BA to fly A380 to Washington

10 Dec 2013 by GrahamSmith

British Airways has announced it will next year launch an A380 service to Washington, DC and fly B787s to Hyderabad, Chengdu, Philadephia and Calgary.

The national carrier, which now has three superjumbos and four Dreamliners in its fleet, also revealed several increased frequencies for next summer.

From September 1, BA will fly an A380 to Washington. The aircraft is already flying to Los Angeles and Hong Kong and will start services to Johannesburg in February (see news, July 24).

The B787s will be deployed on services to Hyderabad from March 30, Chengdu from May 5, Philadelphia from June 5 and Calgary from July 5.

On May 5, BA will also increase its number of flights from London Heathrow to Chengdu from three to five weekly. It launched the route three months ago (see news, September 23).

From May 6, Tokyo Haneda will move from being a five-weekly service to a daily operation. This route, which currently leaves Tokyo at 0635, will also be "retimed to a more convenient 0850 departure from Haneda".

Mexico City will also see an increase from five to six services a week from April 27.

Cape Town will gain an extra three B777-200ER flights a week through South Africa’s cooler winter season (the Northern Hemisphere’s summer) taking it from a daily service to ten weekly flights with room for an additional 219 passengers in four cabins.

Richard Tams, BA's head of UK&I sales, said: "Thanks to the arrival of the new aircraft - the centrepiece of our £5 billion investment in improvements for our customers - we're delivering on our promise to introduce new destinations and an even better schedule.

"We're receiving great customer feedback on our new aircraft so we're delighted to be able to roll them out across more of our network and hope our customers enjoy them on these important Indian, Chinese and American routes.

"More destinations will follow as we will receive 12 A380s and 24 787s over the next three years.

“We’re also pleased to be able to increase services to the likes of Chengdu, Haneda, Mexico City and Cape Town where there is significant demand and we know regular direct flights are important to our customers."

Tickets for all services are available from today.

Less than two weeks ago, Air France confirmed that its three times a week Paris CDG to Wuhan link would remain (see news, December 2).

Graham Smith

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