It all started yesterday when an over-eager British Airways employee put out a tweet (now deleted) that let the world know what British Airways would be offering a new First Class option in the not too distant future. Earlier today, British Airways emailed staff to let them know that a "modified First seat experience" is on the way (this has been widely leaked already) but the reality behind the news is far less exciting than most had probably hoped.
At the beginning of September, Virgin Atlantic announced that it would be launching three new routes to Pakistan from later this year as the airline looks to move away (at least temporarily) from its heavy reliance on transatlantic traffic. Now, less than two weeks after Virgin Altantic's announcement, British Airways has responded and it's not good news for the smaller carrier.
Last week, British Airways launched its latest sale in which it's offering some fantastic First Class and Business Class long-haul deals out of the UK, and in which it's offering some incredibly cheap short-haul Business Class fares that will earn flyers 160 Tier Points in just one roundtrip. Also in this sale (this is an aspect I haven't touched on so far) are a number of deals available from British Airways Holidays which shouldn't go unnoticed.
British Airways' Business Class offering was given an enormous boost when the airline announced the introduction of its new Club Suite but with the new suite limited to the airline's new Airbus A350 aircraft and a number of refitted 777s, it's a product that's not available on the majority of BA's routes. From later this year, however, British Airways is scheduled to offer its new Business Class cabin to/from the Maldives.
British Airways has launched a sale on flights and holidays for travel deep into 2021. Over 150 destinations are included in the sale but I'm going to be focusing on the best long-haul Business Class and First Class fares that I've found. Some are very good indeed.
In the middle of last month, British Airways announced that it planned to retire its 31 Boeing 747 aircraft with immediate effect and starting yesterday, the airline's 747s are now being shipped out to meet whatever fate awaits them.
After months of waiting, Los Angeles-based oneworld flyers will soon no longer have to choose between a great Business Class seat combined with poor service (American Airlines) or a poor Business Class seat with pretty good service (BA) as British Airways has finally scheduled a Club Suite equipped aircraft to serve LAX from later this year.
IAG, the parent company of British Airways, has published its latest quarterly results and alongside the news that the airline group made a loss of €1.3bn ($1.55bn) between April and June of this year, IAG announced that it was "exiting" the A318 fleet as part of its response to the current crisis and, with that, signaled the end of the all-business-class service that British Airways operated between London and New York.
If anyone you know needs a reminder that the current crisis is far from over, point them in the direction of an airline schedule. While some airlines are clearly doing their best to ramp up operations and restart routes (e.g. Qatar Airways), a lot of major airlines are still running vastly reduced services and are pushing back the dates for planned service resumptions.
As I've been navigating the various processes involving British Airways vouchers I've been finding out quite a bit about how they work but, more importantly, I've also been finding out that the process of applying a voucher for future travel isn't always a smooth one and caution is required.