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These are the routes on which British Airways will fly its Airbus A380


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With multiple airlines questioning the viability of their A380s once the scale of damage the pandemic was doing to the travel industry became apparent, there was a time, not long ago, when it looked like Emirates may end up being the only airline operating the biggest commercial airliner we’ve ever seen. Fortunately, that’s not going to be the case and after announcing that it will fly its A380 to Johannesburg in January, British Airways has now scheduled the ‘Whale Jet’ on multiple other routes.

British Airways A380 routes & schedules

At the time of writing, this is what the British Airways schedules show:

Dallas/Fort Worth

From 27 March 2022, a British Airways A380 will replace the 787-10 Dreamliner that’s currently scheduled to operate between London and Dallas Fort Worth leading up to 27 March and will serve the route on the following schedule:

BA195 LHR 13:15 – 17:10 DFW (Daily)
BA192 DFW 19:15 – 10:15+1 day LHR (Daily)

As things stand, the A380 is set to continue operating this route through to the end of the 2022 summer season.

Johannesburg

From 10 January 2022, a British Airways A380 will replace a 777 that’s currently scheduled to operate between London and Johannesburg in the days leading up to 27 March and will take over the early flights on this route. This is what the A380’s schedule looks like:

BA55 LHR 18:10 – 07:25+1 day JNB (Daily)
BA56 JNB 20:10 – 05:25+1 day LHR (Daily)

From 1 March, an Airbus A350-1000 briefly takes over the A380’s flights but the Whale Jet is back from 27 March onwards. If the schedules remain as they are, the second daily flight will also see a change of aircraft on 27 March with a 777 giving way to a 787-8 Dreamliner.

Los Angeles

From 9 December 2021, a British Airways A380 will replace a Boeing 777 that’s currently operating between London and Los Angeles and will take over the late flights on this route. This is what the A380’s schedule looks like in December:

BA269 LHR 15:15 – 18:35 LAX (Daily)
BA268 LAX 20:50 – 15:10+1 day LHR (Daily)

The schedules currently show the A380 disappearing from this route on 10 January 2022 before reappearing on 27 March 2022 with the following schedule:

BA269 LHR 16:10 – 19:10 LAX (Daily)
BA268 LAX 21:25 – 15:55+1 day LHR (Daily)

As things stand, the A380 is set to continue operating these flights through to the end of the 2022 summer season.

Miami

From 5 December 2021, a British Airways A380 will replace a Boeing 777 that’s currently operating between London and Miami and will take over the second daily flight on this route. This is what the A380’s schedule looks like in December:

BA209 LHR 14:15 – 19:10 MIA (Daily)
BA208 MIA 21:30 – 11:00+1 day LHR (Daily)

Between 10 January and 28 February 2022, the A380 moves to the earlier of the two daily flights and is set to operate on this schedule:

BA207 LHR 09:40 – 14:35 MIA (Daily)
BA206 MIA 16:50 – 06:15+1 day LHR (Daily)

The schedules currently show the A380 disappearing from this route from 1 March before reappearing on 27 March 2022 when it is back operating the later of the two daily flights:

BA209 LHR 14:00 – 18:20 MIA (Daily)
BA208 MIA 20:45 – 10:25+1 day LHR (Daily)

As things stand, the A380 is set to continue operating these flights route through to the end of the 2022 summer season.

San Francisco

From 27 March 2022, a British Airways A380 will replace a Boeing 777 that’s currently scheduled to operate between London and Miami in the days leading up to 27 March and will take over the airline’s early flights on this route. This is what the A380’s schedule looks like:

BA285 LHR 11:10 – 14:15 SFO (Daily)
BA284 SFO 16:30 – 13:45+1 day LHR (Daily)

As long as the schedules remain as they are, the second daily flight will continue to be operated by a 787-9 Dreamliner.

Singapore

In the lead-up to 27 March, British Airways is currently scheduled to operate a single daily flight between London and Singapore with a Boeing 777. From 27 March 2022, that 777 is replaced by an Airbus A380 on the schedule you see below with a second daily flight (operated by a 787-9 Dreamliner) appearing from 29 March 2022.

BA11 LHR 19:55 – 16:05+1 day SIN (Daily)
BA12 SIN 23:15 – 05:50+1 day LHR (Daily)

As things stand, the A380 is set to continue operating these flights route through to the end of the 2022 summer season.

Quick Thoughts

As great as it will be to see the beast that is the A380 lumbering down the Heathrow runways once again, the return of the A380 can be both good and bad news for flyers.

The good news is that because the A380 has such large cabins, there’s a good chance that award availability on the routes getting A380 service will be better than it has been for quite some time.

The bad news is that the A380 is still equipped with BA’s old Club World seats which were last in vogue in the late 1990s, and on some of the flights that the Whale Jet is taking over, it’s replacing aircraft which offer the vastly superior new Club World suites – if you have a flexible Business Class booking and you now find yourself on an A380, you may want to see if you can change your flight to an aircraft with a more civilized Business Class product.

Bottom Line

The British Airways A380s are coming back and by the end of March 2022, the aircraft is scheduled to be operating on at least 6 of the airline’s routes. Of course, things can change very quickly and the pandemic is far from over so nothing should be taken for granted, but the return of the A380 to the skies is definitely something to be cheered as it’s a small sign that ‘normality’ many not be all that far away.

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