British Airways brings back A380 double-deck plane to mark huge flight schedule upgrade
British Airways will release its giant A380 mothball aircraft next month to mark its biggest flight schedule change since before the pandemic.
BA’s double-decker A380 will initially operate to a number of short-haul destinations to allow crews to familiarize themselves with the service in November, followed shortly by Miami and Los Angeles in the United States, as well than Dubai in December.
The announcement of the return of the airline’s A380 to its fleet follows news that vaccinated Britons will be able to travel to the United States from November. The airline is expected to serve 23 U.S. airports this winter with up to 246 flights per week, more than any other transatlantic carrier.
On its US network, British Airways will increase the number of flights it operates with services to urban destinations, including New York, which will initially increase to five per day, followed by eight in December.
The airline will also operate daily services to Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, Dallas, Miami and Toronto, as well as daily services to Philadelphia, Phoenix, Seattle, Atlanta, Denver, Houston and Vancouver.
In addition to the frequency increases, in October and November, British Airways will restart services to Austin, Orlando, Tampa, San Diego, Las Vegas and Baltimore. In December, the airline will also resume flying to Nashville and New Orleans, both of which proved to be a hit with customers when they first launched.
Closer to home, British Airways has increased its flights to a number of short-haul destinations by adding 13,000 additional seats to vacation hot spots for families starting in October.
Popular leisure destinations Marrakech and Dalaman will once again appear on flight schedules in time for the October semester, and brand new services to the Turkish resort of Antalya will also be launched.
In anticipation of winter, British Airways will restart a number of ski destinations including Innsbruck, Grenoble and Salzburg from December.
To help customers enjoy the much-needed summer sunshine over Christmas, British Airways is expanding its Caribbean program with 12 services per week to Barbados and nine each to Antigua and Saint Lucia, which will be split between Heathrow and Gatwick airports.
Flights to popular Indian Ocean luxury destinations, the Maldives and Mauritius, will also increase to 10 and six per week during the Christmas period.
Neil Chernoff, British Airways Network and Alliance Director, said: “These are exciting times for British Airways and our customers as we see the borders reopen. With good news from the United States, we are dramatically increasing flights and bringing some of our A380s home to give our customers as many options as possible.
“Elsewhere in our network, we are also adding additional services to destinations around the world, to ensure that our customers can enjoy a well-deserved vacation. “
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British Airways will increase sorted flights to major European cities throughout the year with 48 weekly flights to Amsterdam, 33 to Geneva, 35 to Dublin, 28 to Milan and 21 to Berlin, Paris and Rome.
BA City Flyer, a subsidiary of British Airways, is expected to operate a schedule of 43 flights per week to Edinburgh, 33 to Dublin, 25 to Glasgow, 18 to Belfast, 16 to Amsterdam, 15 to Rotterdam, 15 to Berlin, 12 to Frankfurt, 12 in Düsseldorf and 11 in Zurich.
The airline is also set to launch a new route from Belfast to Birmingham, as well as the new ski destination Salzburg, from London City and Southampton.
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