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New British Airways Route To New Orleans.

Staring from Monday 27th March 2017, British Airways will start flying from London Heathrow to New Orleans (MSY).

The Louisiana city, known as ‘The Big Easy’, will be served four times a week from London Heathrow Terminal 5. The new service will also be the first direct flight between Europe and New Orleans.

The service will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays using a new Boeing Dreamliner 787-8 aircraft, with a 3 cabin configuration (World Traveller, World Traveller Plus & Club World).

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Important Change Of Check-In Time At London Heathrow.

From 30th October 2016 the minimum check-in time for British Airways long-haul flights at London Heathrow Airport will be 60 minutes prior to departure.

Check-in for short-haul flights will remain unchanged at 45 minutes.

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BA – Upgrade to First AND More!

Book a return Club World return ticket with British Airways and receive a complimentary upgrade one way to First. This offer is valid between 6th September 2016 and all travel must be completed by 30 December 2016; the last date for outbound travel is 23 December.

It gets better!

For a limited time only, eligible passengers can also receive TRIPLE Avios points, and companies who are On Business members can also earn TRIPLE On Business points too!

Please note, however, that in order to be eligible to receive the triple points passengers and companies must register in advance.

For Executive Club members register for the offer at www.ba.com/tripleavios

On Business members should register for triple On Business points at www.ba.com/onbusiness-offers

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British Airways Announces Codeshare Agreement With China Eastern.

British Airways has announced a new codeshare agreement with China Eastern Airlines, the 2nd largest airline in China, utilising their hubs in Shanghai Pudong (PVG) and Chengdu (CTU).

The agreement enables BA customers to book selected flights via Shanghai Pudong, or Chengdu, to Xi’an, Nanjing, Chongqing and Kunming. The two letter airline code for China Eastern is MU and they are the second largest airline by passenger numbers in China with their main hubs at Shanghai Pudong, Beijing, Kunming and Xi’an.

Destination Information:

• Xi’an in northwest China, is one of the historical centres, home of the Terracotta Army.
• Nanjing in the east, with a large inland port on the Yangtze River Delta, is a modern city of over 8 million people but with an ancient past and many top universities.
• Chongqing, the largest city in the southwest, with access to the mountainous Three Gorges region.
• Kunming is the capital of Yunnan province in southwest China and is a major transportation hub with road or rail access to Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar to the south.
• Hangzhou, located on Hangzhou Bay in the east of China, is classed as one of the most scenic cities in the country, with the UNESCO World Heritage Site of West Lake.

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Important BA European fare rule changes…and they’re good too!

British Airways has today, Wednesday 9th March 2016, made some changes to its European ‘fare families’. However, there is an important distinction to be made firstly, between choosing an HBO (hand-baggage only) fare and a fare including checked luggage.

For regular business travellers, fares including checked baggage, whilst ever so slightly more expensive, offer far more flexibility and benefits than HBO fares; definitely a case here of being penny wise and Pound foolish.

European fares including checked baggage now offer free advance seat assignment 48 hours prior to a flight’s departure, and should you wish to change your return flight at anytime, for example, BA have now waived their standard £60 change fee; although a difference in the air fare may still apply.

All in all, some great changes which will benefit business travellers greatly.

British Airways – Important Update.

Please note that British Airways is in the process of standardising check-in and bag drop closure times at airports across its network.

The new standardised time for UK domestic and short haul customers to clear check in, and drop their bags, is up to 45 minutes before departure. Whilst the new standardised time for long haul customers to clear check in and drop their bags is up to one hour before departure.

Global Travel Management recommends that passengers allow plenty of time for check-in, or bag-drops, particularly during peak travel times. GTM customers can access either our itinerary management app, or the BA app, to assist them.

Lastly, GTM recommends that all travellers flying with British Airways ALWAYS check in online for their flight/s.

New British Airways Route.

British Airways has today announced the start of a new London Gatwick to New York JFK service. This new daily service will commence next year on 1st May 2016, but seats go on sale today.

The flight will be operated by a Boeing 777 offering Club World, World Traveller Plus and World Traveller cabins. The flight times will be, from London Gatwick, an afternoon departure at 1640 landing in NY at 1930 and returning from JFK at 2200 arriving Gatwick the next morning at 1000.

New BA Route – San Jose (SJC) California.

British Airways has announced the start of services between London Heathrow and San Jose, California.

The daily service will be on sale from 27th August, with flights starting on 4 May 2016 from Terminal 5. The route will be operated by a Boeing Dreamliner 787-9 aircraft with First, Club World, World Traveller Plus and World Traveller cabins on board.

The BA279 will depart Heathrow daily at 1515 arriving in San Jose at 1805 and will return as BA278 departing at 2000 landing the next day at 1405.

British Airways Upgrade To First Promotion.

British Airways has once again launched its Upgrade to First campaign. Customers who purchase an eligible Club World fare will be upgraded (one-way) to First on whichever leg of their journey they choose and/or which is available.

The offer is also open to companies who are British Airways On Business members and who are, therefore, eligible for reduced BA fares via the Business Bespoke programme.

This offer is effective immediately for booking and until 13 March 2015. All travel must be completed by 18 April 2015, with outbound departures (this is a UK promotion) being made by 11 April.

Your British Airways News For December & 2015!

Height Cuisine.

British Airways First, Club World & World Traveller Plus customers can now guarantee their first choice of main course from the on-board á la carte menu up to 30 days before their flight. The option to pre-order their meal through the Manage My Booking tool on ba.com enables the delivery of a more tailored, individual service. The new service is available between London Heathrow and Las Vegas, Phoenix, Rio de Janeiro, Vancouver, Dallas and Seattle with new routes to be added in early 2015.

New Routes For 2015.

A new direct service between London Heathrow and Krakow will launch in May 2015, in addition to the recently announced new double daily service to Bilbao in March. Also announced is the launch of our Airbus A380 service to Miami in October, the seventh destination served by the aircraft along with Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Washington, Singapore and San Francisco. Miami will be one of several British Airways destinations moving to a new Heathrow terminal in 2015 as a result of the closure of Terminal 1. We are taking the opportunity to consolidate our London Heathrow operations into two terminals – Terminal 3 and Terminal 5, with all moves completed by October 2015.

Planes, Trains…

British Airways is working with First Great Western Trains and Heathrow Express to introduce a new proposition available via it’s travel agency partners. From 5 December we (GTM) can now make integrated bookings to include both, a British Airways flight/s and a connecting train journey on selected First Great Western services, via the Heathrow Express from Paddington.

As well as giving you the convenience of being able to book a complete itinerary in one simple transaction, customers will have peace of mind that their onward journey is protected in case their train or flight are delayed.