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A 19 year old student, who is fighting deportation has had a last minute reprieve. The Telegraph reports that MP David Burrows had made representations to the Home Office to delay her deportation, and that this is the apparent reason for BA’s decision not to allow her to board.

Yashika Bageerathi, from Mauritius was at Gatwick Airport awaiting boarding, and deportation, when she was returned to the detention centre.

Apparently, the Home Office and BA have refused to say why Yashika Bageerathi’s planned removal was postponed yesterday but it came amid a high profile campaign to stop it.

Barbados will look forward to welcoming additional holiday-makers looking for some winter warmth and sunshine, as BA has announced an increase from 10 to 12 flights per week. Barbados remains a favourite destination for British holidaymakers.

The two extra flights will run from 30 November, 2014 to 29 February, 2015, and may bring nearly 600 extra passengers to the island per week.

British Airways Winter Schedule photo of a beach

This will look very inviting come December

Petra Roach, Vice President Sales & Marketing at the Barbados Tourism Authority, said: ‘We are really pleased with the news that British Airways will be offering extra services over the next winter season and we will be working assiduously with our travel partners to ensure that we maximise on this additional capacity – 2014 promises to be a positive year and we appreciate the confidence that BA has instilled in one of their top long haul destinations.’

For the past 60 years, Barbados has had a strong relationship with BA. The increase in services to Barbados marks BAs’ continuing commitment to the island and will serve as a welcome addition to increase inbound travel from the UK market.

 

 

British Airways, Lufthansa and El Al  – face a class-action suit in Israeli courts for allegedly colluding on ticket prices, Haaretz reports:

“The Lod Central District Court last Monday threw out a motion to dismiss the class-action motion against the three carriers and ordered them to pay costs.

The court, headed by Judge Ofer Grosskopf, has not yet discussed whether the class action could proceed, though. The motion is being brought by Hatzlaha, the Consumers’ Movement for the Promotion of a Fair Society and Economy, which accuses the three of acting as a cartel in allegations dating back to a global anti-trust investigation in 2006. The target of the class motion is air freight prices, which was the subject of a global anti-trust investigation revealed in February 2006.

Based on those findings, Hatzlaha claims the three airlines coordinated surcharges to the cost of air freight, such as extra charges for fuel and security adedd on top of the basic air cargo fee.”

British Airways has, this morning, made a number of announcements regards new and existing routes.

The only new route is to Austin, Texas which British Airways will start flying to from 3rd March. Initially, flights will operate 5 times a week before going daily from 5th May. British Airways already serve Houston & Dallas on a daily basis.

British Airways aircraft parked in front of Heathrow Terminal 5Also in the US, flights between Heathrow and Seattle will increase from 10 to 11 flights per week as of 30th March while flights to Newark will decrease from 21 to 20 flights per week at the same time.

In Africa, British Airways have announced an additional 3 weekly services between Heathrow and Accra, Ghana, taking the number of weekly services to 10. The new flights will commence from 27th October and will depart Heathrow on Tuesday, Friday & Sunday. The new services will be operated by a 767-300 with a 3 class configuration while the existing 777-200 service will switch to a 747-400 from 30th March 2014. This much anticipated increase in capacity to Ghana follows on from Virgin Atlantic’s earlier announcement that they were withdrawing from the route.

KampalaAlso in Africa, British Airways will be increasing the frequency of flights between Heathrow and Entebbe, Uganda from 3 to 4 flights per week. Flights will now depart Heathrow every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Sunday, returning to the UK the following day. The new flights and times commence from 30th March.

Unfortunately British Airways have also announced the suspension of services between Heathrow & Lusaka from the end of October. The last flight will depart Heathrow on Friday 25th October, returning on Saturday 26th October.

In Asia, British Airways will increase flight frequency between Heathrow and Seoul from 6 to 7 flights per week from 1st April.

Slightly nearer to home, flights to Tel Aviv decrease from 21 to 14 flights per week and switch to Terminal 5 from the 29th March. Although there will be 7 flights less per week, the BA 165/164 service will be upgraded to much larger 777-200 featuring all 4 cabins.

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As we enter a new month, British Airways enters a new era with its first scheduled 787 Dreamliner flight.

british airways 787The flight, from Heathrow to Toronto, departs on Sunday 1st September and is the first scheduled service for the new 787 Dreamliner of which British Airways has orders for 42.

Following on from Toronto, on 1st October British Airways will commence a daily 787 service between Heathrow and Newark, increasing to double daily from 27th October. These first two 787 destinations are currently included in the UK British Airways sale which ends at midnight on 24th September.

The seating layout on a British Airways 787

With an ageing fleet of 747′s and 767s, British Airways is embarking on a massive fleet renewal programme that, in addition to the 42 787 Dreamliners on order, includes 12 Airbus A380S, 18 Airbus A350s and 6 further Boeing 777-300s.

It is the Dreamliner however that is set to really dominate the British Airways fleet in years to come. Not only will the new aircraft offer far improved fuel efficiency and passenger comfort on existing routes, the same efficiency and far greater reach of the aircraft will allow British Airways to serve new routes that simply aren’t feasible at present. All that stands in the way of British Airways launching services to new destinations such as Portland, Lima and Saigon is the lack of slots at Heathrow.