London Air Travel’s Monday Briefing – 7 February 2022

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Her Majesty The Queen, BOAC
Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II returns to London Airport, 7 January 1952

Welcome to London Air Travel’s Monday Briefing for the week beginning 7 February 2022.

Finnair To Unveil Premium Economy Cabin

It’s more than 20 years since British Airways and Virgin Atlantic first introduced premium economy to long haul flights.

Premium economy proved to be a success for both airlines. It is claimed by analysts that, on per square foot basis, premium economy is BA’s most profitable cabin.

It took a long time for airlines around the world to follow suit. This was principally for fear that premium economy would cannibalise business class revenue if corporate customers traded down to the cabin.

BA’s Oneworld alliance partners American Airlines and Iberia only introduced premium economy a few years ago. This week another follows suit. Finnair is expected to unveil its first premium economy cabin this week, as well as refreshed economy and business class cabins.

Before COVID-19, Finnair regularly operated wide body Airbus A330-300 and A350-900 aircraft between London Heathrow and Helsinki. This will hopefully return soon, providing an opportunity to eventually see refurbished aircraft at Heathrow.

BA Route Network Updates

A few BA short haul route network updates for this week:

Last week at Heathrow, BA restored flights to Naples and Sofia. Today, BA returns to Brussels. Also returning this week are

Wednesday 9 January: Marseille
Thursday 10 January: Basel, Marrakech, Porto, Seville
Friday 11 January: Milan Malpensa, Verona

At London City, winter seasonal services to Chambery and Salzburg launched last weekend.

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Yesterday, The Queen marked the start of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

It was 70 years ago today The Queen returned with Prince Philip to London airport from Kenya on BOAC Argonaut aircraft “Atlanta” G-ALHK. They had cut short a world tour following the death of King George VI.

The Queen was met at London airport by Winston Churchill, Clement Attlee and Anthony Eden. Footage from the arrival is in the Pathé News clips below.

Also of interest this week:

Flybe is accused of imposing unusually strict confidentiality conditions on newly recruited pilots. (The Telegraph)

“Pleases and thank-yous are rare; even eye contact is not that common.” The modern day life of cabin crew. (The Sunday Times)

News from London Air Travel you may have missed:

BA extends its codeshares with Loganair to include an additional 18 routes. (London Air Travel)

BA launches a new route from London Heathrow to Nuremberg. (London Air Travel)

Late post publication updates:

[Reserved for updates throughout the day]

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