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Air Canada, British Airways to Offer New Destinations from Toronto Pearson

Air Canada, British Airways to Offer New Destinations from Toronto Pearson

Several airlines including Air Canada and British Airways plan to offer new service from Toronto Pearson International Airport starting next summer.
Air Canada said that it plans to begin service from the airport to Providence, Rhode Island; Omaha, Nebraska; Nanaimo and Kamloops, British Colombia; and Buenos Aires, Argentina. The carrier will also operate new routes to Europe, including flights to Bucharest, Romania; Zagreb, Croatia; Porto, Portugal; and Shannon, Ireland.
British Airways will …

The Sisyphean Task of Designing a Faster and Better Boarding Process

The holy grail for airlines is to speed up boarding. Unlike deplaning, which tends to be fairly orderly albeit slow, boarding is an intrinsically slow process, somewhat akin to herding cats. With people traveling together who cannot be separated for even several moments, language barriers, people running late, people focusing on their mobile devices instead of getting seated, much about the boarding process will never change. In addition, for some …

British Airways to Introduce New Boarding Process Next Month

British Airways to Introduce New Boarding Process Next Month

British Airway announced a new boarding process for its flights.
Slated to go into effect in December, the new process calls for passengers to board by zone and will differ on long-haul versus short-haul flights. In addition, coach passengers will all board in one zone on long-haul flights, with the exception of those with elite status on the airline or the oneworld alliance.
On short-haul flights, Group 1 will comprise business-class, oneworld …

British Airways to Fully Retire 747 Fleet by 2024

British Airways to Fully Retire 747 Fleet by 2024

British Airways announced it would begin to retire its Boeing 747 fleet, reducing its size by half by 2021 and operating its last 747 flight in 2024.
With 36 in service, the British flagship carrier is currently the world’s largest operator of the 747-400. Depending on the cabin configuration, the airline’s 747s can accommodate between 275 and 347 passengers.
The 747-400 was introduced into its fleet in the 1990s. The …

Air Berlin to Exit Oneworld Alliance

Air Berlin to Exit Oneworld Alliance

MUNICH—The oneworld alliance announced on Tuesday that Air Berlin will end its relationship with the alliance along with its affiliate Niki, a low-cost carrier headquartered in Vienna.
The Berlin-based airline “will cease participating in the oneworld alliance with effect from the close of business on 27 October 2017,” the alliance said in a written statement.
The move follows the German carrier’s filing for insolvency over the summer.
Air Berlin’s departure will remove 12 …

British Airways Club Europe Business Class London-Dublin – Flight Review

Much to my relief, British Airways had neither a cabin crew strike or an IT systems outage the day of my flight from London to Dublin. Indeed, it appeared that the job actions that defined the start of summer this year were a distant memory when I arrived at Terminal 5 at London Heathrow, British Airways’ main terminal.
Despite its modern and efficient design, T5 is obsolescent due to a dramatic …

American Express to Offer 40% Bonus on British Airways Avios Points Transfers

American Express to Offer 40% Bonus on British Airways Avios Points Transfers

American Express’ Membership Rewards program announced a 40% bonus on points transfers to the British Airways Executive Club frequent flyer program.
convert Avios points are extremely cost effective when redeemed for short-haul flights on both American Airlines and British Airways, although the cost of an award flight will increase if there are multiple segments as the cost of a ticket with multiple segments is based on the combined cost of each …