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BA announces its latest, longest route
The title of longest non-stop route on the British Airways network will pass to a new destination in January when flights begin to the Chilean capital of Santiago.
Four times a week, one of our Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners will take off from Heathrow and cover the 11,649km (7,238 mile) distance in about 14 hours 40 minutes. The current furthest non-stop route is Buenos Aires, a mere 11,083km (6,887 miles) from London.
Santiago becomes the latest destination in Latin America to join the BA network, following the recent launch of direct services to San Jose in Costa Rica and Lima in Peru. Besides Buenos Aires, the airline also serves Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo in Brazil.
Alex Cruz, chairman and CEO, says: “In recent years we have been increasing our services to South and Central America, reflecting the area’s continued growth in both business and tourism. The Chilean economy has been steadily growing, with increasing trade links to Europe, so this new direct route will respond to the need for travel between the two capital cities to do business face-to-face.
“Equally, Chile is of enormous appeal to leisure travellers, especially those looking for adventure, exploration and experiences, thanks to its outstanding and diverse natural beauty and attractions – and its great food and wine.”
British Airways’ only previous experience of serving Santiago was in the 1990s as a ‘tag-on’ route via Buenos Aires.
The new service begins on January 3. Flights will depart from Heathrow on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 22:00 and arrive in Santiago at 09:40 local time the following day. The return flight will depart at 18:45 arriving back in London at 12:05 local the following day.
British Airways is taking delivery of 11 787-9s this year, after five of the new type arrived last year. They feature a new First cabin, designed as a very private eight-suite space, with four additional storage areas around each seat, a 23-inch fixed screen and a smart 'jog-dial' to manage the seat's recline, lumbar support and headrest.