British Airways announces a new Boeing 787-9 route to San Jose, California

British Airways (London) has announced that it will begin service between Mineta San Jose International Airport and London Heathrow Airport from May 4, 2016. This marks the first regularly scheduled nonstop service to the UK for the city of San Jose. British Airways will operate the newest aircraft in its fleet, a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, featuring the airline’s newly designed First cabin.

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San Jose will be the fourth Californian city from which British Airways flies, following Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego. Earlier this year British Airways introduced its super jumbo Airbus A380 onto San Francisco, providing customers with comfort, space and enhanced wellbeing for their trip to London.


Flight BA279 will touch down in San Jose for the first time at 6:05 pm in the evening of May 4, 2016 and BA278 will depart San Jose at 8:00 pm the same evening, arriving into London Heathrow Terminal 5 at 2:05 pm the next day.


The airline’s 787-9 Dreamliner will accommodate eight customers in the new First cabin, 42 seats in Club World, 39 in World Traveller Plus and 127 in World Traveller. Lower pressurization means less dry cabin air, leaving customers feeling more refreshed with less jet lag while the aircraft’s smooth ride technology reduces the effect of turbulence. Soothing mood lighting in every cabin gradually adjusts to reflect the time of day and the large windows feature electronic dimming switches.

The 787-9, the first of which is due to be delivered to British Airways in September, is 20 feet longer that its 787-8 predecessor, so as well as offering World Traveller (economy), World Traveller Plus (premium economy) and Club World (business class), there’s also room for a new First class cabin – a first for the airline’s 787 fleet.

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2 thoughts on “British Airways announces a new Boeing 787-9 route to San Jose, California

  1. Jon Champs

    I find this route selection for such a large aircraft to be quite extraordinary. San Jose is barely half an hour to 40 minutes drive to SFO. BA has already added huge capacity to that route by scheduling the A380 5 times a week as well as the 744 flights. On top of that Virgin Atlantic fly 7×744 and 5 A346 though the 744 will change to 789 from October 25th. On top of that Virgin America tried to serve Mineta to New York and pulled out inside 6 months as their was simply no business there. The general analysis is that most of those likely to use the route – Facebook, Apple, Google etc, generally have their own transport. I believe Google has its own hangars nearby! This will be one of BA’s most interesting routes to watch over 2016.

    1. Bruce Drum Post author

      Thanks Jon. The demographics and income of the Silicon Valley will support this new route in my opinion. The three airports in the Bay Area have really become three distinct and strong markets. All the best.


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