British Airways will use its Airbus A380 superjumbo jets for flights between San Francisco and London Heathrow next summer.
British Airways is flying the route twice daily now, using Boeing 747-400 aircraft for its 14 weekly round-trip flights. However, starting on April 2, they will switch to A380s on five of those flights. It will last throughout the summer travel season.
British Airways says Flight 286 from San Francisco to London will fly A380s on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. They will however continue to use 747s for Flight 286’s Tuesday and Wednesday schedule.
Sean Doyle, British Airways’ Executive Vice President – Americas, said in a statement that he is excited to introduce this advanced aircraft.
“I’m delighted that British Airways customers in the Bay area will be able to experience one of the newest and most advanced aircraft in our flee. I believe the extensive inflight entertainment options and expansive, comfortable cabins will be a big hit with our frequent fliers.”
British Airways has ordered 12 A380 aircraft as part of an $8 billion program to invest “in new aircraft, smarter cabins, elegant lounges, and new technologies to make life more comfortable in the air and on the ground.”
BA currently uses A380s on its routes between London and Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Johannesburg. In October, British Airways will start using the aircraft on flights to Washington Dulles (starting October 2) and to Singapore (starting October 28).