BA expands long-haul network as new aircraft arrive

BA expands long-haul network as new aircraft arrive

The introduction of Airbus A380s and Boeing 787 Dreamliners is enabling British Airways to expand its long-haul network next year.

The airline is introducing the only direct service from Heathrow to Austin in Texas using a 787 from March with five flights a week rising to a daily frequency on May 5.

Seattle flights will increase from 10 to 11 flights a week from summer 2014.

The airline’s London-Seoul service, launched last December, will increase from six flights a week to a daily frequency.

Flights to Accra in Ghana are going up from seven to 10 a week this winter with a larger 747 replacing the current 777 on the route next summer.

Capacity is also being raised on the London-Tel Aviv route with the deployment of a daily 777 instead of an Airbus A321. Flights are also switching from Heathrow Terminal 1 to Terminal 5.

The airline’s first class service is being introduced on flights between London and Jeddah with a four-cabin 777 replaces the existing three-cabin 767 service.

Entebbe will see flights increase from three to four a week from London.

Changes to Heathrow flights are in addition to changes to airline’s long-haul schedule from Gatwick.

This will see an increase from 10 to 13 flights a week to Orlando, six to seven flights a week to St Lucia, twice to three times a week to Punta Cana, five to six a week to Antigua and three to four a week to Kingston thanks to the addition of another Boeing 777 to the Gatwick fleet.

The airline plans to announce its summer 2014 short-haul schedule in the coming weeks.

BA has 24 787s on order, which will arrive over the next four years. The airline has also ordered 12 A380s and six additional 777-300ERs.

It will take delivery of a new aircraft at the rate of one a fortnight over the next 12 months.

Strategy director Lynne Embleton said: “The addition of the Airbus A380s and Boeing 787 Dreamliners to our fleet enables us to start new routes and increase services to a number of our destinations.”

“We’re excited to be the only airline offering direct flights from London to Austin. We believe it will prove very popular with both business and leisure customers and will be our third route to Texas, after Houston and Dallas.”


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