British Airways is to operate flights from London Heathrow to Amman, Cairo and Moscow Domodedovo with short-haul configured aircraft from Sunday 25 October 2020.
These routes were, bar occasional short-haul substitutions, operated with medium-haul configured Airbus A321 aircraft with flat beds in Club World or Boeing 787 aircraft.
As a consequence of this:
- First Class will not be offered. First Class passengers will be downgraded to Club Europe.
- World Traveller Plus will not be offered, and passengers will be downgraded to Euro Traveller.
- No in-flight entertainment will be available and catering will be offered in accordance with Club Europe and Euro Traveller standards.
First Class, Club World and World Traveller Plus passengers who do not wish to travel have the option of a full refund. Alternatively, passengers who do travel can make a claim for a refund of the fare difference.
All passengers have the option of moving to a flight on the same route with long-haul configured aircraft up to 14 days before the change of aircraft, to the extent they are operating.
The flight numbers will also change accordingly:
Amman: BA147 / BA146 to BA312 / BA313
Cairo: BA155 / BA154 to BA400 / BA401
Moscow Domodedovo: BA233 / BA232 and BA237 / BA236 to BA880 / BA881 and BA882 / BA883
As is standard practice when flight numbers change, passengers will be advised that their original flight has been cancelled and rebooked.
BA is currently operating limited flights to Moscow Domodedovo. Cairo is due to resume on Wednesday 2 September. Amman is not due to resume until 25 October 2020. As with many routes at present, there is limited visibility on flight schedules which are subject to change at short notice.
Long-time BA flyers may recall BA used to operate London Heathrow – Moscow Domodedovo with its somewhat notorious short-haul configured Boeing 767 aircraft until several years ago when it switched to long-haul aircraft with much fanfare.
BA’s other “medium-haul” routes to Beirut and Moscow Sheremetyevo have been suspended. This does suggest that the 4 medium-haul configured Airbus A321 aircraft will either be converted to short-haul use or permanently removed from the fleet.
Update November 2020
BA continues to operate the Boeing 787 from London Heathrow to Moscow Domodedovo on Wednesdays and Sundays only (flights BA880 and BA881).
Cairo will continue to be served by Boeing 787 aircraft until Tuesday 1 December 2020 at the earliest.