Spotlight On: British Airways

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Spotlight On: British Airways

British Airways is a full service global airline, offering an extensive global route network flying to and from centrally-located airports.

Over the next five years the airline will take delivery of 72 new aircraft and has already taken delivery of 57 new, fuel efficient and quieter aircraft, including A380s and Boeing 787 Dreamliners. By 2020 British Airways will have received 100 new aircraft in less than a decade.

The airline is also fitting out 128 of their long-haul aircraft with new interiors.


British Airways is currently operating its largest route network in a decade, with 17 per cent more flights than 2016 and around 40 more routes, plus new low fares for customers who wish to travel without checked-in luggage, and European flights priced from £23 each way.
Newly announced routes include: Osaka (March 19), Pittsburgh (April 19) and Charleston (April 19).


British Airways has the largest number of lounges of any European airline. It is refurbishing a large number of its lounges, including Rome, Aberdeen, Geneva, Johannesburg, San Francisco, Chicago and JFK, with a new contemporary and luxurious design concept. The lounges offer customers complimentary WiFi and plenty of USB and power points, enabling customers to work, surf online and charge personal devices.


Dozens of British Airways long-haul aircraft are now fitted with full streaming capability, high-speed WiFi. The airline will connect 118 of its long-haul aircraft over the next two years. WiFi allows travellers to browse and stream from the comfort of their seat. Using the latest generation technology, British Airways customers are able to use the internet approximately 10 minutes after take-off when the aircraft has passed 10,000ft. 

The airline is also trialling biometric technology to speed up boarding and arrivals processes in London, Orlando, Los Angeles, Miami and New York, meaning some flights can be boarded in as little as seven minutes. BA is the first and only airline to use this particular technology to board international flights out of the US.

Fact File:

On Business - The Loyalty Programme for SMEs

On Business is British Airways’ free to join global loyalty programme for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs). The programme runs across British Airways, American Airlines and Iberia and gives your company the opportunity to:

  • collect On Business Points which can be used for Reward Flights or Cabin Upgrades
  • access Member-only discounts
  • benefit from an extensive choice of flights, schedules and destinations across all three airlines

What’s more, travellers can continue to earn personal Avios points through their Executive Club, Iberia Plus or Avios Programme.

Ask  your Travel Counsellor about BA On Business fares and start earning rewards for your company.

First Class

BA's First suite is a haven of style and comfort where sophisticated and contemporary British design meets impeccable service and attention to detail. Whether you want to unwind or get down to business, you'll find you're equally well equipped.

Club World

Club World, BA’s business class cabin, combines premium levels of comfort and service with the freedom and flexibility to make every journey unique and unforgettable. Travel in comfort and style with our range of business services, offering lounge access, delicious meals and drinks, extra space to work or relax, and flat beds on long haul flights.

World Traveller Plus

World Traveller Plus is BA’s premium economy service, a more comfortable, relaxing experience on longer routes and proof that a premium service doesn't have to break the bank.
Benefit from wider seats, more legroom and larger free baggage allowance than in ecomony.

Next Steps

To check fares and availability for your next British Airways flight, please contact your Travel Counsellor. Don't yet have a Travel Counsellor? Contact us on the form below and we'll be in touch.

Give us a call on +44 (0) 161 464 5350 or fill in the form below and let us call you back.