British Airways (BA) has revealed it is launching a new non-stop service between London/Heathrow and the Chilean capital Santiago from January 3. The route will become the carrier’s longest at 7,236 miles (11,645km) with a flying time of 14hr 40 mins, nearly an hour more than its current longest to Buenos Aires. This is BA’s first direct flight to Santiago, though it had previously operated there as a ‘tag-on’ to its Buenos Aires service between 1993 and 2000.
Alex Cruz, Chairman and CEO of British Airways said: “In recent years we have been increasing our services to South and Central America reflecting the area’s continued growth in both business and tourism. This year we’ve already launched flights to Costa Rica and Peru and the addition of Santiago will secure another important link between the UK and the region.”
The four times weekly flight – departing Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday – will be served by the airline’s newest aircraft, the four-class Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, complete with its revised First Class cabin. The carrier has taken delivery of eight of the stretched 787-9s to date, with a further eight due this year – the remaining five will following in 2018.