British Airways is still in the process of taking delivery of some of their 12 A380s. Prior to now, the only two US routes on which they scheduled A380 service were Los Angeles and Washington Dulles.
It looks like they’re about to get a third A380 destination in the US. British Airways will start A380 service between London Heathrow and San Francisco as of March 29, 2015. The service will operate five times weekly (every day except Tuesdays and Wednesdays), replacing the 747-400 which presently operates their second daily frequency (the other frequency will continue to be operated by a 747-400).
This A380 frequency will operate with the following schedule:
BA286 San Francisco to London departing 7:05PM arriving 1:15PM (+1 day)
BA287 London to San Francisco departing 2:05PM arriving 4:55PM
British Airways A380 first class
- Both the A380 and 747-400 have 14 first class seats
- The A380 has 97 business class seats while the 747-400 has 70 business class seats (net increase of 27 seats)
- The A380 has 55 premium economy seats while the 747-400 has 30 premium economy seats (net increase of 25 seats)
- The A380 has 303 economy seats while the 747-400 has 185 economy seats (net increase of 118 seats)
British Airways A380 business class
Typically when an aircraft change is announced on a route you can expect some additional award inventory in the classes of service which experience a capacity increase.
British Airways nonstop first and business class award seats from San Francisco are typically almost impossible to come by in advance, so it is interesting to note that British Airways has released some additional business class space on the new A380 route.
For example, in the first month or so of A380 service, here are some of the dates with nonstop business class award availability (you’ll note the space is all on days of the week other than Tuesday and Wednesday, which are still operated by a 747-400):
So while there’s not a ton of additional space — especially over summer — it’s better than nothing.
In the case of British Airways, the A380 does represent a huge product improvement over the 747. The first class product on the A380 is substantially better and more spacious, while the other cabins having more seats should in theory lead to more award availability.
For reviews of British Airways first class, see here: