British Airways using leased Evelop Airways A330 for Gatwick to New York flights

Oct 21, 2019

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As British Airways continues to work through issues with the engines on some of its Boeing 787 aircraft, the carrier will use a leased A330 from Evelop Airways for London Gatwick to New York – JFK flights.

RoutesOnline reports the leased aircraft will operate from October 27 to January 12, 2020, replacing the usual Boeing 777-200ER for the route on the following frequencies:

  • BA2273 London Gatwick (LGW) 4:45pm Departure ⇒ New York (JFK) 7:55pm Arrival (Daily, except Fridays)
  • BA2273Gatwick 4:55pm Departure ⇒ JFK 8:05pm Arrival (Fridays only)
  • BA2272 JFK 10:00pm Departure ⇒ Gatwick 9:50am (+1) Arrival (Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays)
  • BA2272 JFK 10:05pm Departure ⇒ Gatwick 9:55am (+1) Arrival (Fridays)
  • BA2272 JFK 10:10pm Departure ⇒ Gatwick 10:00am (+1) Arrival (Thursdays and Sundays)

The exact aircraft will likely be the same one that has been operating the route for Norwegian for several months. This is a two-cabin plane previously owned by Singapore Airlines. There are 255 economy seats laid out in a 2-4-2 configuration, which is more spacious than the 3-4-3 configuration on BA’s Boeing 777 aircraft.

(Photo by Ben Smithson / The Points Guy)
Evelop A330 economy cabin (Photo by Ben Smithson / The Points Guy)

There is also a 30-seat Premium cabin, which Singapore Airlines originally used as a regional business-class cabin. Norwegian used this cabin for its Premium economy passengers, which represented a big upgrade over its 787 premium seats, as I found out recently.

(Photo by Ben Smithson / The Points Guy)
Evelop A330 premium cabin (Photo by Ben Smithson / The Points Guy)

However, British Airways has chosen to operate this cabin on the BA2272/BA2273 flights as business class.

This represents an overall inferior product for business-class passengers. Although the seats are in a relatively spacious 2-2-2 configuration (versus the 2-4-2 layout on British Airways 777 Club World), they do not go fully flat.

(Photo by Ben Smithson / The Points Guy)
Evelop A330 Premium cabin. (Photo by Ben Smithson / The Points Guy)

All passengers have the option of rebooking onto the frequent London Heathrow (LHR) to JFK services instead.

British Airways is currently operating its first refurbished Boeing 777-200 aircraft on the BA112/BA173 Heathrow to JFK rotations featuring its new Club Suite. If you are booked on the Evelop A330 in business class and can switch to the refurbished B777-200, this will be a huge product upgrade.

(Photo by Ben Smithson/The Points Guy)
British Airways refurbished B777-200 (Photo by Ben Smithson/The Points Guy)

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