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U.S. to Require Negative Coronavirus Test from Airline Passengers Traveling from U.K.

U.S. to Require Negative Coronavirus Test from Airline Passengers Traveling from U.K.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that it would require a negative test from passengers traveling from the United Kingdom to the United States.
The action follows the discovery of a new variant of the novel coronavirus , or SARS-CoV-2, that may be up to 70% more transmissible than previously known variants.
The government will require a PCR or Antigen test taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure …

American Airlines and British Airways Plan Three-Test Trial for U.S.-U.K. Flights

American Airlines and British Airways Plan Three-Test Trial for U.S.-U.K. Flights

American Airlines and British Airways announced a new and free  coronavirus testing program for passengers on flights linking the United States and United Kingdom.
The two carriers said they are working on a “combined effort to scientifically demonstrate how Covid-19 testing can reopen international travel and remove the need for passengers to quarantine on arrival.”
The program involves three coronavirus tests, namely one 72 hours prior to departure, one upon landing in …

Air France, British Airways, Lufthansa Reduce Capacity and Ground Planes

Air France, British Airways, Lufthansa Reduce Capacity and Ground Planes

Europe’s largest airlines including Air France, British Airways, and Lufthansa, are cutting capacity for the remainder of the year amidst as the coronavirus pandemic-induced plummet in travel worsens and governments on the Continent and abroad struggle to limit the spread of the virus.
Lufthansa Group, which owns Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa, and Swiss, said it plans to operate 25% of the number of flights it operated in the same period in 2019, …

British Airways Rather Unexpectedly Appoints New CEO

British Airways Rather Unexpectedly Appoints New CEO

British Airways’ parent International Airlines Group announced multiple executive appointments including the abrupt departure of BA CEO Alex Cruz.
The airline holding company simultaneously announced the appointment of Sean Doyle, currently CEO of Aer Lingus, to replace Cruz.
“[Cruz] worked tirelessly to modernise the airline in the years leading up to the celebration of its 100th anniversary,” said IAG CEO Luis Gallego. “Since then, he has led the airline through a particularly …

Review: Final British Airways 747 Flight – London to New York on the Upper Deck

Heading to Heathrow Airport on a rainy evening in March, I had little idea that the flight I would board would not only be my last for many months, but that it would also be my last flight on a British Airways 747.  Perhaps more significantly, it would also be one of the final 747 passenger flights operated by the airline.
While I grew up flying on countless Pan Am 747s …

British Airways to Celebrate Final Flight of its Two Remaining 747s on Thursday

British Airways to Celebrate Final Flight of its Two Remaining 747s on Thursday

British Airways said it would celebrate the retirement of its last two remaining Boeing 747-400 aircraft the following day on October 8.
“Tomorrow will be a difficult day for everybody at British Airways as the aircraft leaves our home at Heathrow for the very last time,” said the airline’s CEO, Alex Cruz, in a statement.
The two Queens of the Sky will take off simultaneously at 8:30 a.m. local time on parallel …

British Airways Executive Club Promotion Offers Up to 50% Discount on Reward Flights

British Airways Executive Club Promotion Offers Up to 50% Discount on Reward Flights

British Airways announced a special promotion that offers a 50% discount on Avios long-haul redemptions in any cabin and a 25% discount on short-haul redemptions.
Bookings must be made by October 13, 2020 for travel through June 30, 2021.  Registration is not required although the Executive Club member must have earned or spend a minimum of one Avios in the preceding 12 months. The discount applies only to direct flights.
“For a limited …