British Airways to add routes, increase flight frequency in 2014

British Airways (BA), the UK’s national carrier, is looking to increase the number of routes operated by its new aircraft and also increase frequencies from March 30, 2014, offering more choice to its customers.

British Airways now has three A380s and four 787s. With the addition of the new A380 aircraft, the airline will begin services to Washington from September 1, 2014. The aircraft is already flying to Los Angeles and Hong Kong and will start services to Johannesburg in February 2014.

The airline will launch 787 services to Hyderabad from March 30, Chengdu from May 5, Philadelphia from June 5 and Calgary from July 5, 2014. The airline will also increase the number of flights to Chengdu from three to five a week, starting May 5.

From May 6, Tokyo Haneda will be served with daily flights from the present five-a-week schedule. The Haneda flights will also be re-scheduled to a more convenient 8.50am departure from Haneda, from the current time of 6.35am.

Services to Mexico City will be increased from five to six flights a week from April 27. All through South Africa’s winter season, Cape Town will gain an extra three Boeing 777-200ER flights a week, taking it from a daily service to 10 flights a week and accommodating an additional 219 customers in four cabins.

Richard Tams, British Airways’ head of UK&I sales, said: ‘Thanks to the arrival of the new aircraft – the centrepiece of our £5bn 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.’

These flights will all be available for sale at starting December 10.