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Bryan Habana races British Airways' new A380South African Rugby player, Bryan Habana, pushed himself to new heights as he went up against British Airways’ brand new superjumbo, the Airbus A380.

Habana, who famously raced the cheetah in 2007 to save them from extinction, took on a new challenge racing British Airways’ ‘new animal’ in a 100m race.

Weighing in at 95kg with a height of 1,80m, Habana is pictured preparing to race British Airways’ superjumbo of 366,000kg, with a height of 24m, a wingspan of 80m and 73m in length.

Model, Georgia May Jagger was on hand to start the race.

British Airways A380 Launch

Bryan Habana, South African rugby player, said: “‘It was a tough test of man versus machine.  Once the A380 is on full throttle it picks up speed very rapidly, but you need to tune in to the video to see what happened next…”

Peter Nye, Senior First Officer A380, said: ‘‘ Habana is fast but had stiff competition with four Trent 900 Rolls-Royce engines, each one producing 70,000 pounds of thrust and accelerating very quickly indeed. We got airborne at 140 miles an hour, where we then flew up to 600 miles an hour.‘’

Watch the race and see if man really can run faster than a plane: http://youtu.be/P66ISniQCqY #manvsplane

Bryan Habana raced British Airways’ A380 in celebration that customers can now book onto the A380 to fly to Johannesburg from February 12, 2014. Prices start from £872 return in World Traveller (economy), £1,382 return in World Traveller Plus (premium economy), £3,274 return in Club World (business class) and £6,179 in First.

A380 enthusiasts eager to be on the very first A380 flight to Johannesburg should note that the date for the inaugural flight is likely to be earlier and will be announced in due course.

The airline will initially operate three A380 services a week to South Africa’s financial capital. This will increase from March 10, 2014 to six flights per week. These flights will be part of the airline’s normal schedule to Johannesburg.

Customers can book online at ba.com or by calling 0844 493 0787.

The airline’s website features information on the new aircraft, including computer generated imagery (CGI).

Bryan Habana in the lead against British Airways' new A380 aircraft

British Airways A380 LaunchRugby giants Chris Robshaw, Bryan Habana and Jean De Villiers have undertaken one of the biggest challenges of their careers – taking on the might of British Airways’ largest aircraft, the Airbus A380.

Weighing in at 110kg, 95kg and 101kg respectively, Robshaw, the England rugby captain and Habana and De Villiers, the South African Springboks, are pictured attempting to pull the airline’s newest fleet member (topping the scales at 366,000kgs) down the runway at Manston Airport in Kent.

Model, Georgia May Jagger, was also on hand to oversee proceedings.

The players’ feat was in celebration of British Airways’ latest announcement that customers can now book onto the A380 to fly to Johannesburg from 12 February 2014. Prices start from £872 return in World Traveller (economy), £1,382 return in World Traveller Plus (premium economy), £3,274 return in Club World (business class) and £6,179 in First.

A380 enthusiasts eager to be on the very first A380 flight to Johannesburg should note that the date for the inaugural flight is likely to be earlier and will be announced in due course.

The airline will initially operate three A380 services a week to South Africa’s financial capital. This will increase from 10 March 2014 to six flights per week. These flights will be part of the airline’s normal schedule to Johannesburg.

British Airways A380 Launch

The airline’s A380, which begins flying five times a week to Los Angeles from 24 September 2013 will also increase to start double daily flights to Hollywood from 10 April 2014.

The aircraft is due to begin flying daily to Hong Kong from 22 October 2013.

Customers can book online at ba.com.

British Airways’ A380s will accommodate 469 customers across four cabins. Customers in First will be seated at the front of the main deck. The cabin will offer 14 seats and is evolved from the current First class with 30 percent more personal space and 60 per cent more personal stowage.

Club World (business class) customers can choose from 44 seats on the main deck, or 53 seats on the upper deck. These upper deck seats will feature a new 2:3:2 configuration across the cabin.

The 55 World Traveller Plus (premium economy) seats will be located on the upper deck while World Traveller (economy) customers can choose seats on both the main and upper deck. Customers travelling in both World Traveller and World Traveller Plus will be able to enjoy the new cabins and seats that have proved so popular on our 777-300ER fleet.

The aircraft’s innovative design makes it much quieter during take-off and landing and 16 per cent more fuel efficient than a Boeing 747.  British Airways has ordered 12 A380s for delivery by 2016. Three will arrive this year followed by a further five in 2014.

The airline’s website features information on the new aircraft, including computer generated imagery (CGI).

cabin-luggageAre you one of those travelers that struggle with what to put in their hand luggage because you have limited space, think you might forget something important and are afraid you might pack a ‘wrong item’ which security will throw out as you check-in?

Worry no more.  The British Airways Cabin Crew has put together their top tips for hand luggage to help make your travel experience more comfortable and stress free. Their tips are:

–       Always roll your clothes, it really helps save space in your bag and prevents clothes creasing.
–       Use all available space by stuffing things like shoes with socks or underwear – it will also help maintain their shape.
–       Re-use plastic bags by using them to separate different items. In particular ensure any liquids and dirty items like shoes are wrapped in bags to prevent staining other contents.
–       Pop a few sheets of ‘Bounce’ tumble dryer sheets in between your clothes to keep them smelling fresh.
–       Don’t wear lots of loose items when traveling, you will be asked to remove belts, jewellery, jackets and shoes through security so to save time, keep these items to a minimum.
–       Remember not to carry any sharps in your hand luggage. Lots of people make this mistake with nail scissors and then have them removed.
–       Put your money and your address details in a separate compartment or near the top of your bag so that you can reach it easily without unpacking items.
–       Have your boarding pass to hand (or know the flight number) if you plan to head to the shops before your flight as you will be asked for it. Having a bag with a zip pocket to store this is really useful.
–       Decant liquids in to 100ml bottles and seal them in a clear bag to save time at security. Cabin crew also often carry a small shoe horn in their hand baggage to enable them to get shoes on and off through security as quickly as possible.
–       Ensure you check the hand baggage guidelines for the airline you are traveling with before you depart. Some airlines (like British Airways) have a more generous luggage allowance. Be aware of the charges if you go over the allowance. You can buy cheap hand-held scales to weigh bags which are a good way to check before you leave.
–       If you know you might have to pay for excess luggage at the airport, ensure you have cash with you. Some airlines insist you pay additional charges in cash at the airport and if you’re in a rush, this can cause you real problems.
–       If you’re packing all your luggage in a carry-on bag, go for something with wheels. You can buy very small bags with wheels now and even with a small amount of luggage you will appreciate having something you can pull if you’ve got a long walk to the gate!

The British Airways Cabin Crew take up to 450 flights a year so they are always looking for ways to make travel easier for their passengers.  Most of these tips are really simple but they can make a big difference to your journey!

BA A380 at Heathrow

 

Super-jumbo aviation arrived in the UK today with the delivery to Heathrow of British Airways’ first A380.

The airline is the first UK carrier to take delivery of the double-decker, which is the world’s largest commercial jet. British Airways is also the first airline in Europe to operate both the A380 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the first two of which landed at Heathrow last week.

The airline announced today that the very first long-haul flight on the A380 from London to Los Angeles will be on 24 September 2013 with prices starting from £621 return, and the first to Hong Kong will be on 22 October 22 with prices from £688 return.

Customers can book online at ba.com.

Keith Williams, British Airways’ CEO, said: “We are delighted to welcome the first of our A380s to the fleet, joining our new 787s.

“These aircraft are the start of a new era for British Airways. Over the next 15 months, we will take delivery of new aircraft at the rate of one a fortnight as we put ourselves at the forefront of modern aviation.

“The A380 is a fantastic aircraft and an excellent showpiece for British engineering. Our customers are going to love the space, light and comfort on board.”

British Airways’ A380s will accommodate 469 customers across four cabins. Customers in First will be seated at the front of the main deck. The cabin will offer 14 seats and is evolved from the current First class with 30 per cent more personal space and 60 per cent more personal stowage.

Club World (business class) customers can choose from 44 seats on the main deck, or 53 seats on the upper deck. These upper deck seats will feature a new 2:3:2 configuration across the cabin. The 55 World Traveller Plus (premier economy) seats will be located on the upper deck while World Traveller (economy) customers can choose seats on both the main and upper deck. Customers travelling in both World Traveller and World Traveller Plus will be able to enjoy the new cabins and seats that have proved so popular on our 777-300ER fleet.

The aircraft’s innovative design makes it much quieter during take-off and landing and 16 per cent more fuel efficient than a Boeing 747.  British Airways has ordered 12 A380s for delivery by 2016. Three will arrive this year followed by a further five in 2014.

Both aircraft types will now begin a complex ‘entry into service’ programme, which will see pilot and cabin crew training taking place at Manston Airport in Kent, customer service trials at Heathrow and short-haul flying for both aircraft, including flights within the UK.

The airline’s website, http://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/flight-information/airbus-a380 features information on the new aircraft, including computer generated imagery (CGI). Two short films are also available on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgN3NAxxWsg and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5fSLrVzpxg  to give customers a feel for the aircraft.

BA 787 Walsh

Willie Walsh, chief executive of IAG

 

Yesterday began the countdown for customers to book flights on British Airways’ first Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which arrived at its new Heathrow home yesterday.

The airline is planning to serve Toronto with the 787 from 1st September and Newark, New York from 1st October, subject to regulatory approval.

Flights are now on sale and to celebrate the airline is launching with a fare of £787 return in World Traveller Plus (premium economy) to both cities. Customers can also upgrade to Club World for an additional £787 return (total of £1,574 return per person).

Cabin noise on the 787 is much less than on older aircraft types. Different pressurisation means the internal cabin altitude is the equivalent of 6,000ft, which is 2,000ft lower than on other aircraft. This leads to greater humidity, reducing the drying effect of the cabin air, so customers arrive feeling more refreshed. The aircraft’s smooth ride technology also provides extra comfort during any turbulence.

BA 787 aircraft Heathrow

The bespoke lighting in every cabin can be set to reflect the time of day, helping to lull travellers to sleep at night and to wake them in the morning. Customers can also enjoy much larger windows, offering views of the horizon from every seat.

Concerning recent safety issues, Boeing has developed a number of solutions to the technical issues the 787 faced, and these have been approved by safety authorities around the world.  More than 18,000 787 flights have already taken place and BA has complete confidence in the aircraft.  BA would never operate an aircraft if it did not believe it was safe to do so.

Willie Walsh, chief executive of IAG, said: “The 787 is a tremendous, innovative aircraft which sets new standards for environmental performance and operating efficiency and I’m sure British Airways customers will love it.”

“The 787 will become a mainstay of the British Airways fleet over the next few years. This is the first of 24 that will arrive by 2017, and we have announced plans to convert further options for the aircraft into firm orders for delivery from 2017, including for the new larger 787-10 version.”

British Airways has ordered 24 787s, which will arrive over the next four years.  The airline has also ordered 12 A380s and six additional 777-300ERs. Over the next 12 months, it will take delivery of a new aircraft at the rate of one a fortnight.

The aircraft orders form the centrepiece of British Airways’ £5bn investment in improved customer experience in the air and on the ground.

The airline is the first in Europe to operate both the 787 and the A380.

Mitch Preston is British Airways’ first 787 pilot to fly the aircraft from Boeing’s Seattle home to London. Preston said: “It was a real pleasure to fly the 787 home to Heathrow today – it’s a joy to operate, and a really smooth ride.

“It’s exceptionally quiet and the cabin environment, combined with the service customers would expect from British Airways, will make for a great experience.” “I for one can’t wait to welcome our customers on board.”

Customers can book via ba.com

BA 787 aircraft Heathrow 2 BA 787 aircraft Heathrow 3

BAChengdu

British Airways cabin crew are used to ‘pawing’ a perfect cuppa to even the most demanding of customers.

But even they found themselves having to bear more care than usual when they were visited by a group of China’s most loved black and white ambassadors.

The Giant Pandas were on hand to sample British Airways signature afternoon tea service to celebrate the unveiling of the airline’s special fares to Chendgu.

The new service starts in September and is the first new route to China by British Airways since it launched flights to Shanghai in 2005.

Jayne Deasy, British Airways’ cabin crew member, said: “We’re all very excited about starting this new route and being the first and only airline to offer a direct link between London and the home of the Giant Pandas.”

To mark the start of the new service, a range of special fares with massive savings for customers are going on sale.

All tickets feature the number eight, which is regarded as lucky in China. The new route has also been given the same lucky flight numbers; the BA88 and the BA89.

Return fares from London for customers flying in Club World are £1,888, a huge 40 per cent reduction off the standard fare. Return flights in World Traveller and World Traveller Plus are £508 and £808, saving 30 and 29 per cent, respectively.

The massive savings apply for travel in all three cabins between 29 September 2013 and 31 March 2014, and are available to purchase on ba.com.

BA flies three times a week between Lusaka and London.

787-8 (2)

British Airways is increasing its West African schedule, adding a fourth weekly flight to Sierra Leone and Liberia.

The announcement comes just nine months after the airline started operating on the routes and will add 33% more capacity to between Freetown, Monrovia and London.

The flight will arrive at Terminal 5 on at 16h00 on a Friday evening, allowing same-day connections to Washington; saving the need for an overnight transit and visa.

The flight timing also permits better connections to a host of other US and Canadian cities as well as UK domestic destinations.

The new service starts on 31st October using Boeing 767 aircraft in a three-cabin configuration; World Traveller, World Traveller Plus and Club World. The flight went on sale from Tuesday, 11th June.

“It is unusual to add more flights so soon after starting a new route, but we’re responding to strong demand in these fast-growing West-African economies. In scheduling the flight we’ve taken into account feedback from our customers about onward connections and on which days they’d prefer to fly” says Gavin Halliday, general manager for Africa and Europe.

He says that British Airways has substantially increased its African network adding three destinations and 21 services since acquiring bmi just over a year ago.

It also recently announced an increase in its schedule to Marrakech from daily to 10 flights a week and a third weekly service to Agadir. These services start at the end of October.

In East and Southern Africa it has upped the Nairobi frequencies to eight a week. In South Africa it confirmed three additional frequencies to Johannesburg on top of the existing double-daily schedule.

“The acquisition of bmi has enabled us to expand our flying programme in Africa to serve 18 routes in 15 countries. We now fly to more places, more often than we ever have before in the 80 years we have served the continent. These flights link growing African destinations to London and provide onward connections to the world’s business capitals,” says Halliday.

For more information on British Airways’ African network and timetables visit www.ba.com

British Airways to become the first airline in Europe to introduce both the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 787 into its fleet

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First two British Airways Boeing 787s in the factory

British Airways is poised to become the first airline in Europe to introduce both the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner into its fleet.

The airline will take delivery into the UK of its first two 787s on consecutive days, 26th and 27th June, followed by its first A380 on 4th July 4. They will arrive around mid-morning.

Two hundred and fourteen customers will enjoy the comforts of the new British Airways Dreamliner, whilst the A380 will be the largest aircraft in the British Airways fleet, with 469 customers.  The 24 Dreamliners and 12 A380s will feature the elegant cabin designs fitted on British Airways’ new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, which have proved very popular with customers.  All eight 787-8s will feature a new Club World 2:3:2 layout, the latest generation World Traveller and World Traveller Plus seats. In addition, the A380 will also have an enhanced version of First.

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First British Airways A380 rolls out of the hangar

British Airways chief executive, Keith Williams said: “The delivery of these exciting aircraft opens a new chapter in British Airways’ history. We are proud to be leading the way in Europe in operating both these aircraft types.”

“Over the next 12 months, we will take delivery of new long-haul aircraft at an average rate of one every two weeks. These deliveries form the centrepiece of the £5bn investment British Airways is making in new aircraft, smarter cabins, superb lounges and new technologies to make travel more comfortable in the air and on the ground.”

Both the A380 and 787 are extremely fuel and noise efficient.

Beatrice Kamanga, British Airways Manager for Zambia and Malawi, commented that both aircraft types make major environmental advances and will contribute toward British Airways’ ambitious targets for noise and carbon reduction.

Following their arrival, both the A380 and 787 will begin a complex ‘entry into service’ programme, which will see pilot and cabin crew training taking place at Manston Airport in Kent, customer service trials at Heathrow and short-haul flying for both aircraft, including flights within the UK.

Seats on the A380 are currently on sale for travel from 15th October to Los Angeles and from 15th November to Hong Kong. However the airline is advising enthusiasts eager to be on the very first long-haul services to hold off booking as the dates of the inaugural services are yet to be announced.

 

The first destinations for the 787s, and the date tickets go on sale, will be unveiled shortly.

Further information and a CGI video of the new A380 can be found on the airline’s website: http://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/flight-information/airbus-a380

Orlando Bloom And British Airways Celebrate Aircraft Launch
Internationally-renowned  Hollywood  actor Orlando  Bloom has been the guest star at an exclusive British Airways lunchtime event in Sydney.  British Airways delivered a touch of the UK to Australia; with guests enjoying beautiful canapés and sipping Pimms while taking in the stunning Sydney Harbour view.
Arriving  in from London this morning, Orlando Bloom joined British Airways VIP  customers and Australian celebrities to celebrate the exciting new service updates on the Sydney-London route.  Passengers travelling between Sydney and London can now enjoy the new 777-300ER aircraft, the latest in the British Airways fleet, boasting upgraded products to all cabins.
As well as the new aircraft, British Airways continues to provide Australian customers the option to fly on their preferred route via Changi Airport, recently named by Skytrax as the best airport in the world.  The Australian service now flies into Terminal 5, British Airways’ home at London Heathrow and the best airport terminal in the world according to Skytrax.  Australian passengers can enjoy British Airways’ six state-of-the-art lounges, and access to over 100 retail and dining options.  Passengers travelling through T5 will also benefit from smoother and seamless connections with British Airways’ vast European network.
Orlando Bloom said: ”I’ve flown with British Airways since I was a boy and it feels really special to be a friend of BA – having gone from European family holidays to being fortunate enough to fly in First.  In my mind, there is no better First than British Airways’ First.  “I’ve made a long journey to be with you today, having just flown in from Cannes, and enjoying breakfast in the Concorde Lounge, the very best breakfast.”
Nicole Backo, British Airways Regional General Manager, South West Pacific
said: “The event today was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the next chapter for British Airways in Australia and to thank our loyal customers, and having Orlando join us was incredible.
British Airways is very excited about the recent changes on the Australian route, and we are very proud to be building upon our strong heritage of providing the best of British service for our Australian customers.”
To  celebrate  Orlando’s visit and to highlight the style and elegance that sets the airline apart, British Airways is offering a very special fare for Australian passengers.  Customers can book a return Club World business class  ticket from Sydney to London, and receive a one-leg upgrade to First Class, with prices starting from $7,250*.  Seats on this special offer are limited so customers are urged to book early to avoid disappointment.  For more information please visit ba.com/au.

BA dreamliner

 

As Africa becomes more recognised as the most promising investment destination in the world, airlines are re-positioning themselves to maximize their operations on the continent that is on the radar screens of most investors. One such airline is British Airways (BA), which since acquiring British Midland International (bmi) just over a year ago, has this year substantially increased its African network adding three additional destinations and 20 more services.

Schedule increases to East and Southern Africa include upping the Nairobi frequencies from seven to eight a week. In South Africa, BA added three more frequencies to Johannesburg, on top of the existing double-daily services to the country’s business hub and its direct daily Cape Town/ London flights, which increase to double daily over the southern hemisphere summer peak season.

In West Africa it started flying three times a week to Sierra Leone and Liberia. The new flights to these fast-growing regional economies are in addition to the well-established West-African routes in Ghana and Nigeria.

In Morocco, it has just announced an increase in its schedule to Marrakech from daily to 10 flights a week and added a third weekly service to Agadir. The additional
frequencies go on sale immediately. The Marrakech services increase on 28th October with the third Agadir flight starting on 29th October.

This is the second time in less than a year that the airline has grown its Morocco services. Late last year it added four flights a week to Marrakech and began a twice-weekly service to Agadir.

Ian Petrie, Regional Commercial Manager for Africa comments: “The acquisition of bmi has enabled us to expand our flying programme in Africa to serve 18 routes in 15 countries. We now fly to more places, more often than we ever have before in the 80 years we have served the continent. These flights link growing African destinations to London and provide onward connections to the world’s business capitals.”

Ian Petrie
Ian Petrie, British Airways Regional Commercial Manager for Africa

In addition to this international network, British Airways’ franchise partner, Comair, operates to domestic and regional destinations in South and Southern Africa, flying over 700 departures a week. It recently added Maputo to its regional network.

For more information on British Airways’ African network and timetables, visit www.ba.com