Put down your scones, clotted cream, and crumpets, it’s time for an announcement from everyone’s favo(u)rite airline….
Back in March, British Airways announced their two inaugural A380 destinations, which are Los Angeles and Hong Kong starting in October and November of this year, respectively.
Well, they’ve just announced their third A380 destination, which will be Johannesburg. Per airlineroute.net, the service will operate three times per week as of February 12, 2014, and six times per week as of March 10, 2014.
It will operate the following service:
BA55 London to Johannesburg departing 6:00PM arriving 6:55AM (+1 day)
BA56 Johannesburg to London departing 8:15PM arriving 5:15AM (+1 day)
As of February 12, 2014, the A380 will operate BA55 Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, and it will operate BA56 Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Then starting March 10, 2014, it will operate BA55 every day except Tuesdays and BA56 every day except Wednesdays.
Anyway, if you want to use OneWorld miles to get to South Africa, flying British Airways is one of the few ways to get there, though the fuel surcharges make it somewhat prohibitively expensive if originating in the US. For that matter, they also don’t release much award space on the route, so it may be a moot point anyway.
I’m hardly surprised by this announcement given that their two European competitors — Air France and Lufthansa — also fly A380s to Johannesburg. At the same time I can’t help but think the plane could be utilized better elsewhere, given that it sounds on the ground in Johannesburg for over 13 hours.