LONDON – British Airways, once again is preparing itself for a busy summer ahead. The UK-based oneworld carrier will fly to and from 26 cities in the United States directly from its hub at London Heathrow this summer.
New routes will include, Portland Oregon (PDX) which launched on the 3rd of June, while the Pittsburgh route will be relaunched on the same day after 2 years of hibernation.
Whilst on the 13th of June will see a resumption of the London to San Jose route. Meanwhile, the Newark to London route, arguably the world’s most lucrative route will be witnessing a daytime flight supporting business traffic. And the final highlight: The A380 is back.
New Route to PDX
British Airways is finally ramping up its service to the United States, with its inaugural flight to Portland performed on the 3rd of June.
The route pairing will be the only route that has a direct flight to London Heathrow from the U.S. The first flight touchdown at PDX under flight: BA0267, and will operate five times per week – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
Neil Chernoff, British Airways’ Director of Networks and Alliances said: “This summer British Airways will be flying from 26 US cities to London and we’re very excited to be adding Portland to our list of transatlantic destinations.”
“Not only are we the only airline to offer direct flights from Portland to London, but this new route also opens a wide variety of connections for our customers.”
“Through Alaska Airlines, our Oneworld partner, British Airways will offer codeshare connections to several destinations operated by Alaska Airlines from Portland.”
Relaunching of the Pittsburgh Route
The airline will fly the route all year round with four flights per week on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. British Airways, will be the only airline flying this route, similar to the London-Portland route.
The Pittsburgh route will be flown by the 787-8 Dreamliner with roundtrip fares from $740 in World Traveller (economy) and $3,565 in Club World (business).
Return of the daytime flight to Newark: A boon for business travellers
The return of this daytime flight will support business travellers from both ends in the UK and the US.
This flight will depart Newark at 7.55 am, which is convenient for travellers wishing to overnight in New York before catching this morning commute to London.
British Airways’ oneworld partner American Airlines offers an extensive connection at Newark Airport, linking the city to many destinations across North America, supporting demand for the daytime daily flight.
The Return of the Queen: the A380
The sent its A380 route to Chicago and Vancouver earlier last week, whilst Dallas Fort Worth Airport is preparing to welcome the A380 for the first time on July 1st. There are 12 A380s in the British Airways fleet offering a total of 496 seats.