British Airways A380 Flights To Miami Starting October 2015

British Airways has just announced that they’ll commence double daily A380 flights between London Heathrow and Miami as of October 25, 2015.

In the process they’ll be going from 17 frequencies per week to 14 frequencies per week (two daily flights), which still represents a net increase in capacity.

Per airlineroute.net, the A380 flights will operate with the following schedule:

BA207 London to Miami departing 9:10AM arriving 1:55PM
BA209 London to Miami departing 1:35PM arriving 6:20PM

BA206 Miami to London departing 5:10PM arriving 6:30AM (+1 day)
BA208 Miami to London departing 8:50PM arriving 10:05AM (+1 day)

This will be British Airways’ fourth US city with A380 flights, after Los Angeles, Washington Dulles, and San Francisco. British Airways will be the third airline to fly the A380 to Miami, after Lufthansa and Air France.

Miami makes perfect sense as an A380 destination:

  • Sun-deprived Europeans love Florida
  • Miami is both an American hub and a gateway for Latin America, so there are lots of connection opportunities

A lot of people seem surprised that British Airways isn’t flying the A380 to New York, though it makes perfect sense to me. New York to London is a market that’s all about frequencies, and not about aircraft type. You want to offer the best schedule on the route, and not necessarily the best plane. For example, between American and British Airways, they have nine daily flights between New York and London over a period of roughly three hours. Crazy!

BA-JFK-Frequencies

Anyway, from a passenger comfort standpoint the A380 is great news, especially for British Airways. Not only is the plane quieter and smoother, but the first class seats are considerably more spacious.

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British Airways A380 business class

The first class cabin on the British Airways 747 is rather cramped, as they fit 14 seats into the nose of the plane.

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British Airways 747 first class

The British Airways A380 first class seats have a similar design, though don’t feel nearly as confined.

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British Airways A380 first class

As far as award availability between London and Miami goes, there’s plenty of award space in business class, though virtually nothing in first class. The trend of British Airways sucking at releasing premium award space continues, despite the hefty fuel surcharges…

British-Airways-Awards

Bottom line

I’m a huge A380 fan, so I’m thrilled anytime that more A380 routes are announced. I just wish British Airways weren’t so stingy with premium cabin award space nowadays, especially in light of their fuel surcharges. It really takes a bit of value out of the Travel Together Companion Voucher.

Comments

  1. Though it seems that the MIA route has no availability, just like the LAX route, the IAD route isn’t bad at all, and the SFO route is good if you book in advance. As far as international routes go, the JNB/HKG/SIN routes have great availability, and they have less fuel surcharges compared to their American counterparts. Just a little tip. šŸ™‚

    I also think another reason BA isn’t flying the A380 to JFK is that T7 would have to be remodeled to accommodate the A380, and remodeling T7 in the crappy state it is in now doesn’t seem to be worth it.

    The only way we’d see the BA A380 at JFK is if AA expanded T8, (including adding A380 gates, which T8 also doesn’t have) and BA moved in, a project that has been proposed. And since T8 can’t take the A380, JFK probably won’t see the QR A380 anytime soon.

  2. Is the other good news in this announcement that MIA will then be officially “infrastructured up” to accommodate some long-range Asian flights?

  3. I’m quite certain the BA terminal at JFK can’t currently handle an A380 (the gates are so close together that aircraft typically have to be towed into the gate as it is), not to mention the departing and arriving passenger facilities in the terminal are already straining. Presumably while they continue to debate moving to Terminal 8 with American they’re not going to make any investment in changing that, either.

  4. What is your take on the hefty fuel surcharges. Why don’t more airlines charge $1200 to redeem your frequent flyer points for a premium cabin award?

  5. @ Greg — Well, a vast majority of airlines DO impose fuel surcharges on award tickets. Some US carriers are in the minority by not charging them.

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