British Airways will start flights with A380 to San Francisco next summer.
The new service leads a raft of frequency improvements, including more flights to Miami and Cape Town.
The City by the Bay will be the second city in California after Los Angeles. And with flights about to start to Washington DC on October 2, San Francisco will become the third US destination to welcome the superjumbo. It will also start services to Singapore on October 28. British Airways’ flagship luxurious double-decker, offering stylish seating for 469 customers, will operate five services a week during the summer months.
The airline is shortly to take delivery of its seventh A380.
Lynne Embleton, British Airways’ director of strategy, said: “San Francisco is a firm favourite with our customers so we couldn’t be happier that they’ll be able to fly there on one of the newest and most advanced aircraft in our fleet.
he A380 will fly from Heathrow’s Terminal 5 as the BA287 on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and return as the BA286. British Airways operates a total of fourteen flights a week to San Francisco.
British Airways is also increasing flights a week on to Miami, from fourteen to seventeen a week, from March 30, 2015 to May 2, 2015. The increase will continue on from the winter 2014 season for five weeks, up to and including the busy Easter holiday period. It will then revert to a double daily service.
Increased capacity to Cape Town will be good news for holiday-makers for the start of the summer 2015 season. Flights will increase to fourteen a week from March 29 to April 27, then revert to nine a week.