British Airways Adds Pittsburgh To Its Route Network

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In a move that caught me completely by surprise, British Airways announced on Wednesday that it will be starting up service between Heathrow and Pittsburgh from 2019.

In case you were in any doubt as to how heavily British Airways relies on its routes to/from the US, Pittsburgh will become the 26th US city to which the airline offers non-stop service across the Atlantic (although I’m not sure if that figure includes the Oakland route which is being cut from later this year).

The Heathrow – Pittsburgh route will start up on 2 April 2019 (just in time for the summer season) and will be offered 4x/week all year round – this is not planned as a seasonal route.

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Image British Airways

Here’s the schedule as currently loaded into the reservation systems:

BA171 LHR 17:00 – 20:15 PIT (Tue, Wed, Fri & Sun)
BA170 PIT 21:50 – 10:25 LHR (Tue, Wed, Fri & Sun)

The route will be operated by a British Airways 787-8 Dreamliner which means that First Class won’t be an option but 35 Club World (Business Class), 25 World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy), and 154 World Traveller (Economy Class) seats will be on offer.

As I mentioned in the post discussing BA’s new service to Sao Paulo, a new route is always a good thing to see because British Airways always opens up at least 2 Business Class award seats on every flight so finding a seat to book with Avios or American Airlines miles gets very easy (for a short time).

Right now I’m getting this kind of result on a lot of my award searches for the new route….

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…so if you need to burn some Avios or AAdvantage Miles, would like to fly across the Atlantic next year, and are prepared to swallow the surcharges that come with booking awards on BA, I suggest you get booking!

Flights are currently available to book via