British Airways Using Leased Air Belgium A340 on London to Cairo Route

May 31, 2019

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British Airways continues to come up with solutions to solve the issues with the engines on some of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. This time, by announcing it will use a leased Air Belgium A340-300 on the London Heathrow (LHR) to Cairo (CAI) route from 18 August until 1 November 2019 with the following daily schedule:

  • BA154 London Heathrow (LHR) 5:15pm/5:30pm Departure ⇒ Cairo (CAI) 11:00pm/11:15pm Arrival (depending on which day of the week)
  • BA155 Cairo (CAI) 8:00am Departure ⇒ London Heathrow (LHR) 12:10pm Arrival
Image by Christian Kramer / The Points Guy
(Photo by Christian Kramer/The Points Guy)

This aircraft change may actually represent an upgrade for many passengers compared with the 787 that would normally operate this route. For World Traveller (economy) class passengers, the cabin has a 2-4-2 layout rather than a 3-3-3 layout of the 787, meaning couples travelling together could reserve a window pair together without having any seat neighbours. Similarly, families of four could potentially all sit together in a middle row of seats.

There’s no World Traveller Plus (premium economy) cabin on the Air Belgium A340 British Airways will be using on this route, so those passengers will be automatically downgraded to regular economy. Passengers booked in World Traveller Plus should contact British Airways regarding suitable compensation or the option of changing to another flight.

For Club World (business class) passengers, you’ll still enjoy fully-flat seats but have the unexpected bonus of direct aisle access for each passenger without the need to climb over the passenger next to them.

TPG UK recently reviewed the Air Belgium A340 operating a British Airways flight to Newark (EWR). You can read a full review of what to expect from this flight here.

Image by Christian Kramer / The Points Guy
(Photo by Christian Kramer/The Points Guy)
Image by Christian Kramer / The Points Guy
(Photo by Christian Kramer/The Points Guy)

British Airways is leasing the plane from Air Belgium, meaning Air Belgium provide the aircraft and crew (as no British Airways crew are certified to operate the A340). The flight still has a BA flight number, amenities and meals.

Featured photo by Christian Kramer/The Points Guy.

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