Introducing BA's new coffee partner: Union Hand-Roasted Coffee. Photo: Nick Morrish

BA NEWS • May 2018

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Biometric boarding makes life easy for passengers at Orlando International airport; World Traveller and World Traveller Plus enjoy a host of new upgrades, and BA's new coffee partner make their on-board debut

Biometric boarding
BA is trialling a set of biometric boarding gates at Orlando International airport, becoming the first airline to use the technology for boarding international flights. Following successful trials at Los Angeles airport, passengers flying on the daily flight from Orlando to Gatwick will be able to use the new gates, which can board up to 240 passengers in ten minutes. For more new developments, visit

On board with Union
British Airways has signed a new partnership with premium British brand, Union Hand-Roasted Coffee, to bring an exclusive speciality coffee to all UK lounges, Club World and First cabins. As passionate about an ethical supply chain as they are a delicious cup, Union’s artisan blends and socially-responsible practices have won them Best Coffee Roasters at the European Coffee Awards three years in a row. For more information, visit

Cabin refresh
USB sockets at every seat, six-way adjustable headrests and 50 per cent larger entertainment screens with swipe control are just three of the new upgrades coming to World Traveller and World Traveller Plus cabins for customers flying from Gatwick. The makeover sees a fully refreshed Boeing 777 fleet that’ll bring sleek new seats and other additional comforts to all of BA’s 22 long-haul routes from Gatwick by summer 2019. Visit to find out more.

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Lounge around the clock
Gold cardholders and customers flying First from London Gatwick will be pleased to hear new opening hours have been announced for the airport’s First Lounge. Having traditionally opened nearly two hours later than its Club Lounge counterpart, both lounges will now open at 5:15am, allowing customers to enjoy the benefits for longer. For more information, visit

When in Rome
From an all-new contemporary bar to a relaxing study area, the new BA Lounge at Rome Fiumicino airport (pictured below) is making an impact. Combining the very best in British design and a touch of European flair, customers travelling from the Eternal City will now be able to enjoy the refreshed lounge and its various zones – designed to accommodate each customer’s pre-flight needs. To book your trip to Rome, visit

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