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With more new aircraft joining the fleet this year, expect increased frequency on long-haul routes.
British Airways will take delivery of 20 new aircraft in 2014, including five more A380s, expanding frequency and capacity of the routes served by existing fleet.
Johannesburg was the third destination to be served by the Super-Jumbo in February, following the successful introduction of the aircraft on routes to Hong Kong and Los Angeles last year. Flights to Washington will be added to the aircraft’s network in September.
The additional 787s will be introduced into four new markets, adding to BA’s existing Dreamliner routes to Newark, Toronto and, as of 3 March, Austin. On 30 March, Hyderabad will become the first long-haul destination outside of North America to be served by the 787, followed by Chengdu in May, Philadelphia in June and Calgary in July.
“Thanks to the arrival of the new aircraft – the centrepiece of our £5 billion investment in improvements for our customers – we’re delivering on our promise to introduce new destinations and an even better schedule,” said Richard Tams, head of UK and Ireland sales.
The new aircraft deployment will also allow some extra capacity and frequency to existing long-haul routes. From 6 May, the London Heathrow to Tokyo Haneda route will become a daily schedule from five times a week, and BA’s route to Mexico City will see a sixth weekly 747-400 frequency from 27 April. Cape Town will also gain three extra rotations a week in South Africa’s winter season, taking it from a daily service to 10 flights a week.