BA adds Johannesburg to its network of Airbus A380 destinations

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A British Airways Airbus A380 aircraft takes off at London Heathrow airport.
British Airways Airbus A380 at take off, London Heathrow (Image Credit: Heathrow)

British Airways has confirmed that Johannesburg will join Hong Kong and Los Angeles in its network of destinations served by the Airbus A380.

BA will operate an A380 service on three weekly return flights from London to Johannesburg from 12 February 2014 and six weekly return flights from 10 March 2014.

Full details of the exact flights are on the BA website.

What all these destinations have in common is that no other airline operates a direct service from London using an Airbus A380 which provides some pointers as to what additional destinations may be served by the A380.

Update January 2018:

BA operates the Airbus A380 on both of its twice daily services from London Heathrow to Johannesburg until Saturday 24 March 2018. From Sunday 25 March 2018, flights BA55 and BA56 continue to be operated with the Airbus A380. Flights BA57 and BA54 are operated with a Boeing 747.

BA to move London Heathrow – Bucharest flights to Terminal 5

British Airways services from London Heathrow to Bucharest operate from Terminal 6 from 27 October 2013.

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British Airways Logo (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has announced it is to move its twice daily flights from London Heathrow to Bucharest from Terminal 3 to Terminal 5 from the start of the Winter 2013 timetable on 27 October 2013.

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BA confirms first Boeing 787 routes to Newark and Toronto

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British Airways Boeing 787-8 (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways took delivery of its first Boeing 787 today and the airline has confirmed that the first two long-haul routes to feature the aircraft are New York (Newark) and Toronto. This is the first of some 42 Boeing 787 to delivered over the next few years.

A daily Boeing 787 service will operate to Toronto from 1 September 2013 with a 2nd daily 787 service between 15 September and 25 October. A daily service to New York (Newark) will operate from 1 October 2013. Full details about the aircraft are on ba.com

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BA launches London City – Düsseldorf from 1 September 2013

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Dusseldorf (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways, through its subsidiary BA CityFlyer, is to launch a new route from London City airport to Düsseldorf from 1 September 2013.

This will complement the existing service from London Heathrow to Düsseldorf. The route will be operated on behalf of BA by Eastern Airways under a BA livered Saab 2000 aircraft.

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Here is the initial planned timetable:

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BA relaxes rules on the use of mobile phones after landing

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British Airways Tailfin (Image Credit: Nick Morrish/British Airways)
British Airways Tailfin (Image Credit: Nick Morrish/British Airways)

One of the many frustrations for air travellers are inconsistent rules between airlines. One specific irritation are the rules in respect of the use of mobile phones by passengers once an aircraft has landed on the runway.

The UK, in accordance with the rules of the Civil Aviation Authority (“CAA”), has always adopted a strict approach that mobile phones and other electronic devices cannot be switched on after landing until the aircraft has reached the gate and the aircraft engines have been switched off.

Some international airlines are not bound by such restrictions and allow the use of mobile phones once the wheels have touched down.

In practice, this often leads to passengers not following crew instructions.

BA has been working with the CAA and has been able to obtain agreement that mobile phones and other electronic devices can be used once the aircraft has cleared the runway and the all clear is given by cabin crew.

This is the second time in the past year that the CAA has relaxed its rules after lobbying by BA. Last year, BA obtained agreement that its in-flight entertainment systems could, subject to some restrictions, be used “gate to gate” rather than being switched on after take off and switched off before landing.

The new policy will apply network wide from 1 July 2013. Current policies on switching off electronic devices before take off remain unchanged.

BA confirms delivery dates for first Boeing 787 & Airbus A380 aircraft

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British Airways Logo (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has today, 10 June 2013, confirmed that is to take delivery of its first Boeing 787 aircraft on 26 June 2013, and a second Boeing 787 aircraft a day later. It will take delivery of its first Airbus A380 aircraft on 4 July 2013 at a special media event at Heathrow to celebrate the introduction of two new aircraft types to its fleet.

BA has previously confirmed that the Airbus A380 will operate the BA25/BA26 Hong Kong route and selected Los Angeles flights later this year. The airline has released seat plans for the A380 but has not revealed the full cabin specification for the aircraft.

BA is yet to confirm on which routes the Boeing 787 will first be deployed. However, it reasonable to assume that some of the first routes to receive the Boeing 787 will be transatlantic routes currently operated by the Boeing 767 aircraft which include Washington, New York Newark, Philadelphia, Toronto, and Calgary.
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BA to codeshare with Bangkok Airways to Phuket, Koh Samui & Chiang Mai

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British Airways Logo (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has today confirmed that it is, with immediate effect, to offer codeshares with Bangkok Airways on flights from Bangkok to Phuket, Koh Samui, Chiang Mai, and from Singapore to Koh Samui. These are three of the eight destinations in Thailand served by Bangkok Airways.

The move is not surprising. Both Bangkok and Singapore have previously acted as a “scissor hub” for British Airways and Qantas to provide onward connections to numerous cities in Australia. Although these codeshares between British Airways and Qantas are still in place, these are less competitive for passengers arriving from London. This is because Qantas has retimed its Australia bound flights from Bangkok and Singapore after ceasing to fly from London to Bangkok and Singapore.

BA has also downgraded the Bangkok route from a four class Boeing 747 to a three class Boeing 777 from 27 October 2013, indicating under performance on this route.

These codeshares can only be booked when connecting to / from a BA long-haul flight.
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BA upgrades Rio de Janeiro, adding First Class & Boeing 777-300

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Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro (Image Credit: London Air Travel)

British Airways has announced it is to upgrade its London Heathrow – Rio de Janeiro route from a three class Boeing 777-200 aircraft to a four class Boeing 777-300 aircraft from Sunday 27 October 2013.

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BA confirms further changes to Gatwick short-haul for Winter 2013

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London Gatwick Airfield (Image Credit: London Gatwick Airport)

British Airways has confirmed further changes to its London Gatwick short-haul timetable for the Winter 2013 season, which starts on 27 October 2013.

All of these changes involve decreases in flights for the winter season.

Flights to Amsterdam decrease by 4 flights a week.

Flights to Barcelona decrease from three times a day to twice daily.

Flights to Bordeaux decrease from twice daily to ten weekly, with the second daily flights not operating on Monday – Thursday.

Flights to Dubrovnik decrease from 3 to 2 a week, with the flight on Friday being cancelled.

Flights to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Jersey each decrease by 2 week, still leaving a good number of flights a week from the airport.

Flights to Genoa change from daily to five weekly, with no flights on Wednesday and Sunday.

There’s more detail on BA’s Gatwick routes on ba.com

BaxterStorey takes on British Airways catering contract for UK lounges; some passengers disappointed

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When London Heathrow Terminal 5 opened a little over five years ago (the opening was a day many will never forget!), much was made by BA of the introduction of its “Galleries” lounge concept. At Heathrow, this comprises the “flagship” Concorde Room for first class passengers and Concorde Room cardholders, a Galleries First lounge for BA Executive Club Gold cardholders, three Galleries Club lounges and a Galleries Arrivals lounge for arriving passengers. The lounges were designed by what was then known as Davies & Baron. The lounges feature bespoke Osborne & Little patterns, bold statements such as horse lamps as well as more subtle art and design statements.

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