British Airways News: New Route To The US, A380 Flying To Another US City & More Service Increases To The US

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I’m a bit later reporting some of this news than I’d ideally like to be but (a) that’s the price I pay for being mostly cut off from the world right now and (b) better late than never right? Besides, I’m still way ahead of a well-known travel magazine whose latest issue breaks the news that British Airways is “now” offering buy on board food from Marks & Spencer 🙂

British Airways may still be in the midst of a strike and it may still be using Qatar Airways A320 aircraft to keep some of its routes operating on schedule but it isn’t slowing down when it comes to service to the US.

British Airways Adds A New Route To Nashville

From 4 May 2018 British Airways will offer a non-stop service between London Heathrow and Nashville, Tennessee 5 times a week.

a city skyline with a bridge over waterNashville – A Kaldari via Wiki Commons Media

Reservations are already open on this route and the schedule looks like this:

BA223 LHR 15:45 – 18:50 BNA (Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat)
BA222 BNA 20:25 – 10:30+1 day LHR (Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat)

The airline will operate the route using its Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners….which means no First Class.

The British Airways Dreamliner offers:

  • 35 Club World seats (Business Class)
  • 25 World Traveller Plus seats (Premium Economy)
  • 154 World Traveller seats (Economy Class)

The Business Class seats are still the usual outdated Club World seats we have all sadly become accustomed to and the Economy Class seats offer just 31″ of seat pitch (leg room) and 17.5″ of seat width….but the Premium Economy product looks ok (I may be trying it out later this year).

British Airways World Traveller Plus isn’t as generously proportioned as some Premium Economy products you can book but, with 38″ of seat pitch and 18.5″ of seat width, it’s a big step up from Economy Class and worth considering if you have the cash or the miles with which to book it.

Chicago To Get British Airways A380 Service

For part of the summer 2018 season British Airways will be flying a whale jet to Chicago.

From 8 May 2018 British Airways will replace the 747 aircraft operating one of its two daily flights between Heathrow and Chicago with an Airbus A380.

The schedule looks like this:

BA295 LHR 10:50 – 13:25  ORD (Daily A380 service)
BA297 LHR 16:05 – 18:40 ORD (Daily 747 service)

BA294 ORD 17:30 – 07:20+1 day LHR (Daily A380 service)
BA296 ORD 20:40 – 10:25+1 day LHR (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun 747 service)
BA296 ORD 20:50 – 10:35+1 day LHR (Fri 747 service)

a large airplane on a runway

While the 747 may well be the Queen Of The Skies the ones flown by BA saw their best days a long, long time ago so this is undoubtably good news for all but the nostalgic among us….especially those flying in First Class (here’s my BA A380 First Class review).

This should also be good news for anyone looking to redeem Avios for Club World travel as the A380 offers 45 more Business Class seats than the 747 and that should make reward flight redemptions easier….hopefully!

British Airways Doubles Down On Philly & Phoenix

If you didn’t already know that British Airways was a very close partner of American Airlines then this would surely give it away.

Philadelphia and Phoenix are big American Airlines bases (thanks to the takeover by merger with US Airways) and it looks as if BA is keen to feed even more traffic to American’s flights out of those cities.

During summer 2018 British Airways will increase the number of flights to both cities from 7 to 10 per week. If my memory serves me well (and it may not!) this could be a return to the number of flights the airline offered last year….but I’m not 100% sure.

Independence Hall with a clock on top

London Heathrow – Philadelphia

From 9 April 2018 British Airways will use its 787-9 Dreamliners (complete with First Class) to add three more flights to this route. The new schedule looks like this:

BA067 LHR 12:40 – 15:25 PHL (Daily 747 service)
BA069 LHR 17:00 – 19:55 PHL (Mon, Fri, Sun 787-9 service)

BA066 PHL 18:30 – 06:35+1 day LHR (Daily 747 service)
BA068 PHL 22:00 – 10:15+1 day LHR (Mon, Fri, Sun 787-9 service)

London Heathrow – Phoenix

From 1 May 2018 British Airways will add a second 747 flight to this route on 3 days of the week.

The schedule has been filed as follows:

BA291 LHR 12:15 – 15:00PHX (Tue, Fri, Sun 747 service)
BA289 LHR 14:40 – 17:25PHX (Daily 747 service)

BA290 PHX 17:10 – 11:10+1 day LHR (Tue, Fri, Sun 747 service)
BA288 PHX 19:40 – 13:35+1 day LHR (Daily 747 service)

[HT: Routes Online]

Featured Image: Ronnie McDonald via Flickr



  1. Why can we not have a B787, or alternatively, a return to LHR T5. Unfortunately, BA have left us with a further 2nd class service, an ancient 747, and a no doubt delayed daily departure from T3.

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