BA NEWS • November 2018
Bremont watchmakers announce a new 'Supersonic' watch in partnership with British Airways; Flying Start donations soar to an all-time high; the airline's new uniform designer is revealed, plus there's exciting new routes to Osaka and Kos
Flying Starts hits £20 million
When British Airways launched Flying Start, its charity partnership with Comic Relief in 2010, the ambition had been to raise £20m by the end of 2020. Now, thanks to the generosity of customers and dedicated fundraisers at BA, the airline is celebrating having smashed its fundraising target more than a year early. Highlights of the past eight years include the highest stand-up comedy show, the nation’s favourite safety video, pilots completing a record-breaking cycle ride, and passengers contributing £297,000 in on-board collections in a single month. Called ‘truly staggering’ by Comic Relief co-founder Sir Lenny Henry, the breakthrough amount will be used to help change the lives of young people in some of the world’s poorest communities. To see where your donations go, click here
Worth your time
A limited edition watch from premium British watchmakers Bremont has been announced to celebrate the centenary of British Airways and the 50th anniversary of the Concorde's first flight. The ‘Supersonic’ has parts of the iconic plane machined to form the case, and is adorned with Concorde inspired decoration on the back. The watch will be limited to 300 steel, 100 gold and 100 rose gold pieces. For more information on the new watch, click here
Welcome to Osaka
British Airways customers will be able to fly directly to Japan’s second city, Osaka (pictured below), on a new four-per-week service beginning March 31, 2019. From the famous, neon-lit canals to its legendary castle, Osaka perfectly epitomises Japan’s historic and tech-tastic harmony. For those wanting to catch the iconic cherry blossom season in full bloom, book for April, while those wishing to arrive in time for the Rugby World Cup should wait for autumn. To read more about new routes, click here
A Grecian escape
The home of traditional tavernas, sleepy fishing villages and secluded coastal walks, the Greek island of Kos is the latest destination to be added to the British Airways route network from Gatwick. The new three-per-week service will operate from 15 May to 26 October 2019. Customers planning their next trip can now enjoy a total of 50 short-haul and 70 long-haul destinations from Gatwick, with eleven Greek destinations to choose from. To find out our more about the new route, click here
New year, new uniform
Ozwald Boateng OBE has been revealed as the next designer to develop BA's new uniforms, which will be unveiled as part of the airline's Centenary celebrations next year. Known for his modern twists on classic British tailoring, Boateng – once creative director at Givenchy and the youngest tailor to open on Savile Row – will design a collection for the 32,000 employees that wear uniform as part of their role. Previous designers that have worked with BA include Paul Costelloe, Roland Klein, Baccart Weatherall and Julien MacDonald, the designer of the current uniform.
Coming for to carry them home
British Airways has partnered with England Rugby and Twickenham Stadium as the squads' official airline partner. The stadium will incorporate BA branding, including to the building’s roof, which is a stand-out landmark on the flight path to Heathrow. BA and England Rugby will also work on the broader customer experience at Twickenham Stadium, including the development of a new stadium app and the renaming of the East Stand's top floor facility as the British Airways Rose Garden.
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