Which British Airways routes operate from London Heathrow with a first class cabin?

Here’s a full list of long-haul BA routes from London Heathrow that operate with a first class cabin.

British Airways, First Class, Airbus, A380
British Airways First Class, Airbus A380 (Source: BA Press Office)

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 Rio de Janeiro, Denver and San Diego.

So we thought it would be helpful to compile a list of BA first class destinations.

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.

All flights on the following London Heathrow routes operate with first class:

North America: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas Fort Worth, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York JFK, Phoenix, San Diego (from 27 March 2016), San Francisco, San Jose (from 4 May 2016) Seattle, Vancouver, Washington Dulles

First class returned to Denver from Sunday 29 March 2015.

Austin was upgraded to first class from Sunday 25 October 2015.

First Class has operated to San Diego from Sunday 27 March 2016.

San Jose California launched Monday 4 May 2016.

Central & South America: Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro (restored from 27 October 2013), Santiago (launches 3 January 2017)

Middle East: Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Doha, Dubai, Jeddah, Kuwait, Muscat, Riyadh, Tehran

Africa: Abuja, Accra, Johannesburg, Lagos, Luanda, Nairobi

Asia-Pacific: Beijing, Dehli, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Shanghai, Sydney, Tokyo Narita, Tokyo Haneda

BA returned to Kuala Lumpur from 27 May 2015.

First class can operate on some, but not all, flights on the following routes:

Moscow Domodedovo, Mumbai, New York Newark, Philadelphia, Tel Aviv, Toronto

The principal exclusions are flights operated with Airbus A321 and Boeing 787-8 aircraft. Some flights can operate with three or four class Boeing 777 aircraft on different days.

First class does not operate on the following routes:

North America: Baltimore, Calgary, Montreal, New Orleans (launches 27 March 2017)

Carribean, Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands: Grand Cayman, Nassau, Providenciales

Providenciales moved to London Gatwick from Sunday 29 March 2015.

Central & South America: Buenos Aires

Middle East: Amman, Beirut, Cairo

Asia: Bangalore, Bangkok, Chengdu (suspended from 12 January 2017), Chennai, Hyderabad, Seoul

First class was removed from Bangkok from 27 October 2013.

The above information is (we hope!) accurate. If there are any errors or omissions, please let us know! 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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