BA launches new seasonal flight from London Heathrow to Gran Canaria

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British Airways Logo (Image Credit: British Airways)
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

Delta purchases of two Heathrow slot pairs for $47m

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Virgin Atlantic & Delta Air Lines Aircraft (Image Credit: Delta Air Lines)

Delta continues its focus on growing its presence at London Heathrow having today, 23 April 2013, announced that it has purchased two pairs of take off and landing slots at Heathrow for $47m.

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International Airlines Group gains control of Vueling

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Vueling Airbus A320 (Image Credit: Vueling)

International Airlines Group (“IAG”) confirmed today that its offer to acquire the 54% of Vueling’s shares that it does not already own has been accepted by the majority of Vueling’s shareholders. 

This means that IAG will control just under 91% of Vueling, effectively giving it control of the airline.  Vueling will officially become part of IAG from Friday 26 April 2013.

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What does International Airlines Group have planned for Vueling?

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Vueling Airbus A320 (Image Credit: Vueling)

The offer by International Airlines Group (“IAG”) to acquire the 54% of Vueling’s shares that it does not already own expired on Friday 19 April 2013.

The airline group initially made an offer priced at €7.00 per share which Vueling management chose not to recommend. IAG subsequently increased its offer to €9.25 per share. However, the minimum acceptance level was reduced to just 4.16% of Vueling’s capital to leave IAG with at least overall control of Vueling, if not 100% ownership.

Assuming the transaction completes this will be the second airline acquired by IAG since its formation in 2011 and the third member airline of the group (the first acquisition, bmi, being subsumed into British Airways).

Why is IAG so interested in Vueling and what does it have planned?

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IAG orders 18 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft for BA

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British Airways Logo
British Airways Logo (Image Credit: British Airways)

International Airlines Group has just announced that it has ordered 18 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft for British Airways for delivery between 2017 and 2023 and has secured a further 18 options.

The group has also secured delivery slots for Iberia, in anticipation of a future order for Iberia, subject to a satisfactory restructuring of the airline.

This follows the recent exercise of 18 Boeing 787 options for BA and acquisition of 787 delivery slots for Iberia and both airlines are moving towards a common long-haul fleet.

Whilst this is not the first long-haul order for Airbus by either BA or IAG, for Airbus this is still a significant long-haul order by BA as the A350-1000 aircraft is likely to form a major part of BA’s long haul fleet as a replacement for the Boeing 747-400.

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)
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 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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BA launches “Ungrounded” – An innovation lab in the sky

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British Airways Logo (Image Credit: British Airways)
British Airways Logo (Image Credit: British Airways)

An 11 hour transatlantic flight from San Francisco to London in a passenger configured BA aircraft may not seem the most conducive environment for 100 thinkers to come up with solutions to the world’s problems, but BA thinks otherwise with the launch of Ungrounded.

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London Heathrow Terminal Changes from 31 March 2013

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British Airways Logo (Image Credit: British Airways)
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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A look at British Airways’ most memorable TV advertisements

Our archive collection and commentary of British Airways’ most memorable TV advertisements over the past 40 years.

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"The Face" British Airways
“The Face” British Airways

British Airways has a long history of producing some of the most memorable TV advertisements with the aid of its advertising agencies, formerly Saatchi & Saatchi/M&C Saatchi and more recently BBH.

As well as simply being enjoyable to watch, the ads provide a commentary on both the changes in the air travel industry over the past three decades and changing social attitudes.

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