British Airways starting May 2016 is resuming London Gatwick – New York JFK operation, on board 3-class Boeing 777-200ER aircraft. First flight is scheduled on 01MAY16, operating on daily basis.
BA2273 LGW1640 – 1930JFK 777 D
BA2272 JFK2200 – 1000+1LGW 777 D
BA last served this route in March 2009.
Etihad Airways is scaling back its A380 operation at London Heathrow.
The Gulf carrier will reduce its up-to-19-times weekly superjumbo service between Abu Dhabi and LHR to up-to-12-times weekly from November 23.
Flights EY019/020 will remain a daily A380 service, while flights EY011/012 will be operated by an A380 on every day apart from Wednesdays and Thursdays, when an A340 aircraft will instead fly the route.
A B777-300ER will operate flights EY017/018 on each day apart from Fridays and Sundays, when an A340 will take over, reports airlineroute.net.
Only two months ago, Etihad added a third superjumbo to its Abu Dhabi-LHR route, albeit temporarily, raising hopes of a permanent all A380 service to Heathrow (see news, August 2015).
On the same day that the airline reduces its A380 operation at LHR, November 23, Etihad will launch its A380 service to New York JFK (see news, October 8).
Virgin Atlantic wants to take over the London-Moscow route from EasyJet, according to founder Richard Branson in an interview with the Sputnik news agency.
Branson said the company became interested after EasyJet announced plans it would stop flying to Moscow next year.
“We are actually looking at possibly trying to fly to Moscow at the moment because EasyJet has just stopped flying, so we are actually thinking about maybe taking their license and flying to Moscow… So that’s possible,” he said on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
EasyJet, the only budget airline flying between Moscow and London, announced in September it was planning to end flights to Russia in March 2016 due to lack of demand, instability in the Russian economy and the tightening of the visa approval procedures.
According to the Russian-British inter-governmental agreement on flights between the two capitals, each country may be represented by a maximum of two carriers. Currently, they are Aeroflot and Transaero from Russia and EasyJet and British Airways from the UK.
In 2012, Virgin Atlantic lost the bid to EasyJet to fly to Moscow.
Last year, Virgin Atlantic reported revenue of £2.9 billion (about $4.4 billion), and flew over six million passengers.