Qantas unveils its new Boeing 787-900 premium economy seat which will operate London Heathrow – Perth non-stop flights

Qantas has today unveiled its new premium economy seat which is due to operate on Qantas’ non-stop Boeing 787-900 flights between London Heathrow and Perth from March 2018.

At the time Qantas announced the launch of non-stop flights between London and Perth it kept details of its premium economy seats under wraps, whilst hailing it as revolutionary. Today Qantas has unveiled the seat and some aspects of the premium economy cabin design.

Qantas Boeing 787-900 Premium Economy Seat (Source: Qantas Airways)

Qantas Boeing 787-900 Premium Economy Seat (Source: Qantas Airways)


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Virgin Atlantic to launch winter seasonal route from London Heathrow to Barbados from Tuesday 12 December 2017

Virgin Atlantic is to launch a new winter seasonal route from London Heathrow to Barbados.

The airline will fly from London Heathrow to Barbados Grantley Adams International Airport from Tuesday 12 December 2017. Flights will operate twice weekly each Tuesday and Saturday.

This will be the only direct route between London Heathrow and Barbados. This will complement Virgin Atlantic’s existing daily service from London Gatwick.

Flights will be operated using an Airbus A330 aircraft with 33 Upper Class, 48 Premium Economy and 185 Economy seats.

Flights will be on sale from Monday 27 February at Virgin Atlantic.com

And here’s the timetable:

Flight VS131 Depart London Heathrow 13:15 – Arrive Barbados 17:55 (Tuesday, Saturday)
Flight VS132 Depart Barbados 20:15 – Arrive London Heathrow 07:55 (Tuesday, Saturday)

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Alitalia – London Heathrow & London City cancellations due to strike action

A number of trade unions representing employees of Alitalia are due to take industrial action on Thursday 23 February 2017.

As a consequence, approximately 60% of Alitalia’s domestic and international flights are cancelled on Thursday 23 February and there are further cancellations Friday 24 February.

These include the following flights between London Heathrow and London City Airports and Milan and Rome.

Please note that these are pre-planned cancellations.  There may well be additional cancellations due to severe weather in the U.K. caused by Storm Doris.  In addition, some airport ground facilities in Italy may also be affected by industrial action.
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British Airways flight schedules during planned strike action by London Heathrow cabin crew on Wednesday 22, Thursday 23, Friday 24 & Saturday 25 February 2017

British Airways has announced its schedules following planned industrial action by “Mixed Fleet” cabin crew at London Heathrow over four consecutive days on Wednesday 22, Thursday 23, Friday 24 and Saturday 25 February 2017.

BA has confirmed that it plans to operate a full schedule from all London airports on the first three days of industrial action on Wednesday 22, Thursday 23, and Friday 24 February 2017.

Update: Although BA had planned to operate a full schedule today (Thursday 23 March) there are a significant number of operational cancellations due to severe weather caused by Storm Doris in the U.K. and Northern Europe and industrial action in Italy. A lot of flights to the North of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Northern Europe are cancelled. Approximately 28 short-haul return flight cancellations are planned as at 10.30am. There may also be residual cancellations and delays on Friday 24 February 2017 as a consequence of the aftermath of Storm Doris.

BA has not announced any planned cancellations for Saturday 25 February 2017.
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British Airways launches new routes from London City & London Stansted to Milan Linate airport from late April 2017

The merry go round of route changes at London City and BA’s gradual increase of weekend services at London Stansted continues with the launch of new year-round services to Milan, Italy from these two London airports in April.

The new routes to Milan’s Linate Airport will start from London City Airport on Monday 24 April 2017 and from Stansted Airport on Saturday 29 April 2017.

There will be two flights a day on week days and one a day at weekends from London City and two a week from Stansted.

Flights will be operated using Embraer aircraft in a two class Club Europe business class and EuroTraveller economy configuration. Note that at some point in the summer, BA will introduce its Buy On Board “M&S On Board” catering service on these flights.

BA also flies to Milan Linate (as well as Malpensa airport) from London Heathrow up to six times a day and it is possible to “mix and match” flights if convenient.

The addition of this route at London Stansted means BA now serves nine routes at this airport: Berlin, Faro, Florence, Geneva, Ibiza, Malaga, Nice, and Palma.

Flights are on sale now at ba.com

Here’s the timetable:
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British Airways London Heathrow flight cancellations due to cabin crew strike action on Friday 17, Saturday 18, Sunday 19 and Monday 20 February 2017

British Airways has updated its schedules to account for its contingency plans following planned industrial action by “Mixed Fleet” cabin crew at London Heathrow on Friday 17, Saturday 18, Sunday 19 and Monday 20 February 2017.

Unite has also called for a further four days of industrial action Wednesday 22, Thursday 23, Friday 24 and Saturday 25 February 2017. BA will publish its flight schedules for these dates at the weekend.

There are no signs of any negotiations taking place between BA and Unite. Put simply, both sides seem determined to sit this out.

BA has confirmed that:

  • All flights from London City, London Gatwick and London Stansted will operate as normal.
  • The vast majority of flights from London Heathrow are scheduled to operate as normal.

BA has cancelled a select number of flights from London Heathrow. In the event that your flight is cancelled you should be offered an alternative flight on the same route, a rebooking to an alternative destination nearby, or a refund.

BA has not published a list of cancelled flights. However, we have scanned BA’s schedules and we have identified the following cancellations so far.

Please note this is not intended to be a definitive list and this may be subject to change. You should always check you booking directly at ba.com before finalising your travel plans.

Cancelled Flights – Friday 17 February 2017
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British Airways cancels BA 123 & BA 122 London Heathrow – Doha flights from Friday 17 February to Monday 20 February 2017

British Airways has cancelled its daily flight from London Heathrow to Doha (and the return flight from Doha on the following day) for a period of four days from Friday 17 February to Monday 20 February 2017.

The affected flight numbers are BA123 and BA122.

The reason cited for the cancellation is “operational reasons”. It is highly likely that this is connected to planned strike action by “Mixed Fleet” London Heathrow cabin crew on these dates.

BA has a rebooking agreement with Qatar Airways (which is a fellow Oneworld alliance member and a 20% shareholder of BA’s parent company International Airlines Group).

If your flight is cancelled (at the time of writing the flight is not cancelled on all days on ba.com though it has notified the travel trade of the cancellations) you have the option of rebooking on to one of Qatar Airways’ five daily flights from London Heathrow to Doha.
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