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British Airways to take off to Islamabad, Pakistan in 2019

British Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner G-ZBKA (msn 38616) LHR (SPA). Image: 944856.

British Airways has announced that it will fly from London Heathrow to Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan, from June 2, 2019.

The route will launch as a three-per-week service, operated on a three-class Boeing 787 Dreamliner – British Airways’ newest long-haul fleet that is 20 per cent more fuel efficient than other aircraft and features larger windows, mood lighting and the latest inflight entertainment.

Punjab, Islamabad, Shah Faisal Mosque

Islamabad is one of four long-haul routes being launched by British Airways in 2019, its centenary year. The airline is also launching direct flights to Pittsburgh and Charleston, SC in the US and Osaka in Japan, alongside several short-haul routes.

British Airways’ long-haul flights include complimentary food and drink, online check-in and free seat selection 24 hours prior to departure. The airline is amid a £4.5 billion investment for customers, including 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. Next year, the airline will launch its new business class seat with direct aisle access.

Timetable

Outbound (LHR-ISB)
Day of operation Local departure time Local arrival time
Tuesday 9.15pm 9.55am
Thursday 9.15pm 9.55am
Sunday 9.15pm 9.55am
Inbound (ISB-LHR)
Day of operation Local departure time Local arrival time
Monday 11.40am 4pm
Wednesday 11.40am 4pm
Friday 11.40am 4pm

Top Copyright Photo (all others by BA): British Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner G-ZBKA (msn 38616) LHR (SPA). Image: 944856.

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British Airways expects to carry over half a million passengers during the Christmas holiday period

LAPLAND, FINLAND:
Andrea Hatfield (Cabin Crew) gets into the Christmas spirit onboard a special charter to Lapland from London Gatwick on 07 December 2015

British Airways has made this announcement:

British Airways is gearing up for the great Christmas getaway as it prepares to carry over half a million customers over the festive period, with the most popular long-haul destination being New York and the most popular short-haul route being Geneva.

New York is also set to be the busiest route on Christmas Day, with many travellers opting to head to the Big Apple for holiday and New Year celebrations.

Travellers will be able to get into the Christmas spirit on board as British Airways will serve 66,000 Christmas dinners. 330,000 brussels sprouts will be prepped alongside 270,000 roast potatoes, and 8250 kgs of turkey. A record number of mince pies will also be served, with nearly 100,000 of the festive treats given out to customers.

The airline is also laying on festive entertainment with up to 40 new Christmas films, TV show episodes and audio available, including popular favourites Elf and The Holiday.

British Airways is spending £6.5 billion for customers over the next five years, including the installation of industry-leading, streaming WiFi, 72 new aircraft and the refreshing of 128 long-haul aircraft with new interiors. The airline is also investing in Club World, including offering an outstanding restaurant-style dining experience and luxurious White Company bedding – plus, the roll out, from 2019, a new Club World seat with direct aisle access.

British Airways celebrates a milestone at the First Wing at Heathrow Terminal 5

(Picture by Nick Morrish/British Airways)

British Airways is celebrating welcoming more than a million customers to its First Wing at its home at Heathrow Terminal 5, 18 months since it opened.

Reminiscent of a luxury hotel lobby, The First Wing features dedicated security lanes granting customers direct access to British Airways’ prestigious First Lounge. The airline’s premium customer service hosts greet customers as calming background music and a relaxing room scent create a tranquil environment to welcome them into the airport. The area is decorated with statement sculptures and seasonal flower displays to create a first-class check-in experience unique to British Airways.

Nigel Garraway, British Airways’ Senior Premium Service Manager at Heathrow, said: “We continue to hear how much our customers value not just The First Wing itself, but also the service they receive from our wonderful hosts. We have continued to enhance The First Wing experience to make our customers’ journeys seamless and stress-free.

“With just a few weeks until Christmas our customers are currently enjoying the beautiful festive trees and garlands that set the scene for a busy holiday period – by the start of 2019 we expect to have welcomed a few hundred thousand more customers through our bespoke wing.”

British Airways is spending £6.5 billion for customers over the next five years, including the installation of industry-leading, streaming WiFi, 72 new aircraft and the refreshing of 128 long-haul aircraft with new interiors. The airline is also investing in Club World, including offering an outstanding restaurant-style dining experience and luxurious White Company bedding – plus, from 2019, a new seat with direct aisle access.

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Video: First British Airways Boeing 787 service landing in Johannesburg: A pilot’s perspective

Recorded by Captain Dave Wallsworth this video shows the inaugural landing of British Airways’ Boeing 787 service in to Johannesburg. In the video Captain Simon Scholey can be seen setting up the approach for runway 03 right at OR Tambo before handing over to First Officer Mark Grigg for the landing. Senior First Officer, Nigel Holgate, is also in the cockpit.

British Airways enhances cabin crew training with new apprentice program

  • Brand new intensive 12-month apprenticeship scheme from March 2019
  • Cabin Crew will train at the airline’s world-class Global Learning Academy
  • Airline recently awarded SkyTrax title, UK’s Best Cabin Crew
  • Almost 2,500 hopefuls have already applied for new scheme

British Airways continues its investment in world-class customer service, today announcing a programme to recruit more than 2,000 cabin crew in 2019.

(Photo by Nick Morrish/British Airways)

Successful candidates with no prior cabin crew experience will train through the airline’s new cabin crew apprenticeship programme, getting their career off to a flying start.

World-class training

After completing an intense cabin crew training course at British Airways’ Global Learning Academy, including the very best training in customer service and aviation safety and security, apprentices will continue their learning journey in the air and on the ground.

The programme will see them gain qualifications in English, Maths and Digital skills, access to a dedicated mobile app to track their progress and continuous development coaching from a certified apprenticeship coach.

The airline’s initiative reflects the Government’s push to increase and enhance the number and quality of apprenticeships offered in the UK, to improve core skills and the quality of training offered.

British Airways has a long tradition of running quality apprenticeship schemes, with apprentices currently working in engineering, customer service and head office roles.

The airline’s Global Learning Academy has recently achieved the status of a registered ‘Employer Provider’ of apprenticeships, enabling it to continue delivering specialist airline learning, while also offering employees enhanced skills and professional qualifications.

Dozens of apprentices from across the airline attended Skills London this weekend, the UK’s biggest careers event for 15 – 24-year olds, and spoke to thousands of young people about their experience as an apprentice at British Airways.

Victoria Bromley, Customer Service Apprentice, said: “My apprenticeship at British Airways has been the perfect way to begin my career in the aviation industry. The opportunities available are amazing and I couldn’t have asked for better support throughout.

“I am so proud of what I have achieved so far and I’m really excited for the future. I would absolutely recommend an apprenticeship to anyone.”

Apprenticeships for all

Announcing the training enhancements and the new cabin crew apprenticeship programme, British Airways’ Chief Learning Officer Nigel Jeremy, said:

“Apprenticeships are for people of all ages and backgrounds, and we’re delighted to be offering the UK’s largest cabin crew apprenticeship scheme as part of our cabin crew training at our world-class learning academy.

“We are looking for candidates who can offer exceptional customer service. The scheme has already proved to be extremely popular, and as we head towards our Centenary year in 2019, there couldn’t be a better time to join the airline.”

To find out more, and to apply, visit: https://careers.ba.com/

British Airways operates the last Boeing 767-300 revenue flight

Type Retired: November 25, 2018 (flight BA 663 between Larnaca and London Heathrow with G-BZHA)

British Airways last night (November 25), as planned, operated the last Boeing 767-300 revenue flight (flight BA 663) between Larnaca (LCA) and London (Heathrow).

According to FlightAware, flight BA 663 arrived at LHR at 2234 (10:34 pm) with the pictured G-BZHA.

British Airways introduced the type in 1990. G-BNWB was the first to arrive on February 8, 1990. BA has been gradually retiring the type since 2013 and was down to two aircraft at the end.

British Airways issued this statement:

  • 767 first entered fleet in 1990, flying over 425,000 commercial flights
  • Last commercial flight took place yesterday, Larnaca – Heathrow, before being retired to St Athan in Wales today
  • Retirement comes just days after airline takes delivery of 30th 787 Dreamliner

British Airways today bids farewell to one of the most iconic aircraft in its fleet, the Boeing 767. The airline’s final two 767s are being retired to St Athan in Wales after the last commercial flight – Larnaca in Cyprus to Heathrow – took place yesterday (November 25).

Since British Airways operated its first 767 in February 1990 on a short hop to Paris, the fleet of aircraft have completed over 425,000 commercial flights. Frankfurt was the route where enthusiasts could spot the 767 most frequently, with the aircraft completing nearly 15,000 flights to and from the airport, but the aircraft has also been used to serve routes from Abu Dhabi, to Calgary and New York. While it was initially used for long-haul, in recent years it has been reconfigured for use on short-haul, including to Athens and Larnaca as well as on some domestic routes.

The retirement comes as British Airways looks to the future of its fleet. Just days ago, the airline took delivery of its 30th Boeing 787 Dreamliner – the newest aircraft in its fleet. Not only is the Dreamliner around 40 per cent quieter than other aircraft it also uses 20 per cent less fuel than similarly sized aircraft. This means a reduction in carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions. But it’s not just the 787 being added to British Airways’ fleet. Later in the year the airline will take delivery of another pioneering aircraft – its first Airbus A350, part of the airline’s £4.5bn investment for customers over the next five years.

On the 767 retirement, British Airways Director of Flight Operations, Captain Al Bridger, said: “The 767 has been a brilliant part of our fleet, flying some of our most popular routes and giving customers what was an industry-leading service in its time. It’s fitting that as the final 767 leaves the fleet, we take our 30th delivery of another industry-leading aircraft, the 787, which offers customers an exceptional experience in the skies.”

The final 767 commercial flight took place on aircraft registration G-BZHA. This aircraft first flew in 1998 and has flown an estimated 23 million miles. It has visited Larnaca 900 times in its life, but its most popular route is actually to Athens, where it’s completed 1,275 round trips. It is estimated that this aircraft has carried around 4 million customers across nearly 23,000 flights.

Top Copyright Photo (all other images by BA): British Airways Boeing 767-336 ER G-BZHA (msn 29230) LHR (SPA). Image: 925136.

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

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

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Bottom Copyright Photo: British Airways Boeing 767-336 ER G-BNWZ (msn 25733) LHR (SPA). Image: 932817.

British Airways Boeing 767-336 ER G-BNWZ (msn 25733) LHR (SPA). Image: 932817.

British Airways launches a new route from London City to Rome

British Airways made this announcement:

Everyone is talking Italian at London City Airport this week where British Airways is celebrating the launch of new flights to the capital city of Rome.

The year-round service is the fourth Italian city to be served by British Airways direct from the Docklands and will operate every day except Saturday.

A special bust of one of Rome’s most famous forefathers, Julius Caesar, was drafted in to greet customers on the first flight.

The bust was welcomed on board the Embraer 190 jet by British Airways’ inflight business manager and fellow Italian Marco Tagliaferri, one of 15 Italian cabin crew and flight crew who work on board flights to and from London City.

British Airways’ airport manager, Andrea Sperini, is also Italian although he was born in Venice.

British Airways is investing £4.5 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 next year.

As part of that investment the airline recently unveiled a brand-new lounge at  Rome’s Fiumicino Airport. It features the very best of British and European design delivering a luxurious and contemporary look and feel. Spread over 460 square metres, the space can comfortably host almost 140 customers. It also features a number of zones that create separate spaces for customers to work or relax in ahead of their flight.

  • London City to Rome timetable:Flight No          Depart             Arrive              DaysBA7349           10.50am           2.20pm             Mon-Fri & Sun
  • Rome-London City timetable:Flight No          Depart             Arrive              DaysBA7348           3.05pm             4.40pm             Mon-Fri & Sun

All images by British Airways.