British Airways has been left flying to just 15 destinations as demand for its services has totally tanked. Earlier today, the British flag carrier sent some Airbus A380s to France for storage.
Airlines across the globe are currently faced with their biggest crisis to date. This is something that the British Airways CEO Alex Cruz even described as “a crisis of global proportions like no other”. Over the past week, the British flag carrier has sent many of its aircraft to storage across Europe. This includes Boeing 747s to Spain and Airbus A380s to France.
Today British Airways is operating just 15 passenger services out of London according to the airline’s flight status page. This consists of two domestic flights, five short-haul flights, and seven long-haul flights. Of course, this schedule is still subject to change pending further cancellations. However, at the time of writing it consisted of the following:
- Amsterdam (AMS) – BA428 – 06:40;
- Copenhagen (CPH) – BA812 – 07:05;
- Lisbon (LIS) – BA500 – 07:30;
- Glasgow (GLA) – BA1476 – 09:55;
- Los Angeles (LAX) – BA283 – 09:55;
- Barcelona (BCN) – BA474 – 10:50;
- Boston (BOS) – BA213 – 11:15;
- Chicago (ORD) – BA295 – 12:10;
- Seoul (ICN) – BA17 – 12:40;
- Aberdeen (ABZ) – BA1312 – 14:20;
- New York (JFK) – BA113 – 15:20;
- Seattle (SEA) – BA49 – 15:25;
- Stockholm (ARN) – BA782 – 16:40;
- Washington (IAD) – BA293 – 17:05;
- Sydney (SYD) via Singapore (SIN) – BA15 – 21:30.
More routes being canceled
British Airways continues to cancel flights, hence its need for aircraft is further decreasing. Already canceled as of today is the airline’s flights to Japan. According to British Airways, the flight is operating as rerouted. However, according to Business Insider, the flight will be canceled as of Wednesday. It is not included in the above list as its status is unclear at this time.
Another flight cancellation will come as of tomorrow. Today the last flight between London and Sydney operated by British Airways is set to depart London. It will then depart from Syndey for the last time in the foreseeable future on Wednesday. It is unclear when this route may be resumed; Qantas has also cut flights on the route.
Aircraft are being stored
British Airways has stored the majority of its fleet. The airline has a current fleet of 277 aircraft according to Planespotters. Of course, the airline only requires a handful of these aircraft for its current schedule. This has led to many aircraft being ferried around the United Kingdom and Europe for storage.
Most of the airline’s short-haul aircraft are stored in the UK. Meanwhile, last week the airline ferried five Boeing 747s to an aircraft graveyard in Teruel, Spain. Simple Flying understands that these aircraft are being stored and not scrapped. Most recently, this morning the airline started to move six Airbus A380s to an aircraft graveyard in France.
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