British Airways (BA) will begin offering a daily, direct service to San Jose in 2016.
As the third-largest Californian city by population, San Jose is home to the area known as Silicon Valley where a large concentration of high-profile technology companies have set up shop.
BA has earmarked May 4, 2016 as the launch date for the London Heathrow–San Jose route. When launched, it will be the carrier’s fourth destination in California, after Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco.
Flight BA0279 departs London Heathrow at 1515 and arrives in San Jose at 1805. The return service sees flight BA0278 take off again from San Jose at 2000 and touch back down in Heathrow at 1405 the following day.
Another noteworthy detail will be the deployment of BA’s upcoming new B787-9 aircraft. The Dreamliner will feature a full four-class configuration and offer eight seats in first, 42 in Club World (business), 39 in World Traveller Plus (premium economy), and 127 in World Traveller (economy).
San Jose will be one of the first routes operated by the B787-9, as the aircraft is only starting commercial operations in October, with Delhi being its very first destination.
Stephen Humphreys, BA’s head of global sales, said: “There’s no better place to fly the world’s most advanced passenger aircraft than to the world’s home of hi-tech and innovation, San José.
“We’re sure this new service will prove just the business for Californian-based companies looking to expand into Europe and will strengthen London’s strong commercial ties with the West Coast.”
Reservations for the new service are now available, with return fares in first starting from £3,675 (US$5,668), from £2,900 (US$4,473) in Club World, £899 (US$1,386) in World Traveller Plus and £599 (US$923) in World Traveller, including taxes and charges.
For more information, visit britishairways.com