British Airways has confirmed it will start flights from London to Las Vegas later this year, with a daily service from Heathrow commencing on October 25.

BA will ply the route using Boeing 777 aircraft configured for three classes – 36 (new) Club World seats, 24 World Traveller Plus seats and 214 World Traveller seats.

The carrier says that tickets will go on sale tomorrow (Monday 18), with fares starting from £467 including taxes and charges.

It has previously been rumoured on the forum that BA would commence flights to Las Vegas from London Gatwick (click here to see the forum string).

Commenting on the new route Richard Tams, BA’s head of sales UK and Ireland said: “We know how to fly high rollers in style and we will be the only airline to fly non-stop from Terminal 5. It is the ace in our pack and we are going to play it for all its worth.”

BA will join Virgin Atlantic in offering a London-Las Vegas service, although Virgin plies the route from Gatwick. Bmi had previously offered flights from Manchester to the US city, but cancelled this service earlier this year (see online news November 5, 2008).

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Report by Mark Caswell