NEWS: British Airways – new route, meal service, first B787 with Club Suite and IT changes
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NEWS: British Airways – new route, meal service, first B787 with Club Suite and IT changes

NEWS: British Airways – new route, meal service, first B787 with Club Suite and IT changes

BA new route

British Airways is introducing a new route from London Gatwick to Larnaca, Cyprus. Their subsidiary, Euroflyer, will operate this route. 

Flights will be daily and start on 4 November 2024 on the following schedule:

BA2784 LGW-LCA

  • 0815-1455 (Fri)
  • 0830-1510 (Mon-Thu)
  • 0930-1610 (Sun)
  • 1035-1715 (Sat)

BA2785 LCA-LGW

  • 1545-1845 (Fri)
  • 1600-1900 (Mon-Thu)
  • 1700-2000 (Sat)
  • 1805-2105 (Sun)

Flights reduce in January and then return to daily in February. Flights in Club start from £492 return and would yield 160 TP return. Don’t forget you could add on 5 days car or hotel to get 320 TP return. 

You can find the cheapest dates to fly using BA’s Low Fare Finder here.

 

Brunch to be trialed on long-haul BA flights

BA is trialling a brunch service on long haul in all cabins, which sounds like a good idea to me. I generally dislike breakfast being served on the plane on long haul as I have usually eaten it already in the lounge since you arrive at the airport a few hours before departure. The service will feature classic brunch dishes and cocktails and starts this month. The brunch service will be served as the first meal in June on all services departing prior to 0900 and this extends to 0930 in July. 

 

BA’s First B787-8 retrofitted with Club Suites

Club Suite Seat
Club Suite Seat

BA has finally started its retrofit of the B787s with the B787-8 being done first (all B787-10 already have Club Suites). The first one is due to be delivered to BA in June and will have the Club Suites and a new Panasonic IFE system.

 

British Airways to replace FLY flight management system

Heathrow Airport, Terminal 5 passengers in check-in hall

As well as having numerous issues with their website and app, one of the biggest causes of operational issues has been the FLY system, which BA uses for the check-in and flight departure process, which they introduced in 2016 and has caused several operational meltdowns. FLY is essentially an interface to the underlying system that most airlines use and is much more reliable. FLY was meant to be an easier interface for staff to use, but the added interface has been unreliable.

BA has finally decided to ditch it and revert to an upgraded version of the underlying, which was already being used by British Airways before the airline decided to add an additional layer on top of the older IT system. A selection of outstations will be first followed by Heathrow, Gatwick, and London City after the peak summer period. BA is also planning to roll out a new website and app as part of its improvement program.

 

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