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As spotted by Simple Flying, British Airways is bringing its long haul Boeing 777 and 787 aircraft to selected European flights this Spring.

This is not the first time this has happened – during covid, BA operated a number of widebody flights to European destinations for cargo reasons, including to Athens.

British Airways has historically operated a widebody flight (usually a 777) to Madrid for cargo reasons, although this appears to no longer be the case. Iberia continues to operate its once-daily A350 service to London which makes it the best way to travel between the two cities.

British Airways 787

This time around the destinations and service are a bit more select, with the majority of widebody flights going to Frankfurt. However, a couple of services are also running to more tourist-focused cities – Berlin and Dublin. Simple Flying dug up the following dates:

Frankfurt

  • February 18, 25
  • March 4, 6, 7, 11, 16, 23, 24
  • April 3, 4, 5, 7, 10, 11, 12 (x2), 14, 17, 18, 19, 21, 24, 25, 26, 28

Berlin

  • March 4, 25

Dublin

  • March 5, 7

If you are booked on one of the widebody services you’ll either get BA’s new Club Suite on the 777s, or the older yin-yang seat on the 787s.

Whilst Club Suite is the better product, the old seat is still a massive upgrade on the Club Europe seat you’d otherwise get on an A320.

Titan Airways British Airways charter

…. or you might end up on Titan Airways

It’s not all good news for short haul flyers.

British Airways appears to be facing a shortage of aircraft and/or pilots and/or cabin crew for its short haul operation, which is why the 777 is being used on certain routes.

This doesn’t seem to be enough extra capacity. In addition, British Airways has leased various aircraft from Titan Airways, complete with crew.

Titan aircraft will be operating selected services to Athens, Barcelona, Geneva, Lisbon, Manchester, Marrakech, Nice, Rome, Vienna, Warsaw and Zurich from Heathrow. The swaps will run from 16th February to 12th March.

If you wish, you will be allowed to change your flight by +/- 2 days to another British Airways flight which is operated by BA itself. No refunds are allowed.

That said, Titan Airways and its crew have a decent reputation so I wouldn’t rush to swap. Here is Rob’s review of a Titan Airways flight.


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Comments (77)

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  • E4 Traveller says:

    I can’t wait to book my weekend away in Frankfurt. (Said nobody.)

    • Hardpack says:

      That is so true. Having been, I can see why bankers prefer London or anywhere else

  • vlcnc says:

    According to OneMileAtATime, this is not the case and was an error. Apparently access has not been changed.

    https://onemileatatime.com/news/virgin-atlantic-clubhouses-plaza-premium-access/

  • Sam says:

    I am gold with VS and visit the LHR clubhouse around once a month. Don’t know why people keep saying it’s overcrowded. It’s really not. I mean it’s not empty, but compared to BA J, BA F, even BA CCR at T5 the VS clubhouse is never that crowded.

  • Davey says:

    BA0986 to Berlin on 4th March has been swapped back to a single aisle. Que cancellation . Hope I can get money back as I paid to reserve the seats as well

  • Trevor Neil says:

    I booked the BA flight LHR DUB on the 777 business 5/3/23 It has not been altered to a single body yet.

  • Simon says:

    Looks like both the Berlin flights have been swapped to regular single aisle planes

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