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More Choice for Bay Area Residents With New Oakland to London Service

NEW YORK, Nov. 01, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Next spring, residents of the San Francisco Bay Area will have a choice of three airports when flying to London, thanks to the start of British Airways’ Oakland to London service, starting March 28, 2017.

The flights will operate four days a week between London Gatwick and Oakland International Airport, accommodating 275 customers across a three cabin Boeing 777-200ER.

The new service will allow British Airways to be the only European airline to operate from all three Bay Area airports. In 2016, British Airways launched the only daily nonstop service between San Jose, CA and London Heathrow. It also operates a twice daily service between San Francisco and London Heathrow.

Customers booking from Oakland will fly to London Gatwick with quick and easy connections to over 40 cities across Europe, including Malaga, Nice, Venice and Amsterdam.

To celebrate this announcement, British Airways has launched special fares for travel from March 28 to May 12 from $599 roundtrip per person in economy and $1115 in premium economy. Fares in business class begin from $3597 and all fares include taxes, fees and charges.

World Class Travel Experience
Customers will be able to choose from three unique all-inclusive experiences onboard. Club World, the airline’s award-winning business class product, offers 6ft. fully flat beds and ample storage space. There is also a multi-channel on demand in-flight entertainment and excellent dining and wine selections, including a ‘help yourself’ kitchen that is open throughout the flight.

World Traveller Plus, premium economy, is a separate cabin with personalized service. The seats feature a 38-inch pitch, in-seat power and customers can enjoy a choice of meals from the business class menu cabin.

World Traveller, the airline’s economy cabin, offers seat back entertainment, a choice of meal along with complimentary bar service throughout the flight and free accessories such as blanket and headsets.

Customers on British Airways services enjoy benefits such as free baggage allowance and seat allocation. The airline also provides a “Feed Kids First” service which ensures that children are served first, allowing parents to enjoy their own meal, and with a deposit of $10 per person, customers have 72 hours to confirm details with their friends and family, making it even easier to book with confidence.

British Airways’ ‘Customize Your Trip’ service available online at ba.com allows customers to create a multi-destination holiday of their choice with flexibility to combine flights in and out of different airports, book multiple hotels and select car rental for any part of their holiday.

British Airways Vacations offers a range sightseeing tours, city passes, theatre tickets, around the world to suit all budgets.

British Airways is a founding member of oneworld, the alliance of airlines around the globe, which serves some 700 destinations, and offers the best connections. A joint business agreement between American, British Airways, Iberia and Finnair allows members of the AAdvantage, Executive Club and Plus programs to earn and redeem points or miles on codeshare flights across the airlines.

For more information visit ba.com

NOTES TO EDITOR:

  • On Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays the flight will depart London Gatwick’s South Terminal at 10:20am and arrive into Oakland at 1:15pm. The flight will depart at 2:45pm and arrive into London Gatwick at 9:25am the next morning.
  • On Tuesdays, the flight departs at 11:25am from London Gatwick and arrive into Oakland at 2:20, returning at 3:50pm with an arrival into London Gatwick at 10:30am the next morning.
  • Gatwick is only 30 minutes by train to the popular seaside destination Brighton, which is home to the new British Airways i360 attraction. The British Airways i360 is the world’s first vertical cable car and allows visitors to cruise up slowly to 450 feet and enjoy breath-taking 360 degree views of up to 26 miles.
  • British Airways’ operations will be based at London Gatwick South Terminal from January 2017 welcoming customers with a new larger, brighter lounge, upgraded check-in area and easier access from public transport.

MEDIA CONTACT: Americas Communications 212 716 0477 Americas.communications@ba.com

Source:British Airways PLC