus A380 fleet which will include new business class and premium economy cabins and “refreshed” First Class and economy cabins.

 

Gordon Ramsay Plane Food has reopened at London Heathrow Terminal 5

Gordon Ramsay Plane Food restaurant has reopened at London Heathrow Terminal 5 following a refurbishment.

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Gordon Ramsay – London Heathrow Terminal 5 (Image Credit: Gordon Ramsay Restaurants)

Gordon Ramsay Plane Food restaurant at London Heathrow Terminal 5 has reopened today, Monday 14 August 2017, after a refurbishment.

The restaurant first opened in March 2008.  It was groundbreaking in two respects.  First, for raising the bar for airport dining with such a well known chef committing to an airport restaurant where there are limitations on how food can be prepared.  It also introduced well publicised dedicated takeaway “picnics” for eating in-flight.  Heston Blumenthal followed suit with The Perfectionists Cafe at London Heathrow Terminal 2.

The new restaurant promises a new Asian bar with dishes prepared before guests, a new cocktail bar and a newly refurbished dining area with refreshed menus which can be used for private events.

There is also a new take-on-board Picnic Menu with breakfast, vegetarian, fish and meat options.

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BA297 & BA296 London – Chicago cancellations July & August 2017

British Airways has cancelled one of its daily flights between London Heathrow to Chicago during July & August. Here are options for affected passengers:

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British Airways Cabin Crew (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways is cancelling one of its daily flights between London Heathrow and Chicago O’Hare airport due to industrial action by cabin crew.

The affected flight numbers are BA297 and BA296.

These also operate under the following codeshares:

BA297: AA6197, AY5537, EI8997, IB4677

BA296: AA6196, AY5536, EI8966, IB4676

These flights are currently cancelled through to Tuesday 8 August 2017, having already been subject to extensive cancellations during July.

Given that the industrial action is due to run through until Wednesday 30 August, and may well be extended beyond this date, there could be further cancellations.

If your flight is cancelled you should have the option of rebooking another British Airways operated flight (BA294 & BA295) or on to one of American Airlines’ four daily flights from London Heathrow to Chicago up to three days before or after your original date of travel.  A full timetable is below.
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