A proposal of a lifetime

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British Airways helps a Royal Navy hero pull off the proposal of a lifetime.
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(From the British Airways)

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner British Airways helped a Royal Navy hero pull off the proposal of a lifetime. Lieutenant Lee Colthart popped the question to his girlfriend, Lydia Ayto, in the Caribbean.

The 29-year-old Navy officer wrote in to the airline to share his story and said he wanted to propose to his girlfriend of seven years in the Caribbean after he was deployed there last year to help with the relief effort following Hurricane Irma.

Lee, who is originally from Fife in Scotland, said he was desperate to take his girlfriend, who is a navigator in the Navy, back to paradise to ask her to be his wife.

The airline stepped in to help surprise Lydia with a whirlwind tour of three beautiful islands, and a cocktail of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, ending with a very special question for Lydia to answer. (Full Story Here)

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A romantic touch from British Airways

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Boeing 787-9 New First Class
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(From the British Airways)

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, British Airways is adding a romantic touch to its inflight entertainment with the introduction of a new category – Love is in the Air.

Running until the end of February, the category plays host to a collection of films, TV shows and audio programs, all with a romantic theme.

This includes classics like When Harry Met Sally, Chocolat and Love Me Tender, as well as more recent releases like Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.

As part of its extensive range of TV shows, British Airways is also adding some love-themed episodes from famous series, including Friends – The One with Candy Hearts, Modern Family – Do You Believe in Magic, and select episodes of Sex and the City. (Full Story Here)

British Airways adds new route to Greek island of Kefalonia

(By British Airways)

British Airways customers will have even more choice of holiday hotspots this summer with the launch of a new route to Kefalonia and more seats on sunshine services.

From May 15 until October 6, 2018, customers will be able to fly direct from Terminal 5 to the island of Kefalonia, home to some of Greece’s best beaches and the idyllic setting to Louis de Bernieres’ novel-turned-film Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.

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Kefalonia, Greece
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Flights will depart on Tuesday and Saturdays, with return fares starting from £118 in Euro Traveller and £398 in Club Europe.

The island of Kefalonia is renowned for its picturesque beaches, traditional fishing villages and stunning scenery and Myrtos beach is one of the world’s most photographed stretches of sand. It will be the first time the airline has operated to the Greek island.

Alex Cruz, British Airways’ chairman and chief executive, said “We’re always developing our leisure offering from Heathrow so are incredibly pleased to be adding Kefalonia to our network.”

“The launch of our new summer routes, which also include Figari in Corsica and Almeria, mean we will be flying 39 more routes in 2018 than we did in 2016 – an increase of 17 per cent. We’re also further improving our schedules and increasing the number of flights to European destinations such as Ibiza, Santorini and Split,” he added. (Full Story Here)

British Airways offers more fares under £40

(By British Airways)

LONDON — British Airways has this week announced it is offering customers more fares for under £40 than ever before from Heathrow this winter, with the most affordable starting from £30 or under, each-way. These routes include Luxembourg (from £27), Palma (from £28), Malaga (from £30) and Bilbao (from £30).

It’s the first time in the airline’s history that the company has offered such low fares on 40 of its winter short-haul routes from Heathrow, a firm demonstration of the carrier’s commitment to affordable travel.

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Flying through British Airways to some European cities will cost less than £40 this winter
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Adam Daniels, British Airways’ chief commercial officer, said: “The bulk of our routes from Heathrow now have fares available for under £40 each way, which means that for less than £80, our customers can get to Europe and back for a holiday. At British Airways we offer great value for money with extensive flight schedules, centrally located airports, award-winning facilities from Terminal 5, generous baggage allowances, modern cabins and a truly British service style. British Airways is also the most punctual, major short-haul airline in London.”

The new lower fares also extends to British Airways’ Club Europe cabin with seats in business class starting from just £86 each-way on selected routes, which brings a return Club Europe fare in at just £172.

Customers traveling in Club Europe also benefit from Club check-in, an increased baggage allowance, lounge access, priority boarding and complimentary food and drink. (Full Story Here)

New bedding on board British Airways

(By British Airways)

LONDON — British Airways customers traveling between London and New York JFK will get an even better night’s sleep in the sky as new bedding from The White Company goes on board from this week.

Club World customers on the airline’s flagship route can now enjoy luxurious bedding and amenity kits from the iconic British retailer.

The transformation of the airline’s business class is part of a £400m customer investment plan, with a focus on excellence in the premiums cabins and more choice and quality for all.

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The new bedding from The White Company
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Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ director of customer experience, said: “Our investment in Club World is well underway and we’re incredibly excited that customers flying in our business cabin will now be able to enjoy plush new bedding from The White Company. Our new sleep products have been inspired by insights and feedback from customers and our cabin crew so we’re thrilled to see the designs come to life. We hope our customers enjoy snuggling down on board and arriving at their destination feeling fully refreshed and relaxed.

“Research shows the things that customers value most in our premium cabins are: quality of food and drink, service delivered by cabin crew and the ability to sleep. This new partnership combined with the recent rollout of the restaurant-inspired dining service means our customer investment is targeting all three areas.”

Exclusively for British Airways, The White Company has designed a luxuriously soft large pillow and white cotton pillowcase to enhance customers’ comfort and to help them sleep well in the sky.

Customers will also receive an elegant day cushion, which will double up as a lumbar support when working or relaxing on board, a super-soft woven blanket with satin trim, a bespoke luxury duvet, and a padded mattress cover to give them an extra layer of comfort and improve their quality of sleep. (Full Story Here)

British Airways welcomes 1,000 students

(By British Airways)

LONDON — British Airways is welcoming more than 1,000 students as part of Work Experience Month 2017.

Students will get to experience the airline’s world class facilities and speak to colleagues at its engineering bases at Heathrow, Cardiff and Glasgow, and its Global Learning Academy training center. The students will meet and learn from the carrier’s professional operations teams at its Heathrow Terminal 5 operation, including customer service staff, turnround managers and baggage, loading and cargo specialists.

British Airways professionals from across the company will share their experience and expertise with the students to give them an insight into how the airline delivers its hugely complex global flight operation to more than 200 short and long-haul destinations, maintaining world class customer service and the highest levels of safety and maintenance on its fleet of more than 280 aircraft.

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British Airways crews 
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The airline is committed to encouraging the next generation of talent – both male and female – in operational areas, as well as customer service and head office positions, and its leading role in the work experience month has helped many people gain a career in aviation, including on the airline’s extensive apprenticeships and graduate schemes.

The airline’s continuing campaign to encourage more female applicants to pilot and engineering roles sees current female flight crew attend schools, colleges and recruitment events throughout the year.

British Airways chief executive, Alex Cruz, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for any young person with an interest in aviation and we’re extremely proud to be supporting the initiative.

“We strongly believe in inspiring future talent and we’re privileged to be able to share our decades of experience and modern facilities with students from across the UK.

“The travel industry has a huge amount to offer and we hope that this will be a first step in encouraging tomorrow’s leading aviation professionals, including flying crew, customer service colleagues and engineers.” (Full Story Here)