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Aviation: London Airports update, July 2019

All information courtesy of Jim Liu –

Qatar Airways adds 777-300ER London Gatwick service in 3Q19

Qatar Airways starting today is increasing capacity on Doha – London Gatwick route, as 1 of 3 daily flight scheduled with 777-300ER aircraft, as QR327/328. Both 358 and 412-seater 777-300ER will operate this flight, from 01JUL19 to 15SEP19, replacing 787-8.

QR327 DOH0815 – 1330LGW 77W x15

QR327 DOH0830 – 1345LGW 77W 1

QR327 DOH0845 – 1400LGW 77W 5

QR328 LGW1515 – 2359DOH 77W D

British Airways Calgary aircraft changes as of 01JUL19

British Airways in recent weeks filed aircraft changes for London Heathrow – Calgary route, in summer 2020 season. From 29MAR20, 2 of 7 weekly to be operated by Boeing 787-9, switching to 3 weekly from 20MAY20. First Class cabin on Boeing 787-9 is not open for sale for Calgary market.

BA103 LHR1830 – 2025YYC 788 x357

BA103 LHR1830 – 2025YYC 789 357

BA102 YYC2215 – 1355+1LHR 788 x357

BA102 YYC2215 – 1355+1LHR 789 357

Day 3 operated by 787-8 from 29MAR29 to 16MAY20.

TUI Airways UK Muscat charter operations

TUI Airways UK in winter 2019/20 once again operates limited-time charter service to Muscat. In the second-consecutive winter season, planned operation includes the following:

London Gatwick – Muscat

TOM120 LGW0930 – 2020MCT 788 21NOV19

TOM120 LGW1200 – 2150MCT 788 16APR20

TOM121 MCT2235 – 0230+1LGW 788 21NOV19

TOM121 MCT2350 – 0445+1LGW 788 16APR20

British Airways London – Gran Canaria service changes

British Airways in winter 2019/20 season is adjusting service for London – Gran Canaria/Las Palmas route, reflected in last week’s schedule update. From 25OCT19, BA will operate 3 weekly London Gatwick – Gran Canaria/Las Palmas route, with Airbus A320 aircraft. Existing London Heathrow – Gran Canaria/Las Palmas service will be discontinued from 04NOV19.

BA2600 LGW1020 – 1440LPA 320 6

BA2600 LGW1320 – 1740LPA 320 1

BA2600 LGW1425 – 1845LPA 320 5

BA2601 LPA1535 – 1950LGW 320 6

BA2601 LPA1835 – 2300LGW 320 1

BA2601 LPA1930 – 2350LGW 320 5

British Airways Mumbai gradual service increase from Dec 2019

British Airways on Tuesday (02JUL19) adjusted London Heathrow – Mumbai service for winter 2019/20 and summer 2020 season. In winter 2019/20 season, service operates 17 weekly instead of 14, from 26DEC19 to 06FEB20 (LHR departure). BA135/134 to be operated by 4-class 777-200ER.

BA135 LHR2135 – 1210+1BOM 777 146

BA134 BOM0245 – 0725LHR 777 257

From 01MAR20, BA will increase overall service to 21 weekly, with BA135/134 operated by 787-9 with new timing. This will switch to 4-class 777-200ER from 28MAR20, the launch of summer 2020 season.

Schedule below is effective 01MAR20 – 27MAR20.

BA139 LHR0945 – 0015+1BOM 777 D

BA135 LHR1215 – 0250+1BOM 789 D

BA199 LHR2040 – 1115+1BOM 777 D

BA138 BOM0215 – 0655LHR 777 D

BA134 BOM0450 – 0930LHR 789 D

BA198 BOM1315 – 1755LHR 777 D

Schedule below is effective 28MAR20. Previously reported, BA139/138 is currently displaying 3-class 777-200ER service, replacing 787-9.

BA139 LHR1005 – 2355BOM 777 D

BA135 LHR1710 – 0700+1BOM 777 D

BA199 LHR2125 – 1110+1BOM 777 D

BA138 BOM0155 – 0705LHR 777 D

BA134 BOM0900 – 1415LHR 777 D

BA198 BOM1310 – 1825LHR 777 D

Royal Air Maroc resumes Rabat – London Gatwick route

Royal Air Maroc in winter 2019/20 season plans to resume Rabat – London Gatwick service, previously served on regular basis until September 2017 (the airline also operated one-time flight in April 2018 and April 2019). From 31OCT19, Embraer E190 aircraft will operate this route once a week.

AT804 RBA1555 – 1800LGW E90 4

AT805 LGW1900 – 2310RBA E90 4

British Airways London Gatwick – North Africa frequency changes

British Airways in winter 2019/20 season is adjusting operational frequencies for North Africa service from London Gatwick, reflected in recent schedule update. Planned frequency variations as follow.

London Gatwick – Algiers 05NOV19 – 15DEC19 Reduce from 6 to 5 weekly

London Gatwick – Marrakech eff 27OCT19 Increase from 8 weekly in W18 to 9 weekly (Except 05JAN20 – 14FEB20)

China Southern Guangzhou long-haul changes as of 03JUL19

China Southern in the last few days gradually filed operation changes for Northern winter 2019/20 season, effective from 27OCT19. The following focuses on the changes for long-haul operation out of Guangzhou. Additional changes expected in the next few weeks. Note all effective dates is based on Guangzhou departure.

Guangzhou – London Heathrow eff 27OCT19 787-9 continues to operate 1 daily, replacing previously filed 787-8

Wizz Air UK adds London – Stavanger service from mid-Sep 2019

Wizz Air UK from September 2019 plans to introduce London Luton – Stavanger service, on board Airbus A321 aircraft. Initially service operates 4 weekly from 16SEP19, reducing to 3 weekly from 28OCT19 (4 weekly also scheduled from 22DEC19 – 10JAN20).

Planned schedule from 16SEP19 to 25OCT19 as follows.

W98119 LTN1715 – 1955SVG 321 x246

W98120 SVG2030 – 2115LTN 321 x246

Separately, the airline’s new London Luton – Turku route is now sees 2 weekly A321 and 1 weekly A320, from 02JUL19 to 14SEP19. The airline previously scheduled 3 weekly A320 from 02JUL19.

Thomas Cook adds London Gatwick – Marrakech service

Thomas Cook Airlines in winter 2019/20 season plans to offer new route to Morocco, where the airline scheduled London Gatwick – Marrakech route. From 01NOV19 to 28APR20, Airbus A321 aircraft operates this route twice weekly.

MT260 LGW0600 – 1035RAK 32B 5

MT262 LGW0810 – 1245RAK 32B 2

MT261 RAK1135 – 1410LGW 32B 5

MT263 RAK1400 – 1635LGW 32B 2

Wizz Air UK W19 operation changes as of 04JUL19

Wizz Air UK (W9) in the last few weeks filed operational schedule and aircraft in the GDS and OAG, for winter 2019/20 season from 27OCT19. The following is a list of operation changes, based on comparison with winter 2018/19 season (W18) or summer 2019 (S19).

Note this list only focusing on changes to Wizz Air London UK operations, excluding Wizz Air overall service in the UK.

London Luton – Bari 2 weekly A320/321 (4 weekly A321 20DEC19 – 05JAN20; W18: A320)

London Luton – Belgrade 3 weekly A321 (4 weekly 22DEC19 – 10JAN20; W18: A320)

London Luton – Bergen 3 weekly A320 (4 weekly 22DEC19 – 10JAN20; S19: 4 weekly A321)

London Luton – Bourgas 2 weekly A321 (W18: 3 weekly A320)

London Luton – Catania 2 weekly A321 (3 weekly 19DEC19 – 07JAN20; S19: 3 weekly A320)

London Luton – Constanta 3 weekly A321 (W18: A320)

London Luton – Eilat (Ramon – Eilat) Service not offered in W19 (Ramon – Eilat Airport replaces Ovda Airport)

London Luton – Kaunas 5 weekly A321 (6 weekly from 24DEC19; W18: 6-7 weekly A320)

London Luton – Kosice 5 weekly A321 (7 weekly 20DEC19 – 05JAN20; W18: 7 weekly)

London Luton – Larnaca 9 weekly A321 (10 weekly 19DEC19 – 07JAN20; W18: 6 weekly)

London Luton – Lisbon 6 weekly A320 (7 weekly from 24DEC19; W18: 6-7 weekly A321)

London Luton – Ljubljana 3 weekly A321 (4 weekly from 22DEC19; W18: 4 weekly A320)

London Luton – Lublin 7 weekly A321 (8 weekly A321 and 1 weekly A320 22DEC19 – 05JAN20)

London Luton – Olsztyn-Mazury 2 weekly A321 (3 weekly 19DEC19 – 07JAN20; W18: A320)

London Luton – Oslo 6 weekly A321 (7 weekly 24DEC19 – 06JAN20; S19: 7 weekly A321)

London Luton – Palanga 2 weekly A320/321 (4 weekly from 20DEC19, 3 weekly from 08JAN20; W18: A321)

London Luton – Porto 2 weekly A320 (3 weekly 19DEC19 – 07JAN20; S19: 3 weekly A321)

London Luton – Poznan 5 weekly A320 / 2 weekly A321 (20DEC19 – 08JAN20 4 weekly A320 / 3 weekly A321; W18: Up to 8 weekly A320)

London Luton – Prague 5 weekly A320/321 (7 weekly A320 19DEC19 – 04JAN20; W18: A321)

London Luton – Pristina 3 weekly A320 (4 weekly 22DEC19 – 10JAN20; W18: 3-4 weekly)

London Luton – Satu Mare 2 weekly A320

London Luton – Suceava 7 weekly A320 / 2 weekly A321 (W18: A321)

London Luton – Stavanger 3 weekly A321 (4 weekly 22DEC19 – 10JAN20; S19: 4 weekly A321)

London Luton – Tallinn 2 weekly A320 (W18: 2-3 weekly; S19: A321)

London Luton – Tatry 2 weekly A321 (3 weekly 19DEC19 – 07JAN20; W18: A320/321)

London Luton – Thessaloniki 3 weekly A321 (4 weekly 22DEC19 – 10JAN20; S19: 4 weekly A321)

London Luton – Tirana 6 weekly A321 (7 weekly 24DEC19 – 04JAN20; W18: 4 weekly A320)

London Luton – Tirgu Mures 3 weekly A320 (W18: 3-4 weekly)

London Luton – Tromso 2 weekly A320 (A321 from 06JAN20)

London Luton – Turku 2 weekly A320 (3 weekly 19DEC19 – 07JAN20; S19: 3 weekly A320/321)

London Luton – Verona 2 weekly A320 (Seasonal service from 21DEC19, A321 from 07JAN20)

Asiana Airlines Long-Haul changes as of 04JUL19

Asiana Airlines this week adjusted additional long-haul service for winter 2019/20 season, effective 27OCT19. Planned changes as follow.

Seoul Incheon – London Heathrow eff 27OCT19 Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly (Day x13), A350-900XWB operating

Virgin Atlantic adds A350 New York JFK service from Sep 2019

Virgin Atlantic on Friday (05JUL19) opened reservation for its planned Airbus A350-1000XWB service, currently scheduled for London Heathrow – New York JFK route. From 10SEP19, the A350 operates 6 weekly flights, initially as VS153/138, switching to VS137/138 from 25SEP19.

Initially service operates 6 weekly. Additional A350-operating service will be filed in the next few weeks.

10SEP19 – 26OCT19 Day x4

27OCT19 – 28MAR20 Day x2 (Selected period sees service operates as Day x26 due to seasonal adjustment in 1Q20)

Following schedule effective 10SEP19 – 26OCT19.

VS153 LHR1330 – 1625JFK 351 x4 (until 24SEP19)

VS137 LHR1150 – 1450JFK 351 x4 (eff 25SEP19)

VS138 JFK1900 – 0720+1LHR 351 x4

Air India July – Oct 2019 UK service adjustments

Air India in late-June 2019 adjusted service on selected routes to the UK, including planned service resumption on Amritsar – Birmingham being delayed, while additional capacity for Mumbai – London service extended into the end of the season.

Mumbai – London Heathrow 01JUL19 – 26OCT19 777-300ER continues to operate during this period, replacing 787-8

AI131 BOM0630 – 1130LHR 77W D

AI130 LHR1315 – 0245+1BOM 77W D

Beijing Capital Qingdao – London inventory changes as of 05JUL19

Beijing Capital Airlines recently adjusted inventory update for Qingdao – London Heathrow for winter 2019/20 season. From 11NOV19 to 01DEC19, service is temporary suspended during this period. From 03JAN20, only full fare C/Y-class is available to booking the GDS, although flights are not listed on the airline’s website.

JD431 TAO1500 – 1950LHR 332 15

JD432 LHR2150 – 1650+1TAO 332 15

British Airways July 2019 Cairo aircraft changes

British Airways in last week’s schedule update filed aircraft changes for London Heathrow – Cairo route on temporary basis. From 09JUL19 to 19JUL19 (LHR departure), Airbus A321neo aircraft will replace Boeing 787-8 aircraft on this route, operating on daily basis.

BA155 LHR1715 – 2315CAI 32Q x57

BA155 LHR1715 – 2315CAI 32Q 57

BA154 CAI0800 – 1210LHR 32Q D

Thomas Cook adds one-time Seychelles service in Nov 2019

Thomas Cook Airlines in November 2019 scheduled one-time service on London Gatwick – Mahe Island (Seychelles) route, on board Airbus A330-200 aircraft. Planned schedule and operational day as follow.

MT3866 LGW0805 – 2155SEZ 332 14NOV19

MT3867 SEZ0055 – 0740LGW 332 15NOV19

British Airways Long-Haul changes as of 08JUL19

British Airways in last week’s schedule update filed additional changes to long-haul service for winter 2019/20 season, effective from 27OCT19. Following is the latest adjustment not covered on Airlineroute last week.

London Gatwick – New York JFK

14JAN20 – 10FEB20 Previously reported, service suspended during this period

24FEB20 – 08MAR20 3-class 226-seater 777-200ER replaces 336-seater

London Heathrow – Abu Dhabi 777-200ER replaces 787-9 during following period: 27OCT19 – 31DEC19 (Previously reported), 01MAR20 – 28MAR20

London Heathrow – Delhi BA143/142 4-class 777-200ER replaces 787-9 during following period: 13NOV19 – 22NOV19, 02FEB20 – 22FEB20, 26MAR20 – 28MAR20

London Heathrow – Mumbai Increase from 14 weekly to following (previously reported):

26DEC19 – 06FEB20 17 weekly, BA135/134 operated by 777-200ER

01MAR20 – 28MAR20 21 weekly, BA135/134 operated by 787-9

BA199/198 First Class reservation closed for travel on/after 06NOV19

London Heathrow – Shanghai Pu Dong 24DEC19 – 07FEB20 Reduce from 10 to 7 weekly

Virgin Atlantic schedules limited-time A330-200 Boston service in Dec 2019

Virgin Atlantic during the month of December 2019 scheduled limited-time Airbus A330-200 service from London Heathrow, currently assigned on London Heathrow – Boston route. The A330-200 is scheduled to operate VS011/012 service on 17DEC19 and 18DEC19, instead of A330-300/787-9.

VS011 LHR1635 – 1925BOS 332

VS012 BOS2150 – 0930+1LHR 332

British Airways Beijing airport changes from late-Oct 2019

British Airways in the last 24 hours filed service changes for London Heathrow – Beijing route, as the airline announced it’ll operate service to/from Beijing Daxing (PKX), replacing existing service at Beijing Capital (PEK). Boeing 787-9 operates this route for winter season, 777-300ER in summer.

First flight departing for Beijing Daxing is scheduled on 27OCT19 from LHR. Reservation is now available.

BA039 LHR1615 – 1025+1PKX 789 D

BA038 PKX1210 – 1525LHR 789 D

China Southern July/August 2019 Zhengzhou – London aircraft changes

China Southern Airlines since last week adjusted operational aircraft for Zhengzhou – London Heathrow route, served twice a week. From 02JUL19 to 27AUG19, this route is operated by Airbus A330, replacing Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.

Operational schedule as follows.

CZ653 CGO1610 – 2010LHR 330 26

CZ654 LHR2210 – 1520+1CGO 330 26

British Airways Mumbai service changes as of 11JUL19

British Airways around Wednesday (10JUL19) filed additional changes to London Heathrow – Mumbai route, for winter 2019/20 season. From 06NOV19, BA199/198 service to be operated by 3-class 777-200ER, instead of 4-class aircraft. The 3-class aircraft originally scheduled to commence on 29MAR20.

BA139 LHR0945 – 0015+1BOM 777 D

BA199 LHR2040 – 1115+1BOM 777 D

BA138 BOM0215 – 0655LHR 777 D

BA198 BOM1315 – 1755LHR 777 D

Previously reported, BA is gradually increasing overall service to Mumbai, with 17 weekly flights from 26DEC19 to 06FEB20 (LHR departure), with 4-class 777-200ER operating 3 times a week as BA135/134. From 01MAR20, BA135/134 will operate daily with 787-9 (777-200ER from 29MAR20)

Uzbekistan Airways schedules limited Boeing 767 London service Aug – Oct 2019

Uzbekistan Airways between August and October 2019 scheduled Boeing 767 service on Tashkent – London Heathrow route, on selected dates. A total of 5 round-trip flights will be operated by Boeing 767, replacing 757-200. Planned 767 operational date and schedule as follows.

August 2019: 16