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Old 3rd Feb 2019, 22:38
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I don't understand how BA through any predecessors can be 100 years old. Aircraft Transport & Travel Ltd started public services in 1919, but closed down and was liquidated at the end of 1920. Handley Page started similar services in 1919, they also closed the service down in 1920, the company carried on of course as an aircraft manufacturer but they never sold out the operation to anything that formed BA. How does this make BA 100 years old this year ?
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Old 4th Feb 2019, 04:13
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Have you not heard of Public Relations? How else are they to help people forget the severe data breach of 2018 or the data centre 'melt-down' of 2017?

At a cinema last night, I saw their '100 Year Advert'. I'm guessing from previous comments that it's not for discussion? But then, there is very little about it to discuss ...
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Old 4th Feb 2019, 06:23
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Founded in 1974, British Airways turns 100 next year how exactly does that work?
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Old 4th Feb 2019, 07:17
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I started working for BA in the 1980s and met both Colin Marshall and John King at the various corporate days that were in vogue then. The focus was always on building a new brand "The Worlds Favourite" and effectively trying to get the two bits of BEA and BOAC to work together.

Only later did the idea of historical appropriation start to show - this was after the World Tails fiasco - and followed from the subtle rebranding thereafter.

You can see the first real mention in the F to S video "Aviators"


I describe the current marketing rubbish as the 45th year Centenary

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Old 4th Feb 2019, 08:29
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This was when the Worlds Favourite Airline in 1989 was still riding high and I think most of us Brits and Yanks were very proud of it.

Many of my pals at BMA LHR went over to be L/H Crew at BA in the mid 80's and are still there now clinging on to try and give a great service as they still like their jobs, but,,,,,

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Old 4th Feb 2019, 11:12
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Must be a candidate for the best TV ad ever. Can you imagine having to pitch to the head of procurement for the budget for a similar one these days?!
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Old 4th Feb 2019, 12:09
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It's a fantastic ad. It's worth bearing in mind that it comes from a very different time. The worlds favourite airline then carried '24 million', in 2017 BA carried 45.2 million passengers. The industry is unrecognisable, volumes through airports have exponentially increased, greater direct routings have emerged, low-cost (and maybe low comfort) travel in both long and short-haul markets is a popular choice with many and a better way is unknown to the millennial generation and younger.
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Old 4th Feb 2019, 12:48
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I always liked this one...
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Old 5th Feb 2019, 02:26
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I'm booked to go to Austin in September. I thought Austin was a 787 route but looking at seats the map is for a 747.

Which made me wonder.... with the 787 ETOPs/EROPs problems are BA extending the use of some 747s beyond the announced retirement plans to help overcome the 787 problems? Austin can be a direct substitue because Bergstrom has a nice long runway but in other cases I guess subbing a 787 with a 777 on Newark (for example) would need that 777 to be replaced by a 747 on whatever route it had been flying.
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Old 5th Feb 2019, 14:07
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The Austin route has been a real success for BA , it has been upgraded to a 777 300 last summer and this summer have put on a 747 which on some days is the larger club cabin of 86
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Old 5th Feb 2019, 14:51
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OK, I was reading too much into it!
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Old 25th Feb 2019, 12:03
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Video of British Airways flight #BA492 is emerging showing the Airbus A320 performing a go around due to supposed strong crosswind.

The Airbus A320 (reg. G-EUUY) looks to be uncontrollable, performing a go around at Gibraltar.

The Airbus A320 attempted to land at 10:58 UTC then performed a go around and diverted to Malaga at 11:40 UTC.

Squeaky bum time for the pax on board... I can't say I've ever seen a GA quite like it. Is this purely weather or over compensation on the flight controls?
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Old 25th Feb 2019, 12:52
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The winds from the Rock give off rotors - this was quite severe - today strong winds, clear skies warm temps
wind was gusting 30 even 40 from the East

If it was a technical issue affecting the control the crew would have likely declared that with a pan pan or even a may day
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Old 28th Feb 2019, 06:28
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IAG has ordered 18 Boeing 777-9 for BA along with 24 options.
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Old 28th Feb 2019, 07:30
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Here's the press release...

IAG Printer Friendly Version - News Release

BA profit 1.952 Billion.

Full results here..

IAG Printer Friendly Version - News Release
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Old 28th Feb 2019, 07:36
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IAG has ordered 18 Boeing 777-9 for BA along with 24 options.
BOEING 777-9 ORDER FOR BRITISH AIRWAYS

International Airlines Group (IAG) is ordering 18 Boeing 777-9 aircraft, plus 24 options, for British Airways.

They will be used to replace 14 Boeing 747-400 and four Boeing 777-200 between 2022 and 2025. Each aircraft will be fitted with 325 seats in four cabins.

British Airways' 777-9 will be powered by General Electric GE9X engines. The engine order includes a comprehensive maintenance package with GE.

Willie Walsh, IAG chief executive, said: "The new B777-9 is the world's most fuel efficient longhaul aircraft and will bring many benefits to British Airways' fleet. It's the ideal replacement for the Boeing 747 and its size and range will be an excellent fit for the airline's existing network.

"This aircraft will provide further cost efficiencies and environmental benefits with fuel cost per seat improvements of 30 per cent compared to the Boeing 747. It also provides an enhanced passenger experience".

British Airways has 135 wide-bodied longhaul aircraft in its fleet (12 A380s, 30 B787s, 12 B777-300ERs, 46 B777-200s and 35 B747s) with 12 more B787s, four B777-300ERs and 18 A350s on order.

IAG Investor Relations
28 February 2018

Notes to editors:

The Boeing 777-9 list price is approximately US$442.2 million.
The list price is the sum of the airframe list price, engine option list price and the price of certain assumed specification change notices against which price concessions are made. IAG has negotiated a substantial discount from the list price.
IAG has a range of financing options and will choose the most appropriate source closer to the delivery time.
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Old 28th Feb 2019, 07:50
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Originally Posted by Betablockeruk View Post
British Airways' 777-9 will be powered by General Electric GE9X engines.
As will every airline's 777-9s.

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Old 2nd Mar 2019, 12:33
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Hot Breakfast Wrap

Which muppet in BA decided that the new breakfast service in WT+ would include a very hot breakfast wrap, too hot to hold, served on a paper napkin? I felt extremely sorry for the cc on my flight yesterday, who clearly were just as annoyed by the sheer lunacy of the idea as the passengers.
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Old 16th Mar 2019, 20:29
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BA new club world

It seems BA will be introducing a new club world seat on their A350 aircraft to compete with the growing demand, you can see teasers on their Instagram and Twitter.
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Old 16th Mar 2019, 21:02
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Originally Posted by Plane mad 134 View Post
It seems BA will be introducing a new club world seat on their A350 aircraft to compete with the growing demand, you can see teasers on their Instagram and Twitter.
No seeming about it, has been confirmed for the past 18 months with roll out first on A350 this year with some 777 retrofits to follow. All aisle access and suggestion of possible door.
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