BA to move London Heathrow – Bucharest flights to Terminal 5

British Airways services from London Heathrow to Bucharest operate from Terminal 6 from 27 October 2013.

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British Airways Logo (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has announced it is to move its twice daily flights from London Heathrow to Bucharest from Terminal 3 to Terminal 5 from the start of the Winter 2013 timetable on 27 October 2013.

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BA Confirms First Boeing 787 Routes To Newark & Toronto

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British Airways Boeing 787-8 (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways took delivery of its first Boeing 787 today and the airline has confirmed that the first two long-haul routes to feature the aircraft are New York (Newark) and Toronto. This is the first of some 42 Boeing 787 to delivered over the next few years.

A daily Boeing 787 service will operate to Toronto from 1 September 2013 with a 2nd daily 787 service between 15 September and 25 October. A daily service to New York (Newark) will operate from 1 October 2013. Full details about the aircraft are on ba.com

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BA launches London City – Düsseldorf from 1 September 2013

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Dusseldorf (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways, through its subsidiary BA CityFlyer, is to launch a new route from London City airport to Düsseldorf from 1 September 2013.

This will complement the existing service from London Heathrow to Düsseldorf. The route will be operated on behalf of BA by Eastern Airways under a BA livered Saab 2000 aircraft.

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Here is the initial planned timetable:

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BA relaxes rules on the use of mobile phones after landing

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British Airways Tailfin (Image Credit: Nick Morrish/British Airways)
British Airways Tailfin (Image Credit: Nick Morrish/British Airways)

One of the many frustrations for air travellers are inconsistent rules between airlines. One specific irritation are the rules in respect of the use of mobile phones by passengers once an aircraft has landed on the runway.

The UK, in accordance with the rules of the Civil Aviation Authority (“CAA”), has always adopted a strict approach that mobile phones and other electronic devices cannot be switched on after landing until the aircraft has reached the gate and the aircraft engines have been switched off.

Some international airlines are not bound by such restrictions and allow the use of mobile phones once the wheels have touched down.

In practice, this often leads to passengers not following crew instructions.

BA has been working with the CAA and has been able to obtain agreement that mobile phones and other electronic devices can be used once the aircraft has cleared the runway and the all clear is given by cabin crew.

This is the second time in the past year that the CAA has relaxed its rules after lobbying by BA. Last year, BA obtained agreement that its in-flight entertainment systems could, subject to some restrictions, be used “gate to gate” rather than being switched on after take off and switched off before landing.

The new policy will apply network wide from 1 July 2013. Current policies on switching off electronic devices before take off remain unchanged.

Delta & Virgin Atlantic to start codesharing on transatlantic flights

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Delta and Virgin Atlantic have announced the start of codeshares on each other’s transatlantic flights between the UK and North America for bookings made from 29 June 2013 for travel from 3 July 2013.

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US Department of Justice approves Delta’s investment in Virgin Atlantic

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

The US Department of Justice has today, 20 July 2013, issued a statement confirming that it intends to take no further action in respect of the proposed acquisition by Delta Air Lines of Singapore Airlines’ 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic and the proposed joint-venture between Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic for routes between London Heathrow and North America.

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BA confirms delivery dates for first Boeing 787 & Airbus A380 aircraft

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British Airways Logo (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has today, 10 June 2013, confirmed that is to take delivery of its first Boeing 787 aircraft on 26 June 2013, and a second Boeing 787 aircraft a day later. It will take delivery of its first Airbus A380 aircraft on 4 July 2013 at a special media event at Heathrow to celebrate the introduction of two new aircraft types to its fleet.

BA has previously confirmed that the Airbus A380 will operate the BA25/BA26 Hong Kong route and selected Los Angeles flights later this year. The airline has released seat plans for the A380 but has not revealed the full cabin specification for the aircraft.

BA is yet to confirm on which routes the Boeing 787 will first be deployed. However, it reasonable to assume that some of the first routes to receive the Boeing 787 will be transatlantic routes currently operated by the Boeing 767 aircraft which include Washington, New York Newark, Philadelphia, Toronto, and Calgary.
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Virgin Atlantic suspends London Heathrow – Accra from 23 September 2013

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Virgin Atlantic aircraft at London Heathrow

Virgin Atlantic has today announced that it is to suspend its five weekly service from London Heathrow to Accra in Ghana from 23 September 2013, when the last service to Accra will operate.

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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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London Heathrow Terminal 2 to open on 4 June 2014

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London Heathrow Terminal 2A Forecourt (Image Credit: London Heathrow)

Heathrow Airport has today confirmed that London Heathrow airport’s newest terminal, Terminal 2, will open to the public on 4 June 2014.

The new terminal will house all Star Alliance member airlines at London Heathrow. These include United Airlines, Air Canada, Singapore Airlines, SAS, Swiss and Air New Zealand.

The terminal will also house non-alliance members Germanwings, a subsidiary of Lufthansa, and Aer Lingus, as well as Virgin Atlantic’s new domestic operation, Little Red.

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