British Airways flies the flag into its third Japanese destination

British Airways Osaka Kansai

British Airways launched flights between London Heathrow and Osaka Kansai on 31 March. Among those pictured cutting the ribbon in Japan along with the crew is Moran Birger, Head of Sales, Middle East and Asia Pacific, British Airways (centre). The carrier will operate the 9,527-kilometre route four times weekly using 787-8s.

  • British Airways launched its newest long-haul route from London Heathrow (LHR) on 31 March, with it beginning a four times weekly service to Osaka Kansai (KIX). This becomes the oneworld member’s third route to Japan, with it already linking its Heathrow hub with Tokyo’s Haneda and Narita airports. No other carrier presently flies the 9,527-kilometre sector. Along with adding Osaka to its network this week, BA has also expanded its Spanish route offering from the capital, with it linking Heathrow to Valencia (VLC), while London Gatwick (LGW) has gained new services to Bilbao (BIO) and Almeria (LEI). Details of the carrier’s new routes can be found in the following table.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
31-Mar London Heathrow (LHR) Osaka Kansai (KIX) B788 (4)  
Valencia (VLC) A320 (9)  
London Gatwick (LGW) Bilbao (BIO) A319 (11) Vueling (6)
01-Apr Almeria (LEI) A319 (3) easyJet (7)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 2 April. WF = Weekly frequencies.

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