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British Airways extends successful trial of digital health pass VeriFLY

British Airways has made this announcement:

  • British Airways and American Airlines were the first airlines to trial mobile digital health pass, VeriFLY by Daon
  • Over 500,000 customers have successfully used the pass to make sure they have the right documentation ahead of their flights
  • British Airways has extended its relationship with VeriFLY following the rollout of the technology across its network, with particular focus on the US ahead of its opening to UK and European citizens from November 8
  • The airline is on track to ensure that the whole of its route network is covered by a functionality that allows customers to have their documents checked before travel by the end of the year
  • British Airways is working with VeriFLY to ensure that customers connecting with other carriers, can use the platform to certify their documentation

British Airways has announced that following the successful trial of mobile health pass, VeriFLY by Daon, and its subsequent rollout across its network, it has signed a long-term agreement with Daon.

The airline has worked closely with Daon to make travel as frictionless and smooth as possible for its customers. Travelers can upload any Covid-19 related documentation required for their destination, including vaccination records, negative Covid-19 results and government documents, straight into the VeriFLY mobile app so that they are verified before travel. This will let customers know if they have met the appropriate Covid-19 entry requirements for their destination before leaving for the airport, avoiding any uncertainty.

As well as ensuring a customer has the correct documentation for their journey, British Airways has further developed the technology to allow customers using VeriFLY to check in online on BA.com. Boarding passes can be downloaded ahead of arriving at the airport and customers traveling with hand luggage can head straight through security without the need to visit a desk once they arrive at the airport, further increasing the capability for contactless travel.

The airline initially started trialling VeriFLY in February 2021 on selected routes and has seen over 500,000 customers successfully verified before travel. VeriFLY is now available on all flights to North, South and Central America the Caribbean, Middle East, South Africa, Cayman Islands, Egypt and European destinations including Bulgaria, France, Croatia, Ireland and Switzerland, as well as on the majority of flights into the UK.

British Airways is working closely with Daon to make the customer experience even easier. Most recently it has extended the capability to read QR codes that appear on documentation such as a vaccination certificate or the UK passenger locator form, making document submission simple.

For multiple customers traveling on one booking reference, they can use one smart phone to upload all documentation. The airline is also working closely with other airlines on the role that VeriFLY plays in multi sector journeys.

All data uploaded to VeriFLY or through www.ba.com is not retained by either organization and is purged post travel, unless a government requires specific information to be temporary kept for attestation or contact tracing, in which case it will be safeguarded for a limited time strictly in line with GDPR laws.

For all other countries that British Airways flies to, customers can verify their COVID-19 documents through ‘Manage My Booking’ on ba.com and once verified they will be able to check-in online. Destinations include Hong Kong, Nigeria, Ghana, Singapore, India, Maldives and Pakistan, as well as a handful of European destinations

British Airways adds new African destinations through a codeshare agreement with Kenya Airways

(Picture by Nick Morrish/British Airways)

British Airways’ customers will be able to fly to more destinations across Africa, thanks to a new codeshare agreement with Kenya Airways.

Customers flying to Nairobi with British Airways will be able to seamlessly connect onto 20 destinations across East and Central Africa, including Douala, Zanzibar, Lusaka, Mombasa, Addis Ababa and Entebbe, as well as offering customers more options to get to popular holiday hotspot, Mauritius and Seychelles.

In the reciprocal agreement, customers flying with Kenya Airways to London, will now be able to connect onto 26 destinations across the UK and Europe that British Airways operates to, including Glasgow, Madrid, Milan, Amsterdam and Frankfurt.

British Airways currently offers four flights a week from London Heathrow to Nairobi, operated by a four class Boeing 777 aircraft, which offers cabins from World Traveller (economy) right up to First (First class)

British Airways’ Executive Club members will be able to earn Avios and tier points when flying on eligible codeshare routes operated by Kenya Airways.

British Airways to offer cabin crew jobs for summer 2022

British Airways has today announced that it will be opening its doors to new cabin crew recruits to work for the airline from Spring 2022 to help fly its summer schedule.

The airline has already contacted people in the company’s existing talent pools, which holds the details of people who left the business last year but have expressed an interest to return to the airline, when jobs are available.

In addition to the experienced crew members looking to return, the airline is also appealing to a broad range of people to create the most diverse crew workforce in its 100-year history.

Sean Doyle, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO said: “After 18 long months of closed or restricted borders across the world, we are finally seeing a demand for travel return as countries start to open up and ease their restrictions. This means that we can finally get back to doing what we do best – flying our customers around the world. As we look ahead to next summer, we are excited to start welcoming brilliant new people and former colleagues back to the British Airways family.”

“Everyone is welcome at British Airways; we have an opportunity to give people of all ages and backgrounds the chance to see the world and help shape the future of our airline. We know that there are people looking for the first step in their career or a complete career change. We will value the skills and experience they will bring to the role to help serve our customers.”

Camille John, British Airways cabin crew Inflight Manager, said: “I joined British Airways from Harrods, where I worked in the womenswear department. The airline combines all the things that make me passionate about my job – giving great customer service, working with incredible people and of course, serious style!”

To incentivise new starters, the airline is also waiving its policy around the need to do six months at the airline before accessing staff travel.

Unlike other UK airlines, British Airways offers its cabin crew the chance to fly long and short-haul routes across its network which means that the team gets the chance to experience global destinations from Barbados to Berlin, giving individuals access to travel to more cities than any other airline.

Applications are now open and assessments will take place throughout November. The airline will be fast-tracking its recruitment schedules with the hope of getting people in for its first training courses in January to enable them to take to the skies by March 2022.

Crew will be able to earn up to £28,000 a year with flying/duty pay and a tax-fee subsistence allowance, as well as generous company benefits.

People who would like to apply to the airline can do so through the British Airways careers site at www.careers.ba.com

British Airways adds former red list destinations

British Airways has made this announcement:

Following the welcome news that a significant number of countries have been removed from the UK Government’s red list, British Airways is resuming services and increasing frequencies to a number of destinations.

British Airways is set to ramp up services to popular winter sun destination South Africa, with daily services to Johannesburg expected by mid-December. The airline will also restart services to Cape Town, offering three flights a week in November, before moving to a double daily service in December.

The airline’s services to Mexico City will also be increasing to five services a week from November 6, and Cancun flights will resume from October 22 and operate daily.

Elsewhere popular South American destinations Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires are set to return in time for Christmas.

The news of frequency increases and additions to its flight schedule, follows an announcement from British Airways yesterday that is planning on operating its biggest schedule since March 2020. Despite no firm date from government on US borders reopening, the airline is planning to increase flights to the US from early November and will even be bringing back its much loved A380 to operate some of these services.

British Airways to bring back its Airbus A380s as it launches its biggest schedule since March 2020

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

British Airways is initially bringing back four of its Airbus A380s. The airline has made this announcement:

  • British Airways’ A380 aircraft will re-join the airline’s fleet earlier than expected as US borders re-open, initially operating to Los Angeles, Miami and Dubai
  • The airline is increasing flights to the US by adding more services to key cities including New York, with up to eight daily services by December
  • The airline will also be bringing forward planned restart dates to a number of US destinations
  • This October the airline has added 13,000 additional seats to short-haul family leisure destinations and has increased flights to popular European cities
  • Looking ahead to Christmas, British Airways is adding extra services to winter sun destinations including the Maldives, Mauritius and Caribbean islands

British Airways is set to welcome back its first Airbus A380 aircraft in November and operate its biggest schedule since March 2020, with additional services to cities across the globe, including the US.

(Picture by Nick Morrish/British Airways)

British Airways’ A380 will initially operate to a number of short-haul destinations to allow for crew service familiarization in November, shortly followed by operating to Miami and Los Angeles in the US, as well as Dubai in December.

News that the airline’s A380 aircraft is re-joining its fleet follows the announcement that vaccinated Brits will be able to travel to the United States from November. The airline is set to fly to 23 US airports this winter* with up to 246 flights a week, more than any other transatlantic carrier.

Across its US network, British Airways will be increasing the number of flights it operates with services to city destinations including New York, which will initially be increasing to five a day, followed by eight in December. The airline will also be operating double-daily services to Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, Dallas, Miami and Toronto, as well as daily services to Philadelphia, Phoenix, Seattle/Tacoma, Atlanta, Denver, Houston and Vancouver

In addition to frequency increases, in October and November British Airways will restart services to Austin, Orlando, Tampa, San Diego, Las Vegas and Baltimore/Washington **. In December the airline will also start flying to Nashville and New Orleans once again, which both proved to be a hit with customers when they first launched.

Closer to home, British Airways has increased flights to a number of short-haul destinations by adding 13,000 more seats to holiday hot spots for families to get away this October. Popular leisure destinations Marrakech and Dalaman will appear on flight schedules again in time for October half-term, and brand-new services to the Turkish resort of Antalya will also be launching. Looking ahead to the winter, British Airways will be restarting a number of ski destinations including Innsbruck, Grenoble and Salzburg from December.

To help customers get away for some much-needed summer sun this Christmas, British Airways is extending its Caribbean program with 12 services a week to Barbados and nine each to Antigua and St Lucia, which will be split across Heathrow and Gatwick airports. Flights to popular luxury Indian Ocean destinations, Maldives and Mauritius, will also be increasing to 10 and six per week over the Christmas period.

Elsewhere across its short-haul network British Airways will be increasing flights year-round to key European cities with 48 weekly services to Amsterdam, 33 to Geneva, 35 to Dublin, 28 to Milan and 21 to Berlin, Paris and Rome.

British Airways’ subsidiary BA City Flyer, is expected to operate a schedule of 43 flights a week to Edinburgh, 33 to Dublin, 25 to Glasgow, 18 to Belfast, 16 to Amsterdam, 15 to Rotterdam, 15 to Berlin, 12 to Frankfurt, 12 to Dusseldorf and 11 to Zurich. The airline is also set to launch a new route from Belfast to Birmingham, as well as new ski destination Salzburg, from London City and Southampton.

To coincide with the increase in services as the world re-opens, the airline’s lounges are also welcoming customers back. In September customers were invited to enjoy British Airways’ Concorde Room in London and New York. Lounges in Chicago, Washington, San Francisco and Houston are expected to open this week.

Customers using exclusive lounges can benefit from exciting new developments, such as the introduction of ‘Your Menu’ – a new initiative developed in the last few months to allow customers to order food and drink directly to their seat by simply scanning a QR code on their mobile device.

*Planned flights for December departing from Heathrow

**Route launch dates are subject to move, depending on the dates that the US borders reopen

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

British Airways aircraft slide show (Airbus):

Photo: British Airways Airbus A320-251N WL G-TTNA (msn 8108) (Better World) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 955289.

2021 "Better World" special scheme

Copyright Photo: British Airways Airbus A320-251N WL G-TTNA (msn 8108) (Better World) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 955289.

British Airways made this announcement when the special livery was introduced:

Flying is magic – one of humankind’s greatest achievements. It connects us with the rest of our world, brings loved ones closer together and opens our eyes to new experiences and cultures. It drives our economy, creates quality jobs and delivers aid when people need it most. But we recognize that flying comes at a cost to the environment and we need to take urgent action to tackle the impact it has on our planet. At British Airways, we’re on a journey to create a better, more sustainable future. We call it BA Better World.

It means we’re putting sustainability at the heart of our business. From creating a great place for people to work to reducing our emissions and waste and contributing to the communities we serve to build a thriving, resilient, responsible business.

Our actions will help make a more connected world for everyone to live in and we’re excited to bring together our people, our customers and our partners to deliver what we believe will be our greatest achievement.
Below Copyright Photo: British Airways Airbus A320-251N WL G-TTNA (msn 8108) (Better World) LHR (Milan Witham). Image: 955317.

British Airways Airbus A320-251N WL G-TTNA (msn 8108) (Better World) LHR (Milan Witham). Image: 955317.

British Airways slide show (Airbus):

British Airways gives up its plans for a Gatwick LCC after pilot union pushback

British Airways has given up its plans for its low-cost short-haul operations at Gatwick Airport due to pilot unions pushback.

BA was seeking a new approach at LGW to better compete with easyJet and other low-cost carriers.

BALPA and British Airways were unable to agree on a plan for Gatwick Airport (below).

The airline stated it was disappointed that pilots union BALPA had rejected its plan for the LCC subsidiary, which would have been British Airways branded.

BA will continue to use LGW mainly for domestic flights that connect to its long-haul flights.

The flag carrier will now pursue alternative uses for the London Gatwick airport slots.

British Airways flew its first ever passenger flight powered directly by sustainable aviation fuel

British Airways on September 15 flew its first ever passenger flight powered directly by sustainable aviation fuel.

British Airways made this announcement:

  • British Airways teamed up with NATS, Heathrow, Glasgow Airport, Airbus and bp to demonstrate how the industry is moving towards a Perfect Flight
  • Carbon neutral flight from London to Glasgow replicated a journey made 11 years ago, to show how new technology and more efficient operations are helping aviation decarbonise
  • Airline’s new sustainability liveried Airbus A320neo, powered directly by bp sustainable aviation fuel, operated the flight, with remaining emissions offset
  • The Perfect Flight combines innovations including continuous climb and descent, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and electric ground operations vehicles
  • British Airways has committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 through a series of short, medium and long-term initiatives
  • The 2021 demonstrator flight reduced CO2 emissions by 62% compared to the original Perfect Flight more than a decade ago

The British Airways BA1476 from London Heathrow to Glasgow Airport became the airline’s first ever passenger flight to be powered directly by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), with the remaining emissions produced by the flight offset. The airline teamed up with Heathrow, air traffic service provider NATS, fuel giant bp, Glasgow Airport and Airbus to operate the short carbon neutral flight, which departed Heathrow at 10.36 on Tuesday 14 September 2021 and arrived in Glasgow at 11.28 local time.

The short journey on the airline’s new special liveried sustainability aircraft painted in partnership with Airbus replicated a flight British Airways operated to Edinburgh in 2010. At the time, neither offsetting nor sustainable aviation fuel were available to reduce the flight’s impact on the environment, and the journey was operated on an older aircraft carrying fewer passengers.

The aim of this week’s flight was to show how far the aviation industry has progressed in its efforts to decarbonize over the last decade.

The flight was operated by an Airbus A320neo, the quietest and most fuel-efficient short-haul aircraft currently in British Airways’ fleet. Thanks to advances in engines, aerodynamics, cabin and flight operations, A320neos burn 20% less fuel, which means 20% less CO2, and are 50% quieter compared to its predecessor which operated the flight in 2010.

Since then, British Airways has made changes including installing newer, lighter seats on the new aircraft, lighter catering trollies and has replaced heavy flight manuals and inflight magazines with digital downloads, all helping to reduce the weight of the aircraft, contributing to lower fuel use and lower emissions.

The flight was directly powered by sustainable aviation fuel, provided by bp, blended at 35% with traditional jet fuel in accordance with technical aviation specifications.*

The aircraft was pushed back using one of the airline’s electric Mototok vehicles, powered by Heathrow’s supply of 100% renewable electricity. Just one of the aircraft’s engines was used to taxi to the runway, almost halving the power used to start its journey.

Air traffic controllers at NATS directed the aircraft on its continuous climb from Heathrow and descent into Glasgow, avoiding any leveling off, which causes an increase in fuel burn. The most direct routing was provided by NATS as well as the most optimal flight level and the aircraft was able to land without airborne holding; techniques that successfully saved fuel and reduced emissions.

Climb speeds were programmed in advance and aircraft computer systems worked out the optimum altitude and used accurate weight and wind data to ensure the most efficient journey possible.

On landing, the second engine was switched off to halve the power used and carbon emitted as it taxiied to stand.

This year’s flight achieved a 62% CO2 emissions reduction compared with the flight in 2010 – 34% from more efficient aircraft and operations, 28% from the use of sustainable aviation fuel with the remaining 38% offset using high quality, verified carbon offsets.

British Airways’ Chairman and CEO Sean Doyle described the flight as a glimpse of the future:

“This flight offered a practical demonstration of the progress we’re making in our carbon reduction journey. By working together with our industry partners we’ve delivered a 62% improvement in emissions reductions compared to a decade ago. This marks real progress in our efforts to decarbonize and shows our determination to continue innovating, working with Governments and industry and accelerating the adoption of new low carbon solutions to get us closer still to the Perfect Flight of the future.

“With BA Better World, we’re making progress on our journey to a sustainable future and have adopted a range of short, medium and long-term initiatives to get us to net zero emissions. Together, we can build a future for aviation that delivers the wonders of air travel while reducing the impact on the environment.”

NATS CEO, Martin Rolfe, said:

“Live demonstrations like this show just what is possible and are an important step on the aviation industry’s path to net zero by 2050. We can learn a lot from flights like these, as they help us understand how to redesign the airspace over the UK and play our part in making flying sustainable for the future.”

Airbus’ Executive Vice President Corporate Affairs and Communications, Julie Kitcher, said:

“The A320neo is a great example of how far our industry has come.  It meets all the ICAO environmental standards thanks to advances in engines, aerodynamics, cabin and flight operations. The A320neo burns 20% less fuel, which means less C02, compared to its predecessor and is 50% quieter.

“Together with our industry partners, we want to bring the first zero emission commercial aircraft to the market by 2035. Perfect Flight is a clear example of how together we can achieve impressive results.”

Heathrow CEO, John Holland-Kaye said:

“The Perfect Flight shows that the solutions to deliver net zero flight exist, we just need to scale them up. The faster we scale up supply and use of sustainable aviation fuels, the faster we can decarbonize aviation and protect the benefits of flying in a world without carbon. What is needed urgently is for Government to introduce policies to increase the supply of SAF and to provide the right price incentives for airlines to use it.”

Martin Thomsen, SVP aviation, bp, said:

“We are honored to join forces with British Airways on this important initiative. At bp we are focusing on working with hard-to-abate sectors, such as aviation, as part of our ambition to be net zero by 2050 or sooner and to help the world get there too. By working collaboratively with industries, we can help to accelerate decarbonization and we believe SAF will be one of the key solutions to fulfil this for the aviation sector.”

Derek Provan, Chief Executive of AGS Airports Ltd, which owns Glasgow Airport, said:

“This flight demonstrates the progress the industry has made during the last decade and how we can work collectively to decarbonize aviation. As one of the UK’s largest airport groups, we are committed to achieving net zero by mid 2030s. This involves decarbonizing our own infrastructure, including the roll out of fixed electrical ground power (FEGP), which is powered using 100% renewable energy sources.”

British Airways is on course to achieve its target of net zero emissions by 2050 through a series of short, medium and long-term initiatives. These include investment in new aircraft, the development of sustainable aviation fuel and hydrogen-powered aircraft and the investigation of carbon capture technology.

Last week, the airline launched its new BA Better World sustainability program, marking a further commitment to put sustainability at the heart of its business, from reducing emissions and waste and positively contributing to the communities it serves, to creating a great place for people to work in order to build a resilient, responsible business. The airline also announced a collaboration with bp last week to source sustainable aviation fuel in respect of all flights between London, Glasgow and Edinburgh during the UK COP26 conference.

British Airways’ parent company International Airlines Group recently committed to operating 10% of its flights using SAF by 2030.

British Airways adds two new destinations in the Azores

British Airways has announced that it will be adding the islands of São Miguel and Terceira in the beautiful Azores archipelago to its London Heathrow short-haul network from next summer.

Flights to the two new summer hotspots will operate once a week, with São Miguel launching on July 2 until September 3 and Terceira on July 10 until August 28.

The Azores archipelago is made up of nine islands, all well known for gastronomy and wine as well as their scenic views offering nature lovers a wide range of activities. The island of Terceira is home to a UNESCO World Heritage site with its stunning laurel forests and São Miguel, home to the Lake of Seven Cities, has been dubbed one of the seven natural wonders of Portugal.

The airline will operate an Airbus A320 to both destinations, with up to 180 seats.

British Airways extends its UK destinations this winter

British Airways-BA CityFlyer Embraer ERJ 190-100SR G-LCYK (msn 19000343) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 954937.

British Airways is extending three of its newest domestic routes – Exeter, Glasgow and Leeds/Bradford from Belfast this Winter season.  Customers will also be able to book direct to Birmingham as the airline further extends its UK network.

Following a popular summer of domestic travel, the extended routes will continue to support vital business and leisure links between Northern Ireland and key cities across the UK.

Flights between Belfast and Birmingham will operate twice daily, increasing to three times a day on Thursday and Friday.  Flights from Belfast to Exeter, Glasgow and Leeds/Bradford will increase compared to the Summer season at 4, 13 and 10 a week respectively.

The airline has also launched a new route to Salzburg, operating from London City and Southampton. Offering customers a new destination idea for skiing this Winter, flights operate twice a week from London City, on Friday and Saturday from December 10, 2021, and once a week from Southampton, on Saturday from December 11, 2021.

Full schedule


Route Departure and arrival time Schedule Flight No Route Departure time Schedule Flight No
BHD – BHX 06.50 – 07.55 Monday to Friday BA7321 BHX – BHD 08.30 – 09.35 Monday to Friday BA7320
BHD – BHX 10.10 – 11.15 Monday and Saturday BA7323 BHX – BHD 11.50 – 12.55 Monday and Saturday BA7323
BHD – BHX 14.45 – 15.50 Thursday, Friday and Sunday BA7323 BHX – BHD 16.25 – 17.30 Thursday, Friday and Sunday BA7323
BHD – BHX 15.50 – 16.55 Tuesday and Wednesday BA7323 BHX – BHD 17.30 – 18.35 Tuesday and Wednesday BA7323
BHD – BHX 18.10 – 19.15 Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday BA7325 BHX – BHD 19.50 – 20.55 Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday BA7324


Route Departure and arrival time Schedule Flight No Route Departure time Schedule Flight No
BHD – EXT 10.20 – 11.30 Thursday and Friday BA7319 EXT – BHD 12.05 – 13.15 Thursday and Friday BA7318
BHD – EXT 12.20 – 13.30 Sunday BA7319 EXT – BHD 14.05 – 15.15 Sunday BA7318
BHD – EXT 14.20 – 15.30 Monday BA7319 EXT – BHD 16.05 – 17.15 Monday BA7318


Route Departure and arrival time Schedule Flight No Route Departure time Schedule Flight No
BHD – GLA 09.40 – 10.20 Monday – Sunday BA7327 GLA – BHD 10.55 – 11.40 Monday – Sunday BA7326
BHD – GLA 19.10 – 19.50 Monday – Friday and Sunday BA7331 GLA – BHD 20.25 – 21.10 Monday – Friday and Sunday BA7330


Route Departure and arrival time Schedule Flight No Route Departure time Schedule Flight No
BHD – LBA 06.40 – 07.35 Monday to Friday BA7313 LBA – BHD 08.10 – 09.05 Monday to Friday BA7312
BHD – LBA 12.20 – 13.15 Saturday BA7313 LBA – BHD 13.50 – 14.45 Saturday BA7312
BHD – LBA 16.05 – 17.00 Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday BA7317 LBA – BHD 17.35 – 18.30 Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday BA7316


Route Departure and arrival time Schedule Flight No Route Departure time Schedule Flight No
LCY – SZG 07.05 – 09.00 Friday and Saturday BA8479 SZG – LCY 10.50 – 11.45 Friday and Saturday BA8480


Route Departure and arrival time Schedule Flight No Route Departure time Schedule Flight No
SOU – SZG 13.00 – 15.00 Saturday BA2829 SZG – SOU 16.50 – 17.50 Saturday BA2930


The additional services will be operated using BA CityFlyer’s existing fleet of Embraer 190 aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo: British Airways-BA CityFlyer Embraer ERJ 190-100SR G-LCYK (msn 19000343) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 954937.

BA CityFlyer aircraft slide show: