British Airways to introduce pre-ordering of meals in long-haul business, first class, and premium economy from 1 December 2014

British Airways is to introduce pre-ordering of main course meals for passengers travelling in World Traveller Plus premium economy, Club World business class and First Class on select long-haul flights departing from Monday 1 December 2014.

This move has been long anticipated. Indeed, it was originally announced a year ago.

At first, the option to pre-order meals will only be available on long-haul flights to Dallas Fort-Worth, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Rio de Janeiro, Seattle and Vancouver.

Passengers will be able to pre-order meals from Tuesday 18 November via the Manage My Booking tool.

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British Airways’ A380 will fly from London Heathrow to Miami from Sunday 25 October 2015

British Airways has today confirmed that its London Heathrow – Miami route will be served exclusively by the Airbus A380 from Sunday 25 October 2015.

The A380 will operate twice daily, replacing up to three daily Boeing 747/777 flights.

The A380 currently operates on selected flights to Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Los Angeles, Singapore, Washington, and, from April 2015, San Francisco.

There’s more information on BA’s A380 operations at ba.com. As this announcement has been made nearly a year in advance, we should sound a note of caution that further changes could be announced in the interim.

BA flights from London Heathrow to Miami are also due to move from London Heathrow Terminal 5 to 3 from 14 October 2015.

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British Airways to restore long-haul operations at London Heathrow Terminal 3 as Accra, Cape Town, Denver, Las Vegas, Nairobi, Phoenix and Vancouver flights move from Terminal 5 on Wednesday 14 October 2015

As part of a wider set of terminal moves at London Heathrow and the consolidation of BA’s operations into Terminals 3 and 5, a number of long-haul BA flights are to move from Terminal 5 to 3 from Wednesday 14 October 2015.

These flights are Accra, Cape Town, Denver, Las Vegas, Miami, Nairobi, Phoenix and Vancouver.

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British Airways flights from London Heathrow to Amman, Beirut, Baku and Cairo to move from Terminal 1 to 5 on Tuesday 30 June 2015

The opening of Terminal 2 at London Heathrow this year has resulted in a large number of airlines moving out of Terminals 1 and 3.

As a consequence of this, Terminal 1 is due to close next year and BA will also be consolidating its operations in Terminals 3 and 5.

A series of terminal moves will be taking place next year. As part of this, from Tuesday 30 June 2015 BA’s medium haul flights to Amman, Beirut, Baku and Cairo flights will move from Terminal 1 to Terminal 5.

From this date, BA will have no further flights from Terminal 1.

With the exception of Cairo, these routes were inherited by BA following the acquisition of bmi by its parent company International Airlines Group in 2012.

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British Airways flights from London Heathrow to Bilbao, Hanover, Luxembourg, Lyon and Marseille to move from Terminal 1 to 3 from Tuesday 30 June 2015.

The opening of Terminal 2 at London Heathrow this year has resulted in a large number of airlines moving out of Terminals 1 and 3.

As a consequence of this, Terminal 1 is due to close in 2015 and BA will be consolidating its operations in Terminals 3 and 5.

A series of terminal moves will be taking place next year.

As part of this, from Tuesday 30 June 2015, BA’s short-haul flights to Bilbao (launching 29 March 2015), Hanover, Luxembourg, Lyon, Marseille will move from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3.

These routes will join existing BA short-haul routes from Terminal 3 which are Barcelona, Budapest, Gibraltar, Helsinki, Lisbon, Vienna and Warsaw.

Flights from London Heathrow to Rotterdam will not be moving as this route is being suspended from 28 March 2015.

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An update on BA related developments at London Heathrow from IAG’s Capital Markets Day

International Airlines Group is holding its annual Capital Markets today, Friday 7 November.

Whilst the presentations are very much aimed at the investor community (This is the full slide deck – all 144 slides!.) there are some useful updates for passengers.

Here are some small items of news we’ve gleaned so far:

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British Airways launches London Heathrow – Bilbao route; Vueling moves Bilbao flights to London Gatwick

British Airways has today announced it is to launch a twice daily service from London Heathrow to Bilbao in the Basque region of Northern Spain.

Bilbao is currently served from London Heathrow by BA’s IAG sibling Vueling. It will move its four weekly flights to London Gatwick.

Flights launch on 29 March 2015.

BA’s flights will initially operate from Heathrow Terminal 1 and will move to Terminal 3 on 30 June 2015.

Flight Schedule

Flight BA466 London Heathrow – Bilbao Depart 09:20 Arrive 12:20
Flight BA468 London Heathrow – Bilbao Depart 16:05 Arrive 19:05

Flight BA467 Bilbao – London Heathrow Depart 13:05 Arrive 14:00
Flight BA469 Bilbao – London Heathrow Depart 19:40 Arrive 20:35

Whilst a popular leisure destination in its own right (Bilbao is of course home to a Guggenheim museum) we understand the service has been operated to attract corporate clients in the area to BA’s London network and cargo traffic from the port of Bilbao.

Flights are currently on sale on ba.com

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