British Airways is to sub-contract the operation of selected flights from London Heathrow to Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Copenhagen to Danish charter airline Jet Time from Sunday 27 March 2016 until the end of October.
Although no specific reason has been given for this move, it is likely to be due to the fact that BA has gained additional slots at London Heathrow following the closure of Virgin Atlantic Little Red.
Under slot usage rules, airlines are required to use their Heathrow slots for at least 80% of the time, or risk forfeiture of the slots.
Flights operated by Jet Time will be flown with Boeing 737-700 aircraft.
The sub-contracting arrangement is known as a “wet lease” which means that the flights will also be operated by pilots and cabin crew of Jet Time.
BA maintain that the in flight service will be the same on all flights. Flight numbers are also unchanged.
How do I know if my flight will be operated by Jet Time?
If you have already made on a booking on one of the affected routes, you should be notified of the change in operating airline by e-mail from BA. Airlines are required to make it clear to passengers which airline is actually operating the flight. You can check your booking using the Manage My Booking tool at ba.com
If you are to make a booking on one of the affected routes it should be made clear in the timetable and booking pages which airline is operating the flights.
Will it be possible to change my flight from one operated by Jet Time to British Airways?
As it is intended that the in flight service will be the same we suspect that normal flight change rules will be maintained and BA will not allow flights to be changed free of charge.