British Airways has made some pretty big changes to its 787-9 Dreamliner schedules including bringing forward (quite a bit) the introduction of the 787-9 Dreamliner on some routes, removing it from one route (albeit temporarily) and flying it, for a limited time, to a couple of destinations not mentioned on the 787-9 schedules up until now.
Here are the changes as they stand so far [HT: airlineroute]
British Airways 787-9 Dreamliner Schedule Changes
London Heathrow – Austin
Proposed 787-9 Dreamliner service will go ahead as planned from 1 February but, unlike what was previously scheduled, it will now cease between 27 March and 30 July. British Airways will be employing a 4-class 777-200ER in place of the Dreamliner for those dates. The affected flight numbers are BA191/190.
Although the route will, temporarily, be getting an older plane the aircraft swap does come with a few bonuses.
- The 777-200 has 6 more First Class seats
- The 777-200 has 6 more Club World seats
- The 777-200 has 1 more Premium Economy seat
Hopefully this will make premium cabin redemptions and upgrades a little easier to get on this route for the limited time the 777-200 is operating on it.
ExpertFlyer shows the 787-9 returning to the route from 31 July:
London Heathrow – Houston
British Airways is bringing forward the introduction of their 787-9 Dreamliner on this route. Originally scheduled to replace the 777-200 for flights 197/196 from 1 August the Dreamliner will now take over the route on 27 March.
This, in effect, decreases the number of premium cabin seats on this route but, as British Airways has an earlier flight (195/194) that will continue to be operated by a 777-200, this shouldn’t make too much of a difference to award/upgrade availability.
British Airways 787-9 First Class
London Heathrow – Newark
As with the Houston route, Newark wasn’t supposed to get 787-9 Dreamliner service until 1 August but this has now been brought forward to 2 April.
The introduction of the 787-9 to this route will be gradual with the stretched Dreamliner sharing flights 189/188 with its smaller sibling – the 787-8 – through to 1 August when it will take over the route on a daily basis.
While all the changes on this route should cause passengers to check their seat assignments, the big change to look out for is for the swap-over between the 787-8 and 787-9 Dreamliners. The former doesn’t have a first class cabin so, if you’re booked to fly in First Class on any of these dates, be sure to check your reservation.
British Airways 787-9 First Class
British Airways 787-9 Dreamliner New Routes
London Heathrow – Philadelphia
This route will see intermittent 787-9 Dreamliner service between 9 April and 25 July 2016. The aircraft being replaced is a 777-200 so, overall, the route will see a big decrease in First Class capacity and a small decrease in Business Class capacity
London Heathrow – Calgary
The introduction of the 787-9 Dreamliner up to 7x/week on this route (7 May – 3 June & 27 July -15 August) in place of the smaller 787-8, sees First Class return and 7 more seats in the Club World cabin.
The biggest bonus, however, will probably be the increase in World Traveller Plus seats from 25 to 39. World Traveller Plus is the lowest cabin you can book into if you want to upgrade into Business Class on British Airways so competition for this cain can be fierce – 14 extra seats should help quite a few people out.
British Airways 787-9 Dreamliner Unchanged Route
London Heathrow – San Jose CA
The planned 787-9 Dreamliner service launch on 4 May remains unchanged.
If you’re booked to fly on any of these routes from the end of March onwards you should check your reservations to ensure that (a) you’re still sitting in a seat you want to be in and, more importantly, (b) you’re still in the cabin you originally booked into.
If you were booked into First Class on a flight that no longer offers that cabin you should call into British Airways as soon as possible to make sure you get your preferred choice of alternate flight.
Also, even if you haven’t been affected by these schedule changes, it’s worth remembering that all these flights could sill change again, so keep an eye on your reservations just in case.
All images courtesy of British Airways