CRAWLEY, England – British Airways has announced that it will commence non-stop daily flights to San Diego from London Heathrow as a first benefit of the official launch of the new joint business agreement with American Airlines and Iberia. The new transatlantic service to London is scheduled to begin in June 2011 and will be operated with the carrier’s popular three-class Boeing 777 aircraft.
Kevin Burns, British Airways regional director, Western USA and Western Canada, said: “Inaugurating non-stop flights between San Diego and London is one of the first tangible benefits of the joint business operation with American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia, and we are pleased to be returning to this beautiful city.”
Cathy Bradley Berg, American Airlines regional Vice president of passenger sales, Western Division said: “We’ve been waiting for 14 years to be able to bring these benefits to our customers, and it’s great news that we can now put our plans into action starting in San Diego. Our partnership will further boost oneworld in what has been a momentous year for the alliance, and enable us to invest in new products and services while offering more choices for our customers.”
City of San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders added: “The importance of this service cannot be overstated. It gives San Diego business and tourist travellers a direct connection to one of the world’s most majestic and important cities. And, of course, Britons now have a direct connection to the sunny skies, sandy beaches and countless cultural attractions of our magnificent city.”
British Airways will operate its new flights to San Diego daily. London arrivals and departures will be at Terminal 5 which was designed to handle up to 30 million customers a year and has already transformed the customer experience at Heathrow. It offers customers a simple experience through online check-in and fast bag drop facilities, with the benefit of state-of-the-art security and baggage facilities. It boasts a multitude of shops and restaurants as well as a variety of lounges for British Airways premium passengers.