BA launches London Heathrow – Pittsburgh

British Airways is to launch a new direct route from London Heathrow Terminal 5 to Pittsburgh, operating four times weekly from Tuesday 2 April 2019.

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Pittsburgh (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways is to launch a new direct route from London Heathrow to Pittsburgh from Tuesday 2 April 2019.

The airline will fly to Pittsburgh from London Heathrow Terminal 5 to Pittsburgh International Airport four times weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Flights will be operated with the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner in a three class, Club World business class, World Traveller Plus premium economy and World Traveller economy configuration.

This will be the only direct route from London to Pittsburgh. Condor and Delta fly to Pittsburgh from Frankfurt and Paris Charles de Gaulle respectively on a summer seasonal basis. Wow Air also flies from Reykjavik year round.

BA previously flew from London Heathrow to Pittsburgh via Washington from May 1986 to June 1993. It was then operated from Gatwick until October 1999 using a US Air Boeing 767 aircraft and crew in BA colours.

This news continues a trend of BA launching one new transatlantic route from London Heathrow a year, all initially with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Previous route launches include Austin, San Jose, New Orleans and Nashville. All routes seem to have performed well, though San Jose was a target for tactical cancellations during recent Boeing 787 Dreamliner engine issues.

In terms of the prospect of further North America routes from London Heathrow, BA has previously said it expected to launch about five new routes with the 787. Any further route launches are likely to follow the trend of BA launching routes to cities not currently served by London, which rules out cities currently served by Delta such as Detroit, Minneapolis, and Salt Lake City.

Flights are on sale now at ba.com Visitor information is available at Visit Pittsburgh. BA has also produced a summary brochure for the travel trade.

London Heathrow – Pittsburgh

Flight BA171 Depart London Heathrow 17:00 – Arrive Pittsburgh 20:15 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday)
Flight BA170 Depart Pittsburgh 21:50 – Arrive London Heathrow 10:25 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday)

BA suspends London Heathrow – Calgary for winter season

British Airways has suspended its daily service to Calgary for the winter from Sunday 28 October 2018 to Sunday 31 March 2019.

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British Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner
British Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner (Image Credit: Heathrow)
British Airways has suspended its daily service from London Heathrow to Calgary for the winter season.

The last outbound and inbound flight operates on Saturday 27 October 2018. The service resumes on Sunday 31 March 2019. The affected flight numbers are BA102 and BA103.

No specific reason has been given for the cancellation. However, it is a reasonable assumption that unsatisfactory commercial performance is behind the decision.

BA started flying from London Heathrow to Calgary in December 2006, initially with a Boeing 767 aircraft. The route then changed to a Boeing 787 in July 2014.

Air Canada will continue to fly direct from London Heathrow to Calgary year-round.

Rebooking Options as at Wednesday 6 June 2018

Passengers whose flights have been cancelled are entitled to a full refund.

Alternatively, passengers can also rebook to a date when BA is flying to Calgary.

Passengers can also rebook to an alternative BA destination in the US and Canada. However, any additional costs will be at your expense.

BA is in discussions with local airlines about rebooking arrangements. It is likely that further options will be announced in the next few days. Unless you would prefer a refund or to fly to another destination, we would recommend waiting until these have been confirmed before taking any action.

Passengers who need to change their booking should contact either BA or their travel agent.

Rebooking Options As At Tuesday 12 June 2018

BA has now secured a rebooking arrangement with United Airlines.

Passengers can rebook to Calgary by connecting to United Airlines from either Chicago O’Hare, Denver, Houston or San Francisco.

Clearly, unless you enjoy taking circuitous routings, Chicago O’Hare is the only logical option!

In all cases, passengers must connect from a British Airways flight from London Heathrow. As United Airlines does not offer premium economy, passengers booked in World Traveller Plus will be booked into economy on United Airlines.

Rebooking Options As At Tuesday 19 June 2018

BA has also secured a rebooking arrangement with Alaska Airlines.

Passengers can rebook to Calgary by connecting to Alaska Airlines from Seattle.

Again, passengers must connect from a British Airways flight from London Heathrow. As Alaska Airlines does not offer premium economy, passengers booked in World Traveller Plus will be booked into economy on Alaska Airlines.

Rebooking Options As At Wednesday 27 June 2018

BA has now secured a rebooking arrangement with WestJet.

Passengers can rebook to Calgary by connecting to WestJet from Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego or Vancouver.

Clearly, Vancouver is the most logical option, not least because you don’t have to deal with US Customs & Immigration.

Again, in all cases passengers must connect from a British Airways flight from London Heathrow. WestJet does not offer business class. It does offer premium economy. However, all BA passengers will be booked into economy.

In theory, in addition to the options above, passengers should be also be able to be accommodated on American Airlines. However, its flights to Calgary from the US are relatively limited.

BA suspends Luanda from early June 2018

British Airways is to suspend its service from London Heathrow to Luanda, Angola, from early June 2018. The last outbound flight BA77 departs Thursday 7 June 2018. The last inbound flight BA76 departs Saturday 9 June 2018.

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British Airways is to suspend its service from London Heathrow to Luanda, Angola, from early June 2018.

The route currently operates once weekly and is codeshared with Angola Airlines. It is the only direct route between London and Luanda. The last outbound flight BA77 departs Thursday 7 June 2018. The last inbound flight BA76 departs Saturday 9 June 2018.

No reason has been given for the cancellation and the period of notice is very short. The route has been subject to occasional cancellations in recent weeks due to maintenance requirements of BA’s Boeing 787 Dreamliners.. The short notice period does suggest a degree of urgency to release a spare Boeing 787 for the summer.

It also has to be said that this development follows a number of suspended routes to Africa.

BA has previously suspended Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in 2012; Lusaka, Zambia in 2013; Freetown and Monrovia in 2014; and Entebbe, Uganda in 2015.

The main exception is South Africa where BA has recently announced Durban and an increase in flights to Johannesburg to 18 times weekly for the winter season.

If BA ever orders the Airbus A321 Long Range aircraft this may make some of these routes viable again. However, there is no sign of an imminent order.

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BA adds London Heathrow – Sheremetyevo

British Airways is to switch one of its three daily services between London and Moscow from Domodedovo International Airport to Sheremetyevo International Airport from Sunday 28 October 2018.

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Moscow (Image Credit: British Airways)
Moscow (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways is to switch one of its three daily services between London and Moscow from Domodedovo International Airport to Sheremetyevo International Airport from Sunday 28 October 2018.

The outbound flight BA235 and inbound flight BA234 will operate to and from Sheremetyevo. These flights will be operated by an Airbus A321 aircraft a “mid-haul” configuration with flat beds in business class and no premium economy cabin.

Flights, BA233, BA232, BA237, and BA236 will continue to operate to and from Moscow Domodedovo. These will be operated by a mixture of Airbus A321, Boeing 777 and Boeing 787 aircraft.

The rescheduled flights are on sale now at ba.com

These changes have been announced amongst a significant number of changes to BA’s London Heathrow schedule for the Winter 2018 season which are detailed here.

London Heathrow – Moscow

Flight BA233 Depart London Heathrow 08:40 – Arrive Moscow Domodedovo 15:20
Flight BA235 Depart London Heathrow 10:15 – Arrive Sheremetyevo 17:15
Flight BA237 Depart London Heathrow 21:35 – Arrive Moscow Domodedovo 04:20

Moscow – London Heathrow

Flight BA236 Depart Moscow Domodedovo 05:40 – Arrive London Heathrow 06:55
Flight BA232 Depart Moscow Domodedovo 16:50 – Arrive London Heathrow 17:55
Flight BA234 Depart Sheremetyevo 18:35 – Arrive London Heathrow 19:55

BA launches London Heathrow – Marrakech

British Airways is to fly from London Heathrow Terminal 5 to Marrakech four times weekly from Sunday 28 October 2018, complementing its existing service from London Gatwick.

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Marrakech, Morocco. (Image Credit: British Airways)
Marrakech, Morocco. (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways is to fly from London Heathrow to Marrakech from Sunday 28 October 2018.

Flights will operate four times weekly on Thursday to Sunday from London Heathrow Terminal 5 to Marrakesh Menara Airport until Saturday 30 March 2019.

Flights will be operated with Airbus A320 aircraft in a two class, Club Europe business class, and EuroTraveller economy configuration.

This is not the first time BA has flown to Morocco from London Heathrow. It inherited this route from bmi in 2012, before suspending it in October of that year..

It is relatively rare for BA to announce new routes to Africa, a region where BA and its parent IAG is relatively weak. Morocco based airline Royal Air Maroc, which like BA has a joint business with Qatar Airways, was due to become an Avios partner some years ago. However, nothing has come of this yet, possibly due to IT issues.

BA also flies to Morocco from London Gatwick eight times a week. It is of course possible to “mix and match” London departure and arrival airports, if that is convenient.

The exact flight times vary by day, but flights typically leave London Heathrow between 09:25 and 11:00, and return from Marrakech between 13:50 and 15:15.

BA has also announced a number of changes to its Winter schedule at London Heathrow which are detailed in full here.

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British Airways London Heathrow Winter Schedule

Here are details of BA’s London Heathrow winter schedule from Sunday 28 October 2018 with details of new and seasonal winter routes as well as terminal, aircraft and frequency changes.

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BA Airbus A319 aircraft at London Heathrow (Image Credit: British Airways)
BA Airbus A319 aircraft at London Heathrow (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways is in the process of firming up its schedules for the winter travel season, which officially starts on Sunday 28 October 2018.

Here are details of schedule and terminal changes for London Heathrow. Further announcements are expected, particularly at London Gatwick where BA is yet to announce how many of the slots it has acquired from Monarch will be used in the winter.

Please note the details below are based on announcements by BA to the travel trade and our own enquiries on third party subscription services. Not all updates may be updated on ba.com at the time of publication.

New Long-Haul Routes

BA will fly direct to Durban three times a week from Monday 29 October 2018.

New Short-Haul Routes

BA will fly to Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport from Sunday 28 October 2018. More details here.

Route Suspensions

BA’s daily service to Calgary is suspended from 28 October 2018 until Sunday 31 March 2019. More details here.

BA’s weekly service to Luanda is suspended from Thursday 7 June 2018. More details here.

BA’s twice weekly service to Palermo is suspended from the winter season. Affected passengers can be rebooked on to Air Italy via Milan or Vueling via Rome or Barcelona. Note that neither airline offers business class to Palermo.

BA’s service to Tehran is suspended from Saturday 22 September. More details here.

Turin was planned to resume twice weekly from Sunday 16 December 2018 to Saturday 30 March 2019. However, the route has been cancelled. Passengers will be re-accommodated on BA flights from Gatwick.

Winter Seasonal Routes

BA will fly to Marrakech four times a week Thursday – Sunday from 28 October 2018 until Saturday 30 March 2019, complementing its existing service from Gatwick.

Salzburg resumes, four times weekly from Sunday 16 December 2018 to Saturday 30 March 2019.

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BA launches London Heathrow – Durban

British Airways will fly from London Heathrow Terminal 5 to Durban three times weekly from Monday 29 October 2018.

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KwaZulu-Natal South Africa
KwaZulu-Natal South Africa (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has launched a new direct route from London Heathrow to Durban.

BA will fly from London Heathrow Terminal 5 to Durban (King Shaka International Airport) three times a week from Monday 29 October 2018.

Flights will be operated with a three class Boeing 787-8 aircraft.

This is the only direct route between Europe and Durban. Emirates flies direct to Durban from Dubai. Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines also serve Durban via Johannesburg.

Although flights do not operate daily, it will be possible to connect to domestic BA services to/from Cape Town and Johannesburg on flights operated by BA’s franchise partner Comair.

This does solidify BA’s position on the London – South Africa market. BA is the sole operator on London Heathrow – Cape Town, to where BA can despatch up to three Boeing 747s a day in the winter. BA also operates up to two Airbus A380s a day on London Heathrow – Johannesburg, where South African Airways is cutting capacity.

One noteworthy difference to Cape Town and Johannesburg is that the return flight to London is a day flight rather than an overnight flight, which is obviously a matter of personal preference.

Flights will be on sale from 9 May at ba.com

London Heathrow – Durban (Winter Schedule)

Flight BA41 Depart London Heathrow 15:45 – Arrive Durban 05:35 (Monday, Thursday, Saturday)
Flight BA40 Depart Durban 07:35 – Arrive London Heathrow 17:45 (Tuesday, Friday, Sunday)

Your children can fly free on BA domestic flights this summer

Your children can fly for free on selected BA flights between London and Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds-Bradford & Newcastle this summer.

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British Airways “Kids Fly Free” Summer Promotion

Your children can fly for free on BA between London Heathrow and select UK domestic short-haul this summer.

BA is once again running its summer “Kids Fly Free” promotion. Children up to the age of twelve can fly for free with at least one adult on flights between London Heathrow and Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds-Bradford and Newcastle. Unlike previous years, no destinations in mainland Europe are included in the promotion.

The promotion only applies to flights to/from London Heathrow and bookings in EuroTraveller economy. It does not apply to flights to/from London Gatwick or London City.

The offer is valid for travel from Friday 1 June 2018 to Monday 5 November 2018. with no blackout dates.

Flights must be booked by Sunday 13 May 2018, as per the attached PDF issued by BA.

It is also worth noting that children can travel for free on the Heathrow Express.

Flights can be booked now on ba.com

10 Years of London Heathrow Terminal 5

As Heathrow prepares to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Terminal 5 we look back at its opening in March 2008.

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London Heathrow Terminal 5 (Image Credit: Heathrow)
London Heathrow Terminal 5 (Image Credit: Heathrow)

It was all meant to go swimmingly.

Her Majesty The Queen had officially opened London Heathrow Terminal 5 just short of two weeks before its planned opening on 27 March 2008. Hundreds of passengers had volunteered to take part in pre-opening trials. The airline was at pains to emphasise that it had learnt the lessons of teething problems at Denver and Madrid. The baggage system had been put through its paces for months.

BA promised its frequent flyers that the terminal would be “So calm, you’ll simply flow through.” Such was BA’s confidence in its promise of “no queuing” the terminal didn’t even have a dedicated business class check-in at launch. A TV ad featuring fish swimming through the terminal was ready to air.

BA was the exclusive tenant of Heathrow’s first new terminal in more than 20 years and as the home to almost all of its Heathrow flights it would transform its presence at the airport.

On opening day, the then BA CEO Willie Walsh was to greet passengers arriving on the first flight at Terminal 5 from Hong Kong and usher in a new era for the airline.

And then, it was chaos.
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Aer Lingus to operate BA flights to Dublin and Hamburg

Aer Lingus is to operate selected British Airways flights between London Heathrow Terminal 5 and Dublin and Hamburg. However, Aer Lingus will offer an economy-only service on this route, with no business class cabin.

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Aer Lingus Airbus A320
Aer Lingus Airbus A320 (By BriYYZ via Wikimedia Commons)

As we reported earlier this month, BA has recently acquired a portfolio of slots at London Gatwick from the airline Monarch which suspended operations late last year. As BA is required to make use of the slots to avoid forfeiting them, its fleet of Airbus short-haul aircraft is going to quite stretched over the coming months as it scrambles to fill the slots.

A consequence of this is that BA has called on Aer Lingus, which is a fellow subsidiary of BA’s parent company International Airlines Group, to operate selected flights between London Heathrow Terminal 5 and Dublin and Hamburg from early Feburary 2018.

At the outset, we should mention that this should not be confused with BA’s existing codeshare arrangement with Aer Lingus. BA has long codeshared on Aer Lingus operated flights from London Heathrow Terminal 2 to Dublin. These flights have the numbers BA59**.

BA flights between London Heathrow Terminal 5 and Dublin to be operated by Aer Lingus

BA0824 London Heathrow – Dublin
BA0826 London Heathrow – Dublin
BA0828 London Heathrow – Dublin (certain days only)

BA0827 Dublin – London Heathrow
BA0831 Dublin – London Heathrow
BA0833 Dublin – London Heathrow (certain days only)

This typically represents two of up to eight daily return BA flights between London Heathrow and Dublin.

BA flights between London Heathrow Terminal 5 and Hamburg to be operated by Aer Lingus

BA0962 London Heathrow – Hamburg
BA0969 Hamburg – London Heathrow

This represents one of up to five daily return BA flights between London Heathrow and Hamburg.
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