British Airways are currently operating a three one off flights between London Heathrow and Havana.
Two flights are being operated by Boeing 777-300ER, G-STBA and G-STBG. The third is being operated by a Boeing 777-200ER, G-YMMT.
These flights are in order to repatriate passengers from the Fred Olsen cruise liner currently in The Caribbean.
The 777-300ER’s are currently due to arrive into Havana within 20 minutes of each other at 16:50 and 17:10 local time. The 777-200ER is scheduled to arrive into Havana at 18:30.
These three flights will see the first time any British Airways aircraft has been on Cuban ground since scheduled flights between London Gatwick and Havana were cancelled around 20 years ago.
In Other News
Effective 17th March, both the Galleries Club North and South lounges at Terminal 5 have closed. Although the Galleries First, First Wing and Concorde Room lounges are set to remain open.
As of yet, there is no set date when the lounges will re-open. This could give BA a good opportunity to carry out the refurbishment that was promised earlier in the year. Failing this, a deep clean wouldn’t go amiss.
The British Airways lounges in Terminal 3 and at Gatwick are set to remain open for the foreseeable future. Although like most things as of late, this plan could change at short notice.
Another BA titbit is that they will temporarily pull out of terminal 3 at Heathrow. Due to the major reduction in flights, the airline will operate solely out of Terminal 5. I know this totally contradicts the lounge information posted above, but don’t shoot me – I’m just the messenger!
At the same time, Heathrow will all but close Terminal 4, with the remaining flights being redeployed to Terminals 2 and 3 in the mean time.
As of the time of writing, British Airways are still operating, although it is a very much reduced operation. I personally wouldn’t be surprised to see the airline completely grounded in the coming days.