BA increase its Joburg weekly flights as Durban direct route to London launched

2018-10-28 06:30 - Selene Brophy
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London's Heathrow Airport is the biggest when it comes to International connections. Adding to its some 66 000 connections on a busy day will be the new four weekly British Airways service between London and Johannesburg as of Sunday, 28 October. 

This will increase British Airways' weekly services between London and Johannesburg to 18 a week between the two cities.  British Airways states it will be operating the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, one of its newest aircraft, alongside the existing 14 weekly A380 services.

During the South African winter, a Boeing 747-400 replaces one of the daily A380s while the 787 schedule remains at four a week. 

The additional Johannesburg flights will depart London Heathrow at 16:20 in the afternoon, arriving at OR Tambo at 05:40 the following morning. The return flight will leave Johannesburg at 07:40 in the morning, landing at Heathrow’s Terminal 5 at 17:50 that evening.

The boost on the Joburg route comes just ahead of the inaugural London to Durban direct flight route, which ommenced service on Monday, 29 October. BA will offer three weekly services to the KwaZulu-Natal city, using Boeing 787-8s on the route.

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It is also again increasing its daily winter Cape Town schedule to provide double-daily summer flights from London Heathrow as well as offering three weekly flights between Gatwick and the Mother City next month. New World Traveller and World Traveller Plus cabins are being rolled out across the Boeing 777 fleet operating from Gatwick. It is these aircraft that fly to Cape Town during the South African summer.

“In total we’ll be operating our largest schedule ever between the UK and South Africa; 38 flights a week to three destinations using Boeing 747, Boeing 777, Boeing 787 and Airbus A380 aircraft,” says Sue Petrie, British Airways commercial manager for Southern Africa.

The Durban service will be the only non-stop link between Europe and Durban, with return fares starting from about R9 310  - Click here to search flights

Timetable Winter 2018 - aircraft 787-8 

BA 41 - London to Durban Depart 15:45, Arrive 05:35* Days of the week 1..4.6. 

BA 40 Durban to London Depart 07:35, Arrive 17:45 Days of the week 2..5.7

Timetable Summer 2018 - Aircraft 787-8 

BA 41 London to Durban - Depart 16:45, Arrive 05:35*, Days of the week 1..4.6. 

BA 40 Durban to London - Depart 07:35, Arrive 18:45, Days of the Week .2..5.7

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£4.5 billion, five-year customer investment plan 

The schedule increase comes as British Airways rolls out a £4.5 billion, five-year customer investment plan, which includes a revamp of the lounge in Joburg's OR Tambo International.  

The investment will also see a new Club World seat, BA's business class offering, in the future.

On its South African routes, it has already introduced new bedding and amenity kits in the Club World cabin, by luxury lifestyle brand, The White Company. The investment will also see a new Club World seat in future. 

In World Traveller the airline says new, expanded menus have been introduced, providing more quantity and quality in the long-haul economy cabin, as well as snack options throughout the flight.

The investment plan will also see British Airways installing the best-quality WiFi in every seat, upgrading the interiors of 128 long-haul aircraft and taking delivery of 72 new aircraft.