British Airways flight BA001 grew to become the airline’s first flight to depart for the US this morning, because the nation lifted restrictions imposed on British travellers for greater than 18 months.
The BA001, the flight quantity beforehand reserved for Concorde, departed Heathrow at 08:30 this morning in a synchronised take-off with Virgin Atlantic’s VS3 flight.
Each flights have been sure for New York, JFK.
The lifting of US restrictions after greater than 600 days implies that totally vaccinated Britons are actually capable of journey freely between the 2 international locations – one thing that has not occurred since March sixteenth final yr.
The adjustments have enabled British Airways to meaningfully re-start direct companies to 17 US locations.
UK ambassador to america, Dame Karen Pierce, stated: “At present is an extremely thrilling and significant day for the UK-US relationship.
“We are able to all as soon as once more journey to one another’s international locations to go to households, take holidays, and conduct transatlantic enterprise.
“I’m completely thrilled that protected and sustainable journey can totally resume between the UK and america.”
The airline is ready to increase its companies to 23 US airports this winter, with as much as 246 flights every week, greater than another transatlantic service.
Flights to New York will improve from 5 to eight per day in December.
There can even be double-daily companies to Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, Dallas, Miami and Toronto, in addition to every day companies to Philadelphia, Phoenix, Seattle, Atlanta, Denver, Houston and Vancouver.
British Airways is working 26 flights to the US immediately.
British Airways chief government, Sean Doyle, who’s travelling on the BA001, stated: “At present is about celebrating the UK-US reopening of the transatlantic hall after greater than 600 days of separation, and it was incredible to have the ability to mark this by synchronising the take-off of British Airways and Virgin Atlantic flights for the primary time ever.”