News from local sources claim that, from early May, British Airways will launch an 8th weekly service between London & Nairobi. With Virgin Atlantic having pulled out of the route in 2012, British Airways is now the only airline to offer a direct, non-stop service between London and the Kenyan capital. It does however face increased competition on the route from Gulf carriers, most noticeably Dubai based Emirates.
G4S has announced that it has won a new 3 year contract with British Airways to provide security solutions for the airline across its operations at both Heathrow & Gatwick, including its engineering and cargo facilities. G4S was of course the same company that made such a mess with its Olympic contract.
Heathrow airport has announced its busiest February ever, thanks in part to better loads on existing services but also as a result of the British Airways takeover of bmi and the increasing use of the same slots to serve more long-haul routes. With ever more A380s entering service, including with British Airways who launch flights to Los Angeles this October, followed by Hong Kong in November, the improved yield on existing slots seems set to continue into the future.
British Airways did their bit for charity by hosting 80s stars Tony Hadley & Kim Wilde as they broke the world record for the highest ever concert; the acoustic show for 128 passengers took place at the weekend on a Boeing 767 aircraft flying at an altitude of some 43,000 feet. Passengers on the flight also got into the record books by performing the highest ever Harlem Shake. The event was part of British Airways ‘Flying Start’ program which, over the years, has raised some £4.5 million for good causes in conjunction with Comic Relief.