BA Boeing 787 Cancellations August/September Update

Here is the latest on the impact of Rolls-Royce engine inspections on British Airways Boeing 787 flights at London Heathrow.

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BA Boeing 787 at British Airways Maintenance Cardiff
BA Boeing 787 at British Airways Maintenance Cardiff (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways flights at London Heathrow will continue to disrupted by additional maintenance to the Rolls-Royce engines of its Boeing 787 fleet in September 2018.

When the issue first emerged earlier this year, it was expected it would be resolved by this August. However, this is not the case. Whilst the situation has abated a little, there will continue to be disruption until the end of September at the earliest.

Here is a summary of the issue as at Tuesday 21 August 2018.

Background

Operators of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner are required to comply with an Air Worthiness Directive issued by the Federal Aviation Administration in the United States.

It limits the scope of the ETOPS (“Extended-range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standard”). ETOPS allows twin-engined aircraft like the Boeing 787 to operate between 60 and 330 minutes’ away from the nearest airport that can handle a diversion of the aircraft. This affects aircraft with Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 “Package C” engines.

In response to this issue, BA has grounded aircraft and undertaken both blanket and ad-hoc cancellations.

Grounded Aircraft

According to publicly available flight data, two BA Boeing 787-8 and three 787-9 aircraft are out of service:

G-ZBJA – Last passenger flight 6 August 2018
G-ZBJE – Last passenger flight 7 March 2018

G-ZBKD – Last passenger flight 16 August 2018
G-ZBKI – Last passenger flight 15 August 2018
G-ZBKK – Last passenger flight 8 June 2018 (returned to service on 26 August 2018)

Blanket Suspensions

BA has instituted new blanket suspensions on three routes:

London Heathrow – Doha: BA123 is cancelled up to Friday 30 November 2018. BA122 is cancelled up to Saturday 1 December 2018. This will extend its period of cancellation this year to more than 8 months. Passengers will be reaccommodated on Qatar Airways operated flights. More details of rebooking arrangements are here.

London Heathrow – Los Angeles: BA281 and BA280 are cancelled from Saturday 1 September to Sunday 16 September 2018.

In addition, there are number of ad hoc cancellations during August, including 18, 20 – 29 August. Passengers can be re-accommodated on one of four daily American Airlines and BA flights from London Heathrow to Los Angeles.

London Heathrow – Mumbai: BA139 and BA138 are cancelled from Saturday 1 / Sunday 2 September to Friday 14 / Saturday 15 September 2018.

Passengers will be accommodated on alternative BA flights to Mumbai and India. Note if you choose an alternative destination in India any additional costs will be at your expense. Also note that the BA website currently quotes incorrect flight numbers BA39 and BA38.

In all instances, passengers whose flights are cancelled have the option of a full refund.

Update: BA has secured a rebooking agreement with Jet Airways. Passengers can fly on a BA operated service to Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad and connect on to a Jet Airways service to Mumbai. However, please note that Jet Airways does not operate First Class or premium economy on these domestic services to Mumbai.

Additional Cancellations

The following flights have also been subject to periodic cancellations over the past few months:

London Heathrow – Abu Dhabi: BA73 / BA72

This flight is cancelled on Sunday 9 August.

London Heathrow – Baltimore: BA229 / BA228

London Heathrow – Newark: BA189 / BA188

This flight is cancelled on Tuesday 21 August, Thursday 23 August, Tuesday 28 August and Thursday 30 August.

London Heathrow – New Orleans: BA225 / BA224

This flight is cancelled on Wednesday 22 August and Saturday 25 August.

London Heathrow – Philadelphia: BA69 / BA68

This flight is cancelled on Friday 24 August and Monday 27 August.

London Heathrow – San Jose: BA279 / BA278

This is flight is cancelled on Saturday 8 August.

London Heathrow – Tokyo Narita: BA5 / BA6

Air Belgium Wet Lease – London Heathrow – Cairo

BA is to wet lease an Air Belgium Airbus A340 aircraft to cover London Heathrow – Cairo from Monday 3 September to Wednesday 5 September, and the return from Tuesday 4 September to Thursday 6 September 2018.

More details here.

Air Belgium Wet Lease – London Heathrow – Abu Dhabi

BA is to wet lease an Air Belgium Airbus A340 aircraft to cover London Heathrow – Abu Dhabi from Saturday 15 September to Thursday 4 October, and the return from Sunday 16 September to Friday 5 October 2018.

More details here.

Qatar Airways Wet Leases

BA has previously wet-leased three Airbus A330-200 aircraft from Qatar Airways.

These have covered flights to Delhi, Kuwait and Muscat. These wet-leases have ended and all three aircraft have now returned to Doha.

Guidance for passengers

Given the fluid nature of the situation, it is likely there will be further cancellations.

It is recommended that passengers keep a close eye on their bookings using the Manage My Booking tool. You can also download the BA app to your smartphone or tablet which will alert you to changes to your bookings.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner at BA

In terms of background on the Boeing 787 at BA. It currently represents about 20% of BA’s widebody long-haul fleet.

BA has 10 Boeing 787-8 aircraft. These operate in a three class configuration, with no First Class. They ordinarily operate, bar occasional substitutions by 787-9 aircraft, to Baltimore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Montreal, Nashville, New Orleans, Rio de Janeiro, and Seoul.

BA has 18 Boeing 787-9 aircraft. These all operate in a four class configuration. They are ordinarily operate to Abu Dhabi, Mexico City, Santiago, San Jose, The Seychelles and Tokyo Narita.

The 787 also operates selected frequencies to Cairo, Moscow, Mumbai, Newark, and Toronto. These vary by both flight number and day of operation.

BA is due to take delivery of a further 2 Boeing 787-8 and 12 Boeing 787-10 aircraft and these are not expected to be affected by this issue.

BA Boeing 787 Cancellations June Update

Here is the latest on the impact of Rolls-Royce engine inspections on British Airways Boeing 787 flights at London Heathrow.

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BA Boeing 787 at British Airways Maintenance Cardiff
BA Boeing 787 at British Airways Maintenance Cardiff (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways Boeing 787 flights continue to disrupted by additional maintenance to the Rolls-Royce engines of its Boeing 787 fleet.

Here is a summary of the issue as of Sunday 17 June 2018.

Background

Operators of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner are required to comply with an Air Worthiness Directive issued by the Federal Aviation Administration in the United States.

It limits the scope of the ETOPS (“Extended-range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standard”). ETOPS allows twin-engined aircraft like the Boeing 787 to operate between 60 and 330 minutes’ away from the nearest airport that can handle a diversion of the aircraft.

This affects aircraft with Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 “Package C” engines. Rolls-Royce has also issued a statement on Monday 11 June 2018 advising that additional checks may be required on “Package B” engines. BA has not commented on the issue since the latest Rolls-Royce statement.

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BA Updates on Boeing 787 Dreamliner Engine Issues

BA has confirmed that its Boeing 787 flights are likely to be disrupted due to Rolls Royce engine maintenance requirements until August 2018.

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BA Boeing 787 at British Airways Maintenance Cardiff
BA Boeing 787 at British Airways Maintenance Cardiff (Image Credit: British Airways)

IAG, the parent company of British Airways, provided an update yesterday, Friday 4 May, on the impact of a recent Federal Aviation Administration Directive on Boeing 787 aircraft with certain Rolls Royce engines.

This affects the ETOPS certification of the aircraft which determines how far they can fly away from the nearest diversionary airport.

At the time of writing, one Boeing 787-8 and one Boeing 787-9 aircraft has been out of service for at least a week. BA has 9 Boeing 787-8 and 17 Boeing 787-9 aircraft in service. Together, they represent about 20% of BA’s wide body long-haul fleet.

IAG CEO Willie Walsh has not hidden his dissatisfaction over the issue. Given that IAG is currently in negotiations with Airbus and Boeing over future long-haul aircraft orders, there will be even more pressure on Rolls Royce to resolve this.

London Heathrow Cancellations

Since mid-April a number of flights have been proactively cancelled on selected Boeing 787 routes from London Heathrow. This issue is going to continue until at least August of this year.

Routes that have been prone to cancellation include Baltimore, Luanda, Newark, Philadelphia, San Jose California, Tokyo Narita and Toronto Pearson.

DateFlight NumbersRoute
Wednesday 18 April 2018BA278 / BA279San Jose
Thursday 19 / Saturday 21 April 2018BA77 / BA 78Luanda
Monday 23 April 2018BA278 / BA279San Jose
Tuesday 24 April 2018BA184 / BA185Newark
Wednesday 25 April 2018BA228 / BA229Baltimore
Thursday 26 April 2018BA188 / BA189Newark
Friday 27 April 2018BA68 / BA69Philadelphia
Sunday 29 April 2018BA228 / BA229Baltimore
Monday 30 April 2018BA278 / BA279San Jose
Tuesday 1 MayBA92 / BA93Toronto Pearson
Tuesday 1 / Wednesday 2 May 2018BA5 / BA6Tokyo Narita
Wednesday 2 May 2018BA278 / BA279San Jose
Thursday 3 / 5 May 2018BA77 / BA78Luanda
Sunday 20 May 2018BA102 / 103Calgary
Monday 21 May 2018BA68 / BA69Philadelphia
Sunday 29 / 31 May 2018BA77 / BA78Luanda
Tuesday 12 June 2018BA188 / BA189Newark
Wednesday 13 June 2018BA228 / BA229Baltimore

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BA adjusts Boeing 787 schedules following FAA Directive

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Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (Image Credit: British Airways)
Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (Image Credit: British Airways)

As has widely been reported, operators of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner are required to comply with an Air Worthiness Directive issued by the Federal Aviation Administration in the United States.

The FAA Directive

The FAA Directive applies to operators of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner with certain engine models manufactured by Rolls Royce.

It limits the scope of the ETOPS (“Extended-range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standard”). ETOPS allows twin-engined aircraft like the Boeing 787 to operate between 60 and 330 minutes’ away from the nearest airport that can handle a diversion of the aircraft. This Directive may be modified subject to remedial action by Rolls Royce.

Rolls Royce issued a statement on 13 April 2018 outlining which engines are affected. This has been acknowleged by Boeing.

The requirement for additional maintenance to Rolls Royce engines has been going on for some time and has impacted a number of airlines, notably Air New Zealand, Norwegian and Virgin Atlantic. All have leased in aircraft to cover some flights. BA has also cancelled its flight to Doha for an extended period of time to release aircraft for other routes.

BA has made no official statement on the impact of this directive on the airline. As such, it is not known how many of its aircraft are affected. However, as BA currently operates the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on a number of long-range routes to Asia and Latin America, it will inevitably have an impact on the airline’s operations.

BA may choose to substitute aircraft at short notice, or cancel flights as aircraft undergo maintenance.
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BA unveils its Boeing 787-900 First Class cabin

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British Airways Boeing 787-9 First Class (Image Credit: British Airways)
British Airways Boeing 787-9 First Class (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has today unveiled its new first class cabin on the Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner.

The eight seat cabin is an evolution of the first class cabin currently found on Boeing 747, 777 and Airbus A380 aircraft.  

To date, other BA Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft have operated without a first class cabin. 

Featuring just eight seats in two rows of 1-2-1 seats, the cabin is significantly smaller than the fourteen seat configuration found on most aircraft.

The seat itself is essentially the same.  However, elements surrounding it have been significantly modified.

BA Boeing 787-9 First Class IFE Screen
BA Boeing 787-9 First Class IFE Screen (Image Credit: British Airways)

Design modifications include a larger (and fixed) 23″ TV screen, a more accessible personal wardrobe and personal stowage, and a smartphone style seat control.  

Features found on other BA first class cabins, such as the seat side personal lamp and shaded window blinds have been removed.

Some readers may be disappointed not to see more radical innovation from BA. However, we expect that a lower destiny seating configuration or items that add additional weight to the aircraft will not be pursued unless there is a clear revenue benefit to the airline.

The Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner will make its debut on selected flights to Dehli from 22 October 2015.

It will also fly to Austin (currently a Boeing 787-800 route) from February 2016, Abu Dhabi & Muscat from 5 November 2016, Kuala Lumpur from December 2016 and San Jose (launches 4 May 2016).

The aircraft is likely to be used to replace Boeing 777 and 747 aircraft and, as per San Jose, open up new routes.

The airline has a total of 22 Boeing 787-900 aircraft in order, in addition to 8 delivered Boeing 787-800 and 12 Boeing 787-1000 aircraft.

BA to fly the Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner to Dehli from October 2015

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Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (Image Credit: British Airways)
Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has today confirmed the first route to be operated by the Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner.

The aircraft will operate on selected flights from London Heathrow to Dehli (Indira Gandhi International Airport) from Sunday 25 October 2015.

One noteworthy aspect is that First cabin on this aircraft has just eight seats, compared to the usual 14 seats on most other aircraft.  The exact design of the cabin is yet to be revealed. However, BA claim the First cabin features extra storage space and a single dial to control seat recline, headrest, lumbar adjustment and lighting. It also features a larger TV screen and a new touchscreen handset.  That said, the seat plan for the cabin shows two rows of seats in a 1-2-1 configuration so we do not expect any radical changes.

The Club World business class, World Traveller premium economy and World Traveller economy cabins are expected to be the same as the Boeing 787-8 aircraft that are currently in operation.

The aircraft will have 216 seats in total with 42 Club World business class seats in a 2-3-2 configuration, 39 World Traveller plus premium economy seats in a 2-3-2 configuration and 127 World Traveller economy seats in a 3-3-3 configuration.

The Club World cabin is split between two parts of the aircraft with just two rows of seats in a demi-cabin behind First class (a further four rows are behind the galley) and we suspect this will prove quite popular.

There are a lot of anecdotal comments about the relatively poor comfort of the Boeing 787-8 cabin on BA so it will be interesting to see if any improvements are to be made.

The flights will operate five times a week on the BA257 from London Heathrow to Delhi on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays and the BA256 from Delhi to London Heathrow on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.  This replaces a Boeing 777 on this rotation.  The other daily flight to Dehli (BA143 & BA142) will continue to be operated by a Boeing 747.

Further route announcements for the Boeing 787-900 are expected in due course.  Future routes are expected to include Abu Dhabi, Muscat and Kuala Lumpur.

BA to fly the Boeing 787 to Montreal from Sunday 29 March 2015

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British Airways has announced that Montreal is to join its network of Boeing 787 routes from Sunday 29 March 2015.

Montreal will be the third Canadian city to be served by the Boeing 787, after Toronto and Calgary.

BA’s single daily flight from London Heathrow to Montreal (BA 95 and the return BA 94) will be operated by the 787, replacing a Boeing 777 in the summer season and a Boeing 767 in the winter season.

In terms of capacity, the change from a 777 to a 787 in the summer season will result in 13 fewer Club World business class seats and 49 fewer World Traveller economy seats on each flight.

Other current BA 787 routes include Austin (to be replaced by a Boeing 777), Chennai, Chengdu, and New York Newark.

Air Canada also flies to Montreal from London Heathrow. Air Transat also flies to Montreal from London Gatwick.

BA adds Chennai to its roster of Boeing 787 destinations

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British Airways Boeing 787-8 (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways continues to expand its network of Boeing 787-8 destinations as it takes delivery of further aircraft. Some 42 of them are on order in total.

The Boeing 787-8 is currently flying on selected flights from London Heathrow to Toronto and Newark.

From 24 October 2014, the aircraft will fly to Chennai daily. This currently served six weekly by a Boeing 777-200.

Also joining the list of 787 destinations later this year are:

Austin

A new route from 3 March 2014, initially five weekly.

Hyderabad

Replaces daily Boeing 777-200 from 30 March 2014.

Chengdu

Replaces current thrice weekly Boeing 777-200 from 5 May 2014 with five weekly 787 flights.

Philadelphia

Selected daily flights from 5 June 2014, replacing Boeing 767.

Calgary

Replaces daily Boeing 767 from 5 July 2014.

BA’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner is now flying to Toronto

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British Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner
British Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner (Image Credit: Heathrow)

British Airways completed its first long-haul passenger flight on the Boeing 787 yesterday, 1 September 2013, when BA93 departed London Heathrow Terminal 5 for Toronto Pearson airport.

The flight landed at approximately 14:55 local time and departed for London the same evening around 19:20 as flight BA92.

Flights to Newark on the Boeing 787 start on 1 October 2013. British Airways has yet to announce which destination will next be served by the Boeing 787. However, it is likely to be another transatlantic route currently served by a Boeing 767, possibly Philadelphia or Washington Dulles.

BA confirms first Boeing 787 routes to Newark and Toronto

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British Airways Boeing 787-8 (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways took delivery of its first Boeing 787 today and the airline has confirmed that the first two long-haul routes to feature the aircraft are New York (Newark) and Toronto. This is the first of some 42 Boeing 787 to delivered over the next few years.

A daily Boeing 787 service will operate to Toronto from 1 September 2013 with a 2nd daily 787 service between 15 September and 25 October. A daily service to New York (Newark) will operate from 1 October 2013. Full details about the aircraft are on ba.com

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