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Next summer British Airways starts flying with Airbus A380 to San Francisco. The new service leads a raft of frequency improvements, including more flights to Miami and Cape Town the airline told.
The City by the Bay will be the second city in California after Los Angeles. Virgin Atlantic offer a daily service and Star Alliance member United Airlines a double daily operation. The A380 will enable British Airways to differentiate its product from its rivals.
British Airways’ flagship offering seating for 469 customers, will operate five services a week during the summer months. Customers can contemplate California while travelling in one of the A380s 14 First suites on the main deck, and 97 Club World seats, split between the main and upper deck (which features a new 2:3:2 configuration). The popular World Traveller Plus cabin has been increased to 55 seats with 303 seats in World Traveller
The A380 will fly from Heathrow’s Terminal 5 as the BA287 on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and return as the BA286. British Airways operates a total of fourteen flights a week to San Francisco. All nine other weekly rotations will continue to be served using the Boeing 747-400 which are configured in either 299- or 337-seat arrangements. In a recent press release British Airways announced a refreshment of the cabin on 18 selected 747-400 aircraft due to commence in August next year.
British Airways is also increasing flights a week on to Miami, from fourteen to seventeen a week, from March 30, 2015 to May 2, 2015. The increase will continue on from the winter 2014 season for five weeks, up to and including the busy Easter holiday period. It will then revert to a double daily service.
Increased capacity to Cape Town will be good news for holiday-makers for the start of the summer 2015 season. Flights will increase to fourteen a week from March 29 to April 27, then revert to nine a week.