BA increases JHB offering

2013-02-12 09:48
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BA's new A380 and Dreamliners

British Airways’ new long-haul aircraft is only six months away from delivery - take a look at the the cabin design and layout for its Boeing 787 and Airbus A380 aircraft.

Cape Town - British Airways Regional Commercial Manager for Africa, Ian Petrie has confirmed the airline would be taking its weekly offering out of Johannesburg to 17 flights as of May 2013, when a third double-daily flight comes into effect between OR Tambo International and Heathrow Airport.

Petrie also announced that upgrades to its lounge at Cape Town International Airport would be taking place as part of the airline’s £5bn (R70bn) investment programme. Passengers can expect the same standard as its Terraces lounge at Heathrow's Terminal 5. BA currently operates 14 direct flights out of Cape Town but the seasonal second flight, re-launched in October 2012, will be pulled as from 28 March 2013. 

The fleet upgrade in line with its investment programme is also on track with 70% of all BA flights in South Africa now carrying improved products including a new Club World 2:3:2 layout, the latest generation World Traveller and World Traveller Plus seats and improved entertainment systems with CAA approval allowing passengers to watch movies and listen to their music until they reach their final destination – and in most cases even after landing and taxi-ing to the airport gate.

Members of the press were also treated to a tour of BA’s improved premium First Cabin on board its 777 at Cape Town International. The 14-suites cabin is located at the front of the plane and offers superior levels of comfort with its 55 percent wider flat bed. Other features include:

•    Personal electronic blinds
•    A 15” in-flight entertainment screen
•    USB port, RCA Jack and noise cancelling headsets
•    A bigger entertainment screen
•    Executive jet cabin styling
•    Fully integrated ambient and mood lighting
•    An enhanced welcome area and refreshed washrooms
•    Anya Hindmarch washbag and amenities by D.R. Harris & Co.

Despite the worldwide grounding of the Boeing Dreamliner following safety concerns due to an overheating battery system, British Airways still plans to take delivery of its first British Airways 787 in May 2013, subject to Federal Aviation Authority approval. BA is also expecting its first A380 in July 2013, with additional deliveries in August and October. Two additional 777-300ERs will arrive in September and October 2013.  

Flights routes for the new aircraft are set to be announced at a later date.

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