BA NEWS • January 2016

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Introducing British Airways’ new chief executive, a popular new route to Scotland and some unusual customers travelling to Miami

Cruz control
Alex Cruz will become chairman and chief executive of British Airways in April 2016, when Keith Williams retires after 18 years at the helm. Cruz founded Spanish airline Clickair in 2006, which merged with Barcelona-based budget airline Vueling in 2009 when he became chief executive, the role he currently holds. Cruz worked at American Airlines for 10 years before management consultancy roles in the airline and travel industry.

Highland fling
New daily flights between Heathrow and Inverness mean London and Scotland will be closer than ever. The service, starting on 3 May 2016, will run all year round, operated by an Airbus A319.

Warning: heavy load
Six white rhinos boarded BA’s first Airbus A380 flight to Miami on 25 October 2015, assisted by staff from BA and IAG Cargo. The rhinos were travelling from Johannesburg to Miami as part of a breeding programme designed to ensure the species’ conservation. Specialists from IAG Cargo’s veterinary teams ensured a safe and comfortable journey.

First look 
A new and exclusive magazine is available to customers flying in First. Printed on textured paper, with unique cover artwork, First was released to coincide with the unveiling of BA’s latest First cabins on the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Click here to watch a video of the magazine being made.

Far-out menu
Vegetarian sushi, chicken pay ca paw and green tea tiramisu all feature on BA’s new Taste of the Far East menu. The option follows the success of five pre-paid meal choices launched for World Traveller customers in 2015. It will cost £16 and can be pre-booked via

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