Advertiser Disclosure

Many of the credit card offers that appear on this site are from credit card companies from which we receive financial compensation. This compensation may impact how and where products appear on this site (including, for example, the order in which they appear). However, the credit card information that we publish has been written and evaluated by experts who know these products inside out. We only recommend products we either use ourselves or endorse. This site does not include all credit card companies or all available credit card offers that are on the market. See our advertising policy here where we list advertisers that we work with, and how we make money. You can also review our credit card rating methodology.

British Airways’ A380 Adds 4 North American Cities, Leaves LAX

Daniel Ross's image
Daniel Ross

Daniel Ross

Senior Content Contributor

Countries Visited: 56U.S. States Visited: 17

Daniel has loved aviation and travel his entire life. He earned a Master of Science in Air Transport Management and has written about travel and aviation in publications like Simple Flying, The Points...

We may be compensated when you click on product links, such as credit cards, from one or more of our advertising partners. Terms apply to the offers below. See our Advertising Policy for more about our partners, how we make money, and our rating methodology. Opinions and recommendations are ours alone.

British Airways’ Airbus A380 superjumbo will soon be flying to more North American airports.

From March 27, 2022, Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Vancouver (YVR), and Washington, D.C. (IAD) will be added to BA’s A380 route network, joining Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), Miami (MIA), and San Francisco (SFO), which was previously announced.

Here are the planned starting dates for A380 service (note that these are subject to change):

  • Boston (BOS): May 15, 2022 
  • Chicago (ORD): June 1, 2022
  • Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW): July 1, 2022
  • Vancouver (YVR): June 1, 2022
  • Washington, D.C. (IAD): March 27, 2022

Each of these cities, with the exception of Dallas, was served by BA’s A380 before the pandemic.

This latest A380 service expansion comes just 1 month after the British flag carrier announced it would be deploying its largest aircraft to Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) with daily service from July 1, 2022.

Let’s take a closer look at what this means for flyers.

More Plane, More Capacity, More Comfort

The A380 — sometimes known as “The Whale” — is by far the largest jet in British Airways’ fleet. These aircraft have the capacity to carry a whopping 469 passengers across their 2 levels.

With that comes more comfort, especially for those with tickets in World Traveller (economy) or World Traveller Plus (premium economy), as these cabins feel much more spacious thanks to the sheer size of the superjumbo jet.

The A380 also features first class. While it’s not the latest version of BA’s first class product, some of the airline’s jets don’t feature a first class cabin at all, such as its new Airbus A350s, the -8 variant of its Boeing 787 Dreamliners, as well as some of its Boeing 777s.

The intimate first class cabin at the front of the lower deck of BA’s A380s. Image Credit: Daniel Ross

The increased capacity doesn’t necessarily have an impact on passengers, other than maybe taking longer to board and deplane.

The real benefit here is for the airline, which is able to carry almost the same number of passengers in 1 flight as it would in 2 on smaller aircraft. This means it can save money on reserving precious take-off and landing slots both in London and the airports across the pond, as well as some operating costs.

Hot Tip: Check out the definitive guide to British Airways’ direct routes from the U.S. (including plane types and seat options).

The Downsides

While the news of the arrival of the A380 may be welcome news for some, it may not be for others.

Goodbye, LAX

BA’s new A380 routes are part of a schedule reshuffle in which Los Angeles (LAX) will no longer be an A380 destination as of January 10, 2022.

LAX has been a longtime node in BA’s A380 network, so frequent travelers on the route may be sad to see it go.

It does, however, mean that you’re more likely to get BA’s Club Suite product in business class, as the A380s feature the far inferior Club World product.

BA’s swish Club Suite. Image Credit: BA

Club World vs. Club Suite

There is a big difference between the business class experience in a Club World seat versus a Club Suite.

The tight Club World cabin on the lower deck of BA’s Airbus A380s. Seats are configured in a 2-4-2 arrangement — the same configuration as economy on the upper deck of the same aircraft. Image Credit: Daniel Ross

For new A380 routes, such as Vancouver, business class passengers will have a guaranteed downgraded experience when the aircraft takes over the route.

The Vancouver route is currently served by a combination of the Airbus A350 and the retrofitted Boeing 777, both of which feature BA’s very competitive Club Suite. The A380 doesn’t have this new product.

Final Thoughts

British Airways deploying its biggest aircraft on more North American routes shows that there must be sufficient demand to increase capacity on these routes. This is a good sign for the commercial aviation industry’s sustained (albeit slow) recovery from the depths of the pandemic.

In terms of what this means for passengers, it’s likely to divide opinion: AvGeeks and economy/premium economy flyers are likely to appreciate the A380’s arrival, while it might be a bitter pill to swallow for frequent business class flyers on these new A380 routes.

About Daniel Ross

Daniel has loved aviation and travel his entire life. He earned a Master of Science in Air Transport Management and has written about travel and aviation in publications like Simple Flying, The Points Guy, and more.


Get the latest travel tips, crucial news, flight & hotel deal alerts...

Plus — expert strategies to maximize your points & miles by joining our (free) newsletter.

We respect your privacy. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA. Google's privacy policy and terms of service apply. Protection Status