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British Airways Reveals First Class Wing at London Heathrow Terminal 5

by Continental Club on March 22, 2017  |  Leave a comment • Tagged as: , , , , , , ,

British Airways has released the first official details of  ‘The First Wing‘ at its London Heathrow home. The First Wing will encompass and enlarge the existing First Class check in area at the South end of Terminal 5, linking through to new security channels which, for the first time, will allow eligible passengers direct access to the carrier’s Galleries First Lounge.

The First Wing will be open to members of the British Airways Executive Club at the Gold tier and above, as well as to Emerald cardholders of oneworld alliance frequent flyer programmes and, of course, to all those travelling in British Airways’ First Class. The latter will also enjoy direct access to The Concorde Room.

The check-in area is 250% larger than the original First Class zone, and The First Wing is defined by a three metre high and 29 metre long curved wall,  which serves to guide passengers through to the lounge complex.

The First Wing is slated to open in early April 2017. For more information, visit ba.com.

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Free Heathrow Express Business First Class Upgrade

by Continental Club on August 7, 2014  |  Leave a comment • Tagged as: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Heathrow Express LogoHeathrow Express, the fast rail link between London’s Paddington Station and Heathrow Airport, is offering members of the British Airways Executive Club complimentary upgrades from Express Class to Business First for a limited period.

Departing every 15 minutes, the non-stop journey time is 15 minutes to Heathrow Terminals 1, 2 & 3, with an additional 4 minutes on to Terminal 5. A shuttle service operates between Terminals 1, 2 & 3 and Terminal 4.

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Business First Class principally offers larger ‘individual’ seating, with more legroom than Express Class.

To take advance of this promotion you must book your Heathrow Express ticket through this page at ba.com.

British Airways Executive Club proof of membership is required, along with your ticket for inspection when on board the Heathrow Express. The offer is available to book between 1st August 2014 and 31st August 2014. Travel must be within three months of booking.

Tickets are valid for three months from date of transaction. Singles are valid for one journey within three months date of transaction. Return tickets are valid for one calendar month from date of outward journey, within three months of transaction date.

To join the British Airways Executive Club free of charge, visit ba.com/executive-club.

For full details and to book Heathrow Express tickets, visit ba.com.

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A Guide To Lastminute ‘Top Secret ®’ Hotels – And 10% Off Promo Code

by Continental Club on March 14, 2014  |  3 comments • Tagged as: , , , , , , , , ,

Lastminute NewThe concept of so-called ‘opaque’ hotel bookings – ones where the guest chooses a star rating and rough location, but doesn’t know the precise name of the hotel being offered – has been around for more than a few years now. The internet has undoubtedly fuelled growth in the genre, though ‘mystery tours’ have been popular since charabancs started chugging off into the unknown.

Travel website lastminute.com promotes their version of the ‘opaque’ booking through its Top Secret ® Hotels offers; the unidentified hotels appear in the lists of properties returned in a standard hotel search.

lastminute.com advertise that they list ‘four and five star hotels in 250 locations for up to 35% less than you’d pay anywhere else‘. Is the balance between certainty and saving stacked in the guest’s favour or not, though?

There’ll probably never be a definitive answer – indeed the opacity of the offer means that all the parties on the supply-side are completely in control of what they make available, at what price and described in ways that they’re free to amend at any time.

However, to encourage guests to give Top Secret ® Hotels a try, lastminute.com has introduced a promotional code offering 10% off this specific booking method. There are 4,000 opportunities to use the code, and bookings must be made by 23:59 on 31st March 2014.

This code continues to work into July 2014; we don’t have a new expiry date, so do continue trying to use it! Code now reported to be invalid.

To check availability and to book with the discount, visit lastminute.com/hotels and enter the code ‘trialtopsecret‘ (all lower case) when prompted.

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British Airways Launch New Heathrow Routes For Summer 2014

by Continental Club on October 15, 2013  |  Leave a comment • Tagged as: , , , , , ,

British AirwaysBritish Airways has today announced the inauguration of new routes to Mykonos, Santorini, Oporto, Faro (Portugal) and Malaga from its Heathrow hub in Summer 2014.

The route launches come hot-on-the-heels of the news that Malta will also rejoin the BA route network from next Summer, with service from London Gatwick.

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The new routes will feature Euro Traveller economy and Club Europe business class cabins.

Schedules are currently being loaded into the system and, so far, the following show:

Destination Days From Time Flt No From Time Flt No
Faro Sa Su Dep LHR 16:15 BA508 Dep FAO 19:45 BA507
Mykonos Sa Dep LHR 11:45 BA650 Dep JMK 18:30 BA651
Mykonos Tu Dep LHR 11:10 BA650 Dep JMK 17:55 BA651
Oporto Th Su Dep LHR 15:35 BA506 Dep OPO 18:55 BA505
Malaga Fr Dep LHR 15:55 BA454 Dep AGP 20:50 BA455
Malaga Su Dep LHR 16:00 BA454 Dep AGP 20:55 BA455
Santorini We Su Dep LHR 11:45 BA652 Dep JTR 18:40 BA563

 

Oporto, Faro & Malaga services commence on 30th March 2014, Mykonos on 3rd May and Santorini on 4th May 2014.

The new destinations will also be offered as ATOL-protected packages through the carrier’s BA Holidays division. Bookings for flight-only, flight plus hotel and flight plus car rental will all be available through the British Airways website as soon as inventory loading is complete.

For more details and to book, visit ba.com.

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Behind The Scenes: London Heathrow Airport Control Tower

by Continental Club on July 10, 2012  |  2 comments

Standing 87 metres or 318 feet tall, few passengers travelling through London Heathrow Airport can miss the still relatively new control tower, which became operational in 2007.

Despite its almost omnipresence through the windows of terminal buildings and aircraft alike, it’s unsurprisingly somewhere that few outside the ranks of NATS (formerly National Air Traffic Services) employees and suppliers ever get to see from the inside out.

So the invitation to accompany a small group, hosted by British Airways, was accepted with lightning speed.

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Giant British Airways Image Of Jessica Ennis Greets Olympic Arrivals

by Continental Club on July 6, 2012  |  Leave a comment

If you are flying into Heathrow Airport this Summer, look out for a giant painting of Team GB Olympian Jessica Ennis on the ground below before you land.

The image has been specially commissioned to welcome both visitors and those returning home to the UK – as well as reminding competitors that only one nation has the ‘Home Advantage’). And, if you see it and you wonder how it was created, here’s a time-lapse video showing it all from the grass up:

The Welcome To Our Turf image is part of British Airways‘ support for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes, as well as the London 2012 games themselves. To follow the progress of the teams, search online for #HomeAdvantage.

 

 

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Fly Home For London 2012 With British Airways & See A Boeing 777 Taxi Down Your Street

by Continental Club on June 19, 2012  |  Leave a comment

Now live on UK television is British Airways‘ London 2012 #HomeAdvantage Olympic advert, which explains why a Boeing 777 was seen taxiing through Richmond Park last week:

And here’s the story behind the ad:

And here’s probably the niftiest bit:

See A British Airways Boeing 777 Taxi Down Your Street

Enter a United Kingdom postcode and see what your home looks like from on board a British Airways aircraft.

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British Airways Welcomes The Boeing 787 Dreamliner To Heathrow

by Continental Club on May 16, 2012  |  Leave a comment

April 30th 2012 saw the Boeing 787 Dream Tour land at London’s Heathrow Airport, and aircraft number N787BX was formally welcomed into one of British Airways‘ gargantuan hangars at the Eastern end of the airfield.

The event also marked the official re-opening of the hangar following its conversion to handle all the aircraft types in British Airways future fleet programme, including the Airbus A380.

The hangar, built in the 1950s and now Grade II listed by English Heritage, features unsupported internal arches specially-designed by the late Sir Evan Owen Williams, whose other projects included London’s original Wembley Stadium and The Dorchester Hotel, the Daily Express buildings in London and Manchester and even the M1 Motorway.

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