Looking to make a splash with your winter sun getaway? Try a sun-soaked trip to the Seychelles with new direct flights

BA NEWS • July 2018

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Members of the UK Avios Travel Rewards Programme make the move to BA's Executive Club, Gatwick's first route to Canada gets underway, plus BA's new partnership with TSA PreCheck means speedier security at US airports

To the world and beyond

British Airways and the other partners in the oneworld alliance have announced a new way for airlines to link in to its extensive global network. oneworld connect will enable customers to enjoy more services and benefits across a greater range of destinations. The first airline to join will be Fiji Airways, opening up more routes between London and the South Pacific. Customers will be able to travel between Singapore, Los Angeles or San Francisco and the Fijian gateway of Nadi, while earning Avios loyalty points. To read more about the platform, visit oneworld.com

A Seychelles summer

This year, BA became the only airline to offer a non-stop service from the UK to the Seychelles, with the inaugural flight touching down in Mahé – the archipelago’s beachy capital – back in March. Those looking to explore the Indian Ocean’s best diving destination can enjoy these direct flights from London Heathrow on the state-of-the-art 787-9 Dreamliner. To see our diver’s guide to the Seychelles, visit ba.com

Time in Toronto

British Airways has launched a three-times-a-week service between London Gatwick and Toronto. The airline’s first flight to Canada from Gatwick, travellers on the route can enjoy new seats in the B777 World Traveller and World Traveller Plus cabins, which feature new Panasonic in-flight entertainment systems with larger HD screens. Return fares from Gatwick to Toronto start from £446. Discover what’s great about Toronto, visit ba.com 

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An Executive Club welcome

Avios Group (AGL) Limited recently announced that it will be closing the Avios UK Travel Rewards Programme. While Avios the currency remains, members who are not affiliated with another group airline loyalty programme will soon be welcomed to the British Airways Executive club. New members can now look forward to collecting Avios in more ways, accessing the oneworld alliance and making the most of tier benefits, including lounge access and increased luggage allowance. For more information, visit ba.com/atrp

Fast track security

British Airways customers will benefit from quicker security queues in US airports now the airline has signed up to the TSA PreCheck programme. Once customers are accepted under the US government scheme, they can use dedicated TSA PreCheck Lanes, and do not need to remove shoes, light jackets or belts. Laptops and compliant liquids can also remain in hand luggage, making the trip through security at the airport easier. For more information and to apply for TSA PreCheck, click here

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