British Airways will commence flying from London Heathrow to Osaka from the summer 2019 timetable. New flights will also start between London City and Munich.
At the same time, the carrier will be increasing frequencies on other popular routes. Berlin, Dublin and Prague will see increases to 18, 38 and seven times per week respectively from 10 November. Geneva will increase to 16 weekly services from December.
New Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners will operate the four times weekly service to Osaka. Japan Airlines will codeshare on the flights according to the press release, which extends the joint business partnership between the two carriers.
Flights will depart London on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 14:20, arriving in Osaka at 09:50 the next day. The return from Osaka departs Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 11:30, arriving in London at 15:50.
London City to Munich
According to the press release, one of British Airways’ top customers is Siemens. They opened a head office in Munich in 2016 and have a large presence in The Crystal, their building located very close to London City Airport. This is certainly a big factor in opening this route.
Flights are timed for business people, with the first flight of the day leaving Munich at 06:45, arriving in London at 07:40. The return leaves at 08:10, getting to Munich at 10:55. After this, there is a return service at lunch time and also at the end of the working day.
British Airways is also adding four extra cities in Japan via a codeshare agreement with Japan Airlines out of Tokyo Haneda. These are Miyazaki, Kumamoto, Komatsu and Matsuyama.
It has been around ten years since BA last served Osaka. Tourism growth and success of the route on other partner airlines meant this was a logical choice to reopen. As it’s considered the food capital of Japan, I’d certainly be happy to go back there.
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