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New British Airways Service To Nashville.

Commencing on Friday 4th May 2018 British Airways started flying a new service between London Heathrow and Nashville.

BA is operating the service five times a week and will be the only airline to fly direct between Europe and the capital of Tennessee.

The route will be operated by a Boeing Dreamliner 787-8, with return fares in World Traveller starting from £749, £1196 in World Traveller Plus and £1,849 in Club World.

The flights will run on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday with the BA223 departing from Heathrow at 1545 and arriving into Nashville airport at 1850, while the BA222 will leave Nashville at 2020, arriving in London at 1030 the next day.

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BA Mixed Fleet Cabin Crew Strike.

Please note that the next round of industrial action being taken by members of British Airways Mixed Fleet cabin crew will begin on Wednesday 2nd August and run until Tuesday 15th August (inclusive).

All flights to and from London Gatwick, London City and Stansted will operate as normal. The vast majority of flights to and from London Heathrow will also operate as normal, however, some service (from Heathrow) will be affected.

Therefore, it is important that all passengers check in online and ensure that BA have your mobile phone number and email address in case they need to contact you.

We (GTM) will also contact any customers whose flights are affected the moment our systems receive notification from BA.

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BA’s Terminal 7 @ JFK – Important Update.

GTM has been advised by British Airways that due to its JFK Terminal 7 transformation programme, there will be a delay for passengers passing through security at the terminal from 22 June 2017 to end January 2018.

This will affect all British Airways World Traveller and World Traveller Plus customers on flights departing after 17.00hrs. Therefore, BA is advising customers to allow an extra hour at the airport to ensure that they reach their gate on time.

This is due to the terminal improvement works which are taking place at Terminal 7, therefore, please heed the above advice and allow an extra hour at the airport to ensure that you reach your gate on time.

You can find out more about the work taking place at Terminal 7 by clicking here.

British Airways cabin crew plan four-day strike from 16 June

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British Airways cabin crew are set to stage a four-day strike from June 16 in a long-running dispute over pay.

 

A BA spokeswoman said: ‘As on the previous dates when Unite called strikes of mixed fleet cabin crew, we will fly all our customers to their destinations.

‘Strike action is completely unnecessary. We had reached a deal on pay, which Unite’s national officers agreed was acceptable.

‘We urge Unite to put the pay proposals to a vote of their members.’

 

Unite said the latest wave of action had been prompted by BA’s ‘persistent refusal’ to restore travel concessions withdrawn from those who took part in industrial action.

Unite’s assistant general secretary for legal services Howard Beckett said: ‘It is disappointing that BA is taking such an approach when we are close to bringing this dispute to a close.

‘BA is almost alone among the employers this union has dealt with in that they can accept the case for a pay deal but want to punish the very people who made the case.

‘For an airline of the size and status of BA passengers want to know staff are treated with respect. Punishing staff for using legitimate industrial means to reach a wage deal is a culture that Unite cannot accept and a culture that will ultimately damage the BA brand.’

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BA Releases Details Of New First Wing At Heathrow.

British Airways has today released the details of its new First Wing at Heathrow Airport which opens at the beginning of April.

The location and design of the new First Wing means that Gold card holders will no longer have to make the circuitous route around T5 in order to access the lounge.

The details released by British Airways today include several new features.

1. An exclusive entrance – the entrance to The First Wing is through a “scalloped steel and glass enclosure, with the centrepiece carrying the iconic BA coat of arms”.

2. A dedicated security lane – there is a new security channel and then a direct route to the Galleries First lounge and the Concorde Room.

3. Greater privacy – a specially-designed, curved, fluted wall, three metres high and 29 metres long, “keeps the area separate and private”.

4. More space for check-in – the First Wing check-in area is more than 250 per cent larger than before. It also has more seats including armchairs, marble-topped side tables and bespoke leather banquettes.

And if you need to do some last minute shopping before your flight, you can always enjoy the escalators down to the retail area, which you previously had to walk past in order to get to the Galleries First lounge – enjoy!

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BA Introduces Club Europe On UK Domestic Flights.

British Airways are going to introduce Club Europe, their short haul business class product, to flights within the UK and are also replacing the current UK domestic service with their Euro Traveller brand as the economy cabin.

This change aligns their cabins across their short haul network and enables travellers connecting to or from a long haul destination to enjoy a consistent experience throughout their journey.

Tickets are now available to buy for travel from 1 April 2017.

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British Airways Cabin Crew Strike 25th & 26th December 2016.

British Airways has today, Monday 19th December 2016, announced that it will operate a full schedule on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, despite being notified by the Unite union that members of its Mixed Fleet cabin crew, based at Heathrow Airport, have called a strike action on the 25th & 26th of December.

British Airways has also approached the conciliation service ACAS to seek assistance in reaching an outcome with Unite, and its members, that would avoid any possibility of disruption.

BA’s chief executive, Alex Cruz, said the following, “Over the weekend we have been working on detailed contingency plans to ensure that we are able to operate our normal flight programme from all our airports on both Christmas Day and Boxing Day.”

As any further developments occur we (GTM) will update them on our web site and via social media immediately.

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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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British Airways – New London Gatwick Routes Announced.

British Airways has recently announced the details of two new long-haul routes from London Gatwick airport.

Cape Town operations will commence on 24 November 2016 for the winter schedule. The flight will be operated by a Boeing 777ER in a three class configuration, offering 48 Club World seats, 24 World Traveller Plus & 203 World Travellers seats. Services will operate thrice weekly on Monday, Thursday & Saturday (to Cape Town) and Tuesday, Friday & Sunday on the return leg.

Gatwick to New York JFK services will commence on 1st May 2016. Again the aircraft type offering three cabins is as above / as per Cape Town. However, services to JFK will be daily, departing at 1640 arriving 1930, and returning from Kennedy at 2200 arriving 10am the next day.