MIAMI — British Airways has announced today a new service from London Heathrow (LHR) to San Jose, California (SJC), to start on May 4, 2016, marking the first non-stop scheduled service between both cities.
The carrier will operate the route the newest aircraft in its fleet, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, accommodating eight customers in its novel First Class cabin, 42 seats in Club World, 39 in World Traveller Plus and 127 in World Traveller to a total of 216 seats.
Interestingly, all long-haul non-stop international service offered at SJC includes Hainan Airlines five-weekly flights to Beijing and All Nippon Airways (ANA) daily flight to Tokyo-Narita, both on the 787 Dreamliner.
According to San Jose Airport authorities, London has been identified as a priority travel route for the greater San Jose region. Nearly all major Silicon Valley tech companies have European headquarters in London and several offices located throughout continental Europe. Nonstop service to London with connections offers the opportunity to enhance business and improve travel experience.
“We want to give the business community in and around Silicon Valley more options to access the UK and Europe, quickly and easily” said Simon Brooks, senior vice president for British Airways North America.
San Jose will become the fourth Californian city from which British Airways flies, following Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego. Back in 2013, the carrier revealed Austin, Texas, as the first new destination to be served by the 787, an aircraft considered to be suitable for these long, thin pioneering routes. BA is reportedly eyeing Nashville as its next US destination.