British Airways to relaunch London Gatwick – Sharm El Sheikh (again!) from September 2015

BA will return to Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt from mid September 2015.

The airline will initially fly to Sharm El Sheikh initially twice a week on Monday and Thursdays, then increasing to thrice weekly.

This is by no means the first time BA will fly to Sharm El Sheikh. BA’s franchise partner, GB Airways, used to fly their in BA colours until it was acquired by easyJet.

BA then operated a long-haul Boeing 777 a few years ago, but a combination of brutal timings and the Arab Spring led to the route being cancelled in 2011.

BA will fly to Sharm El Sheikh using an Airbus A320, offering EuroTraveller economy and Club Europe business class, so no in flight entertainment or flat beds in business class.

The good news is that the timings are quite agreeable for in the inbound and outbound flights. This is a typical timetable. The exact timings may vary throughout the season.

Flight BA2560 Depart London Gatwick 09:00 – Arrive Sharm El Sheikh 16:20
Flight BA2561 Depart Sharm El Sheikh 17:10 – Arrive London Gatwick 20:55

Flights are now on sale on ba.com

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British Airways to fly its Boeing 747 to Denver from Sunday 29 March 2015

It’s not often you hear of first class being added to BA’s London Heathrow routes. Indeed, it wasn’t long ago BA announced it was withdrawing first class from Cape Tow, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Vancouver from later this month.

However, BA will be upgrading its single daily flight to Denver, Colorado (BA 219 and BA 218 return) from a three class Boeing 777 to a four class Boeing 747 from Sunday 29 March 2015.

This means that BA’s first class cabin will be available on this route and travellers in Club World business class will have the option of the popular 20 seat cabin in the “bubble” of the 747.

We’re not quite sure what has prompted this decision, other than that BA is the sole operator of the London Heathrow – Denver route and transatlantic traffic is buoyant at the moment.

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British Airways’ Boeing 787 to fly from London Heathrow to Montreal from Sunday 29 March 2015

British Airways has announced that Montreal is to join its network of Boeing 787 routes from Sunday 29 March 2015.

Montreal will be the third Canadian city to be served by the Boeing 787, after Toronto and Calgary.

BA’s single daily flight from London Heathrow to Montreal (BA 95 and the return BA 94) will be operated by the 787, replacing a Boeing 777 in the summer season and a Boeing 767 in the winter season.

In terms of capacity, the change from a 777 to a 787 in the summer season will result in 13 fewer Club World business class seats and 49 fewer World Traveller economy seats on each flight.

Other current BA 787 routes include Austin (to be replaced by a Boeing 777), Chennai, Chengdu, and New York Newark.

Air Canada also flies to Montreal from London Heathrow. Air Transat also flies to Montreal and London Gatwick.

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Virgin Atlantic to end “Little Red” short-haul flights from London Heathrow to Manchester, Edinburgh and Aberdeen

After much press speculation and claims by rivals about poor load factors, Virgin Atlantic has today confirmed it is to close its “Little Red” short-haul operation from London Heathrow.

Flights between London and Manchester will cease on 28 March 2015.

Flights between London and Aberdeen and Edinburgh will cease on 26 September 2015.

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British Airways’ Airbus A380 completes its inaugural flight from London Heathrow to Washington Dulles Airport

British Airways completed its inaugural Airbus A380 flight from London Heathrow to Washington Dulles airport today, as flight BA217 arrived in Washington early this afternoon.

The launch of A380 services also coincides with the opening of a new “Galleries” lounge for business and first class passengers in Washington.

Washington is the 2nd US city to be served by BA’s A380. San Francisco will be the next US city. BA also flies the A380 to Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Johannesburg. The A380 will also fly to Singapore from the end of this month.

Here are pictures of the A380 arriving at Washington:

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British Airways launches new summer 2015 seasonal routes from London Heathrow to Olbia (Sardinia), Kos and Corfu (Greece) and Split (Croatia)

The summer seasonal route is now a regular fixture of BA’s summer timetable at London Heathrow.

Last year, BA operated summer seasonal routes from London Heathrow to Faro, Ibiza, Malaga, Mykonos, Palma, Porto and Santorini. These routes return next summer.

Also launching next summer are new routes from London Heathrow to Olbia in Sardinia (twice weekly), Kos (twice weekly) and Corfu (four times weekly) and Split in Croatia (twice weekly).

Flights operate between 1 May 2015 and 20 September 2015 and are on sale now on Note that flight times vary by time of day, so check timetables carefully before booking.

These routes are complemented by summer seasonal routes from London Gatwick to Seville, Funchal in Madeira and Las Palmas in Gran Canaria.

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British Airways launches new routes from London Gatwick to Seville in Spain, Funchal in Madeira and Las Palmas in Gran Canaria

In a further sign of renewed confidence in its London Gatwick operation, British Airways has added three new routes to its 2015 Gatwick schedule.

These are Seville in Spain (five weekly) Funchal in Madeira (thrice weekly) and Las Palmas in Gran Canaria (twice weekly) which will operate from 29 March 2015.

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