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Over 7,000 items help to get your British Airways flight airborne

Average flight infographic

  • Over 7,000 items loaded onto the average British Airways aircraft to cater for customers on their summer holidays
  • That includes 798 glasses, 388 quarter bottles of wine, 350 bags of pretzels, 78 toilet rolls and 282 blankets
  • Study also showed almost half of customers are travelling alone and over a quarter are travelling as a pair
  • Cargo includes fashion goods, fruit and veg, and pharmaceuticals

As the summer holidays reach full swing British Airways has released data revealing exactly what, and who, is on one of the airline’s 850 flights a day.

A Boeing 747 operating from Heathrow to JFK is loaded with over 7,000 items – many of which have to be unloaded and re-loaded before each flight. Included in the inventory are 101 full bottles and 388 quarter bottles of wine, 293 headrest covers, 350 bags of pretzels, 78 toilet rolls, five first aid kits and up to around 800 items of bedding, including the new Club World White Company bedding, which has been introduced as part of British Airways’ £600m investment in its long-haul business class.

The study also looked at how people fly. In an average year* one in two (47 per cent) are solo travellers, while 27 per cent travel as a pair. Around 70 per cent are travelling for leisure, while 28 per cent are flying for business.

To help visualise the figures, British Airways has created an infographic of the results.

For those who’ve ever wondered what’s flying in the hold beneath them besides their suitcases, our sister company IAG Cargo can shed some light on this. So far in 2018, 26 per cent of cargo flying in the hold has been made up of priority goods such as fashion products, the latest smartphones, or tablets. While  five per cent of the cargo was specialist cargo like live animals or high value artwork, four per cent has been perishable produce such as raspberries from Kenya or lettuces from the US and three percent of the cargo was temperature controlled pharmaceuticals and lifesaving vaccines.** Some of the year’s most interesting shipments includes Cognac from Bordeaux to Kuala Lumpur, emergency lettuce from Los Angeles in response to the UK’s heatwave vegetable shortage  and royal wedding special magazines from the UK to the US.

Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ Director of Brand and Customer Experience, said: “Many of our customers are curious about flying and want to know who or what else is on their aircraft. With more than 800 flights each day all over the world it takes a lot of planning, from loading cargo to wine, to toilet rolls, and first aid kits.”

New champagnes and English sparkling wines for customers travelling in First class and Club World have also been added to the list of items onboard, as part of the airline’s £4.5 billion investment for customers over the next five years. The investment is also driving the installation of the best quality WiFi and power in every seat, the fitting of 128 long-haul aircraft with new interiors and the delivery of 72 new aircraft.



British Airways schedules the last Boeing 767 revenue flight

British Airways Boeing 767-336 ER G-BNWA (msn 25333) LHR (SPA). Image: 931054.

British Airways has extended the service life of its dwindling Boeing 767-300 fleet to late November 2018. Subject to change, the last BA Boeing 767-300 revenue flight is now scheduled for November 25, 2018.

According to Airline Route, the last revenue flight will be from Larnaca (LCA) to London (Heathrow) (LHR) on November 25, 2018, probably as flight BA 663.

Top Copyright Photo: British Airways Boeing 767-336 ER G-BNWA (msn 25333) LHR (SPA). Image: 931054.

British Airways aircraft slide show:

Some liveries worn over the years:

"City of Lisbon" with promotional "The World's Biggest Offer" sub-titles

Above Copyright Photo: British Airways Boeing 767-336 ER G-BNWE (msn 24337) (The World’s Biggest Offer) CDG (Christian Volpati). Image: 932809.

British Airways Boeing 767-336 ER G-BNWV (msn 27140) (Colum) LHR (Bruce Drum). Image: 102176.

Above Copyright Photo: British Airways Boeing 767-336 ER G-BNWV (msn 27140) (Colum) LHR (Bruce Drum). Image: 102176.

British Airways is coming to Pittsburgh

British Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner G-ZBJD (msn 38619) LHR (SPA). Image: 935597.

British Airways will shortly become the only airline to offer a direct flight from the UK to Pittsburgh. From April 2, 2019, the airline will launch a year round four-per-week service to the Pennsylvanian city from Heathrow.

The new route will take the number of US destinations the airline flies to from London up to 26, and the number of daily flights offered by British Airways and American Airlines as part of their transatlantic joint business up to 67 per day.

The route will be operated by one of British Airways’ newest aircraft, the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.

The new flights will run on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday with the BA0171 departing from London Heathrow at 5.00 pm and landing into Pittsburgh at 8.15 pm, while the BA0170 will leave Pittsburgh at 9.50 pm, arriving into London at 10.25 am the following day.



British Airways will launch 16 new routes across the globe this year including direct flights to Nashville that started in March. These new routes come as the airline rolls out a £4.5 billion, five-year customer investment plan, with a focus on excellence in the premium cabins and more choice and quality for all its customers.

Top Copyright Photo: British Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner G-ZBJD (msn 38619) LHR (SPA). Image: 935597.

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IAG, Ryanair, easyJet and Wizz Air submit French ATC strikes complaint to European Commission

A320neo, delivered on April 25, 2018

International Airlines Group (IAG), Ryanair, easyJet and Wizz Air have submitted complaints to the European Commission against France as its air traffic controllers’ strikes restrict the fundamental principle of freedom of movement within the EU.

The airlines are not questioning the right to strike but believe France is breaking EU law by not enabling flights over the country during strikes. Passengers on overflights are being denied their fundamental freedom to travel between member states not affected by strike action.

So far this year, French ATC strikes have increased by 300 per cent versus 2017. Last month, the French Senate confirmed that France alone is responsible for 33 per cent of flight delays in Europe. The Senate states also that the right to strike has to be balanced against the obligation to provide public service. (*).

Willie Walsh, IAG’s chief executive, said: “The right to strike needs to be balanced against freedom of movement. It’s not only customers flying in and out of France who are affected during French ATC strikes. Passengers on routes that overfly France, especially the large airspace that covers Marseille and the Mediterranean, are also subject to delays and massive disruptions. This affects all airlines but has a significant negative impact on Spain’s tourism and economy.”

The complaints state that there is a legal precedent to this case. In 1997, the Spanish complained to the European Commission after they suffered for many years when French farmers prevented their fruit and vegetable exports into the EU. The European Court ruled against France as the French authorities didn’t address the farmers’ actions and failed to ensure the free movement of goods (**).

Michael O’Leary, Ryanair’s chief executive, said: “Europe’s ATC providers are reaching the point of meltdown with hundreds of flights being cancelled and delayed daily either because of ATC strikes or because Europe’s ATC don’t have enough staff. When Greece and Italy have ATC strikes, overflights continue as normal. Why won’t France do the same? ATC providers (especially in Germany and the UK) are hiding behind adverse weather and euphemisms such as “capacity restrictions” when the truth is they are not rostering enough air traffic controllers to cater for the number of flights that are scheduled to operate. These disruptions are unacceptable, and we call on Europe’s Governments and the EU Commission to take urgent and decisive action to ensure that ATC providers are fully staffed and that overflights are not affected when national strikes take place, as they repeatedly do in France.”

Johan Lundgren, easyJet’s chief executive, said: “We fully respect the right to strike and have been in constructive dialogue with the EU and the French government to address the issue of ATC strikes. Unfortunately, our passengers have felt little progress so far, which is why we felt it is necessary to take this next step – particularly given the sustained industrial action this year which has totalled 29 days to date.”

József Váradi, Wizz Air’s chief executive, said: “The failure of French air traffic control authorities to ensure a continued and adequate service has already caused massive disruption to the travel plans of thousands of passengers across Europe, with airlines left to pick up the pieces. Addressing this issue must be a priority for the European authorities to ensure European citizens and businesses are no longer held hostage to national industrial relations issues.”

According to Eurocontrol, more than 16,000 flights had been delayed by June this year due to ATC strikes, affecting more than two million passengers.

Last summer, the European Commission said that since 2005 there have been around 357 ATC strikes in Europe. That’s the equivalent of roughly one month per year when the EU skies are disrupted.

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British Airways aircraft slide show: British Airways Airbus A320-251N WL G-TTNB (msn 8139) LIS (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 942707.

British Airways slide show (Airbus):

Boeing, British Airways announce a commitment for three 777s

British Airways Boeing 777-36N ER G-STBE (msn 38696) LHR (SPA). Image: 942856.

Boeing and British Airways today announced a commitment for three 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes. British Airways will take the 777s on an operating lease with a leasing company.

British Airways is one of the world’s largest operators of the long-range jet, operating 58 777-200ER and 777-300ER airplanes across its global network. British Airways also flies 28 787 Dreamliners and more than 30 747-400s.

The 777-300ER can seat up to 386 passengers in a three-class configuration and has a maximum range of 7,930 nautical miles (14,685 km). The airplane is the most reliable twin aisle flying today with the highest schedule reliability of any twin aisle airplane at 99.5 percent.

British Airways, part of International Airlines Group, is one of the world’s leading global premium airlines and the largest international carrier in the U.K. The carrier has its home base at London Heathrow, the world’s busiest international airport, and flies to more than 200 destinations in 75 countries across the globe. British Airways has a fleet of more than 280 aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo: British Airways Boeing 777-36N ER G-STBE (msn 38696) LHR (SPA). Image: 942856.

British Airways aircraft slide show (Boeing):

British Airways to fly to Cologne/Bonn from London Gatwick

British Airways will launch a brand-new route to the German city of Cologne.

The airline has announced it will be adding a new four-per-week service from Gatwick Airport to the winter break hotspot, located on both sides of the Rhine, from November 16, 2018.

Cologne (Köln), Germany’s fourth largest city, offers a plethora of attractions led by its famous cathedral whose filigree twin spires dominate the skyline.

Known for its art, history and architecture, visitors can immerse themselves in the avant-garde before enjoying a dish of the local speciality Himmel un Ääd, mashed potato with apple sauce and sausage. For those with a sweeter tooth, a trip to the famous chocolate museum is a must before spending the evening at one of the many beer halls experiencing the liberal Rhinelander spirit, or soaking up the party atmosphere in one of the countless bars or restaurants. No other German city has as many pubs per capita.

The highlight of the Cologne calendar is the six-day street carnival known as “Crazy Days”. Normal life is suspended in Cologne as the city celebrates in a colourful spectacle of eclectic costumes, dancing, sequins, parades and parties where more than one million revellers take to the streets for the largest carnival in Europe.

During the winter season customers will be able to fly direct for the first time with British Airways, with services taking off on Mondays, Thursdays. Fridays and Sundays; offering holidaymakers the perfect excuse to visit one of the seven Christmas markets.

The addition of the Cologne route follows the introduction of the London Gatwick to Las Vegas flight which operates thrice-weekly all year round.

The airline is also increasing the number of flights it operates to other firm-favourite city break destinations from Gatwick this winter, with more flights to Palma de Mallorca, Turin, Lanzarote, Malaga and Geneva.

Travellers wanting to head further afield this winter have a new destination: the South African city of Durban with the start of a direct service from Heathrow Terminal 5.

From October 29 holidaymakers will be able to surf their heart out along the Golden Mile, explore the lush green garden province and enjoy golden sun kissed beaches with three direct flights a week to the spectacular South African city.

Video: British Airways Safety Video Sequel – The Director’s Cut

From British Airways: It’s back! After the success of last year’s safety video Chabuddy G returns with a star-studded sequel in partnership with Comic Relief!

You can see the new video on board from late July on short haul routes and beginning of August on long haul routes.