British Airways yesterday started four new weekly services between London and Johannesburg, increasing the number of direct flights between the cities to 18 a week.
It is operating the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, 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.
British Airways also opens a new route from London to Durban today and will offer three weekly services, also using Boeing 787-8s.
It is also again increasing its daily winter Cape Town schedule to provide double-daily summer flights from London Heathrow as well as introducing three weekly flights between Gatwick and the Mother City next month.
“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.