BA to fly the Airbus A380 to Chicago

BA is to fly its Airbus A380 between London Heathrow and Chicago from May 2018.

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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 is to fly its Airbus A380 aircraft to Chicago O’Hare from Tuesday 8 May 2018.

This will be the first time the BA A380 has flown to Chicago.  BA will continue to fly to Chicago twice daily.

Currently, the route is operated by the Boeing 747 and 777. The A380 will be a significant upgrade over the albeit recent refurbished Boeing 747s which will continue to ply this route, particularly with regard to seating in premium economy and First Class.

A380 flights to Chicago are on sale now at Please note that the operation of the A380 may be subject to seasonal adjustments.

The BA A380 currently operates on selected flights to Boston, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Los Angeles, Singapore, Vancouver and Washington. It also operates to Miami in the winter months and Vancouver in the summer.

The latest addition to BA’s A380 network will be sourced from aircraft servicing its existing network.  BA has taken delivery of all twelve A380s it has ordered from Airbus.

The airline has options to purchase a further seven aircraft from Airbus but has not exercised them. Willie Walsh, CEO of BA’s parent company International Airlines Group, has expressed an interest in leasing second hand A380s for BA and possibly other IAG group airlines, but nothing has come of this.

BA London Heathrow – Chicago O’Hare

Flight BA295 Depart London Heathrow 10:50 – Arrive Chicago O’Hare 13:25 (Airbus A380)
Flight BA297 Depart London Heathrow 16:05 – Arrive Chicago O’Hare 18:4O (Boeing 747)

Flight BA294 Depart Chicago O’Hare 17:30 – Arrive London Heathrow 07:20 (Airbus A380)
Flight BA296 Depart Chicago O’Hare 20:40 – Arrive London Heathrow 10:25 (Boeing 747) (Excluding Fridays)
Flight BA296 Depart Chicago O’Hare 20:50 – Arrive London Heathrow 10:35 (Boeing 747) (Fridays Only)

Update: Since the announcement the Airbus A380 has switched to flights BA297 / BA296. The launch date also changed to Friday 4 May 2018.

One thought on “BA to fly the Airbus A380 to Chicago”

  1. As a Chicagoan, I’m so excited about this. Finally will have a chance to fly on one.

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