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“Love is in the Air” on British Airways

British Airways Picture by: Stuart Bailey

British Airways has made this announcement:

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, British Airways is adding a romantic touch to its inflight entertainment with the introduction of a new category – Love is in the Air.

Running until the end of February, the category plays host to a collection of films, TV shows and audio programs, all with a romantic theme.

This includes classics like When Harry Met Sally, Chocolat and Love Me Tender, as well as more recent releases like Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.

As part of its extensive range of TV shows, British Airways is also adding some love-themed episodes from famous series, including Friends – The One with Candy Hearts, Modern Family – Do You Believe in Magic, and select episodes of Sex and the City.

Finally, the Valentine’s Day range is complemented by poems and excepts from the likes of William Shakespeare, Robert Burns, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Jane Eyre, Thomas Hardy, William Wordsworth, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and David Herbert Lawrence, while actor Michael Sheen reads: A Lover’s Gift from Him to Her.

Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ director of brand and customer experience, said: “We’re always looking at ways that we can enhance our extensive range of films, TV shows, documentaries and audiobooks. So, whether customers are in a relationship, looking for love, or happily single, we hope they enjoy the category and look forward to welcoming them on board.”

In August, British Airways released a #BAMagic video of a proposal on board. The airline’s latest #BAMagic story, to be released in the run up to Valentine’s Day, will follow the story of a separate, money-can’t-buy proposal in a very special location.

Customers who fly with British Airways on long-haul flights have free access to over 1,000 hours of films, top TV shows and audio programmes via their personal seatback screen. This includes the very latest Hollywood blockbusters, TV box sets and music provided by British Airways’ High Life entertainment.

The updates come as part of wider changes by the airline for long-haul economy customers. Last month it was announced they will receive a renewed food offering on board including, on longer flights, a full second meal, as part of the airline’s £4.5 billion investment for customers over the next five years.

The Love is in the Air category is available on the majority of the airline’s inflight entertainment systems (approximately two-thirds of the long-haul fleet inflight entertainment systems). Other systems will have a subset of the content.

Full content on the Love is in the Air category:

MOVIES

Silver Linings Playbook
When Harry Met Sally
Chocolat
Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool
Home Again
Love Me Tender
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

TV SHOWS

Dina
First Dates S3: Episode 7
New Girl S6: Ep16 operation Bobcat
Big Bang Theory S3: Ep15 The Large Hadron Collision
Friends S1: Ep Ep14 The One With Candy Hearts
Arrested Development S1: Ep12 The Marta Complex
Man With A Plan S1: Ep13 Valentine’s Day
Modern Family S8: Ep12 Do You Believe In Magic
Sex and the City S6: Eps 19+20

AUDIO

Poems and excerpts from William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, Robert Burns, Puccini, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Jane Eyre, Thomas Hardy, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Butler Yeats, Alfred Tennyson, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, David Herbert Lawrence.

Actor Michael Sheen reads: “A Lover’s Gift From Him To Her”

Poems and excerpts from The Bible, Puccini, Katherine Mansfield, Emily Bronte, Byron, Charlotte Bronte, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce.

Audiobooks: Reading – The Music Shop- a love story and journey through music, is written, adapted and read by Rachel Joyce.

Photo: British Airways.

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Wi-Fi taking off on board British Airways

British Airways has made this announcement:

British Airways has started powering some of its long-haul aircraft with high-speed Wi-Fi, with its first three connected aircraft now in service.  The airline will connect 118 of its long haul aircraft over the next two years.

Customers will be advised of the availability of Wi-Fi when they board a connected aircraft allowing them to browse and stream from the comfort of their seat.

Using the latest generation technology, British Airways will provide high-speed bandwidth to customers, with internet being available approximately 10 minutes after take-off when the aircraft has passed 10,000ft. The portal will work with the latest operating systems from Apple, Android and Windows, allowing customers to connect on a variety of devices.

To celebrate the launch, British Airways is partnering with Visa to connect customers on board the first Wi-Fi enabled flights. For a limited time, customers will be able to connect to high speed Wi-Fi and enjoy an hour of free browsing and streaming, courtesy of Visa.

Customers can choose from two paid-for Wi-Fi packages including the ‘Browse’ package, which supports internet surfing, social media and WhatsApp, or the ‘Stream’ package, which supports streaming of music and entertainment, from the very best online content services, including Netflix*. The packages are available to purchase for one hour, four hours or the full flight.

Staying connected is important to our customers who want to be able to work, browse and stream in the air. They can now look forward to enjoying the latest generation Wi-Fi across our long haul fleet over the next two years.”

British Airways has launched its multi-million pound investment plan to benefit its customers with a focus on excellence in the premium cabins and more choice and quality for all.

Six hundred million pounds will be spent on Club World with an emphasis on improved catering and sleep, and a new seat in the future. At Heathrow a First Wing check-in area with direct security and lounge access has launched, and lounges around the airline’s network are to be revamped and improved. The Club Europe cabin has also been introduced on UK domestic services and all customers can look forward to the latest generation Wi-Fi across British Airways’ long-haul and short-haul fleets over the next two years.

Prices for the Browse package begin from £4.99 and Stream from £7.99.

* Netflix allows customers to pick from Hollywood movies, top TV shows, documentaries, independent films, stand-up comedy, a wide range of kids titles and the latest new Netflix’s Original such as Bright or Altered Carbon.

Top Photo: British Airways.

British Airways aircraft slide show (Boeing):

Below Copyright Photo: British Airways Boeing 747-436 G-BYGG (msn 28859) LHR (SPA). Image: 929324.

British Airways Boeing 747-436 G-BYGG (msn 28859) LHR (SPA). Image: 929324.

Bloomberg: British Airways is in negotiations with Airbus for more A380s

British Airways Airbus A380-841 G-XLED (msn 144) LHR (SPA). Image: 940743.

British Airways, according to a report by Bloomberg, is currently in talks with Airbus for a new order for additional A380s.

BA currently operates an even dozen of the widebody type.

Copyright Photo: British Airways Airbus A380-841 G-XLED (msn 144) LHR (SPA). Image: 940743.

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British Airways will launch new World Traveller menus on January 17

British Airways Boeing 777-336 ER G-STBI (msn 43702) LHR (SPA). Image: 926790.

British Airways is announcing a multi-million pound investment in its World Traveller (long-haul economy cabin) catering, introducing an exciting and expanded new menu, which provides more quantity and quality to both meals and great snacking options throughout the flight.

Options now include:

·       Pretzels with the welcome drink

·       Four-course meal with starter, main, dessert, cheese and biscuits, accompanied by a bread roll and bottle of water

·       Second meal or substantial snack depending on the length of the flight

·       Regional meal options served according to destination

·       Magnum ice-creams

·       Tuck box with chocolates and crisps

·       Hot breakfast on longer overnight flights

·       Graze movie-snack box on longer* flights

·       Complimentary drinks from the bar

Previously customers travelling in the cabin were served a complimentary snack, a three-course-meal or a light meal, depending on the time and length of their flight as well as a complimentary bar service of hot and cold drinks.

The new catering arrives from January 17, and the menus that will change every six months.

Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ director of brand and customer experience, said: “Our customers tell us that when they’re taking a long-haul flight, great food and beverages make a real difference to them. It’s a huge driver of customer satisfaction so we want to make sure we deliver a great experience. With this multi-million pound investment we’ve focused on introducing more quantity and quality to the catering, delivering tasty meals and great snacking options throughout the flight.

“Our new four-course main meal has been developed by our team of chefs to be full of flavour at 35,000ft and we’ve created regional options depending on the route. The second meal option is either a tasty sandwich or a more substantial pizza wrap, both served with additional snacks, depending on the length of the flight.”

“Our customers have also told us they want to be able to save some items for later in the flight, so we’ve replaced the water cup with a bottle of Highland Spring on the first meal, and added Graze snack boxes on our longest flights. We’re also offering Magnum ice-creams on daylight flights from London and a Tuck Box on inbound and overnight flights.”

The airline’s customers will be welcomed with pretzels and a drink. Once they are settled in, they will be served a four-course meal such as a starter of couscous salad, followed by a main course of chicken casserole with an ale sauce, colcannon mash and seasonal vegetables, or a vegetarian tomato, farfalle and vegetable dish. Dessert will be a Pots & Co salted caramel and chocolate mousse, followed by biscuits and cheese. The meal will be accompanied by a bread roll and a bottle of Highland Spring water.

On the shorter daylight long-haul flights to destinations such as New York and Dubai, fliers will also receive a sandwich such as egg and cress with a chocolate or Nutri-Grain bar. Those on longer daylight flights to destinations such as Cape Town and Hong Kong will receive a hot meal, such as a pizza wrap or a regional option, with a pot of pasta, a chocolate brownie and a drink as well as a smokehouse BBQ crunch Graze movie-snack box. A hot English breakfast will also be served on these longer flights that operate overnight.

Customers on daylight flights from London will be offered a range of Magnum ice-creams, while those on night flights will be offered a tuck-box with options such as Dairy Milk Buttons, Twix, Kit-Kats and Mini Cheddars, which will also be available in the galley for them to help themselves to.

The airline is also serving regional main meal options around its network, such as chicken in spicy cheng du sauce on flights to and from to China, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea, kathrikai milagu seeragam and channa dal on flights to and from Chennai, Hyderabad and Mumbai and acchari veg and dal palak on flights to and from Bangalore and Delhi. On flights to the Middle East (Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia,) customers can enjoy chicken in spicy Arabic sauce.

Regional breakfasts will also be served including Chicken Congee for Far Eastern routes and an Indian option featuring: Idli Shanna, Sambhar, upma and dosa.

The popular meal options for customers with special dietary requirements will continue to be available to book on ba.com/managemybooking more than 24 hours ahead of their flight departing.

Travellers looking for a special treat can also pre-order meals on flights from Heathrow up to 24-hours before their flight. Options include a Gourmet Dining meal for £18.00, Taste of Britain and Taste of the Far East for £16.00 and a Great British Breakfast, a Healthy Choice meal or a Vegetarian Kitchen option all for £15.00.

British Airways is investing £4.5 billion for customers over the next five years, covering the installation of the best quality WiFi and power in every seat, fitting 128 long-haul aircraft with new interiors and taking delivery of 72 new aircraft. The airline is also investing £600m specifically in Club World, including outstanding catering and luxurious White Company bedding – plus, from 2019, a new seat with direct aisle access. This year British Airways will start services to six new routes including Nashville and The Seychelles.

*The airline’s longest flights serve: Bangkok, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Chennai, Hong Kong, Hyderabad, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, Las Vegas, Lima, Los Angeles, Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico City, Narita, Oakland, Phoenix, Rio de Janeiro, San Jose (California), San Jose (Costa Rica), Santiago, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo (Haneda and Narita).

The first flight with the new catering on January 17 will be the BA117 from London Heathrow to New York JFK departing at 8.25 am.

Top Copyright Photo (other by British Airways): British Airways Boeing 777-336 ER G-STBI (msn 43702) LHR (SPA). Image: 926790.

British Airways aircraft slide show (current livery):

British Airways announces its biggest summer schedule in a decade at London Gatwick

Damaged on takeoff at Las Vegas on September 8, 2015

British Airways has made this announcement:

British Airways is turning up the heat at London Gatwick as summer 2018 to be the airline’s biggest schedule in almost a decade.

In summer 2017 the airline operated around 1000 flights a week at its peak.  More than 150 additional weekly flights will take to the skies this summer* following the airline’s successful acquisition of Monarch’s take-off and landing slots.

Weekly flights to Malaga will be boosted from 27 to 35, Alicante from 14 to 22 and Faro from 17 to 21, while the airline’s summer flights to Tenerife will increase from six per week to 13, Madeira will be bolstered from six to nine per week and Lanzarote will rise from three to five flights per week at the Sussex based hub.

Over the last five years the BA operation at Gatwick has seen a 40 percent more customers travelling, with passenger numbers increasing from 4.4 million to 6.2 million. According to CAA figures we are the most punctual of the three big short-haul carriers flying from London: at the 15-minute level and at Gatwick we outperformed easyJet’s punctuality by 13 percentage points and Ryanair’s by nine percentage points in 2017.

Return fares from as low as £69 to ski hubs such as Geneva, Turin and Grenoble are available.  Lead in return fares to Malaga start from £76 and Tenerife and Lanzarote from £106 for travel dates up to March 19.

 

As well as the extension to the short-haul network, British Airways has already introduced more long-haul destinations to London Gatwick next summer with the arrival of Toronto and Las Vegas, joining Oakland and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood which commenced last summer.

Notes:

A small number of flights will be operated by Titan Airways on behalf of British Airways, which is a provider of chartered aircraft to many UK airlines and which we have worked with for many years.

*British Airways’ summer schedule runs between March 25 and October 27, 2018. The 150 additional flights will be released for sale on BA.com gradually.

**This fare is based on a family of four with two adults and two children between the ages of two and 11.

Since 2012, British Airways has started Gatwick services to Cape Town, Fort Lauderdale, New York, Oakland, Lima, San Jose (Costa Rica), Lanzarote, Alicante, Barcelona, Cagliari, Dalaman, Friedrichschafen, Funchal, Fuerteventura, Grenoble, Heraklion, Larnaca, Limoges, Malta, Nuremburg, Porto, Rhodes, Seville, Tenerife, Vienna and Valencia.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by British Airways): British Airways Boeing 777-236 ER G-VIIO (msn 29320) LGW (Terry Wade). Image: 929349.

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British Airways transforms the international boarding experience

British Airways has made this announcement:

British Airways has become the first airline to trial self-service biometric boarding gates on international flights out of the USA, working in partnership with Los Angeles Airport.

As part of the airline’s commitment to invest in innovation and new technology, British Airways has begun an exclusive trial that will transform customers’ airport experience by improving the boarding process and significantly reducing the amount of time it takes to board an aircraft.

The new technology, created by Vision-Box, will create a smoother journey for customers, as they will no longer need to present their passport or boarding pass at the gate – only at check in and security. Instead travellers can simply look into a camera prior to boarding, wait for their biometric data to be verified, and then walk onto the aircraft.

Similarly to facial identification built into mobile phones, the biometric gates use high definition camera technology, and allow customers to pass through by recognising their unique facial features, and reconciling them with the digital facial scan taken as part of the immigration process.

Safety and security is at the core of biometric facial recognition technology, and British Airways has been working closely in partnership with the Customs and Border Protection Agency and the US government to develop and approve the scheme.

The gates have been installed on three stands at Los Angeles Airport and British Airways is the only airline with the advanced technology to offer purely biometric boarding to its customers.

The project, led by Los Angeles Airport, builds on technology already in use by British Airways on its domestic flights from Heathrow’s Terminal 5 – checking customers’ biometric data at the gate when they scan their boarding pass.

Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ director of brand and customer experience, said: “Our customers want the ability to simplify and speed up their journeys through the airport, so we’re investing in the most advanced technology that will enable us to streamline our boarding process and further improve our punctuality.

“We’re using biometric technology that consumers are now familiar with and trust because it delivers a convenient, reliable and secure experience. This step forward to modernise our operation is a first in the industry, and we will continue to work with airports around the world to evolve this technology, and revolutionise the way in which people travel.”

“This industry-first deployment of innovative solutions from the US Customs and Border Protection and Vision-Box, shows the amazing potential of using biometrics to speed up the boarding process while maintaining safety and security,”  said Los Angeles World Airports Chief Innovation and Technology Officer Justin Erbacci. “We have been very impressed with the results thus far, and love to see the passengers’ excitement at being some of the first in the world to use facial recognition to board British Airways flights from LAX to Heathrow.”

Photo: British Airways.

British Airways signs a codeshare agreement with China Southern Airlines

British Airways Boeing 777-236 ER G-VIIE (msn 27487) LHR (SPA). Image: 936781.

British Airways has made this announcement:

British Airways customers are set to gain access to even more Chinese cities thanks to a new codeshare agreement with China Southern Airlines.

As part of the new agreement, customers can book seats on China Southern Airlines flights to four destinations in China – Shenyang, Harbin, Changchun and Dalian.

British Airways customers will be able to connect on to Shenyang and Harbin through Shanghai, connect on to Dalian through Beijing, and connect on to Changchun through either Shanghai or Beijing. British Airways offers 10 weekly flights to Shanghai and seven to Beijing, from London Heathrow.

As part of the agreement, China Southern Airlines customers will be able to book seats on British Airways flights to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle and Belfast, connecting on to these destinations through London Heathrow.

China Southern Airlines operates the largest fleet, most developed route network and largest passenger capacity of any airline in The People’s Republic of China, devoted to providing a comfortable travel service. China Southern Airlines has formed an extensive network both throughout China and globally with Guangzhou, Beijing, Urumqi hubs.

Top Copyright Photo: British Airways Boeing 777-236 ER G-VIIE (msn 27487) LHR (SPA). Image: 936781.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: China Southern Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner B-2787 (msn 34931) LHR (Tony Storck). Image: 935073.

China Southern Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner B-2787 (msn 34931) LHR (Tony Storck). Image: 935073.