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!
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.
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.
British Airways 747 first class
The British Airways A380 first class seats have a similar design, though don’t feel nearly as confined.
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…
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.