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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 …

United Airlines Mulls Return to New York’s JFK Airport After 5-Year Absence

United Airlines Mulls Return to New York’s JFK Airport After 5-Year Absence

United Airlines, which ended its operations at John F. Kennedy International Airport in 2015, is considering a return to the aerodrome in 2021.
The Chicago-based airline, which by 2015 only operated premium transcon flights to San Francisco and Los Angeles from JFK, explained its departure at the time, saying it had failed to make a profit on these routes over the past seven years.
The move would require the availability of slots …

Willie Walsh Retires as CEO of British Airways’ Parent IAG

Willie Walsh Retires as CEO of British Airways’ Parent IAG

British Airways parent International Airlines Group announced that Willie Walsh had retired as CEO after over 15 years at the company.  Effective Tuesday, the new chief executive at IAG will be Luis Gallego, currently CEO of Iberia, Líneas Aéreas de España, which is also an IAG subsidiary.
Walsh, who was been CEO since 2005, was originally supposed to retire in March of this year but delayed his departure amidst the coronavirus …

British Airways Puts Avios on Sale with 50% Bonus Offer

British Airways Puts Avios on Sale with 50% Bonus Offer

British Airways announced a sale on Avios points.
The airline is offering a 50% bonus on all purchases through September 30, 2020.
“Get an extra 50% Avios when you buy or gift Avios before 30 September 2020,“ the airline said in a statement on its website.
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 …