California dreaming: BA has announced a new route to Oakland, giving customers another access point into San Francisco

BA NEWS • January 2017

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A bumper announcement of new routes, Liberty London washbags in First, plus an onboard catering partnership with Marks & Spencer, and more 

Where next in 2017?
British Airways has announced three new US routes, with direct flights to New Orleans and Oakland launching in March 2017, and to Fort Lauderdale in July – BA’s fourth Florida hub. There will also be seven European destinations added to the summer schedule – Brindisi, Montpellier, Murcia, Nantes, Pula, Tallinn and Zakynthos – from March onwards. To find out more, visit

Marks & Spencer steps aboard
Iconic British brand M&S will provide a premium menu range to buy on short-haul BA flights, replacing the current service in Euro Traveller cabins and UK domestic services. Launching on 11 January 2017, all the food – from sandwiches to snacks – will be under £5.

BA salutes Armed Forces
BA now offers a 10 per cent saving on nearly all fares across its global network of nearly 200 destinations to all serving Armed Forces, Reservists, spouses of serving personnel, Forces veterans, Ministry of Defence civil servants, war widow(er)s and Cadet Forces (over 16).


First goes fashion forward
Luxury British brand Liberty London has created an exclusive range of washbags for First passengers (pictured above). Inspired by its textiles archive – the men’s bag has a black embossed exterior and Felix Raison paisley print lining, while the women’s features the Christelle floral print – the washbags will be rolled out from 7 January 2017, starting with the Airbus A380 service between London and LA.

Don’t worry, be ’appy
Customers can book flights with the swipe of a finger through the BA mobile app using Apple Pay. The payment option is available for purchases made using UK-billed cards and for flights departing UK airports. 

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