BA’s fleet of 12 Airbus A380 aircraft continues to serve the airline well on major gateways from London Heathrow.
At least until BA and Virgin Atlantic take delivery of the Airbus A350, it one of the better ways to fly direct across the Atlantic from London.
Here’s our guide to where you can fly the BA Airbus A380 throughout 2019.
Please note that schedules are subject to change in the medium term. Aircraft can also be substituted at short notice due to maintenance requirements. Flights are now on sale at ba.com
One of BA’s four daily flights from London Heathrow and Boston, flights BA213 & BA212, will be operated with the A380 for the summer season from Sunday 31 March 2019 to Saturday 26 October 2019. It is currently scheduled to return on Sunday 29 March 2020.
The BA A380 will fly to Chicago O’Hare daily on flights BA297 & BA296 for the summer season from Sunday 31 March 2019 to Saturday 26 October 2019. It is currently scheduled to return on Sunday 29 March 2020.
Due to the closure of the Southern runway in Dubai, from Tuesday 16 April 2019 to Saturday 4 May 2019, BA will operate the A380 to Dubai for the first time, on flights BA107 and BA106.
BA flies the A380 on one of its two daily flights between London Heathrow and Hong Kong, flights BA27 & BA28.
Bar occasional swaps, the remaining flight, BA31 & BA32, is operated with a Boeing 777-300 aircraft.
From Sunday 31 March 2019 until Saturday 26 October 2019, the two flights swap and BA31 & BA32 will be operated with the A380. It then swaps back to BA27 & BA28.
To confuse matters further, BA27 & BA28 will swap flight numbers with BA31 & BA32 from Sunday 29 March 2020.
Two daily flights BA55 & BA54 / BA57 & BA56 are currently operated with the A380.
From Sunday 31 March 2019, flights BA55 & BA56 continue to be operated with the A380. Flights BA57 & BA54 will be operated with a Boeing 747 until Sunday 27 October 2019 when BA reverts to a twice daily A380 operation.
BA operates the A380 on one of its three daily services, flights BA269 & BA268, from London Heathrow to Los Angeles.
From Sunday 31 March 2019, flights BA269 & BA268 will operate with the A380 on Monday, Friday and Sunday only. It then reverts ago a daily A380 operation from Sunday 27 October 2019.
Flights BA283 & BA282 are also showing as operating with the A380 daily during October 2019.
One of BA’s three daily flights to Miami, BA208 and BA209, operates with A380 until Sunday 14 April 2019. The route then reverts to an all Boeing 747 operation. There appear to be no plans for the A380 to return to Miami.
BA flies the Airbus A380 from London Heathrow to San Francisco on one its daily flights, BA286 & BA287, on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday until Saturday 30 March 2019.
It then operates daily service from Sunday 31 March 2019 until Sunday 27 October 2019, when the A380 reverts to Monday, Thursday, and Saturday.
BA flies the Airbus A380 on one of its two daily flights between London Heathrow and Singapore, flights BA11 & BA12.
The remaining flight, BA15 & BA16, which continues from Singapore to Sydney is operated with a Boeing 777-300 aircraft.
The Airbus A380 will operate on this route daily from Sunday 5 May 2019 to Monday 30 September 2019. The route then returns to a Boeing 747. The A380 is currently scheduled to return from 1 May 2020.
The Airbus A380 returns to Washington Dulles daily from Sunday 27 October 2019 on flights BA217 & BA216.
Will BA order more Airbus A380s?
This decision rests with BA’s parent company, International Airlines Group. It has options for a further 7 aircraft, which it has not yet exercised.
IAG had expressed an interest in leasing second hand Airbus A380s, but nothing has come of this.
IAG is expected to place a major aircraft order this year and this is likely to settle the question once and for all.
Update: BA’s options to acquire a further 7 aircraft appear to have expired. Airbus has decided to end production of new Airbus A380 aircraft.
It has also not proven feasible for BA to acquire aircraft from airlines planning to retire the A380 early such as Air France and Lufthansa.
It can now be said with confidence that BA will not be acquiring any further Airbus A380s.
Airbus A380 Refurbishment
BA’s parent company has confirmed that as part of its plans to retrofit BA’s new “Club Suite” business class seat to most of its long-haul fleet at Heathrow, Airbus A380 aircraft will be retrofitted with the seat from 2023.
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