British Airways launching 787 service between San Jose and London

As a former San Franciscan, I'm quite used to checking those two little "SFO" and "OAK" boxes in Kayak when searching for flights. Given that San Jose's airport 60 miles away with no decent transit link and a taxi/Uber/Super shuttle are all over $100 and have to grind thru crushing 101 traffic, it's almost never worth it to even look at flights from the ole' SJC.

But British Airways just announced that they're putting a brand-new 787-900 on the SJC - London Heathrow route starting 4 May 2016. Tickets just went on sale yesterday. The 787-9 is larger than the 787-8 and they're going to put 4-class service into this bird: 8 First Class seats, 42 Business, 39 Economy Plus, and 127 Economy.

SJC 8pm > LHR 2pm
LHR 3:15pm > SJC 6pm

All new plane smell geekery aside, I love the 787's quiet interior, higher cabin pressure, and higher humidity – food tastes better and you arrive feeling less fatigued from the dry air and droning engine noise. So if you're traveling to Europe from the Bay Area, you might want to check that "SJC" box when searching on Kayak or Google flights... You might just find a deal that'd be worth the trek down the peninsula. Just beware of trying to use points to redeem for these flights: BA's criminally-high fuel surcharges mean that it's really only worth it if you're looking for First or Business Class flights. For Economy, the surcharges are usually as much as the ticket would cost to just buy with dollars.

In other West Coast news, BA are also starting A380 service to Vancouver.

My Aeromexico 787 trip report is here, my LOT Polish 787 report is here.

Onboard espresso on our Aeromexico 787... yay for updated amenities!

lots of headroom in the 787

cool 787 electronic window shades

spacious business class cabin on aeromexico 787


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