April 2014

British Airways is the nation’s favourite airline, a survey reveals

According to a Skyscanner survey. BA was top for its on-board experience, food and drink offerings and style.

Budget offering Norwegian was placed second in the survey and was named the best value airline.

The survey of 4,000 UK airline passengers revealed that passengers were wowed by British Airways’ in-flight meals and drinks, the experience on-board (including airline cleanliness and comfort), its style and customer service.

BA The nations favourite airline

Happy passengers

Proving that it can be done well for less, Norwegian beat British Airways in the category of ‘best value for money’, and the low-cost airline was in the top three for on board experience, customer service and style.

The Nordic airlines did well also succeeding with SAS, Sweden’s national carrier, which took second place for its food and drink and third place for style.

British Airways announces world’s first green fuel plant location in Essex

BA will commit to buy 50,000 tonnes of jet fuel made from converted waste as part of GreenSky project

British Airways says the GreenSky fuel plant in Thurrock will be the world’s first to convert landfill waste into jet fuel.
The project to supply British Airways with jet fuel from processed landfill waste moved a step forward now a location has been found for the GreenSky fuel plant, in Thurrock, Essex.The plant will be operated by Solena fuels.

BA said the facility would be the world’s first to convert landfill waste into jet fuel.

Willie Walsh, chief executive of British Airways’ parent company IAG, said: “We are always striving to reduce our impact on climate change and this first-of-its-kind project marks a significant step for the aviation industry. The sustainable jet fuel produced each year will be enough to power our flights from London City Airport twice over with carbon savings the equivalent of taking 150,000 cars off the road.”

British Airways has joined forces with the Rooftop Film Club to bring pop-up movie theatres on the rooftops of London this summer.

They will be located on top of the Bussey Building in Peckham Rye and the Queen of Hoxton in Shoredtich and from 1 May to 30 September, the event will allow film connoissurs to take in over 170 classics, as diverse as; Anchorman 2 (a classic already?), Reservoir Dogs and Labyrinth from the comfort of their own chair.

For its part, BA will supply cabin crew to welcome cinema-goers and show them to their seats whilst the airlines own chef, Simon Hulstone, has created his own custom popcorn for participants to snack on.

Rooftop Film Club founder Gerry Cottle, said: “Our big screen, high quality wireless headphones and comfy chairs mean you can sit back, relax and experience film like never before. (Unless, of course, you have watched a film at a cinema with a big screen, good sound system and comfy chairs -ed.)

“The luxury of being able to watch films under the stars in a completely unique urban environment, appeals to our loyal fan base who love its exclusivity.”

Airbus today unveiled the A350 XWB’s development cabin interior installed on board flight-test aircraft ‘MSN002’ at the Airbus site in Hamburg.

MSN002 made its first flight on 26th February 2014 and is the first of two test aircraft fitted with a passenger interior as part of the A350 XWB development fleet. Intensive cabin flight and ground tests have already been performed during a two-week stay of the aircraft in Hamburg in mid-March 2014. The cabins of all Airbus aircraft are developed by the engineering and research teams based there. Airbus say “The new interior demonstrates how the aircraft’s “eXtra-wide” fuselage will soon offer passengers even more personal space, flexibility and comfort in business and economy classes, and especially, a wide 18” seat in 9-abreast economy.”

A350 economy cabin

9 abreast

Of course airline customers may demand a 10-abreast economy deemed the “high-efficiency” layout, and at least one airline has done so. Let us hope that most airlines go with the preferred 9-abreast option.

A350 business class cabin night

A350 business class

Potentially cramped accomodation in economy aside, the business class cabin looks positively lovely, and the aircraft’s near-vertical sidewalls will add eXtra spaciousness to the cabin and the large overhead stowage bins are designed to match growing hand-luggage volume requirements.

British Airways A350 on order for 2017

A mock up of the BA A350

It is reported on two travel websites so far that has BA has announced it’s delaying the upcoming B787 service to Philadelphia by four weeks.

The Heathrow to Philadelphia route had been due to welcome the Dreamliner on June 5, but the aircraft will reportedly nw be deployed on the service from July 1.