British Airways shows network carrier credentials

The driver of the 277 London Bus which normally goes to Billingsgate in London got a bit lost when he turned up in Billund, Denmark. Fortunately he was able to get back to London Heathrow on the 11 times weekly service started by British Airways on 3 May. Cutting the ribbon, assisted by Kjeld Zacho Jørgensen, Billund Airport CEO, was Peter Rasmussen, BA Commercial Manager Northern Europe.

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo receives a scale model of a British Airways 787-9 from IAG CEO Willie Walsh. The gents were then helped in the ceremonial ribbon cutting by British Consul-General in San Francisco Priya Guha and San Jose Airport Director of Aviation Kim Becker. The oneworld airline will fly the 8,615-kilometre route on a daily basis.

British Airways’ thrice-weekly 777-200 service to Lima from London Gatwick, which started on 4 May, was launched the airline’s ambassadors, as well as some alpacas. The Lopez family were happy to get a taste of Peru before getting on the inaugural flight.

The new route celebrations continued in Peru, with traditional dancing on display in the departures lounge. The new service means that the 15th century Inca site of Machu Picchu is now a lot closer for British Airways’ passengers, including John Brown.

  • British Airways showed its true global network carrier credentials over the past seven days, launching four routes, one domestic, one European and two long-haul from two of its London bases. While none of the routes will face any direct competition, Billund is served from London Stansted by Ryanair, and BA itself flies to the Danish city from London City; easyJet flies to Inverness from its London Luton and London Gatwick bases. Both long-haul routes are unserved by competition from any London airport. See how Billund and Lima airports FTWAs compares to others from around the world.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
3 May London Heathrow (LHR) Billund (BLL) A32S (11)
Inverness (INV) A32S (7)
4 May London Gatwick (LGW) Lima (LIM) B772 (3)
London Heathrow (LHR) San Jose (SJC) B789 (7)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 10 May.

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