As preparations continue for the first proper commercial flights of BA’s first A380, the airline has announced the third route to utilise the plane – Johannesburg.
The airliner is currently timetabled to fly the route from 12th February 2014, although it is reported that BA will bring the date forward if it can. Initially, three flights a week will use an A380, increasing to six a week from March 2014.
This will hopefully free up some Avios award availability to the region, which has become very tight since South African Airways dropped London to Cape Town. Europe to South Africa has always been troublesome for airlines, because it typically requires the aircraft to spend 10-12 hours on the ground before returning due to take off and landing restrictions.
As I wrote recently, the first scheduled route for the A380 is Los Angeles from 24th September, followed by Hong Kong from 22nd October. It has also been announced that Los Angeles will increase to 2 x A380 rotations per day from the new year.