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British Airways launches a limited-edition suitcase for globetrotting tots

 

British Airways made this announcement:

British Airways has partnered with Trunki to launch a limited-edition suitcase for globetrotting tots ahead of the summer break.

The suitcase has been named Amelia the Aeroplane, inspired by Amelia Earhart, the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and a pioneer for aviation. The unique ride-on design features a British Airways aircraft and the airline’s mythical ‘Skyflyer’ characters, Peggy the Pegasus and Leon the Lion, who appear on British Airways’ activity packs for children and at family check in.

The case is available for families to purchase for their little travellers retailing at £45: Shop Trunki. Trunki’s ethos is to make travelling fun for children, while allowing parents to easily navigate the airport. The newly branded British Airways Trunki cases have a comfy saddle, horn grips, carry handles and are spacious enough to fit all essential items to keep little ones occupied on a flight.

Hamish McVey, British Airways’ Head of Brand and Marketing said: “We love seeing children travelling around the airport on or with a Trunki, so we are really pleased to be partnering with them to create an aviation-inspired case. We can’t wait to see our smallest travellers take to the skies with their new luggage this summer.”

Rob Law, Creator and CEO of Trunki , said: “We were thrilled to be able to partner with British Airways and create a bespoke Trunki for young flyers and British Airways enthusiasts alike. Each case is manufactured at our UK factory in Plymouth, and we look forward to a long and fruitful partnership. A positive return from the pandemic!”

Watch the airline’s youngest travellers race around the airport on Amelia the Aeroplane Trunki below:

The British Airways Trunki has been sustainably produced in the UK through carbon-neutral manufacturing, is packaged in eco-friendly materials and is fully recyclable.

This partnership forms part of the airline’s continued focus on family travel as it heads into the summer holiday season. Families have access to generous baggage allowances and can choose free seat selection at the time of booking for anyone travelling with an infant under the age of two.

British Airways is the only airline with a dedicated family check-in zone, located at London Heathrow Terminal 5, where colleagues are on hand to help. The airline also offers some screen-free entertainment to young travellers, with Skyflyer activity packs featuring Peggy and Leon. Each complimentary pack includes a junior amenity kit with a fun eye mask, paw print socks, crayons and a postcard**. Families can travel with the assurance that the airline provides a seamless and stress-free experience at every stage of their journey.

*This is subject to carrycot/seat availability on long-haul flights

** available at the Family and Club World check-in zones at Heathrow Terminal 5, Gatwick and London City airports.

British Airways aircraft photo gallery (Boeing):

British Airways touches down in Portland, Oregon

British Airways made this announcement:

On June 3, Portland, Oregon became the newest destination on the British Airways route map as flight BA0267 touched down at Portland International Airport (PDX) at 5.05 pm local time.

Creating the only direct route between London (Heathrow) and Oregon, the inaugural flight received a warm local welcome as it taxied to the gate.  The brand-new route will operate five times a week on Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner with three cabins for customers to choose from: Club (business), World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy) and World Traveller (economy).  The return flight to London Heathrow departed at 6.55pm local time – just as the UK enjoys a 4-day-weekend to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Captain, Meredith Bell operated the inaugural BA0267.  Having been a pilot for British Airways for 30 years, she has flown customers to numerous destinations.  Portland has a personal connection as her daughter is currently studying at Reed College.

British Airways customers will also benefit from our relationship with Alaska Airlines, offering seamless onward connections beyond Portland. British Airways customers can book onto Alaska-operated flights to 15 destinations from PDX, enabling them to access the UK with only one stop. Furthermore, our loyalty program members can earn and redeem miles on these flights.

Flights from Portland to London Heathrow will run on Friday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The route will be operated by one of British Airways’ newest aircraft, the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.

* Terms apply

** Includes taxes, fees and carrier charges for lowest fares. Other travel dates available at varying prices.

Flight schedule

Flight number Sector Days of week Dept time Arrival time
BA267 LHR – PDX Mon, Tues, Weds, Fri, Sun 15:15 17:05
BA266 PDX – LHR Mon, Tues, Weds, Fri, Sun 18:55 12:20+1

 

  • The flight time from London to Portland is approximately 9 hours 50 minutes.
  • All long-haul British Airways flights include a food and beverage service, across all cabins.  Customers can enjoy a starter, main and dessert, with a choice of hot, cold and alcoholic drinks.

British Airways aircraft photo gallery (Boeing):

British Airways expands its U.S. network, adds Portland, OR

British Airways is ramping up its US route network this summer, taking its direct US routes to London to 26.

Today, June 3, Portland, Oregon becomes the newest destination on the British Airways route map, providing the city’s only direct route to the UK.

A warm local welcome is anticipated as inaugural flight BA0267 touches down at Portland International Airport (PDX). The brand-new route will operate five times per week – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Neil Chernoff, British Airways’ Director of Networks and Alliances said: “This summer British Airways will be flying from 26 US cities to London and we’re very excited to be adding Portland to our list of transatlantic destinations. Not only are we the only airline to offer direct flights from Portland to London, but this new route also opens a wide variety of connections for our customers. Through Alaska Airlines, our oneworld partner, British Airways will offer codeshare connections to several destinations operated by Alaska Airlines from Portland.”

Also on June 3, British Airways also relaunches its direct route from Pittsburgh to London.  It remains the only airline to offer a direct flight from the Pennsylvanian city to London. The airline will resume a year-round four-per-week service – Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

On June 6, the airline launches a new, daytime flight from Newark Liberty International Airport to London Heathrow – its third daily flight from Newark to London, to support the return of business travel.

The daytime flight will depart at 7.55 am from Newark – a convenient option for travelers wishing to spend an extra night in the New York area before departing, or for those who wish to arrive just in time for an evening in London.  With this additional flight time, British Airways along with its joint business partner, American Airlines will offer the most extensive network from the New York area to London with 15 daily departures this summer, including 11 daily flights from JFK to Heathrow and 1 daily flight from JFK to Gatwick.

The inaugural British Airways’ A380 arrives at Washington Dulles International Airport, Virginia, USA (British Airways)

This summer also marks the return of daily direct flights from San Jose, California, to London on June 13; and the return of A380 aircraft to more North American airports. Chicago and Vancouver were the latest cities to welcome home the Airbus earlier this week. Meanwhile, Dallas/Fort Worth is preparing to welcome the A380 for the first time on July 1.  The aircraft, which is British Airways’ and the airline industry’s largest, offers a choice of First, Club World, World Traveller Plus and World Traveller cabins and has a total of 469 seats.  There are 12 A380s in the British Airways fleet.

Notes:

  • The Portland route will be operated by one of British Airways’ newest aircraft, the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.
  • British Airways customers will also benefit from our relationship with Alaska Airlines, offering seamless onward connections beyond Portland. British Airways customers can book onto Alaska-operated flights to 15 destinations from Portland, enabling them to access the UK with only one stop. Furthermore, our loyalty program members can earn and redeem miles on these flights.
  • Pittsburgh will be operated by Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.

British Airways aircraft photo gallery (Airbus):

British Airways returns to short-haul European flying from Gatwick Airport, BA Euroflyer is coming

British Airways made this announcement:

After two years British Airways returns to international short-haul flying from Gatwick Airport today (Tuesday, March 29), as its first service departed for Larnaca at 6:25am.

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic the airline suspended its European operation at Gatwick Airport, moving a number of flights over to Heathrow. Today marks a milestone in the airline’s recovery as it finally returns to international short-haul flying from the airport.

Initially services will operate under the British Airways Air Operators Certificate (AOC), before moving operations to a new British Airways branded subsidiary, BA Euroflyer* later in the year. The new airline will operate in a similar manner to the company’s existing subsidiary BA Cityflyer, flying under the British Airways brand and delivering a premium British Airways product.

On the first day of operation, British Airways will operate four short-haul flights to Larnaca, Amsterdam, Paphos and Tenerife. In total, customers will have the choice of 35 destinations to fly to from Gatwick, before more destinations are added later this year.

Not only has the British Airways return to Gatwick created more choice for customers, but also helped create jobs as the airline undertook both a cabin crew and pilot recruitment campaign to fill positions at its new subsidiary.

Customers flying on the airline’s new subsidiary will receive the same high level of service they expect of British Airways as well as enjoying the benefits of travelling with the UK’s flag carrier including a generous baggage allowance, free water and snacks, free seat selection at -24 hours and frequent flyer benefits which include lounge access.

All of the airline’s services will have a Club Europe (business class) cabin setting it apart from its no frills competitors. Customers flying in this cabin will have access to a premium check-in experience, exclusive lounges and a complimentary gourmet meal and bar service on board.

Customers in the airline’s Euro Traveller (economy) cabin will be able to purchase food before travel which will include fresh options from Tom Kerridge as part of the airline’s ‘Speedbird Café’ menu and / or order ambient products and drinks onboard via their mobile phone.

The return of European short-haul flying from Gatwick comes a day after the airline returned to its home at Gatwick South Terminal following its reopening. To mark the occasion the airline also showed off its new dedicated World Traveller Plus check-in zone which is available for customers flying on a long-haul service with the airline. The new zone which sits alongside the airline’s Club World desks gives those travelling in its World Traveller Plus cabin (premium economy) an exclusive check-in experience. They will shortly be rolled out at Heathrow, followed by the rest of the British Airways network.

*Although registered as ‘BA Euroflyer’ the subsidiary will be branded as ‘British Airways’ across its aircraft and its customer touchpoints

Destinations served from Gatwick and route launch dates:

Destination Country Airport code LGW start date
Alicante Spain ALC 01-Apr-22
Amsterdam Netherlands AMS 29-Mar-22
Antalya Turkey AYT 02-Apr-22
Arrecife (Lanzarote) Spain ACE 30-Mar-22
Athens Greece ATH 04-May-22
Bari Italy BRI 03-Apr-22
Berlin Germany BER 07-May-22
Bordeaux France BOD 16-May-22
Cagliari (Sardinia) Italy CAG 18-May-22
Catania (Sicily) Italy CTA 31-Mar-22
Dalaman Turkey DLM 23-Apr-22
Dubrovnik Croatia DBV 04-Apr-22
Faro Portugal FAO 30-Mar-22
Heraklion (Crete) Greece HER 24-Apr-22
Ibiza Spain IBZ 03-May-22
Kos Greece KGS 24-Apr-22
Larnaca Cyprus LCA 29-Mar-22
Las Palmas (Gran Canaria) Spain LPA 02-Apr-22
Madrid Spain MAD 16-May-22
Mahon (Menorca) Spain MAH 16-May-22
Malaga Spain AGP 02-Apr-22
Malta Malta MLA 14-Apr-22
Marrakech Morocco RAK 31-Mar-22
Milan Malpensa Italy MXP 01-May-22
Nice France NCE 31-Mar-22
Palma (Mallorca) Spain PMI 07-Apr-22
Paphos Cyprus PFO 29-Mar-22
Rhodes Greece RHO 28-Apr-22
Santorini Greece JTR 15-Apr-22
Seville Spain SVQ 15-Apr-22
Tenerife Spain TFS 29-Mar-22
Thessaloniki Greece SKG 14-Apr-22
Turin Italy TRN 04-Apr-22
Venice Italy VCE 15-Apr-22
Verona Italy VRN 16-Apr-22

 

British Airways to power a number of flights with SAF, receives first supply from Phillips 66

British Airways has made this announcement:

  • British Airways becomes the first airline in the world to use sustainable aviation fuel (“SAF”) produced on a commercial scale in the UK after signing a multi-year agreement with Phillips 66 Limited
  • SAF is produced from sustainable sources such as waste gases, crop and forestry residues, household and commercial waste and used cooking oil, and can reduce lifecycle CO2 emissions by over 80% compared to traditional jet fuel
  • The delivery of the first batch of SAF from Phillips 66 Limited is another significant milestone for the airline as it delivers a range of initiatives to decarbonise and achieve net zero emissions by 2050
  • British Airways has also today published its 2021 Sustainability Report looking at the progress and milestones achieved last year and following the launch of its BA Better World programme. It has also published the first video in the airline’s newly launched sustainability docuseries, with this one explaining how sustainable aviation fuel is produced and how it delivers emissions benefits

British Airways has taken delivery of the first batch of sustainable aviation fuel produced by Phillips 66 Limited, making it the first airline in the world to start using SAF produced on a commercial scale in the UK.

The Phillips 66 Humber Refinery near Immingham is producing thousands of tonnes of SAF that will now help power a number of British Airways flights. The SAF is produced from sustainable waste feedstock at the refinery and British Airways will add it into the existing pipeline infrastructure that directly feeds several UK airports including London Heathrow.

British Airways and Phillips 66 are both committed to a lower carbon future. The sustainable aviation fuel bought by the airline will be enough to reduce lifecycle CO2 emissions by almost 100,000 tonnes, enough to power 700 net zero CO2 emissions flights between London and New York on its fuel-efficient Boeing 787 aircraft.

Both companies support Government plans for a future SAF mandate and a business model for investing in advanced waste to jet fuel projects through participation in the Department for Transport’s Jet Zero Council Delivery Group. British Airways also continues to work with Government on ways to provide certainty for investors to help the UK be a leader in SAF production.

International Airlines Group (IAG), the airline’s parent company, is investing $400 million over the next 20 years into the development of SAF and British Airways has existing partnerships with several companies to develop plants and purchase the sustainable fuel.

Customers can now also join British Airways on its journey to reach net zero by 2050 through its onboard Speedbird Café menu app. A new category can be found on the BA Better World tab labelled ‘Contribute to Carbon Offsets’, where customers on short-haul European flights can help fund carbon reduction projects around the world. The £2.50 contribution represents the carbon compensation of an average British Airways European return flight per customer, and the funds are invested in verified CO2 emissions reduction and avoidance projects.

Launching BA Better World in September 2021, British Airways made a commitment to create a better, more sustainable future with a focus on people, planet and responsible business. Today the airline is publishing its latest sustainability report looking back at the milestones and achievements of the last year and has also launched its new sustainability docuseries, with the first video being all about SAF.

British Airways raises £898,000 for Red Nose Day 2022

British Airways has made this announcement:

British Airways has raised over £898,000 for Red Nose Day this year, bringing their total funds to over £26 million for Flying Start, through its global charity partnership with Comic Relief that first began in 2010.

This is thanks to the generosity of its customers who have donated on board and from continued fundraising efforts from the airline’s colleagues.

One of the airline’s fundraising activities to mark Red Nose Day included a ‘trolley dash’ challenge. British Airways cabin crew set off racing across London, pushing aircraft trolleys around a route taking in famous landmarks including Buckingham Palace, the Royal Albert Hall and the Houses of Parliament, raising thousands of pounds through online sponsors and donations from generous spectators.

This year, in addition to the charities that Comic Relief regularly supports, Red Nose Day donations will also help to fund organisations providing essential support for people in Ukraine affected by the conflict and the mass displacement of people to many parts of the world. This includes making a donation to the Disaster Emergency Committee’s (DEC) Ukrainian Humanitarian Appeal that will support refugees fleeing Ukraine, where at least 3 million people have fled their homes to escape the conflict.

These funds will support DEC charities and their local partners in Ukraine and neighbouring countries to provide food, water, shelter and medical assistance. British Airways is also flying aid and medics to the region, as well as redirecting its onboard donations to go towards the DEC’s Ukrainian Humanitarian Appeal for the next few weeks.

Carrie Harris, British Airways’ Head of Sustainability, said: “This is our twelfth year partnering with Comic Relief through Flying Start and we’re incredibly proud of the support from our colleagues and customers.

Customers can donate to Flying Start by visiting http://www.ba-flyingstart.com/

To date, we have supported more than 925,000 people in some of the most disadvantaged communities in the UK and around the world.

British Airways introduces Aviation American gin onboard

British Airways and Aviation American Gin are announcing a new partnership; with the gin launching on board.  Customers flying across the pond and all other long-haul routes will be offered it from the in-flight menu and short-haul customers will be able to buy it from the on-board Speedbird café.

The partnership builds on the opening of a brand-new area – the Aviation Gin bar in the airline’s Club Lounge in JFK airport in October 2021.

Aviation American Gin was founded in Portland in 2006 and is a metaphor for taste and adventure.  The gin is infused with a democratic blend of botanicals – cardamom, coriander, French lavender, anise seed, sarsaparilla, juniper, and two kinds of orange peel to create a smoother, softer, more refined take on gin.

British Airways will be launching a new route to Portland, Oregon on 3 June. Flights will operate 5 times a week – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.  As well as being a vibrant city to visit, this route will open up a whole variety of connections for our customers to explore all of the West coast of America.

We hope our customers join us in celebrating, with a refreshing gin and tonic.”  Gareth Williams, International Brand Director at Aviation American Gin said: “We’re so excited to get on board with the UK flag carrier British Airways and take Aviation American Gin to new heights – the sky! Through this partnership, we’re keen to enhance each traveller’s experience with a deliciously refreshing Aviation Gin cocktail for flyers to enjoy on journeys near and far, offering an American twist on this quintessentially British drink!”

The partnership is being launched with a hilarious alternative safety video starring Aviation American Gin co-owner Ryan Reynolds. You can watch via @AviationGin’s social channels.

British Airways cancels all short-haul flights from London’s Heathrow until midday

From Reuters:

“British Airways (BA) said it would cancel all short-haul flights from London’s Heathrow airport until midday on Saturday as it deals with an IT failure.”

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British Airways announces a new daytime Newark – London Heathrow flight

British Airways Boeing 777-200 taking off at Heathrow (Picture by Nick Morrish/British Airways)

British Airways is launching a new, daytime flight from Newark Liberty International Airport to London Heathrow – its third daily flight from Newark to London, to support the return of business travel in 2022.

The additional flight, which launches on 6 June, will depart at 7.55am from Newark – a convenient option for travelers wishing to spend an extra night in the New York area before departing on business or leisure, or for those travelers who wish to arrive in the evening in London to spend the night at home or their hotel. The flight will depart Heathrow at 7.10pm, also allowing travelers to spend the entire day in London before flying to Newark.

The airline is also resuming its ‘daylight’ service from JFK in March, which proves to be a convenient option particularly valued by its business travelers, and customers who prefer to travel during the day.

The additional Newark flight offers added convenience for customers living in Manhattan, Staten Island and New Jersey.

With this new frequency, British Airways along with its joint business partner American Airlines will offer the most extensive network from the New York area to London with 15 daily departures this summer, including 11 daily flights from JFK to Heathrow and 1 daily flight from JFK to Gatwick.  From April 2022, all flights to JFK and EWR from Heathrow on BA and AA will depart out of BA’s Terminal 5, and by next year, all British Airways flights in JFK will depart from AA’s home in Terminal 8.

The flight will operate daily on a Boeing 777-200 with 48 Club World seats, 40 World Traveller Plus seats, and 184 World Traveller seats.

British Airways becomes the first U.K. airline to officially recognize the sunflower lanyard

British Airways has today become the first UK airline to officially recognize the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower. Customers can choose to wear a Sunflower lanyard as an indication that they may require additional support, assistance or simply a little more time while traveling. The initiative forms part of the airline’s continued efforts to make travel simple and easy for customers with additional assistance needs.

The airline’s new partnership with Hidden Disabilities Sunflower will see the organization’s bespoke, high-quality videos embedded into British Airway’s training modules. British Airways colleagues will also have access to specialized videos via the airline’s staff intranet. This training will provide colleagues with an understanding of what an invisible disability is and how to become more confident to approach and support customers wearing a Sunflower lanyard.

Increasing the awareness of non-visible disabilities across the airline and promoting the Sunflower will contribute to enhancing the customer experience for British Airways customers. Those that travel with the airline can be confident that they will receive the support, assistance and understanding they require throughout their journey.

Welcoming the new partnership, Tom Stevens, British Airways’ Director of Brand and Customer Experience, said:

Supporting customers with additional needs

Aiming to become the airline of choice for customers with invisible and visible disabilities, British Airways has invested in several initiatives to ensure a seamless experience for customers requiring additional assistance.

In 2018, British Airways launched its ‘Beyond Accessibility’ campaign, the airline’s largest global accessibility training program. This program empowers customer-facing colleagues to improve support for customers requiring additional assistance. It includes a new library of digital learning providing information about invisible disabilities and practical advice on how to support customers at each stage of their journey*.

In 2019, the airline created a dedicated team of accessibility experts to assist with customer enquiries, and as a result, British Airways saw customer satisfaction levels more than double for travelers with accessibility needs **.

British Airways also became the first and only airline to be awarded the renowned Autism Friendly Award by the National Autistic Society and is the first airline to produce a Visual Guide to Flying to help customers prepare for their flight. The guide, which can be found on ba.com, is endorsed by the National Autistic Society and explains the sights, sounds, smells and experiences customers may encounter during their journey***.

The same year, British Airways signed up to the ‘Valuable 500’ pledge to make accessibility a global business priority.