5 Reasons Why We Love British Airways
Our friends at British Airways share a very important ethos with our people here at Flight Centre: they just love to travel. But that’s only one of the many reasons why we love flying with them, and love to recommend them to our discerning customers. Here’s a few more reasons why we can’t get enough of the UK’s national carrier:
Having two windows in BA's Club Suite is a real bonus! - (image: Alexandra Cronin)
Having two windows in BA's Club Suite is a real bonus!(image: Alexandra Cronin)
The Club Suites are amazing
It’s all about the door. British Airways is currently undergoing one of the biggest cabin class revamps in their history, with the introduction of Club Suites. Replacing Club World seats on all aircraft by 2025, these private, comfortable and exclusive Business Class havens are a real game-changer. Indeed, on most Business Class cabins the first thing you want to know about is the lie-flat bed. But here, it’s ALL about the door. Yes, the Club Suites have amazing seats – all with direct aisle access – that covert to a fully-flat, 6.6-foot bed, not to mention a vast 17-inch monitor, screening the latest entertainment, and a delicious menu in the sky (maple pancakes, we’re looking at you), but the crowning feature is undoubtedly the door.
The aforementioned maple pancakes in BA's Club Suites - (image: Alexandra Cronin)
The aforementioned maple pancakes in BA's Club Suites(image: Alexandra Cronin)
Latched for take-off, you’d be forgiven for forgetting about this sliding treat at the start of your journey. As soon as you’re in the air however, it comes into its own. Whether you’re planning to bed down for your entire journey, or just catch a movie (or three) in complete privacy, the addition of the door makes you feel like you’re in your own bubble – and that’s something we could really get used to…
Me tucked in, door closed, in BA's Club Suites - (image: Alexandra Cronin)
Me tucked in, door closed, in BA's Club Suites(image: Alexandra Cronin)
They work with VeriFLY
In these COVID times, there’s no denying that travelling can be a bit tricky, particularly when it comes to collating all the documentation and information you need. But that’s what we love about British Airways’ partnership with the VeriFLY app. A secure, mobile wallet where you can store your vaccination proof, test results, entry and attestation forms, and passport details, it serves as a speedy solution for housing everything you need to travel right now, all in one place. It’s also a great guide, telling you all the requirements you need for your destination of choice.
Crucially, it’s accepted by British Airways with open arms – so all you need do at check-in/boarding is flash the green VeriFLY ‘tick’ on your phone at the desk agent, and they know you’re ready to fly. Simple.
Cheers to great service onboard British Airways flights - (image: Alexandra Cronin)
Cheers to great service onboard British Airways flights(image: Alexandra Cronin)
Expect service with a smile
As mentioned, just like us, the lovely people at British Airways are passionate about travel. And that shines through when you’re onboard, with crew keen to cater to your every whim – often knowing what you want or need before you do!
During my latest Club Suites experience, about an hour before landing, a lovely member of the cabin crew appeared with a glass of Champagne without me even making the request. It was as if he’d simply received a telepathic message from me! They were also on hand to show me how to use the (very swish) controls that transformed by seat into a bed, and politely (and with a smile) unfold my tray table when I’d actually only done it halfway (whoops).
The same applies when I fly Premium and Economy too. I like to stay hydrated when I fly, so am always asking for refreshments. On some airlines, you can see the crew tiring of your repeated requests, but with British Airways, nothing is ever too much trouble.
Planes at Heathrow Terminal 5, home of British Airways - (image: Alexandra Cronin)
Planes at Heathrow Terminal 5, home of British Airways(image: Alexandra Cronin)
Heathrow Terminal 5 is blissful
Having your very own dedicated terminal is a pretty impressive feat. I wouldn’t say I’m massively patriotic, but it certainly does imbue a sense of pride when you walk into London Heathrow’s Terminal 5 and clap eyes on a sea of British Airways check-in desks, and an abundance of branding. I can’t be the only person who feels that way either, given that the terminal – the undeniable home of British Airways – has been named 'World's Best Airport Terminal' six times! It exudes a calm, clean and cool vibe, akin to that which the modern British Airways boasts also, and is of course brimming with BA ground staff – should you ever get stuck or need assistance. It’s hands down one of my favourite terminals, and a real bonus to flying with our national airline.
They’ve taken on the carbon challenge
Reducing carbon emissions is more important now than ever, particularly when it comes to travel. While exploring the world expands our horizons, broadens the mind, and brings much-needed tourism to parts of the planet that rely on visitors, it’s also one of the biggest contributors to climate change. That’s why, since January 2020, British Airways has been carbon offsetting all UK domestic flights, and is committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. It’s making key changes and investments in its aircraft to make them more efficient, tweaking its routes to fly smarter, using more sustainable fuels, harnessing wind power to support bases and equipment, and, over time, is set to create low and zero-emission planes. They’ve even got lofty plans to convert household waste into jet fuel! Watch this space.
It’s an exceptionally important plan, and one that makes us really proud to partner with British Airways.
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