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British Airways to move to Terminal 8 at New York JFK

British Airways has today announced it is moving to a new location in Terminal 8 at John F. Kennedy International Airport.  The airline is investing in a new, improved terminal alongside American Airlines as part of a significant reinvestment by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Over the next four years, more than £250 million ($344m) will be invested to recreate and customise the terminal, making it ready to offer British Airways’ customers an exciting, world-class experience every time they fly to New York.  Changes to the terminal will include additional stands, enhanced state-of the-art baggage systems, new lounges, premium check-in areas and upgraded concessions.

British Airways, which celebrates its centenary this year, will remain in Terminal 7 until 2022. With thousands of customers flying between London and New York every week, the airline remains committed to improving its customer experience at JFK with an investment of £52 million ($65m) which includes brand new lounges for First and Club World customers and an upgraded customer experience for all customers in the main areas of the building.

This investment forms part of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement in October 2018 to reinvest in JFK terminals, among other city improvements.

British Airways and American Airlines have a joint business partnership across the Atlantic, providing up to 70 flights a day from London to the USA.  By bringing their network of flights together they give customers convenient flight schedules at competitive fares from eight hubs throughout North America and three hubs in Europe.

American Airlines made this announcement:

Today, American Airlines, British Airways, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) announced future plans to co-locate their operations in New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) Terminal 8. Moving under the same roof will allow American and British Airways to offer enhanced service between New York and London, further strengthening the airlines’ Atlantic Joint Business partnership. American and British Airways will invest $344 million in Terminal 8 over the next three years to prepare for the co-location in 2022.

British Airways moving from its current operation in Terminal 7 will allow the two airlines to offer even better service between New York and London — and beyond.

This $344 million investment in Terminal 8 will include improvements in the overall customer experience, including the addition of five widebody gates and four adjacent widebody hard stands, enhanced baggage systems, new lounges, premium check-in space and upgraded concessions and retail options. Additionally, customers arriving in New York will enjoy the ability to more conveniently connect onto other American Airlines flights and customers departing New York will gain the flexibility of 14 daily flights to London all departing from the same terminal.

“Only four months ago, we announced plans to transform JFK Airport into a state-of-the-art global hub, with new and unified terminals adding 4 million square feet and increasing the airport’s capacity by at least 15 million passengers annually,” Governor Cuomo said. “Today that transformation is well underway, with an extraordinary private investment that will turn JFK into a truly modern airport. This new investment is part and parcel with the State’s broader efforts to modernize airports all across New York. From JFK and LaGuardia to Ithaca and Rochester, we are making historic progress rebuilding our airport infrastructure for the future and ensuring New York State remains the nation’s front door.”

American Airlines and British Airways have a joint business partnership across the Atlantic, providing up to 70 flights a day between London and the United States. By bringing their network of flights together, they give customers convenient flight schedules at competitive fares from eight hubs throughout North America and three hubs in Europe.

British Airways will remain in Terminal 7 until 2022. With thousands of customers flying between New York and London every week, the airline remains committed to improving its customer experience at JFK Terminal 7. British Airways is investing $65 million, including a brand new First lounge which opened last year and further improvements planned in 2019.

JFK is not alone among American’s hubs in getting an upgrade. With its airport partners, American has spent and committed billions of dollars for projects at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Miami International Airport (MIA), Reagan National Airport (DCA) in Washington, D.C., O’Hare International Airport (ORD) in Chicago and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

American connects New York to the world through its operations at JFK and LGA. At JFK, American operates about 100 flights to more than 40 destinations in more than 15 countries. At LGA, American offers more than 170 daily flights to more than 40 destinations in the United States and Canada.

More than 8,000 American team members call New York home at JFK and LGA and help American support a variety of community and civic programs important to the city through Do Crew, the airline’s team member volunteer program. They include City Year New York, PENCIL and the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. American has increased its corporate giving to charitable organizations across the city by nearly 30 percent since 2016.

All photos by the airlines.




British Airways launches a Valentine’s Day entertainment channel

Picture by Nick Morrish/British Airways

British Airways is celebrating Valentine’s Day by adding a romantic touch to the in-flight entertainment with a new category, Love is in the Air.

The channel, which will run until the end of February, hosts a collection of romantic films, TV shows, audio books and music.

From classics like Gone with the Wind to the newly released rom-com Crazy Rich Asians and the award winning The Shape of Water, the channel will keep customers entertained even on the longest of long-haul flights.

As part of its TV show offering, First Dates: Valentine’s Special is available for viewing as well as cult classic Sex and the City and some love themed episodes of Friends.

For audio book fans, author and biographer Sue Roe reads In Montparnasse while music lovers can enjoy Elgar and Finzi’s Violin Concertos and Lisa Stansfield’s album, Deeper.

Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ Director of Brand and Customer Experience, said: “For many of our customers, being able to settle in to watch some latest film releases as well as much-loved classics is a real treat that they look forward to. Whether our customers are travelling with someone special or wanting to enjoy a good film, we look forward to welcoming them on board with our Love is in the Air channel.”

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. The content is updated regularly, with categories often added for major holidays or key calendar events.

The airline is also currently investing £6.5 billion for customers over five years, including new aircraft, new cabins, new catering, new lounges, WiFi, and new routes.

British Airways to paint a Boeing 747-400 in the BOAC livery, the first of legacy liveries

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British Airways has made this announcement:

As part of its 100-year birthday, British Airways has announced it will be painting a Boeing 747-400 in the much-admired design of its predecessor British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC).

The livery from the 1964 – 1974 BOAC era will adorn a Boeing 747-400, registration G-BYGC (below).

In "Chatham Dockyard' livery, to be repainted in BOAC retro livery in February 2019

Above Copyright Photo: British Airways Boeing 747-436 G-BYGC (msn 25823) LHR (SPA). Image: 945336.

The aircraft will leave the paint shop in Dublin and arrive in to Heathrow on February 18, before entering service the following day. This coincides with the 50th anniversary of the first Boeing 747 flight only a few days earlier.

A Boeing 747 long-range wide-body four engined commercial jet airliner for the BOAC – British Overseas Airways Corporation flying above the United Kingdom on 7 April 1971. (Photo by Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images).

The BOAC 747 will be the first aircraft to receive a popular design from British Airways’ past with more details of further designs to be revealed in due course. Aircraft which receive the retro liveries will fly British Airways’ routes, proudly showcasing some of the popular designs as part of the airline’s centenary celebrations.

All new aircraft entering the fleet, including the Airbus A350, will continue to receive today’s popular Chatham Dockyard design.

Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO, said: “So many British Airways customers and colleagues have fond memories of our previous liveries, regularly sharing their photos from across the globe, so it’s incredibly exciting to be re-introducing this classic BOAC design.

“Our history has shaped who we are today, so our centenary is the perfect moment to revisit our heritage and the UK’s aviation landscape through this iconic livery.”

The 747 has been deliberately chosen for the BOAC livery as it is a later variant of the same aircraft type that adorned the design when it was initially in operation.

The BOAC livery will remain on the Boeing 747-400 until it retires in 2023. By this time, British Airways will have retired the majority of its 747 fleet, replacing them with new state-of-the-art long-haul aircraft. This includes taking delivery of 18 A350s and 12 Boeing 787 Dreamliners in the next four years – which feature new cabins and are more environmentally efficient – as well as another 26 short-haul aircraft, all part of the airline’s £6.5bn investment for customers.

A potted history of BA:

  • On August 25, 1919, British Airways’ forerunner company, Aircraft Transport and Travel Limited (AT&T), launched the world’s first daily international scheduled air service between London and Paris.
  • In 1924, Britain’s four main fledgling airlines, which had by then evolved into Instone, Handley Page, Daimler Airways (a successor to AT&T), and British Air Marine Navigation Company Limited, merged to form Imperial Airways Limited.
  • By 1925, Imperial Airways was providing services to Paris, Brussels, Basle, Cologne and Zurich.  Meanwhile, a number of smaller UK air transport companies had started flights and in 1935, they merged to form the original privately-owned British Airways Limited, which became Imperial Airways’ principal UK competitor on European routes.
  • Following a Government review, Imperial Airways and British Airways were nationalised in 1939 to form British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC). Continental European and domestic flights were flown by a new airline, British European Airways (BEA) from 1946. BOAC introduced services to New York in 1946, Japan in 1948, Chicago in 1954 and the west coast of the United States in 1957. BEA developed a domestic network to various points in the United Kingdom, including Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester.
  • From 1946 until 1960, BOAC and BEA were the principal British operators of scheduled international passenger and cargo services – and they preserved Britain’s pioneering role in the industry. The 1950s saw the world enter the passenger jet era – led by BOAC, with the Comet flying to Johannesburg in 1952, halving the previous flight time.
  • Additional airlines began to pass into BEA’s ownership and in 1967, the Government recommended a holding board be responsible for BOAC and BEA, with the establishment of a second force airline, resulting in British Caledonian being born in 1970.
  • Two years later, the businesses of BOAC and BEA were combined under the newly formed British Airways Board, with the separate airlines coming together as British Airways in 1974.
  • In July 1979, the Government announced its intention to sell shares in British Airways and in February 1987 British Airways was privatised.

Top Copyright Photo: BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation) Boeing 747-136 G-AWNC (msn 19763) JFK (Bruce Drum). Image: 102915.

BOAC aircraft slide show:

British Airways retires Boeing 747-400 G-BNLK

British Airways Boeing 747-436 G-BNLK (msn 24053) LHR (SPA). Image: 945271.

British Airways has retired the second Boeing 747-400 from the “Final 36”. The pictured G-BNLK is was ferried to St. Athan after 28 years of faithful service.

G-BNLK was delivered to BA on May 25, 1990.

BA is expected to retire the last Boeing 747 in February 2024. 18 are being replaced with new Airbus A350-1000s. Half of the remaining 747 fleet is expected to be retired by 2021.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by BA): British Airways Boeing 747-436 G-BNLK (msn 24053) LHR (SPA). Image: 945271.

British Airways aircraft slide show (current):

British Airways aircraft slide show (historic):

Below Copyright Photo: British Airways Boeing 747-436 G-BNLK (msn 24053) (interim livery) (Bruce Drum Collection). Image: 944843.

1997 interim livery

Bottom Copyright Photo: British Airways Boeing 747-436 G-BNLK (msn 24053) (Water Dreaming) LHR (SPA). Image: 945270.

BA's 1997 "Ngapa Jukurrpa - Water Dreaming" livery


British Airways identifies its fastest growing travel routes for small-medium businesses (SME)

Picture by: Stuart Bailey

British Airways has revealed some of its fastest growing travel routes for small-medium businesses (SME) over the last year.  The 2018 data suggests that British SMEs looked beyond traditional markets to do business with routes across South America, Africa and Europe all featuring.

The airline’s top 25 fastest growing routes include Santiago with 18% more bookings than 2017 – based on bookings through its SME loyalty programme On Business – suggesting SMEs are looking beyond traditional markets to do business. Equally surprising was On Business bookings between Gatwick and JFK in New York rising 10% on what is traditionally a leisure route.

This trend was mirrored in Europe, with On Business bookings to Keflavik, Iceland up 39% and Krakow, Poland up 12% indicating that SMEs are looking to even more locations to travel for work. Meanwhile, strong business links between the UK and Abuja and Lagos – both in Nigeria – saw SME travel on these routes rise 10%.

Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ Director of Brand and Customer Experience, said: “We fly to over 200 destinations around the world.  While booking to our traditional business routes remain strong, it’s interesting to see that SMEs, through our On Business programme, are looking to different global destinations to travel to for work.”

James Ashton-Bell, CBI Head of International Trade, said: “2018 was a great year for UK exports, with new records set for innovative British goods and services reaching overseas destinations.  Small and scale-up firms are powering this drive, breaking into new markets and discovering that demand for British expertise is ever-growing.”

British Airways is dedicated to helping promote business growth through its On Business loyalty programme.  This enables companies to collect On Business points each time a Member of their company travels. Points can be spent on Reward Flights or on a cabin upgrade. On Business travellers still collect Avios, if they are a Member of the British Airways Executive Club alongside the company collecting On Business Points.

  • Data taken from On Business bookings, comparing bookings travelled in 2018 vs 2017. It excludes routes with low numbers of journeys due to the skew this causes on growth percentages.
  • British Airways is investing £6.5 billion pounds for its customers over the next five years. This includes 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 will also be introducing new Club World seat with direct aisle access later this year.

British Airways experiments with virtual reality technology at check-in desks

VR Headsets at T5 – Showing Club World Cabin for an attempt to get customers to upgrade.
Taken: 18th December 2018
Picture by: Stuart Bailey

British Airways’ customers are getting a taste of what it’s like to fly at the front of the aircraft as the airline trials cutting edge virtual reality technology at check-in desks at its home at Heathrow Terminal 5.

After taking the 360° tour of the Club World cabin, customers who like the look of the additional space, the lie-flat seat, The White Company bedding and restaurant-style dining can choose to upgrade their seat to enjoy the experience for real.

Tom Stevens, British Airways Head of Customer at Heathrow, said: “We are always looking at new and innovative ways to engage with our customers and virtual reality is the latest way we are using a rapidly evolving area of technology to further improve the airport experience.

“I’m thrilled British Airways is the first UK airline to be using the technology. The feedback from customers who have tried out the virtual reality headset has been incredibly positive; they love having a sneak peek at our swish Club World cabin, with many justifying an upgrade as an early Christmas present.

“We’re really excited about the many opportunities virtual technology offers for our customers on the ground, and in the air.”

The virtual reality headsets are from tech start-up Skylights, which is part of British Airways’ parent company IAG’s Hangar 51 start-up accelerator programme.

British Airways to fly to Split, Croatia from London City

British Airways will fly to the Croatian city of Split from London City Airport for the very first time next year when British Airways launches it latest new holiday route.

The airline will start operating three flights a week to the popular Dalmatian Coast sunspot in June through the peak summer months to September.

It will be the first time flights have connected the Docklands airport with Croatia.

British Airways also operates flights to Split from Heathrow Airport and is increasing frequency there from five to seven flights a week next year.

In addition the airline is adding extra frequency to two popular Greek Islands from London City  next summer with an extra flight on Fridays to Skiathos and a Tuesday flight to Mykonos .

British Airways has also announced an increase in frequency on leisure routes from Heathrow next year to Chania, Preveza and Kalamata from two to three a week; Faro from four to eight a week; Ibiza, from seven to eight a week; Berlin, from 46 to 47 a week; Malaga from nine to 10 a week;  and Venice, from 14 to 15 a week.

  • London City to Split timetable:Flight No          Depart             Arrive              Days

    BA7337`          2.55pm             6.30pm            Mon & Thurs

    BA7337            2.10pm             5.45pm            Fri


  • Split to London City timetable:Flight No          Depart             Arrive              Days

    BA7336           7.20pm             8.55pm             Mon & Thurs

    BA7336           6.30pm             8.05pm             Fri