British Airways is the largest airline at London City and London Heathrow airports. It also has a substantial presence at London Gatwick.
It is a subsidiary of International Airlines Group which also owns Aer Lingus, Iberia and Vueling who all have a presence in London.
BA is also a member of the Oneworld alliance and many of its fellow members such as American Airlines and Cathay Pacific have a substantial presence in London. BA therefore features very heavily on this site.
Well, BA uses a different catering company, Do & Co, on New York JFK from all other long-haul routes.
This review is also conducted on one of a handful of transatlantic day flights from the US to London Heathrow. Whilst these flights do necessitate an early start and a short day is lost to flying, it is infinitely more pleasant and relaxed than a red eye.
There’s no rush to get the seat fully flat after take-off. Nor any need for the crew to have to navigate the sometimes visible tension between those passengers who want to maximise every moment for sleep and those who want to sit back and enjoy the service.
It should also be said this particular flight only operated out of sheer luck. On the day of this flight, this was the only BA flight to operate between New York and London. All other flights were cancelled due to severe weather on the US East Coast. Had this flight departed a mere one hour later it too could have been cancelled. Continue reading “BA Club World Catering: New York JFK – London Heathrow”
Is there a better way to fly across the Atlantic Ocean from London Heathrow than seated on the upper deck of a BA 747?
It may not be the most modern aircraft jostling for position on the taxiways at Heathrow before take-off. However, the 20 seat cabin has long been sought after for its private jet like experience where passengers sit oblivious to whatever is happening down below.
A flight from London Heathrow to Philadelphia, which is the subject of this review, marked a return to the upper deck after many flights with its younger upstarts the Boeing 787 and Airbus A380.
And what better way to sample BA’s new Club World service for the first time.
It made its debut on London Heathrow – New JFK in September 2017. Only very recently has it been extended to more routes, so London Heathrow to Philadelphia was the author’s first opportunity to try the new service.
Her Majesty The Queen had officially opened London Heathrow Terminal 5 just short of two weeks before its planned opening on 27 March 2008. Hundreds of passengers had volunteered to take part in pre-opening trials. The airline was at pains to emphasise that it had learnt the lessons of teething problems at Denver and Madrid. The baggage system had been put through its paces for months.
BA promised its frequent flyers that the terminal would be “So calm, you’ll simply flow through.” Such was BA’s confidence in its promise of “no queuing” the terminal didn’t even have a dedicated business class check-in at launch. A TV ad featuring fish swimming through the terminal was ready to air.
BA was the exclusive tenant of Heathrow’s first new terminal in more than 20 years and as the home to almost all of its Heathrow flights it would transform its presence at the airport.
On opening day, the then BA CEO Willie Walsh was to greet passengers arriving on the first flight at Terminal 5 from Hong Kong and usher in a new era for the airline.
British Airways has today, Monday 5 March 2018, unveiled images of its refurbished Boeing 777s which will operate on selected long-haul routes at London Gatwick from the summer of 2018.
BA took delivery of its first refurbished aircraft last week. It features an entirely new World Traveller and World Traveller Plus cabin. The first routes to operate the new cabin are Punta Cana, Cancun and Kingston. Please see here for full details of the expected routes for 2018.
BA has not yet confirmed the exact routes on which the new fare will be available and from which dates. And BA has yet to make an official PR announcement, which will require some delicate positioning. Although the “BA scraps free checked luggage” headlines will be inevitable. Continue reading “BA to launch unbundled long-haul economy fares”
In what will feel like Groundhog Day for many readers, British Airways is to cancel its daily flight between London Heathrow and Doha from late March to early July for “operational reasons”.
BA123 is cancelled from London Heathrow to Doha from Sunday 25 March 2018 to Saturday 30 June 2018.
BA122 is also cancelled from Doha to London Heathrow from Monday 26 March 2018 to Sunday 1 July 2018.
No specific reason has been given for the cancellations other than “operational reasons”. It is understood that the likely reason is that the Boeing 777 which operates this route is being released to cover other routes which use the Boeing 787 fleet which is currently undergoing maintenance to their engines.
British Airways is running a special promotion on flights to Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong to mark Chinese New Year.
The sale applies across all cabins. What is particularly of note is that BA is offering two Club World tickets for £2,018 on flights from London Heathrow to Beijing and Shanghai. Whilst, at £1,009 per person for two, this is not the lowest Club World fare we have ever seen, it is very good value. Solo fares can also be purchased for £1,318 for Beijing and £1,298 for Shanghai.
There are some restrictions. These include the requirement to travel midweek and stay a Saturday night. The special Club World fare applies for travel from Sunday 1 April 2018 to Thursday 6 December 2018. However, blackout dates do apply.
There are also promotional fares in World Traveller and World Traveller Plus with similar restrictions. World Traveller fares are available from £418 for Beijing, £393 for Shanghai and £458 for Hong Kong. World Traveller Plus fares are available from £708 for Beijing and Shanghai and £873 for Hong Kong. There are no Club World special fares for Hong Kong.
The sale ends on Wednesday 21 February 2018 and flights are on sale now at ba.com