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British Airways Fleet Montage
British Airways Fleet Montage (Image Credits: British Airways / Heathrow)

British Airways is the UK’s largest long-haul airline and by far the most dominant airline at London Heathrow. It is also the largest airline at London City. BA also has a largely leisure orientated base at London Gatwick.

BA’s operations are currently severely disrupted by the outbreak of Coronavirus.

During April and May 2020, BA is operating an extremely limited number of short-haul and long-haul routes. This will continue until June 2020 at the earliest.

Passengers who are due to fly up to Sunday 31 May 2020 can change their bookings free of charge.

Food and beverage on all flights has been significantly reduced with a minimal service on all cabins to avoid the need to prepare food on board aircraft and to minimise contact between cabin crew and passengers. Only soft drinks are available.

BA has temporarily switched all flights from London Heathrow Terminal 3 to Terminal 5 from Sunday 29 March. Heathrow airport is planning to temporarily close Terminals 3 and 4 which will mean some airlines may move into Terminal 5. Fast Track security at Heathrow is also closed.

BA has also suspended operations at London City & London Gatwick airport until the end of April at the earliest.

At Manchester, services have temporarily transferred to Terminal 1. At New York JFK, services have temporarily transferred to Terminal 8.

All BA lounges worldwide are closed. Oneworld alliance partners such as American Airlines and Qantas have also closed lounges.

As the impact of Coronavirus is uncertain, it is not yet known what the medium to long-term impact will be on BA’s fleet and route network. The immediate priority is the preservation of cash. New aircraft deliveries are likely to be delayed. The retirement of the Boeing 747, originally planned for 2024, is likely to be accelerated. Other projects such as lounge refurbishments will be put on hold.

Here are more of our latest posts on British Airways:

British Airways Disruption

The latest information on disruption to BA flights due to Coronavirus:

British Airways London Heathrow Long-Haul

The latest news on BA’s long-haul routes at London Heathrow:

British Airways London Heathrow Short-Haul

The latest news on BA’s short-haul routes at London Heathrow:

British Airways London Heathrow Ground Services

The latest news on ground service developments at London Heathrow Terminals 3 & 5.

British Airways London Gatwick

The latest news on ground service & route developments at London Gatwick.

British Airways London City

The latest news on route developments at London City.

British Airways First Class

BA operates First Class on a large number of long-haul routes at London Heathrow and some routes at London Gatwick. BA is currently in the process of reducing the size of the cabin on Boeing 777 aircraft to 8 seats.

British Airways Club World

Club World is the brand name for BA’s long-haul business class. BA is currently in the process of fitting its “Club Suite” to Heathrow based long-haul aircraft.

British Airways World Traveller Plus

World Traveller Plus is the brand name for BA’s long-haul premium economy cabin.

British Airways World Traveller

World Traveller is the brand name for BA’s long-haul premium economy cabin.

British Airways Club Europe

Club Europe is the brand name for BA’s short-haul business class cabin.

British Airways Euro Traveller

Euro Traveller is the brand name for BA’s short-haul economy cabin.

British Airways In-Flight Connectivity & Entertainment

BA is in the process of rolling out WiFi across its short and long-haul fleet.

British Airways Alliance & Codeshare Partners

BA is a member of the Oneword alliance. It operates joint-businesses with a number of alliance members. It also has codeshare

British Airways Lounges

The latest news on BA’s plans to refurbish its lounges

British Airways At New York JFK

New York JFK Terminal 7 is the home of BA at JFK. In 2022, BA is expected to co-locate with American Airlines at Terminal 8.

British Airways Fleet Plans

Our annual guide to BA’s plans to refurbish and renew its fleet.

British Airways Airbus A350 Fleet & Operations

BA is in the process of taking delivery of up to 18 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft at London Heathrow.

British Airways Airbus A380 Fleet & Operations

BA operates a fleet of 12 Airbus A380 aircraft at London Heathrow.

British Airways Boeing 747 Fleet & Operations

BA operates around 30 Boeing 747 aircraft at London Heathrow. It expects to retire its last aircraft in February 2024.

British Airways Boeing 777 Fleet & Operations

BA operates 12 Boeing 777-300 aircraft at London Heathrow and over 40 Boeing 777-200 aircraft across London Gatwick and Heathrow. BA has recently refurbished its Gatwick based aircraft and is now in the process of refurbishing Heathrow based aircraft. BA also has 18 Boeing 777-9 aircraft on order.

British Airways Boeing 787 Fleet & Operations

BA operates a fleet of 12 Boeing 787-8 and 18 Boeing 787-9 aircraft at London Heathrow. It is also due to take delivery of 12 Boeing 787-10 aircraft from March 2020. Boeing 787 flights continue to be disrupted due to additional checks on Rolls-Royce engines.

British Airways Advertising & Branding

The latest on advertising campaigns from BA.

British Airways Centenary

In 2019, BA celebrated its centenary. We published a 100 part series on the airline and its predecessors which you can view in numerical order or by theme. BA also marked the occasion with a number of special aircraft liveries and promotions.