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British Airways Launches Daily A380 Service Between London and Vancouver

British Airways Launches Daily A380 Service Between London and Vancouver

British Airways announced the launch of Airbus A380 service on its route between London Heathrow and Vancouver. The airline will offer daily service between the two airports, and the one A380 flight replaces the carrier’s previous twice-daily service that was operated using Boeing 747-400s.
The service marks the first time that the A380 is being used on commercial flights into and out of Vancouver International Airport.
British Airway’s daily London-Vancouver flights on …

Drone May Have Collided with British Airways Jet at Heathrow

Drone May Have Collided with British Airways Jet at Heathrow

A British Airways pilot believes his aircraft was struck by an errant drone while approaching London Heathrow.
BA Flight 727 from Geneva was at 1,700’ and preparing to land when an object believed to be an unmanned drone struck the front of the plane. The Airbus A320 landed safely with 132 passengers and five crew members on board, said Michael Johnson, a spokesman for the airline.
There was no damage to the …

Heathrow Connect Train Service Temporarily Suspended

Heathrow Connect Train Service Temporarily Suspended

Heathrow Connect services were suspended last week without prior notice, after the cars used by sister service Heathrow Express were recalled due to what the rail operator called a “technical issue.”
Heathrow Connect is a less expensive version of Heathrow Express, and offers service to the airport from Paddington Station in Central London, with stops at Ealing Broadway, West Ealing, Hanwell, Southall, and Hayes and Harlington.
Heathrow Express, which offers non-stop service …

American Airlines to Close and Refurbish London Heathrow Arrivals Lounge Later This Month

American Airlines to Close and Refurbish London Heathrow Arrivals Lounge Later This Month

American Airlines announced it will temporarily close its Arrivals Lounge at London Heathrow for a major overhaul.
The lounge, located in Heathrow’s Terminal 3, currently offers arriving passengers amenities including breakfast, shower suites, Wi-Fi, clothes pressing service, and a variety of beverages and snacks. Passengers flying into London Heathrow in first or business class, as well as Executive Platinum members of American’s AAdvantage frequent flyer program, are eligible to use the …

United Airlines Flight Attendants to Picket for Joint Contract at 20 Airports

United Airlines Flight Attendants to Picket for Joint Contract at 20 Airports

The Association of Flight Attendants, the union that represents the 24,000 United Airlines flight attendants, called for a “Day of Action” with protests will take place at airports around the globe on Thursday, January 21. The union is asking management to complete both contract negotiations and its merger with Continental Airlines and Continental Micronesia.
United and Continental merged in 2010. Flight attendants from both airlines, however, continue to work separately, as …

Great Moments in Travel History – January 2016

A 747 taking off from Los Angeles International Airport

Christopher Columbus concluded one of the first transatlantic business trips on January 15, 1493, when he began his return trip to Spain, after crossing the Atlantic westward in 1492.
On January 7, 1785, the English Channel was traversed by air for the first time, when Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard and American John Jeffries flew across the Channel from Dover, England, to a forest near Calais, France, in their hydrogen-filled balloon.
On January 1, 1888, …

Decision of Third Heathrow Runway Delayed

Decision of Third Heathrow Runway Delayed

The battle over plans to expand London’s airports continues. The British government last week said it was postponing a decision on where it will expand airport capacity in the London area until the middle of 2016 and asked for additional studies that would look at air quality, noise, and other environmental concerns.
Earlier this year, the Airports Commission had recommended that the government approve a third runway at Heathrow, declining to …