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BA NEWS • March 2021

The best of British Airways news

British Airways celebrates England Rugby’s 150th anniversary, adds another year to the Executive Club Tier extension and announces a new partnership with Dettol

England Rugby marks its 150th anniversary
As proud sponsor and official Airline Partner to England Rugby, British Airways is joining supporters across the nation to commemorate the England team’s 150th anniversary. It marks 150 years since the first international match was held – on 27 March 1871 at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh – between England and Scotland.

To honour this momentous occasion, The Rugby Football Union (RFU) is celebrating its sesquicentennial with a whole host of special events and anniversary product launches throughout the year. These include a limited-edition heritage kit, paying homage to the original 1871 design, as well as a fully illustrated book, which recounts the story of how the England team grew from an amateur collection of schoolboys playing in a Home Nations Championship into the globally recognised team they are today.

Looking ahead to the future, the RFU is planning to celebrate its momentous milestone further with community clubs and with supporters at British Airways’ Principal Partner venue, Twickenham Stadium, when it is safe to do so. To find out more, and to see the full list of Guinness Six Nations fixtures, click here

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Getting better with age: England Rugby turns 150

Executive Club Members Tier status protected for another year
To thank customers for their loyalty during the pandemic British Airways has announced it will be protecting the Tier status of Executive Club members for a further year. This means, any member renewing in 2021 will enjoy their status for another year, irrespective of how many Tier Points they earn. Eligible members will receive an additional 12 months on their Tier status expiry date which will be updated in their Executive Club accounts, which will allow customers to keep their benefits for longer and use them when they’re able to fly again. To find out more, click here

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Women’s Guinness Six Nations gets under way in April 
British Airways is thrilled to be supporting the England Rugby, Women’s Guinness Six Nations campaign, as it officially gets under way on Saturday 3 April 2021.

This year’s Women’s Championship (in action, above) will see a new and condensed format similar to that of the recent Autumn Nations Cup, culminating in a grand final weekend on Sunday 24 April to crown the Six Nations 2021 champions. England, who have won back-to-back Grand Slams, are in Pool A alongside Italy and Scotland, while Pool B consists of France, Ireland and Wales.

Keep your eyes peeled for our next issue, where The Club sits down with the Red Roses for an exclusive interview...


British Airways partners with Dettol to offer customers hygiene products in the air
British Airways has announced a new partnership with trusted hygiene brand Dettol, as part of its ongoing commitment to help keep its customers and colleagues safe. In a new move, supported by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, British Airways’ customers will have access to a range of Dettol products, in the air and on the ground.

At Heathrow Terminal 5, Dettol hand sanitiser stations will be positioned at all check-in desks, self-service bag drops, lounges and at departure gates, replacing the current sanitisation stations with Dettol products. The airline will also use Dettol antibacterial wipes, cleaners and sprays to keep surfaces clean at the airport and in its lounges. In the air, they will be introducing a Dettol anti-bacterial hygiene wipe as part of your personal protection pack. For further details on British Airways’ safety measures and cleaning procedures, click here

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