Which Routes Do BA Operate With Their Mixed Fleet Cabin Crew?

First of all, what’s Mixed Fleet?

There are three different types of cabin crew that work for British Airways at Heathrow. First off are the two legacy crews, that joined the company prior to 2010.

Worldwide Fleet

The worldwide fleet are the more senior crew members of the company. They operate the long haul flights. Notable destinations include New York, San Francisco, India and one of the twice daily Singapore flights. They operate on the Boeing 747, 777, 787, Airbus A350 and A380.

Euro Fleet

The Eurofleet operate… you guessed it, the European flights. Although their numbers are dropping somewhat they are still around. Found on the Airbus A319/A320/A321 series, and previously were the only cabin crew licenced on the shorthaul configured Boeing 767 until the type was retired in late 2018.

Mixed Fleet

Mixed Fleet are the crew that have joined British Airways since 2010. In general, they are younger than both Euro fleet and Worldwide fleet but there are a few exceptions to the rule.

Mixed fleet, as the name somewhat suggests, operate both long haul and short haul routes. They operate on all aircraft types in the British Airways fleet from the Airbus A320 series right up to the Airbus A380.

The easiest way to tell if your flight is operated by Mixed Fleet Cabin Crew or not is whether the female crew members are wearing hats upon boarding. Although there is one caveat to that. All female cabin crew on Boeing 787 and Airbus A380 flights wear hats, regardless of which fleet they work for.

When it comes to routes, these can change by season. The routes that will be operated by Mixed Fleet during the summer 2020 season will be:

Long Haul Mixed Fleet Routes
  • Abu Dhabi (AUH)
  • Abuja (ABV) 
  • Amman (AMM)
  • Atlanta (ATL)
  • Austin (AUS)
  • Baltimore (BWI) 
  • Beijing (PKX)
  • Beirut (BEY)
  • Boston (BOS)
  • Buenos Aires (EZE)
  • Cairo (CAI)
  • Cape Town (CPT)
  • Chicago (ORD)
  • Delhi (DEL)
  • Doha (DOH) 
  • Dubai (DXB)
  • Durban (DUR)
  • Grand Cayman (GCM)
  • Hong Kong (HKG)
  • Houston (IAH)
  • Hyderabad (HYD)
  • Johannesburg (JNB)
  • Kuala Lumpur (KUL)
  • Kuwait (KWI) 
  • Las Vegas (LAS)
  • Los Angeles (LAX)
  • Miami (MIA)
  • Moscow (DME/SVO)
  • Muscat (MCT)
  • Nassau (NAS)
  • Osaka (KIX)
  • Phoenix (PHX)
  • Pittsburgh (PIT)
  • Portland (PDX) 
  • San Diego (SAN)
  • San José (SJC)
  • Santiago (SCL)
  • Seattle (SEA)
  • Seoul (ICN)
  • Shanghai (PVG)
  • Singapore (SIN)
  • Sydney (SYD)
  • Tel Aviv (TLV)
  • Toronto (YYZ)
  • Vancouver (YVR)

The long haul routes are a little more complex compared to shorthaul. Boston, Chicago, Delhi, Dubai, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Miami and Singapore are operated by either Mixed Fleet or Worldwide Fleet depending on which flight you’re on.

When it comes to short haul, things are a little more simple. The only route that is shared between Mixed Fleet and Euro Fleet is Madrid. And it’s a pretty valid reason. Mixed Fleet operate the Boeing 777 operated flight. Basically because they’re licenced on it, where as Euro Fleet only hold licences for the Airbus A320 series of aircraft.

Short Haul Mixed Fleet Routes
  • Aberdeen (ABZ)
  • Barcelona (BCN)
  • Bastia (BIA)
  • Belfast City (BHD)
  • Bologna (BLQ)
  • Brussels (BRU)
  • Bucharest (OTP)
  • Budapest (BUD)
  • Chánia (CHQ)
  • Copenhagen (CPH) 
  • Corfu (CFU)
  • Dalaman (DLM) 
  • Dublin (DUB)
  • Düsseldorf (DUS)
  • Faro (FAO)
  • Frankfurt (FRA)
  • Gothenburg (GOT)
  • Hamburg (HAM)
  • Helsinki (HEL)
  • Ibiza (IBZ)
  • Kalamata (KLX)
  • Kos (KGS)
  • Kraków (KRK)
  • Larnaca (LCA)
  • Las Palmas (LPA)
  • Leeds\Bradford (LBA)
  • Lisbon (LIS)
  • Ljubljana (LJU)
  • Luxembourg (LUX)
  • Lyon (LYS)
  • Madrid (MAD)
  • Manchester (MAN)
  • Milan-Linate (LIN)
  • Montpellier (MPL) 
  • Munich (MUC)
  • Mykonos (JMK)
  • Olbia (OLB)
  • Palma (PMI)
  • Perugia (PEG)
  • Podrodica (PGD)
  • Reykjavík (KEF)
  • Rhodes (RHO)
  • St. Petersburg (LED)
  • Santorini (JTR)
  • Split (SPU)
  • Sofia (SOF)
  • Stockholm-Arlanda (ARN)
  • Tenerife-South (TFS)
  • Vienna (VIE)
  • Zagreb (ZAG)

Although this list isn’t set in stone. If the need arises, people can be moved around to wherever they are needed. I’ve been told of Mixed Fleet covering one of the LHR-JFK rotations for most of summer 2019. The same person mentioned that Heathrow Mixed Fleet covered the Gatwick – Barbados route for the majority of 2018.

The reverse does occur too, but not as regularly. During the Mixed Fleet strikes in 2017, Worldwide fleet covered the Atlanta route which has mostly been operated by Mixed Fleet over the years.

Are There Any Differences As A Passenger?

Not especially.

Every member of British Airways cabin crew are trained to the same standards. Worldwide Fleet and Eurofleet may be a little more polished due to their experience. Where as Mixed Fleet are generally younger they tend to have a lot more enthusiasm. Although there are a few areas where their inexperience is more noticeable. I recall being on a flight that was welcomed to Heathrow Terminal 5 by the crew. Yet we had just landed in Barcelona. Whoops!

What About Gatwick?

British Airways flights from Gatwick are operated by a separate crew, much like Mixed Fleet at Heathrow. They operate both long haul and short haul flights and hold licences for the Airbus A320 series and Boeing 777. They also do far fewer night stops on European flights – only Edinburgh and Jersey.

Header Photo by Nick Morrish/British Airways

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