British Airways plans to drop one of its two flights from Philadelphia to London in March of 2017, while American Airlines, who is partnered with BA through the oneworld Alliance, will add a flight.
British Airways did not give a reason for the reduction but the weaker pound may have something to do with it.
British Airways spokeswoman Michele Kropf said the decision was made “in scheduling and reviewing our services with American. We still have a daily flight. It leaves slightly earlier, but we still offer the daily flight.”
American, which has a hub in Philadelphia, “constantly evaluates our transatlantic business with longtime partner British Airways to align schedules across our joint business network,” said spokeswoman Victoria Lupica.
British Airways said, “Customers will continue to enjoy quick, smooth connections for onward flights through the coordinated schedules of both airlines, and members of the American AAdvantage and British Airways Executive Club programs can earn and redeem points or miles on codeshare flights.”
American will use Airbus A330-300 aircraft with 28 fully lie-flat seats in the Business cabin and 263 seats in the main coach cabin.
Philadelphia airport officials said the overall seats on the PHL-London route will increase. British Airways will use a larger “high density” Boeing 747 aircraft with more business-class seats than it currently flies, said airport spokeswoman Mary Flannery.
The flight being dropped is a 10 p.m. departure to London, with a return flight leaving London at 5:15 p.m. daily.