BA to codeshare with Bangkok Airways to Phuket, Koh Samui & Chiang Mai

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British Airways Logo (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has today confirmed that it is, with immediate effect, to offer codeshares with Bangkok Airways on flights from Bangkok to Phuket, Koh Samui, Chiang Mai, and from Singapore to Koh Samui. These are three of the eight destinations in Thailand served by Bangkok Airways.

The move is not surprising. Both Bangkok and Singapore have previously acted as a “scissor hub” for British Airways and Qantas to provide onward connections to numerous cities in Australia. Although these codeshares between British Airways and Qantas are still in place, these are less competitive for passengers arriving from London. This is because Qantas has retimed its Australia bound flights from Bangkok and Singapore after ceasing to fly from London to Bangkok and Singapore.

BA has also downgraded the Bangkok route from a four class Boeing 747 to a three class Boeing 777 from 27 October 2013, indicating under performance on this route.

These codeshares can only be booked when connecting to / from a BA long-haul flight.
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BA upgrades Rio de Janeiro, adding First Class & Boeing 777-300

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Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro (Image Credit: London Air Travel)

British Airways has announced it is to upgrade its London Heathrow – Rio de Janeiro route from a three class Boeing 777-200 aircraft to a four class Boeing 777-300 aircraft from Sunday 27 October 2013.

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BaxterStorey takes on British Airways catering contract for UK lounges; some passengers disappointed

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When London Heathrow Terminal 5 opened a little over five years ago (the opening was a day many will never forget!), much was made by BA of the introduction of its “Galleries” lounge concept. At Heathrow, this comprises the “flagship” Concorde Room for first class passengers and Concorde Room cardholders, a Galleries First lounge for BA Executive Club Gold cardholders, three Galleries Club lounges and a Galleries Arrivals lounge for arriving passengers. The lounges were designed by what was then known as Davies & Baron. The lounges feature bespoke Osborne & Little patterns, bold statements such as horse lamps as well as more subtle art and design statements.

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BA confirms changes to Heathrow short-haul timetable for Winter 2013

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London Heathrow Terminal 5 (Image Credit: British Airways)
London Heathrow Terminal 5 (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has confirmed changes to its London Heathrow short-haul timetable for the Winter 2013 season, which starts at the end of October.

The changes are relatively modest and mainly concern small increases and decreases in frequencies on certain routes.

Frequency Increases

– Agadir increases from two flights a week to three.

– Basel increases from 21 to 26 flights a week.

– Amsterdam, Athens, Hamburg and Nice also benefit from small increases of 1-2 flights a week.

Frequency Decreases

– Flights to Manchester reduce from 72 to 68 a week.

– Prague also reduces by five flights from 33 to 28 flights a week.

– Aberdeen, Barcelona, Budapest, Dusseldorf, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Paris Charles de Gualle, Rome, Stockholm and Zurich also reduce by 1-3 flights a week.

The daily flight to Larnaca also reverts back from a night-time departure to a day-time departure from London Heathrow, with the flight from Heathrow leaving at 12:05 and returning to Heathrow at 19:40.

There are also timetable changes to Rotterdam with BA’s three daily flights moved to earlier times. There are also relatively modest changes to timings for BA’s twice daily flights to Bergen and Stavanger.

Summer Seasonal Flights

BA’s weekly summer Saturday flights from London Heathrow to Ibiza and Palma de Mallorca also finish on Saturday 26 October 2013. The airline will continue to fly all year round to Ibiza and Palma de Mallorca from London City airport.

BA launches new seasonal flight from London Heathrow to Gran Canaria

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British Airways Logo (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways continues to surprise with its choice of new routes to occupy the 50 or so extra Heathrow slot pairs it has to fill following the purchase of bmi.

Following the launch of Leeds Bradford, Rotterdam, Zagreb and seasonal summer flights to Ibiza and Palma de Mallorca, the airline has now launched a weekly return flight from London Heathrow to Las Palmas airport Gran Canaria from Saturday 26 October 2013.

Flights depart London Heathrow Terminal 5 and are operated with Airbus A320 aircraft in a two class Club Europe business class and EuroTraveller economy configuration.

Flights are now on sale on ba.com

London Heathrow – Las Palmas

Flight BA488 Depart London Heathrow 08:00 – Arrive Las Palamas 12:25
Flight BA489 Depart Las Palmas 13:15 – London Heathrow 17:40

So how are BA’s routes to Leeds-Bradford & Rotterdam performing?

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British Airbus A319 aircraft London Heathrow (Image Credit: British Airways)

When BA’s parent company, International Airlines Group, bought bmi last year much was made of how the extra slots would enable BA to expand its long-haul network. So it was something of a surprise when last May BA announced it would launch new routes to Leeds-Bradford (initially 4 daily) and Rotterdam (3 daily) from 9 December 2012.

Neither are the most exciting destinations on the BA route network but both seem like a clear move to capture traffic from KLM.

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BA9 to Bangkok: A new Heathrow terminal, aircraft and timing

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British Airways Logo (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has confirmed today that its (near) daily flight to Bangkok, BA9, will undergo a change of departure terminal at Heathrow, aircraft type and timing from the start of the Winter 2013 season on Sunday 27 October 2013.

The flight which currently departs from Heathrow Terminal 3 at 22:05 to arrive in Bangkok at 15:20 will transfer to Terminal 5 from 27 October 2013.

The operating aircraft will also a change from a four class Boeing 747 to a three class Boeing 777.

Furthermore, the departure time will change to 15:05, arriving in Bangkok at 09:20 and returning from Bangkok at 10:55 to arrive at Heathrow at 16:55. This is also the last BA operated long-haul flight to transfer from Terminal 3 to Terminal 5.

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London Heathrow Terminal Changes from 31 March 2013

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British Airways Logo (Image Credit: British Airways)

Here, somewhat belatedly, are details of terminal changes for flights departing from London Heathrow from 31 March 2013.

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BA increases London Heathrow – Seattle from 7 to 10 weekly

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British Airways Logo (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has announced that it will increase its flights from London Heathrow to Seattle from 7 to 10 weekly from 3 April 2013.

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