Prince Harry, now a California resident, recently flew to London and back to take part in the funeral of his grandfather, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. But instead of flying a British carrier, the British royal flew on American Airlines.
Prince Harry Chooses American Airlines For London Trip
Media initially reported that the Duke of Sussex headed out on Saturday, April 1oth, on British Airways 268, a 9:25pm departure that arrives at 3:55pm. The flight is operated by a Boeing 787-9 and features 216 seats, including eight in first class.
But media also reported that Harry arrived at 1:15pm into London. That’s actually the time that AA134 lands. American Airlines operates a 777-300ER on the route with 304 seats onboard, including eight in first class.
As View From The Wing noted, the flight went out with three passengers in first class and five seats blocked. That’s usually a good sign that a VIP is onboard.
Harry did not quarantine…but neither did I when I visited London, for we went for the same reason: a funeral. Funerals are among the limited number of exemptions that allow an arriving traveler to avoid quarantine.
After attending his grandfather’s funeral, the Prince returned to Los Angeles earlier this week, traveling on Tuesday, April 20th on AA.
The paparazzi was waiting this time and noted that AA137, which left London at 11:00am and arrived into Los Angeles at 2:30pm, was met by a black Cadillac SUV. The Duke was then driven to the Private Suite (now called PS) where his immigration was processed and he was whisked home to Montecito in the same Cadillac.
So why American Airlines instead of British Airways or Virgin Atlantic? Perhaps schedule. Perhaps price. Maybe he booked a BA codeshare and was surprised when he was re-directed to American Airlines for check-in. Or maybe he just did not want to be fawned over onboard. Whatever the reason, the Twitter storm condemning the Prince for not flying a British airline is quite amusing.
Prince Harry is safely back in Los Angeles after a round-trip journey on American Airlines. We do not know his reasons for choosing American over British or Virgin, but I have to presume it’s just not the big deal that many have made it out to be.
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