We receive a lot of search enquiries regarding which British Airways routes operate with or without a first class cabin.
Whilst BA’s first class product is far from a market leading product in the air or on the ground, the network it covers is very broad.
It’s also a popular choice for members of the BA Executive Club to use their Avios and holders of BA branded American Express credit cards to use 2-4-1 flight vouchers. Many Silver & Gold members of the Executive Club can also find themselves upgraded from Club World on oversold flights.
The general trend in recent years has been for first class to be removed from routes. However, it has in recent times been restored to routes such as Denver and San Diego.
So we thought it would be helpful to compile a list of BA first class destinations. We have also compiled a separate list for London Gatwick.
Looking at fleet types, BA operates first class on all Airbus A380 (14 seats), Boeing 747 (14 seats), Boeing 777-300 (14 seats), Boeing 787-900 (8 seats) and the majority of Boeing 777-200 flights (14/17 seats).
BA does not operate first class on any Airbus A318, Airbus A321, Boeing 787-800 flights.
In July 2019, BA will take delivery of the first of 16 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft. This will not have First Class. As the Airbus A350 is intended to replace 52 Club World seat Boeing 747s, it is inevitable that First Class will be removed from some routes. In 2019, BA also plans to refurbish some Boeing 777 aircraft and, as part of this, First Class will be reduced to 8 seats.
All flights on the following London Heathrow routes should operate with first class:
Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas Fort Worth, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York JFK, New York Newark, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington Dulles
Central & South America:
Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Santiago
Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Doha, Dubai, Jeddah, Kuwait, Muscat, Riyadh, Tehran
Abuja, Accra, Johannesburg (excluding Boeing 787 flights launching 28 October 2018), Lagos, Luanda (suspended from 7 June 2018), Nairobi
Beijing, Dehli, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai, Singapore, Shanghai, Sydney, Tokyo Narita, Tokyo Haneda
First class can operate on some, but not all, flights on the following routes:
Moscow Domodedovo, Tel Aviv
The principal exclusions are flights operated with Airbus A321 and Boeing 787-8 aircraft. Some flights can operate with four class Boeing 787-9 or three or four class Boeing 777 aircraft on different days.
First class does not operate on the following routes:
Baltimore, Calgary, Charleston (launches 4 April 2019), Montreal, Nashville, New Orleans, Pittsburgh (launches 2 April 2019)
Carribean, Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands:
Grand Cayman, Nassau, Providenciales
Central & South America:
Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro
Amman, Beirut, Cairo
Boeing 787 services to Johannesburg & Durban.
Bangalore, Bangkok, Chennai, Hyderabad, Islamabad, Seoul
The above information is (we hope!) accurate. If there are any errors or omissions, please let us know! The availability of First Class can change frequently, particularly routes that are operated with Boeing 787 and 777 aircraft.
Please note the above list does not include flights operated by codeshare partners such as American Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Qantas. BA’s codeshare partners Aer Lingus, Iberia and Finnair do not operate first class on any routes.
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