British Airways

Lobby Bar – January 11, 2019: Lost in Space, Jethro Tull, and ‘I’ll Take Soon-to-Be Defunct Airlines for €1,000, Alex!’

Lobby Bar: Being All It Can Be
Moved. Left no forwarding address?  Aeroplan tried to reconnect to its former owner Air Canada on Thursday and, upon returning home, found the building empty and the locks changed.  The frequent-flyer program can be found wandering the streets of Montreal, asking passers-by, have you seen my parent
No planes for you. Security staff at several German airports went on strike on Thursday, leaving thousands of travelers stranded …

British Airways Galleries First Lounge London-Heathrow Terminal 3 – Review

While some view London Heathrow Airport as the epitome of chaos, those in the know see it for what it really is: a massive airport with several fetching oases. One of them is the British Airways Galleries First Lounge in Terminal 3.
After arriving in London at Terminal 5 on a short-haul flight in the airline’s business class, I had over three hours to make my connecting flight on American Airlines …

What You Read in 2018: The Most Popular Features, Reviews, and News Stories of the Year

As the year 2018 comes to a close, it’s time to look at some of the most popular news stories and features of the year.
The big news over the past year was the opening of the first new terminal at the renovated LaGuardia Airport, the integration of flight attendant groups at both United Airlines (which had merged with Continental Airlines in 2010) and American Airlines (which merged with US Airways …

Aer Lingus Applies to Join Transatlantic AA-BA Joint Venture

Aer Lingus Applies to Join Transatlantic AA-BA Joint Venture

Aer Lingus will likely become a part of the transatlantic joint venture with American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia, and Finnair.
The carriers have submitted a joint motion to the U.S. Department of Transportation seeking approval.
“We respectfully request that the Department amend DOT Order 2010-7-8 to extend its approval and grant of antitrust immunity (“ATI”) to Aer Lingus and an Amended Joint Business Agreement,” they said in the motion, filed on December …

U.S., U.K. Reach New Air Travel Agreement for Post-Brexit Era

U.S., U.K. Reach New Air Travel Agreement for Post-Brexit Era

The United States and the United Kingdom reached an accord on a new open skies agreement that will govern air travel between the two after Britain exits the European Union, the two countries said on Wednesday.
Under the new treaty, aircraft flying from the United Kingdom will maintain the same access to the United States as under the current U.S.-European Union air treaty.
The agreement “will guarantee the continuation of the vital …

Lobby Bar – November 16: Leg Men, Stooges in Cabinets, and ‘I’ll Take Floor Wax and Dessert Toppings for $200, Alex!’

Lobby Bar: So Clever You Won’t Understand a Word
Out of order. A video in China showing housekeepers at leading hotels using the same cloth to clean cups, glasses, sinks, and toilets was viewed over one million times. Several hotel general managers were quoted off the record saying, “We told them to clean the toilets first, goddamit!”
Send in the clowns. Just hours after the British cabinet approved the negotiated deal for …

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

Terminal 5 at London Heathrow was quiet and relatively empty when I arrived at 7:30 a.m. for a flight to Munich. While ultra modern in appearance, Terminal 5 is functionally obsolete as a result of a dramatic and unanticipated increase in passenger volume since its opening in 2008.
Since I already had my boarding pass in my Apple Wallet on my iPhone, I followed signs for Fast Track for the security …