BA news • July 2016
In-flight Wi-Fi is announced, British Airways backs Team GB, plus new flights to South America
The world is on sale
See more of the world with BA’s World Sale. Book by midnight on 12 July 2016 to make the most of destinations including Orlando, Punta Cana, Cancun, the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, the Middle East, São Paulo and Buenos Aires.
High five for Wi-Fi
Customers flying with BA will be able to connect to high-speed Wi-Fi from early 2017. Parent company IAG has reached an agreement with in-flight connectivity specialist Gogo, which will also see Aer Lingus and Iberia flights fitted with the technology. The first long-haul aircraft to be equipped with the service will be a BA Boeing 747-400.
Personalise your trip
The new Customise Your Trip service at ba.com allows customers to create a multi-destination holiday of their choice with total flexibility to combine flights in and out of different airports, book multiple hotels and select car hire for any part of their holiday. For more information visit ba.com.
Flying south for summer
A trio of alpacas greeted customers at Gatwick Airport to celebrate the launch of the BA route to Lima, Peru on 4 May 2016. BA is now the only airline to offer a direct service between London and Peru. An additional South American route – to Santiago, Chile – will begin operating four days a week from January 2017.
BA is supporting TeamGB and ParalymipcsGB at Rio 2016
Team GB and ParalympicsGB to fly with British Airways
British Airways has been appointed official airline partner of Team GB and ParalympicsGB ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The airline will ensure the medallist hopefuls arrive refreshed and ready to compete, and be responsible for flying more than 1,500 athletes, support staff and equipment back to London for a special welcome return.
Middle Eastern promise
From 30 October, BA customers will be able to fly directly to Doha and Muscat from Heathrow Terminal 5, reducing the journey time to both cities by approximately two hours. Previously, customers flying to the Middle Eastern cities had to stop off in Bahrain, en route to Doha, and in Abu Dhabi when en route to Muscat.
More delicious flights from Gatwick
After the success of the pre-order meal service introduced on flights from Heathrow in 2014, customers flying from Gatwick will also be able to benefit from the initiative. All customers travelling in First, Club World and World Traveller Plus will be able select their meal between 24 hours and 30 days before their flight.
And, for a limited time, customers travelling in World Traveller can enjoy a discounted rate when booking one of these meals in advance. Available on flights to selected destinations before 13 September 2016. For details and restrictions, visit ba.com