British Airways have released interior Cabin Photos of its new Airbus A380 that is scheduled to go into daily service on the London Heathrow – Los Angeles route on October 15 followed by a London Heathrow – Hong Kong Service from 15 November. As revealed earlier (British Airways A380 Seat Map Released) the British Airways A380 will feature 4 Classes comprising of 14 First Class Suites, 97 Seats in Club World (Business Class), 55 Seats in World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy) and 303 Seats in World Traveller (Economy Class). British Airways A380 First Class Suites From the limited photos available at the moment BA’s First Class Suite looks great, with suites layed out in a 1-2-1 seating configuration. British Airways A380 Club World (Business Class) There are a total of 97 seats spread across the upper and lower deck, and seats are arranged in a 2-3-2 froward backward facing seating configuration. British Airways A380 World Traveller (Economy Class) Comprises of 303 seats spread across the upper and lower decks with seats layed out in a 3-4-3 seating configuration on the lower deck and a 2-4-2 configuration on the upper. British Airways A380 World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy Class) World Traveller Plus comprises of 55 seats on the upper deck which are layed out in a 2-3-2 seating configuration. Finally no Airlines First A380’s First Interior Cabin Photo Release is complete without a picture of the internal stair way from the lower to upper deck A further break down of the seats/class breakdown by deck is listed below: Lower deck 14 “enhanced” First Class suites 44 Club World seats, in the current 2-4-2 configuration 199 World Traveller seats, with 10 seats across in a 3-4-3 split Upper deck 53 Club World seats, in the 2-3-2 configuration 55 World Traveller Plus seats, also in a 2-3-2 configuration 104 World Traveller seats, in a 2-4-2 configuration In addition the interior cabin photos BA also released a short video on YouTube providing a further glimpse of the British Airways A380 Interior Cabin
British Airways recently announced a relaunch of their Executive Club Frequent Flyer program and has also added a new Bronze tier, which in the BA Executive Club hierarchy will sit in between BA Executive Club Blue and Silver. Along with the British Airways Executive Club re-launch and new Bronze tier the airline has totally re-designed all Executive Club Membership cards. The new British Airways Executive Club Membership Cards are as below: The new Bronze tier has been created to reward frequent flying blue members who will be promoted to Bronze with just half the tier points they would need for Silver membership Executive Club members Bronze members can expect the following benefits from this new tier: Business class check-in Seat selection at seven days before departure Earning a 25 per cent tier bonus – that’s 1.25 Avios for every mile flown Dedicated telephone number (UK & US) Bronze tier luggage tags Frank van der Post, British Airways’ managing director for brands and customer experience, said: “The re-launch of our award-winning Executive club reinforces the huge importance we place on customer loyalty and emphasises that customers are at the heart of everything we do. “We have created a new Bronze tier and stylish new identities to bring a greater range of rewards and increased recognition. “The re-launch of the British Airways Executive Club, which now has over seven million members worldwide, is part of a massive £5bn investment we are making across the whole airline on new aircraft, lounges, and technologies for our customers.” Full details of British Airways Executive Club membership benefits at each tier level are as follows: BENEFITS Oneworld equivalent tier Blue Bronze Silver Gold Collect Avios Priority waitlist Seating preference stored and delivered where possible Meal preference stored and delivered where possible Household Account Collect Avios with Executive Club partners Purchase Avios Gift Avios Transfer Avios Combine Avios Reward Flight Saver Mobile apps Priority check-in at business class desks Free seat selection (*excludes exist rows) 24 hours before departure Seven days before departure At time of booking At time of booking Priority boarding Additional baggage allowance Reservation assurance Avios Tier bonus 25 per cent 100 per cent 100 per cent Lounge access when flying with British Airways or our partner airlines Use of British Airways First and other oneworld first class check-in desks No booking or service fees on reward flights, hotel stays and car rental Additional reward available in economy Gold upgrade for two Silver Partner […]
British Airways First Class passengers travelling to Australia from March next year will be able to experience the airlines new First Class cabin on all services to/from Australia. This ultra luxury suite is already seen on British Airways existing Boeing 777 Services including the Sydney-Singapore-London service, however this upgrade will see it extended onto all Boeing 747-400 operated services. British Airways head of customer experience, Mark Hassell, said: “We have contemporised First and created an intimate private jet experience onboard. We have resisted gadgets and gimmicks and focused instead on simplicity and quality.” British Airways new First Class Suite features an enhanced intelligent mattress bed that is 60% wider at the shoulders other features of British Airways new First Class suite include: Personal Wardrobe Leather-bound writing desk that converts into a dining table 15” IFE Screen Buddy seat that will allow customers to dine together Mood lighting & electronic blinds Noise Cancelling Headsets Anya Hindmarch washbag Amenities by REN, D.R Harris & Co and Mavis New Premium style Service In addition to the existing Sydney-Singapore-London services the new British Airways First Class suite will be rolled out to the airlines London to Bangkok (BA9/10) as well as London to Hong Kong services. It should be noted that from early next year BA will discontinue its Sydney to Bangkok and Sydney to Hong Kong services these route will instead be operated by Qantas code share flights. This in effect will mean the only flight you will be able to fly British Airways all the way from Sydney to London in BAs new First Class suite will be the Sydney-Singapore-London service.
American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia have announced they will form a new Business that will operate on transatlantic routes. The trilateral relationship will see the following 4 initial routes kick off from April 2011: New York JFK-Budapest and Chicago-Helsinki (operated by American) London Heathrow-San Diego (operated by British Airways) Madrid-Los Angeles (operated by Iberia) The full media release from British Airways can be read below: AMERICAN AIRLINES, BRITISH AIRWAYS AND IBERIA ANNOUNCE BETTER DEAL FOR TRANSATLANTIC FLIERS LONDON, OCTOBER 6, 2010. More access to cheaper fares, bigger choice of flight times and easier connecting journeys will become reality for transatlantic fliers with the launch of the new joint business between American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia. The CEOs of the three oneworld® airlines met in London today for the official start of the new trilateral relationship, which enables oneworld to compete far more effectively with other global alliances on routes between Europe and North America. American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia announced today four new routes that will start from next April as an early benefit of the new joint business. They are: New York JFK-Budapest and Chicago-Helsinki (operated by American), London Heathrow-San Diego (operated by British Airways) and Madrid-Los Angeles (operated by Iberia). The airlines have also placed codeshares on a significant number of additional routes, greatly increasing the number of destination choices available to customers. American will add its code to 322 British Airways and Iberia flights serving 101 destinations, British Airways will add its code to 2063 American and Iberia flights serving 181 destinations and Iberia will add its code to 354 American and British Airways flights serving 96 destinations. There will be further opportunities to increase codeshares in the future. In total, customers will be able to travel more easily on the airlines’ combined route network which will serve more than 400 destinations in 105 countries with around 5,200 daily departures. Other customer benefits include: Greater access to a wider choice of fares Coordinated schedules on joint routes to provide customers with better flight choice and timings Dedicated support teams for customers transferring at five of the airlines’ hubs: New York JFK, London Heathrow, Madrid, Chicago and Miami. Online check in and boarding pass printing with either the airline operating the flight, or the one the ticket was booked through Integrated online flight information on all three airlines’ websites Increased opportunity to earn and redeem frequent flyer benefits on transatlantic flights More integrated account management for corporate customers Gerard Arpey, chairman and chief executive of AMR Corp, the parent company of American Airlines, said: “We’ve been waiting for 14 years to be able to bring these benefits to our customers and it’s great news that we can now put our plans into action. Our revenue-sharing partnership will further boost oneworld, in what has been a momentous year for the alliance, and enable us to reduce costs and attract new business. It will provide additional stability for the airlines […]
British Airways announce that design and planning for the British Airways 787 Dreamliner is well underway The full media release from British Airways can be read below: As the Boeing 787 makes its first international appearance at the Farnborough Air Show, preparations for the aircraft to enter the British Airways fleet are well underway. British Airways has ordered 24 of the new aircraft which will join its longhaul fleet from 2012. The aircraft are 30 per cent more fuel efficient than the Boeing 767s they will replace and make only a quarter of the noise of a Boeing 747. They will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines. Jonathan Counsell, British Airways’ head of environment, said: “We are committed to addressing our impact on climate change. Adopting new technology is one of the ways in which we are reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. The 787s we have ordered are not only more fuel efficient than the aircraft they will replace, but they also produce nearly half the amount of nitrogen dioxide emissions.” The BA design team is already working on developing the 787’s interior which will have a premium feel throughout the cabin. The design will be inspired by the airline’s rich heritage, but with a contemporary feel which will include environmentally driven design initiatives. The airline’s flight operations and engineering teams are evaluating innovative systems to ensure they can take every advantage of the aircraft’s improved efficiencies. Work has started to upgrade the airline’s engineering hangars in order to maintain the aircraft.
British Airways have announced that incoming flights will begin landing into Heathrow and Gatwick at between 0500 and 1200 hrs GMT following NATS decision to reopen UK airspace from 2200 hrs tonight. In addition British Airways plans to operate all long haul flights on Wednesday 21 April. The full media statement from British Airways can be read below: We are very pleased that the aviation authorities have opened UK airspace to enable us to begin in earnest the task of bringing our stranded customers home. We appreciate the consideration that the CAA and the Government have given to the evidence and data that we and other airlines have put forward in support of a safe approach to managing the potential risk posed by the volcanic activity in Iceland. Willie Walsh, British Airways’ chief executive, said: “Safety is always our over-riding priority. We have many years of experience of operating in areas of volcanic activity all around the world. “On behalf of the tens of thousands of customers stranded around the globe, we are delighted the authorities have paid heed to the arguments we and the industry have put forward.” We will do all we can to bring in as many of the 28 longhaul aircraft as possible we had originally been due to land at Heathrow or Gatwick after 1900 on Tuesday. However, it is bound to take some considerable time before we can restore our full flying programme. We are reviewing our schedule to see if we can operate some longhaul flights into Heathrow and Gatwick landing between 0500 and 1200 on Wednesday April 21. At this stage we are looking to operate all longhaul flights departing from Heathrow and Gatwick on Wednesday April 21. This will help to get more aircraft, pilots and cabin crew back who are currently in the UK out to cities around the world to help customers still awaiting a flight. Even though UK airspace has been re-opened there will be shorthaul cancellations to and from London airports until 1300 UK time.
British Airways have announced that UK airspace remains closed due to Volcanic Ash from the Iceland Volcano Eruption. Even though airspace over most of Europe is now clear for flights and British Airways had planned to have a large majority of their flights in operation it looks like flight will not be departing Heathrow today, however there is a good chance some short and long haul into Heathrow may arrive today (Subject to Airspace restrictions). The full media release from British Airways can be read below: Despite the fact that airspace over most European countries is open, UK airspace remains effectively closed. With other UK airlines, British Airways is working with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to provide data that would enable the Authority to complete a risk assessment relating to the operation of aircraft in UK airspace. We hope that on the basis of the data provided by the industry, the CAA will be in a position to direct National Air Traffic Services (NATS) to reopen UK airspace and allow British Airways to operate flights into and out of the UK. We will only operate flights where we have assessed the situation to be safe in accordance with all our normal operating procedures, which are based on many years of experience of operating in areas of volcanic activity around the world. We deeply regret the great inconvenience caused to our customers as a result of NATS’ decision to close UK airspace over the last six days. We hope to reach a position soon where we can begin repatriating customers in large numbers, and we are planning to operate a number of inbound longhaul flights today, subject to airspace restrictions. The continuing restrictions have forced us to cancel our earlier plans to operate some shorthaul and some longhaul departures from Heathrow today. We understand the frustration our customers feel and we thank them for their patience. We assure them we are doing everything we can to resolve this situation.
British Airways is to resume flights to Saudi Arabia, with five services a week from its London Heathrow hub to both Jeddah and Riyadh from 29 March. It will serve Riyadh with Boeing 777s, and Jeddah with 767s. BA suspended operations to Saudi Arabia in March 2005 because of the poor commercial performance of its flights, but the country has remained on the oneworld network through flights by other member airlines. Royal Jordanian serves both Jeddah and Riyadh along with Dammam with Riyadh also receiving Cathay Pacific flights.
Overnight Qantas have released the below media release, confirming that Qantas and British Airways are exploring a potential dual listed company merger. SYDNEY, 3 December 2008: In response to recent media speculation, Qantas Airways Limited confirms that it is exploring a potential merger with British Airways plc via a dual-listed company structure. There is no guarantee that any transaction will be forthcoming and a further announcement will be made in due course, if appropriate. Any transaction would also comply fully with Qantas’ obligations under the Qantas Sale Act and Australia’s international Air Services Agreements. Dealing Disclosure Requirements The proposed combination is subject to the United Kingdom’s City Code on Takeovers and Mergers (the ‘Code’). Under the provisions of Rule 8.3 of the Code, if any person is, or becomes, ‘interested’ (directly or indirectly) in 1% or more of any class of ‘relevant securities’ of British Airways or of Qantas, all ‘dealings’ in any ‘relevant securities’ of those companies (including by means of an option in respect of, or a derivative referenced to, any such ‘relevant securities’) must be publicly disclosed by no later than 3.30 pm (London time) on the London business day following the date of the relevant transaction. This requirement will continue until the date on which the offer becomes, or is declared, unconditional as to acceptances, lapses or is otherwise withdrawn or on which the ‘offer period’ otherwise ends. If two or more persons act together pursuant to an agreement or understanding, whether formal or informal, to acquire an ‘interest’ in ‘relevant securities’ of British Airways or of Qantas, they will be deemed to be a single person for the purpose of Rule 8.3. Under the provisions of Rule 8.1 of the Code, all ‘dealings’ in ‘relevant securities’ of British Airways or Qantas by British Airways or Qantas, or by any of their respective ‘associates’, must be disclosed by no later than 12.00 noon (London time) on the London business day following the date of the relevant transaction. A disclosure table, giving details of the companies in whose ‘relevant securities’ ‘dealings’ should be disclosed, and the number of such securities in issue, can be found on the website of the UK’s Panel on Takeovers and Mergers (‘Panel’) at www.thetakeoverpanel.org.uk. ‘Interests in securities’ arise, in summary, when a person has long economic exposure, whether conditional or absolute, to changes in the price of securities. In particular, a person will be treated as having an ‘interest’ by virtue of the ownership or control of securities, or by virtue of any option in respect of, or derivative referenced to, securities. Terms in quotation marks are defined in the Code, which can also be found on the Panel’s website. If you are in any doubt as to whether or not you are required to disclose a ‘dealing’ under Rule 8, you should consult the Panel.
British Airways have announced they will launch a subsidiary airline named OpenSkies, which will operate daily flights between New York and either Brussels or Paris. The airlines name OpenSkies comes from the historic agreement signed between the EU and US allowing the free movement of flights between European and US cities. British Airways’ chief executive Willie Walsh said: “This is an exciting new venture for us and we’re confident that it will be a great success as we build on the strength of British Airways’ brand in the US and Europe. “By naming the airline OpenSkies, we’re celebrating the first major step in 60 years towards a liberalised US/EU aviation market which means we can fly between any US and EU destination. It also signals our determination to lobby for further liberalisation in this market when talks between the EU and US take place later this year.” British Airways will operate a single Boeing 757 from June 2008 flying from New York to either Brussels or Paris then further expanding with a second aircraft later in the year that will fly to the other European destination. By the end of 2009 OpenSkies will operate 6 Boeing 757 aircraft The Boeing 757 aircraft that will be used by OpenSkies will carry up to 82 passengers with three cabins: Business, Premium Economy and Economy, there will be 24 seats in Business Class that convert into 6 ft flat beds, 28 premium economy seats with a 52 inch seat pitch and 30 economy seats. For discussion Frequent Flyer, Airlines Lounge, Hotel or Business Travel related , become a member of BizTravelGuru, and head over to the Business Travel Guru’s Forums Related articles and Forum Posts Qantas the flying Kangaroo gets a new tail Qantas & Emirates Airlines A380 YouTube Videos Value of Qantas Club Membership Renewing expired Qantas Club Membership and Joining Fee Business Hotel of the Week Traders Hotel Singapore Review The Business Travel Guru gets close and personal with Singapore Airlines Airbus A380