Set sail in Kos, one of the new routes taking flight from Gatwick this month

BA NEWS • May 2019

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A record-breaking number of hosted bag-drop machines make their way to Heathrow Terminal 5, British brands Marmite and Brewdog experience the BA100 treatment, seasonal routes get underway, plus a brand new heritage livery brings the nostalgia to British Airways' centenary year

New routes taking off in May
Longing for a Mediterranean escape? This May, new route launches take customers to Europe’s longest beaches and ancient ruins in the pretty Greek town of Preveza (pictured below - flights begin 26 May from Heathrow and end 29 September), while flights to cosmopolitan Kos and its gin-clear waters run from 15 May to 26 October three times a week from Gatwick. If you’re after some inner peace this May, try unspoilt Corsica, where you’ll be rewarded with this hideaway island’s rugged beauty and stunning sunsets (flights once a week from Heathrow, 25 May to 28 September). To discover more new routes click here

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BA100 special editions
Love it or hate it, British Airways has teamed up with the British-born spread, Marmite, to celebrate the airline’s centenary year. A special edition carry-on size pot will be available to purchase on board from May 1. Also soon to be flying high will be a ‘transatlantic IPA’ produced by the revolutionary Scottish Brewery, Brewdog, exclusively for the airline. Called Speedbird 100, the beer has sharp, fruity notes and is best enjoyed at altitude. The first batch was even brewed in the air on a 787 Dreamliner. The limited edition beer, called Speedbird 100, can be sampled on board long-haul and short-haul flights, as well as in selected BA lounges. To discover more about the BA100, click here

Liveried aircraft lands at Heathrow
The new A319 aircraft (pictured below) has been unveiled as the second in a series of heritage liveries to mark British Airways’ centenary. Following the BOAC-liveried Boeing 747 that flew to New York JFK back in February, the A319 aircraft has been kitted out with a British European Airways (BEC) heritage design, which flew on domestic routes from 1959 to 1968. The A319 will also fly domestic and European routes until it retires next year, with its first stop in Manchester. To find out more about the centenary celebrations click here 

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Estée Lauder’s pre-flight pamper
For six weeks during May and June, beauty giant Estée Lauder will be taking care of your pre-flight pampering needs at a new experiential pop-up in Heathrow’s Club South lounge. To celebrate its new luxury skincare range, Re-Nutriv, passengers will be offered a menu of pampering services. Not only this, but the pop-up will be showcasing the all-new Pure Color Desire Rouge Excess Lipsticks - the new definition of luxury for lips. To discover more, click here

A taste of the French Riviera at Heathrow lounges
Capturing the glamour of the Sky Atlantic hit show, Riviera, which returns to screens on 23 May, customers visiting British Airways lounges at Heathrow Terminal 5 and Terminal 3 during May, will be offered free tastings of Whispering Angel rosé. This award-winning wine comes from one of the leading rosé producers in the Cotes de Provence. Look out for the chance to win a luxury trip to the French Riviera, with British Airways Club Europe flights, in the coming weeks.

Hassle free check-in
With over 70 hosted bag-drop machines now installed at Heathrow Terminal 5, checking-in is now quicker and easier than ever. Need a hand? Agents will be at the kiosks to give clear instructions on how to tag and process a bag in order to reduce the time customers spend queuing. More than 3.5 million customers have used the innovative technology thanks to British Airways’ £6.5 billion investment to enhance customer experience. To discover all you need to know about Heathrow T5, click here

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