British Airways has just announced its next A380 destination will be Vancouver. It will launch a daily service in the summer of 2016, making it the first scheduled Airbus A380 passenger service in Vancouver.
The carrier will roster the superjumbo on to flights BA084 and BA085 from 1st May 2016 between London Heathrow and Vancouver International Airport. The A380 flight will be replacing the Boeing 747-400 which presently operates the route.
The launch of the new flight will mean a capacity boost for Vancouver as well as offering the best of British Airways product, which can be found on the carrier’s A380s. The First Class cabin on the jumbo aircraft, for example, has significantly more space than the Boeing 747-400, whilst Business Class is split between the lower and upper deck.
The deployment of the A380 on British Airways’ Vancouver route is a slight departure from where the airline usually operate the superjumbo. Being a relatively recent airline to begin taking delivery of the A380, BA have been flying the aircraft almost exclusively to airports that already receive a significant amount of A380 traffic, such as Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Los Angeles and Singapore.
The outbound service will be operated by flight BA085 departing London Heathrow at 17:15, arriving into Vancouver at 18:40. The return service will be operated by flight BA084 which will depart Vancouver at 20:50 and land back in London Heathrow at 14:00 the following day.
Meanwhile, the other LHR-YVR BA service on flights BA086 and BA087 will increase from five times per week to a daily service. The aircraft will also change from a B747-400 to a B777-200ER as of the 15th May.