Air Belgium to operate Heathrow – Dubai for British Airways

Air Belgium is to operate one of British Airways’ daily flights from London Heathrow to Dubai from 1 November to 14 December 2018.

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Air Belgium Airbus A340 aircraft
Air Belgium Airbus A340 aircraft (Image Credit: Air Belgium)

Air Belgium’s Airbus A340 aircraft is becoming something of a fixture at London Heathrow Terminal 5.

Having already wet-leased an Air Belgium aircraft to cover London Heathrow – Cairo and London Heathrow – Abu Dhabi, Air Belgium will cover one of BA’s three daily return flights from London Heathrow to Dubai from November to mid December 2018.

One outbound flight, BA105 from London Heathrow to Dubai, will be operated by Air Belgium from Thursday 1 November to Friday 14 December 2018. As will the inbound flight, BA104 from Dubai to London Heathrow, from Friday 2 November to Saturday 15 December 2018.

The flight will be operated by an Air Belgium A340-300 aircraft. The overall service standard should be similar to that of BA.

Update 20 November 2018

The extent of the wet lease has now been extended to Saturday 30 March 2019 for flight BA105 and Sunday 31 March 2019 for BA104.

Rebooking Options

All passengers have the option of rebooking on to BA’s two alternative return flights to Dubai (BA107/B106, BA109/BA108) as close to your original date of travel as possible.

Full refunds are not available to any passenger, unless allowed by the original fare rules.

First Class Passengers

There is no First Class cabin on Air Belgium aircraft.

Unless passengers rebook on to an alternative BA service, they will be downgraded to business class and receive a partial refund of their fare. Passengers will still have a First Class baggage allowance, earn the Avios and Tier Points of the First Class fare, and have access to First Class ground facilities such as the Concorde Room at London Heathrow.

Alternatively, passengers can use the value of their ticket towards the purchase of a new ticket to an alternative destination.

Update: BA has since updated its guidance to advise that First Class passengers are entitled to a full refund. Passengers can also rebook on to a BA operated service to Abu Dhabi. However, any consequential costs such as ground transportation will be at your expense.

Premium Economy Passengers

There is no premium economy cabin on Air Belgium aircraft.

Unless passengers rebook on to an alternative BA service, they will be downgraded to economy and receive a partial refund of their fare. Passengers will retain their original baggage allowance and Avios earning entitlement. Some passengers may also be upgraded to business class.

Alternatively, passengers can use the value of their ticket towards the purchase of a new ticket to an alternative destination.

Update: BA has since updated its guidance to advise that premium economy passengers are entitled to a full refund. Passengers can also rebook on to a BA operated service to Abu Dhabi. However, any consequential costs such as ground transportation will be at your expense.

Passengers can check the status of their booking using the Manage My Booking tool on ba.com Affected passengers should contact BA or their travel agent.

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