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Air New Zealand gets £20m for its London Heathrow landing and take-off slots

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Air New Zealand is ending services from the UK in October when it closes its Heathrow – Los Angeles – Auckland route.  Our article on the Air New Zealand UK closure is here.

Forbes is claiming that Air New Zealand received £20m (NZ$42m) for its daily take-off and landing slot.

Air New Zealand gets £20m for its London Heathrow slots

This may seem a lot, but it is well below the record $75m paid to Kenya Airways by Oman Air a couple of years ago.  The Air New Zealand price was hampered by the fact that the slots are not in the peak early morning period.

It is not clear which airline has bought the slots.

This trade acts as a stark reminder of why airlines will fly empty planes from Heathrow, for months if necessary, during coronavirus to ensure that their slots are retained.

The new ‘season’ starts in late March and a slot must be used on 80% of days during the following seven months (Winter starts in late October) if they are not to be forfeited.  The only way to circumvent this is by Government order.

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    That’s one of the broadest deals that I’ve seen on Amex.

    • Lady London says:

      If anyone sees a Lenovo deal anytime soon that doesn’t require to be put through Amex please post.

      I have checked deals in a few countries and all existing deals can be bettered in another country, looking for a serious discount code as the odd 20% code is not reducing price enough below what I can get without any code in another country (looking across 5).

  • Shoestring says:

    Amex Dell offer: Save to Card to get a £100 statement credit on a transaction of £750 online at Dell by 01 September 2020.

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  • Shoestring says:

    Air France KLM Feb. Traffic, Load Factor Down; To Cancel 3600 Flights In March

    • Chris says:

      Qantas also doing a lot of cancellations and grounding 8 of their a380’s. The London – Sydney route is not going be A380 via Singapore but become another 787 ‘non-stop’ service via Perth. Starts from April 20th and I’ve got a flight in May but it was one of those 100 promo flights so can’t really complain about no longer being on a nice empty A380…

      • ADS says:

        hadn’t heard about this. seems a strange move when they had such problems recently due to not being able to fly over Iran. there was talk about having to offload a pile of economy passengers in order to save fuel for the longer journey.

        • Boi says:

          We have KLM Toronto to ams next week. What sort of price can we get upgrade for? Is it worth negotiating once they offer something?
          On our way here we were offered 479/person and passed as it was a day flight (they mentioned there was 18 empty business seats)

        • Chris says:

          Was speaking to some people from Perth at work last week who had been bumped from the Perth to London service and had to go via Singapore who were not happy – they’d been told it was due to weather and as they were on a redemption guessed that’s why they got bumped. I guess it shows that there’s still strong demand for that route – Not had the new times through yet but also guessing for Sydney it doesn’t save any time compared to brief stop in Singapore – just has a less pleasant break in the journey in terms of length of legs on the plane. But easier to fill a 787 than an 380 (but not without complications in terms of staffing the ultra long haul leg)

      • Alex Sm says:

        That’s nice

  • John says:

    It’s the replies, including the 11 comments on BA’s own response, which are most illuminating.

    • JamesLHR says:

      Do the maths on how long cleaners get on an aircraft.

      If the turnaround for a long haul widebody is 90 minutes (reduced ground time) and in that a maximum of 30 minutes is allocated to the cleaning.

      That’s 300 seats in 1,800 seconds with a team of 8-10 including changing pillows and blankets, cleaning the toilets and galleys and the waste.

      It’s a few seconds per seat in actual cleaning.

      All these articles by airlines on their deep cleaning is nonsense at the present time. It doesn’t happen on turnarounds, can only happen when the aircraft stays on the ground for a period of time.

  • Dave says:

    watching that clip makes me leave fingernail marks in my armrests 😀

  • Josh says:

    OT but BITS

    I had booked some internal AA flights in America this summer and have just received an email telling me that they timings of these have changed, they all seem to have shifted by about 30 minutes.

    When I initially booked these my OH was BA silver so we were able to select the Main Cabin Extra seats for free but now she’s fallen to Bronze and they’re trying to charge $100+ each for each leg of the journey. Is there any easy way to resolve this or am I stuck having to call their CS?

    Thanks in advance

    • marcw says:

      There’s nothing you can do, unfortunately. As a Bronze, you can select Main Cabin Extra seats for free once on-line check in opens.

    • Lady London says:

      Call them and be nice.
      Success not guaranteed – even if it’s unfair. But give it a try.

      • AndyGWP says:

        Worth a go, but from my experience, you get a “computer says no” response :/

  • Aston100 says:

    BA Club Europe revenue ticket from CDG to LHR.
    Is this 40tp one way?
    I also have a dragonpass; what is the best lounge I can access in terminal 2? Is it still the Cathay?


    • Rob says:

      Yes, still Cathay the best option and still 40TP.

    • Lady London says:

      Best by far.
      Get there before they have to close it in current problems. Good pods to work in and ok showers.

  • James says:

    I notice looking ahead to book some domestic flights for May that prices are significantly higher than expected…instead of the expected £45 EDI-LHR, they are all around £100 each way. Is this a consequence of reduced capacity?

    • Rob says:

      BA put up Edinburgh prices sharply as soon as Flybe collapsed.

    • Lady London says:

      As flights are being identified that are likely to be cancelled you can expect prices on nearby flights to go up a lot short term.

      Reason is you’d only be travelling if you must, demand moved from other flights will push prices up and short term airlines will first try to recoup any overall losses on flights they are actually flying.

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