British Airways has said that it is expanding its US route network this summer, taking its direct US routes with London to 26.
Portland, Oregon becomes the newest destination on the British Airways route map, providing the city’s only direct route to the UK. The brand-new route will operate five times per week – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Further, British Airways is also relaunching its direct route from Pittsburgh to London, becoming the only airline to offer a direct flight from the Pennsylvanian city to London. The airline will resume a year-round four-per-week service – Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
Neil Chernoff, British Airways’ Director of Networks and Alliances, said: ‘This summer British Airways will be flying from 26 US cities to London and we’re very excited to be adding Portland to our list of transatlantic destinations. Not only are we the only airline to offer direct flights from Portland to London, but this new route also opens a wide variety of connections for our customers. Through Alaska Airlines, our oneworld partner, British Airways will offer codeshare connections to several destinations operated by Alaska Airlines from Portland.’
On June 6, the airline will launch a new, daytime flight from Newark Liberty International Airport to London Heathrow – its third daily flight from Newark to London to further support business travel. The daytime flight will depart at 7.55am from Newark – a convenient option for travellers looking to spend an extra night in the New York area before departing, or for those who wish to arrive just in time for an evening in London. With this additional flight time, British Airways along with its joint business partner, American Airlines will offer the most extensive network from the New York area to London with 15 daily departures this summer, including 11 daily flights from JFK to Heathrow and one daily flight from JFK to Gatwick.
The Portland route will be operated by one of British Airways’ newest aircraft, the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, with return fares from $669 in World Traveller (economy) and $3,965 in Club World (business). Pittsburgh will be operated by Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. Return fares start from $740 in World Traveller (economy) and $3,565 in Club World (business).
This summer also marks the return of daily direct flights from San Jose, California, to London on June 13; and the return of A380 aircraft to more North American airports.