Aviation: London Airports update, August 2019
All information courtesy of Jim Liu – RoutesOnline.com
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Biman Bangladesh W19 London aircraft changes Biman Bangladesh Airlines filed aircraft changes for London Heathrow service in winter 2019/20 season. From 27OCT19, the 4 weekly Dhaka – London Heathrow – Sylhet – Dhaka will be operated by Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, instead of 777-300ER.
BG001 DAC0955 – 1555LHR 788 x124
BG202 LHR1820 – 0925+1ZYL1025+1 – 1105+1DAC 788 x124
Virgin Atlantic expands A350 New York service from late-Sep 2019 Virgin Atlantic filed expanded Airbus A350-1000XWB service on London Heathrow – New York JFK route, as the airline schedules 2 nd daily rotation with the A350 from 24SEP19. Planned A350-1000XWB service entry on 10SEP19 remains unchanged. Planned schedule as follows, Summer 2019 season
VS137 LHR1150 – 1450JFK 351 D 25SEP19 – 26OCT19
VS153 LHR1330 – 1625JFK 351 x4 10SEP19 – 24SEP19
VS045 LHR1430 – 1725JFK 351 x4 24SEP19 – 26OCT19
VS138 JFK1900 – 0720+1LHR 351 x4 10SEP19 – 25SEP19
VS138 JFK1900 – 0720+1LHR 351 D 26SEP19 – 25OCT19
VS154 JFK2030 – 0845+1LHR 351 x4 24SEP19 – 26OCT19
Winter 2019/20 season from 27OCT19 (schedule listed below 03NOV19 – 07MAR20. Selected period will see frequency reduction based on seasonal demand)
VS137 LHR1230 – 1520JFK 351 x2
VS009 LHR1555 – 1855JFK 351 D
VS138 JFK2100 – 0900+1LHR 351 x2
VS010 JFK2200 – 0950+1LHR 351 D
AerLingus accelerates A321neo LR Dublin – London service AerLingus moved forward Airbus A321neo LR service on Dublin – London Heathrow route, previously scheduled from 01NOV19. The new A321 variant is now scheduled to operate for 01OCT19 on daily basis.
Following is operational schedule from 01OCT19 to 26OCT19.
EI154 DUB0730 – 0905LHR 32Q 135
EI156 DUB0830 – 1000LHR 32Q x135
EI155 LHR0950 – 1120DUB 32Q 135
EI157 LHR1050 – 1220DUB 32Q x135
Jazeera adds Kuwait – London Gatwick service from late-Oct 2019
Jazeera Airways London service
Jazeera Airways announced new service launch to the UK, where it’ll operate Kuwait City – London Gatwick nonstop flight. Operated by Airbus A320neo, the low-cost carrier will serve this route daily from 27OCT19.
J9001 KWI0645 – 1050LGW 32N 7
J9001 KWI0740 – 1145LGW 32N 5
J9001 KWI0835 – 1240LGW 32N 4
J9001 KWI0840 – 1245LGW 32N 123
J9001 KWI1100 – 1505LGW 32N 6
J9002 LGW1235 – 2155KWI 32N 7
J9002 LGW1345 – 2305KWI 32N 234
J9002 LGW1355 – 2315KWI 32N 1
J9002 LGW1400 – 2320KWI 32N 56
Virgin Atlantic Caribbean Network changes London Gatwick – Antigua eff 08JUN20 3 weekly VS033/034 terminator service reduced to 1 weekly, A330-200 operating (Overall service to Antigua will increase from 3 to 4 weekly with additional routing adjustment) London Gatwick – Antigua – Grenada eff 08JUN20 2 weekly A330-200, new routing (replacing London Gatwick – St. Lucia – Grenada)
VS101 LGW0905 – 1250ANU1420 – 1550GND 332 15
VS102 GND1705 – 1835ANU1945 – 0850+1LGW 332 15
London Gatwick – Antigua – Tobago eff 14JUN20 1 weekly A330-200, new routing (replacing London Gatwick – St. Lucia – Tobago)
VS195 LGW0900 – 1245ANU1420 – 1550TAB 332 7
VS196 TAB1945 – 1835ANU1945 – 0850+1ANU 332 7
London Gatwick – Barbados A330-200 operating on following, instead of 747-400:
01APR20 – 09MAY20 Day 356
12MAY20 – 18JUL20 Day x147
23JUL20 – 03SEP20 Day 47
London Gatwick – Havana eff 09JUN20 Service transferring to London Heathrow
London Gatwick – St. Lucia – Grenada eff 08JUN20 2 weekly A330-200 service cancelled. Grenada re-routed via Antigua
London Heathrow – St. Lucia – Tobago eff 14JUN20 1 weekly A330-200 service cancelled. Tobago re-routed via Antigua (Overall service to St. Lucia will be cancelled)
London Heathrow – Havana eff 09JUN20 2 weekly A330-300, replacing London Gatwick service
VS147 LHR1150 – 1655HAV 333 26
VS148 HAV1900 – 0915+1LHR 333 26
LEVEL / Vueling Amsterdam – London service changes
LEVEL from 15AUG19 is increasing Amsterdam – London Luton service, as the airline operates 2nd daily flight. With this service increase, Vueling will no longer operate this route.
VK8404 AMS0700 – 0710LTN 321 D
VK8406 AMS1900 – 1910LTN 321 D
VK8405 LTN0755 – 1010AMS 321 D
VK8407 LTN1950 – 2205AMS 321 D
Separately, LEVEL since 21JUN19 took over Vueling’s operation on Amsterdam – Rome route, operating up to 2 daily, instead of 1 daily each LEVEL and Vueling.
Virgin Atlantic further expands A350 New York JFK service in W19 Virgin Atlantic continues to file expanded Airbus A350-1000XWB service on London Heathrow – New York JFK route. From 05NOV19, VS003/004 to be operated by A350-900XWB, instead of 787-9. Overall A350 service will increase to up to 3 daily (2 daily on Tuesdays). The following is A350-operating schedule.
VS003 LHR0850 – 1145JFK 351 D
VS137 LHR1230 – 1520JFK 351 x2
VS009 LHR1555 – 1855JFK 351 D
VS004 JFK1830 – 0630+1LHR 351 D
VS138 JFK2100 – 0900+1LHR 351 x2
VS010 JFK2200 – 0950+1LHR 351 D
From 09DEC19, VS045/046 also switches to A350-1000XWB, becoming the 4 th daily flight operated by the new aircraft.
VS045 LHR1435 – 1730JFK 351 D
VS046 JFK2000 – 0755+1LHR 351 D
TAP Air Portugal moves last A340 service to late-Oct 2019 TAP Air Portugal filed additional changes to its planned Airbus A340-300 operation. Previously scheduled until late-December 2019, the carrier’s A340 service is now scheduled until the end of Northern summer schedule on 26OCT19.
The following is last A340-300 operation on various routes in late-October 2019. Lisbon – London Heathrow Last flight 22OCT19 Planned A340-300 operation remains subject to change.
China Southern Aug - Oct 2019 London aircraft changes China Southern filed aircraft changes on selected routes to London Heathrow, including service from Sanya and Zhengzhou.
Sanya – London Heathrow A330-200 operates from 01AUG19 to 26OCT19, replacing 787-8. Selected weeks will be reduced from 2 to 1 weekly
CZ651 SYX205 – 1845LHR 330 47
CZ652 LHR2210 – 1710+1SYX 330 47
Zhengzhou – London Heathrow A330-200 continues to operate until 26OCT19, replacing 787-8. The A330 previously scheduled until 30AUG19
CZ653 CGO1610 – 2010LHR 330 26
CZ654 LHR2210 – 1520+1CGO 330 26
Air Antwerp schedules Sep 2019 launch Air Antwerp from September 2019 is launching operations, operating up to 3 daily Antwerp – London City service. Fokker 50 aircraft will operate this route from 09SEP19. Reservation is available under KLM’s KL-coded flight numbers since late last week.
KL211 ANR0710 – 0715LCY F50 x67
KL213 ANR1415 – 1425LCY F50 x67
KL215 ANR1735 – 1740LCY F50 x6
KL212 LCY0745 – 0945ANR F50 x67
KL214 LCY1455 – 1655ANR F50 x67
KL216 LCY1810 – 2010ANR F50 x6
China Eastern extends Boeing 777 London Gatwick service China Eastern Airlines in recent schedule update once again revised planned Boeing 777-300ER operation on Shanghai Pu Dong – London Gatwick route. Previously scheduled from 01JUL19 to 30AUG19, the 777-300ER is now scheduled to operate until 04OCT19. This route is served 3 times a week.
MU201 PVG0115 – 0635LGW 773 57
MU201 PVG0115 – 0640LGW 773 2
MU202 LGW1010 – 0430+1PVG 773 7
MU202 LGW1025 – 0455+1PVG 773 5
MU202 LGW1100 – 0520+1PVG 773 2
Air Corsica S20 A320neo Preliminary operations Air Corsica during the week of 11AUG19’s OAG schedules update filed preliminary Airbus A320neo operation, also appeared in the reservation system. Proposed A320neo operation in summer 2020 season as follows.
Bastia – London Stansted 12APR20 (one-time service)
SAS adds Salen / Scandinavian Mountains Airport service SAS announced new service launch to Salen / Scandinavian Mountains Airport, set to commence in late-December 2019 on seasonal basis. Airbus A320neo aircraft will operate service from Aalborg, Copenhagen and London Heathrow. London Heathrow – Salen eff 28DEC19 1 weekly A320neo, operated by SAS Ireland
SK1536 LHR0640 – 1000SCR 32A 6
SK1535 SCR1125 – 1255LHR 32A 6
Virgin Atlantic S20 US Service changes
Virgin Atlantic filed scheduled changes for summer 2020 season, reflecting the announcement of planned service changes to the US earlier this week.
London Gatwick – New York JFK eff 21MAY20 Service resumption, 5 weekly A330-200 (6 weekly from 13JUN19, 7 weekly from 27JUL20). This route was previously served from August 1989 to August 1991
VS193 LGW1355 – 1640JFK 332 x67
VS194 JFK1930 – 0750+1LGW 332 x67
Service operates Day x7 from 13JUN20, daily from 27JUL20
London Heathrow – Boston eff 29MAR20 2 daily service operated by A330-300, replacing 787-9 (This was not part of the announcement)
London Heathrow – Los Angeles eff 30MAR20 Increase from 14 to 17 weekly, 787-9 operating. The A350-operating service announced by the airline will be filed at later date
VS007 LHR1015 – 1325LAX 789 D
VS143 LHR1325 – 1625LAX 789 146
VS023 LHR1545 – 1855LAX 789 D
VS008 LAX1540 – 1020+1LHR 789 D
VS144 LAX1830 – 1245+1LHR 789 146
VS024 LAX2100 – 1515+1LHR 789 D
London Heathrow – New York JFK eff 29MAR20 Reduce from 42 to 35 weekly, VS153/154 cancelled. From 10JUN20, service further reduces to 33 weekly, VS137/010 cancelled on Day 26
London Heathrow – Seattle eff 29MAR20 Increase from 7 to 11 weekly, 787-9 operating
VS105 LHR1130 – 1310SEA 789 D
VS167 LHR1325 – 1505SEA 789 x146
VS106 SEA1520 – 0845+1LHR 789 D
VS168 SEA1920 – 1245+1LHR 789 x146
Thomas Cook revises Cairns charter routing
Thomas Cook Airlines revised planned routing for its one-time Cairns charter in January 2020. The airline now plans to operate London Gatwick – Seoul Incheon – Cairns routing, replacing Goa in India. Airbus A330-200 aircraft operates this charter service.
MT3926 LGW0725 – 0325+1ICN0525+1 – 1425+1CNS 332 08JAN20
MT3927 CNS1900 – 0225+1ICN0415+1 – 0740+1LGW 332 09JAN20
Delta expands Boston – UK service Delta Air Lines opened reservation for its expanded service from Boston to the UK, scheduled in summer 2020 season. Planned schedule and routes as follows.
Boston – London Gatwick eff 21MAY20 1 daily 757
DL112 BOS2100 – 0845+1LGW 75W D
DL113 LGW1030 – 1320BOS 75W D
Delta last served London Gatwick from Atlanta in April 2012. Boston – Manchester eff 21MAY20 1 daily 757
DL114 BOS2200 – 0930+1MAN 75W D
DL115 MAN1130 – 1400BOS 75W D
Air China adds Shanghai – London Gatwick link Air China from November 2019 is launching Shanghai Pu Dong – London Gatwick service, as the carrier opened reservation for this Airbus A350-900XWB-operating flight. The airline plans to operate this route 4 times a week, effective 02NOV19.
CA847 PVG0105 – 0555LGW 359 6
CA847 PVG0130 – 0620LGW 359 234
CA848 LGW1130 – 0650+1PVG 359 36
CA848 LGW1140 – 0650+1PVG 359 24
easyJet further expands new routes easyJet in winter 2019/20 season plans to introduce additional routes across Europe, announced by the airline earlier this month. Additional new routes include the following.
London Luton – Prague eff 28OCT19 1 daily A319/320
Delta adds Las Vegas – London Heathrow limited-time service Delta during CES 2020 plans to operate limited-time service on Las Vegas – London Heathrow route, scheduled with Airbus A330-200 aircraft. Reservation for travel on 06JAN20 and 10JAN20 is now available.
DL018 LAS1700 – 1055+1LHR 332 06JAN20 / 10JAN20
DL017 LHR0925 – 1220LAS 332 06JAN20 / 10JAN20
Separately, Virgin Atlantic will also operate extra London Heathrow – Las Vegas service, with 4 extra round-trip flights scheduled.
VS151 LHR1315 – 1610LAS 789 07JAN20
VS151 LHR1615 – 1910LAS 789 06JAN20 / 10JAN20 / 11JAN20
VS152 LAS2000 – 1335+1LHR 789 07JAN20
VS152 LAS2205 – 1540+1LHR 789 06JAN20 / 10JAN20 / 11JAN20
Saudia W19 International service changes
Saudia filed international service changes for winter 2019/20 season. Planned changes as of 21AUG19 as follow.
Jeddah – London Heathrow eff 01JAN20 2-class 381-seater 777-300ER operates on Day x245, replacing 3-class aircraft (2-class operates Day 145 from 01FEB20)
TAP Air Portugal Europe network changes TAP Air Portugal filed changes for European network, which sees selected routes discontinued in late-October 2019 and early-November 2019.
Lisbon – London City Reservation closed on/after 26OCT19
Porto – London City Reservation closed on/after 26OCT19
United extends Denver – London service to year-round United Airlines announced service extension for Denver – London Heathrow route, as the airline maintains operation during winter season. From 01NOV19, this route will be served 6 times a week, on board Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, Subject to Government Approval.
UA027 DEN1635 – 0825+1LHR 788 x6
UA026 LHR1005 – 1250DEN 788 x7
Previously not reported, 1 of 2 daily Houston – London Heathrow UA005/004 service to be operated by Boeing 767-400ER from 10DEC19 to 31JAN20 (IAH departure), replacing 777-200ER.
British Airways S20 London Gatwick long-haul changes British Airways filed long-haul service changes for London Gatwick in summer 2020 season. Planned changes as follows.
London Gatwick – Kingston 4th weekly flight scheduled during following period:
31MAR20 – 21APR20, 07JUL20 – 01SEP20
London Gatwick – Las Vegas 01JUL20 – 31AUG20 Reduce from 6 to 5 weekly
London Gatwick – Orlando 03JUL20 – 31AUG20 Reduce from 14 to 13 weekly
London Gatwick – St. Lucia 04JUL20 – 29AUG20 Increase from 7 to 9 weekly
Thomas Cook resumes London Gatwick – Lemnos service
Thomas Cook Airlines in summer 2020 season plans to resume London Gatwick – Lemnos route, previously served with Boeing 757-200 until October 2014. From 25MAY20, Airbus A321 aircraft will operate this route once a week.
MT1734 LGW1200 – 1735LXS 32B 1
MT1735 LXS1835 – 2015LGW 32B 1
Fly Bosnia schedules London launch Fly Bosnia opened reservation for its planned Sarajevo – London Luton service, scheduled from 24SEP19. Based on the airline’s web booking system, the airline plans to operate this route 3 times a week with Airbus A319.
6W105 SJJ0715 – 0845LTN 319 267
6W106 LTN0945 – 1315SJJ 319 267
In Sabre GDS schedule listing, the airline filed preliminary schedule as Sarajevo – London Gatwick twice weekly service. This is no longer accurate despite flight number (6105/106) remains identical.
Thomas Cook NW20 Cape Town Preliminary adjustment Thomas Cook Airlines filed preliminary schedule listing for flights in Northern winter 2020/21 season. Based on preliminary listing, the airline currently lists 2 weekly London Gatwick – Cape Town flights, compared to 3 weekly flights in Northern winter 2019/20.
In Northern winter 2020/21 season, service operates from 12DEC20 to 16MAR21. Additional changes remain possible in the next few months.
MT2978 LGW1015 – 0010+1CPT 330 2
MT2978 LGW1020 – 0015+1CPT 330 6
MT2979 CPT0150 – 1150LGW 330 3
MT2979 CPT0155 – 1155LGW 330 7
Thomas Cook April 2021 London Gatwick – Orlando frequency changes Thomas Cook Airlines extended schedule listing into April 2021, including preliminary changes for London Gatwick – Orlando route. The addition of 4th weekly service in summer 2021 season will begin from 31MAR21, 5 weeks earlier compared to summer 2020 season (from 06MAY20). Current schedule is listed until 30APR21 inclusive, and further changes is likely in the next few months.
MT2704 LGW1020 – 1450MCO 330 7
MT2974 LGW1045 – 1505MCO 330 5
MT2974 LGW1055 – 1515MCO 330 3
MT2818 LGW1225 – 1650MCO 330 6
MT2975 MCO1705 – 0635+1LGW 330 5
MT2705 MCO1710 – 0640+1LGW 330 7
MT2975 MCO1735 – 0705+1LGW 330 3
MT2975 MCO1840 – 0810+1LGW 330 6
British Airways Sep 2020 Mumbai service adjustment British Airways extended schedule listing into September 2020. Based on schedule listing, the oneWorld member filed service changes for London Heathrow – Mumbai route from 08SEP20. From this date, preliminary schedule filing is displaying BA139/138 operated by 3-class 777-200ER aircraft, replacing 4-class aircraft.
With this adjustment, only 1 of 3 daily flight will see First Class service (BA135/134), instead of 2. Additional changes remain highly possible in the next few months.
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