The American dream: it’s time to start plotting your trip across the pond

BA NEWS • October 2021

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Flights to Philadelphia, Austin and San Diego resume; the sale is back in town; new routes to the Azores prepare for take-off in summer 2022 and the British Airways Cabin Crew Entertainment Society celebrate 50 years of taking to the stage 

British Airways welcomes back American routes
Admire San Diego’s vibrant art scene, run like Rocky in Philadelphia, or take in cool city vibes in Austin, Texas, as we welcome you back to some of the network’s most popular US routes. From 12 October 2021, four flights a week resume from London Heathrow to Philadelphia and, from 13 October 2021, three flights a week take off to both San Diego and Austin. To start planning your trip of a lifetime to the USA today, click here

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The British Airways sale is back
Whether you’re hoping to escape the UK winter or planning a once-in-a-lifetime trip for 2022, our newly launched sale has a raft of special deals to help you get away that bit cheaper. To book your next adventure in the sale, click here. Ends 23:59 GMT on 27 October 2021.

Get set for summer 2022 with new routes to the Azores
Known for their epic volcanic landscapes, delicious cuisine, wines and coffee, the islands of São Miguel and Terceira in the Azores are joining the short-haul network from London Heathrow. Flights to the two new island hotspots will operate once a week: to São Miguel from 2 July to 3 September 2022, and to Terceira (pictured below) from 10 July to 28 August 2022. 


The Barbarians take on Samoa at Twickenham Stadium
The Barbarians look forward to welcoming back fans to the Home of England Rugby as the team prepare to take on Samoa in The Killik Cup Double Header on Saturday 27 November, followed by the Barbarian Women against Springbok Women’s XV. As Principal Partner of Twickenham Stadium, we are offering an exclusive ten per cent online discount on all adult tickets purchased via the Ticketmaster website. To book your discounted ticket, click here

ParalympicsGB athletes receive a warm welcome home to the UK
Following their triumph in Tokyo, we are honoured to welcome the ParalympicsGB team, along with their 124 medals (41 gold, 38 silver and 45 bronze), back to the UK. To celebrate their success, British Airways is giving all medal winners an Executive Club status to match the medals that they won in Tokyo.


As the proud airline partner to Team GB and Paralympics GB, we worked tirelessly to ensure that we got the team and its gear to and from Tokyo safely, flying 468 passengers, 429 wheelchairs and mobility equipment, 209 bikes, plus 4,381 bags and sporting equipment, including 58 oversized items. “Everyone at British Airways couldn’t be prouder of ParalympicsGB and their incredible achievements at Tokyo 2020,” says Tom Stevens, director of brand and customer. “Like the Team GB athletes before them, they have lifted the spirits of the nation after a difficult year.” To find out more about the partnership, click here

British Airways marks Black History Month
To mark Black History Month this October, we're running a campaign throughout the month to inform our colleagues about Black history.

An event that has been celebrated in the UK since 1987, Black History Month recognises the contributions and achievements of those with African and Caribbean heritage and also provides an opportunity for people to learn more about racism and inequalities as well as how to challenge negative stereotypes.

Three years ago, the British Airways Be ME network was formed to represent and support ethnic minorities throughout the airline. Its goal is to help to build an inclusive environment and introduce more collaborative ways of working that will allow us to meet the needs of our customers and colleagues around the world.

British Airways entertainers celebrate 50 years with new show
To celebrate the British Airways Cabin Crew Entertainment Society’s (BACCES) 50th anniversary, the troupe will be staging Cinderella at the Beck Theatre in Hayes from Wednesday 1 to Sunday 5 December 2021.

Featuring a cast made up of existing and retired cabin crew, the charitable, non-profit organisation was originally founded in 1970 by two British European Airways stewards who wrote a comedy review and staged it at York House, Twickenham, in March 1971 for two nights. It was so popular that the show ran for a further three sell-out nights at Chiswick Town Hall. Since then, the society has been producing reviews and pantomimes in aid of national and local charities. This year, BACCES is pleased to support Halo Children’s Foundation, Parkinson’s UK and London Retired Police Dogs Trust. To book your tickets, click here

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