We receive a lot of enquiries from readers regarding what type of aircraft is due to operate on their flight, so this page we’ve sought to set out an overview of what different type of aircraft BA operates and how it makes a difference to the seating configuration and in-flight experience.
We have also prepared a more detailed analysis of BA’s fleet plans for 2020.
In summary by airport:
All short-haul BA flights are operated using Embraer E-170 or E-190 aircraft.
These are in a 2-2 configuration in both Euro Traveller economy and Club Europe business class cabins. This aircraft is also used on weekend leisure flights to non-London destinations from Southampton airport.
London Gatwick – Short-haul
All short-haul flights are operated using either Airbus A319 or A320 aircraft in a 3-3 configuration in Euro Traveller and a 2-2 configuration in Club Europe.
BA’s parent company IAG has signed a Letter of Intent with Boeing to buy the Boeing 737 MAX which will operate at Gatwick. This has yet to be converted into a firm order.
London Gatwick – Long-haul
All long-haul flights are operated using Boeing 777-200 aircraft.
These are in either a three class (Club World, World Traveller Plus, World Traveller) configuration or a four class (First Class, Club World, World Traveller Plus, World Traveller). The Boeing 787, Airbus A350 & A380 do not operate at Gatwick.
BA has completed a refurbishment of its Gatwick based Boeing 777s to increase seat density in economy, as well as install new in-flight entertainment systems and new World Traveller Plus seating.
London Heathrow – Short-haul
Almost all short-haul flights are operated using either Airbus A319, A320 and A321 aircraft.
BA is progressively introducing the Airbus A320 Neo and Airbus A321 Neo at Heathrow. As at January 2021 there are 13 Airbus A320 Neo and 10 Airbus A321 Neo aircraft in the fleet.
London Heathrow – Medium & Long-haul
At London Heathrow, BA operates the Airbus A350-1000, Boeing 777-200ER, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 787-8, 787-9 and 787-10 aircraft.
The Airbus A380 fleet is currently grounded.
BA also has 4 Airbus A321 aircraft configured with 23 flat beds in business class and an economy cabin. These historically operated medium haul routes such as Amman and Moscow. These aircraft are currently grounded and are not operating scheduled passenger flights.
The Airbus A380, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 787-9 & 787-10 all operate in a four class (First, Club World, World Traveller Plus and World Traveller) configuration. The Airbus A350-1000 and Boeing 787-8 operate in a three class configuration.
Before COVID-19 it was possible to give an indication as to which aircraft operated on which routes. Due to the retirement of the Boeing 747 and the suspension of many marginal Boeing 787 routes there is likely to be a signficant reallocation of aircraft between routes as BA begins to rebuild its long haul network from the summer 0f 2021. For long-haul flights that are operating, short notice changes of aircraft are to be expected.
BA has started to take delivery of the first of 18 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft.
As at December 2020, 8 aircraft are in service. Full images of the Airbus A350-1000 interior can be seen here.
Heathrow routes currently operated with the Airbus A350 include Boston Logan, Chicago O’Hare and Washington Dulles.
BA has 12 Airbus A380s in its fleet.
Due to COVID-19, these are all grounded. Before COVID-19, it operated on selected flights to Boston (summer seasonal), Chicago O’Hare (summer seasonal) Singapore, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver (summer seasonal) and Washington Dulles.
BA has 16 Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in its fleet at London Heathrow.
All operate in a four class configuration. Before COVID-19, it operated routes such as Austin, Hong Kong, Sao Paulo, Singapore-Sydney, and Tokyo Haneda.
The latest four aircraft which arrived in 2020 feature a modified 8 seat First Class cabin and the airline’s latest Club Suite cabin. The remaining 12 aircraft feature a 14 seat First Class cabin and BA’s original Club World cabin of rear and forward facing seats.
BA has 43 Boeing 777-200ER aircraft in service across London Gatwick and London Heathrow.
The Boeing 777 is the mainstay of BA’s long-haul operation and touches much of the network.
BA has begun to refurbish its fleet of Boeing 777-200 aircraft at London Heathrow. This encompasses a reduction in First Class seats to 8, the installation of BA’s new Club Suite and increasing seating in World Traveller from 9 to 10 abreast. As at February 2021, around 14 Heathrow Boeing 777-200 aircraft have been refurbished.
BA has 12 Boeing 787-8 aircraft in service at London Heathrow. These all operate in a three class configuration, with no First Class.
BA has 18 787-9 aircraft in service at London Heathrow. These aircraft all operate in a four class configuration, with an 8 seat First Class cabin.
BA has started to take delivery of the first of 12 Boeing 787-10 aircraft, with two aircraft in its fleet at London Heathrow.
The delivery of the remaining aircraft is likely to be delayed due to COVID-19.