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Are you good at Instagram?
Okay, don't answer that. Whether you have 10 followers or 10.2k, British Airways is interested and could potentially take you for a trip to photograph their next advertisement.
The contest is a partnership between British Airways, TimeOut, and The Telegraph to send 10 Instagrammers to 10 of the destinations British Airways serves from London-Gatwick Airport for a 3-day stay (with a per diem for meals!) and a lesson with a professional photographer.
Just as you thought you couldn’t take any more Valentine’s-related travel stories, here comes one that will genuinely warm the cockles of your heart.
Traveling with your significant other is, of course, horrifically fraught, so British Airways have pulled together three inflight couples who work, travel and live together, to see how they do it. Cheesy? Of course! PR stunt? Bien sur? Useful? Not entirely, though there are lessons we can all take from them. But cute as can be? Defo.
The three couples are all cabin-crew-on-cabin-crew partnerships: Sara and Luca Devoto; Julian Holmes and Roly Naiken; and Tim Whorwood and Grant Stride. Yes, two out of three of the couples are same sex. We shouldn't have to say this, but we will. Well done, British Airways.
There’s nothing mindblowing here, but they’re all adorable nonetheless. Here’s how they manage to live, work and travel together without killing each other:
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Conrad was arrested on Monday in Los Angeles for an abominable and abusive performance on a British Airways flight in July from London to LA. TMZ has uncovered all the vile details of the incident, which we've summarized below.
All the Ways Conrad Hilton is (Allegedly) the World's Worst Airline Passenger
1. Told flight attendants the following:
· "If you wanna square up to me bro, then bring it and I will f*cking fight you."
· "I am going to f*cking kill you."
· "I will f*cking rip through you."
· "I will f*cking own anyone on this flight; they are f*cking peasants."
· "I could get you all fired in 5 minutes. I know your boss! My father will pay this out. He has done it before. Dad paid $300k last time."
2. Was "ferociously punching the bulkhead of the plane."
Q: Which airline lounge has a real, authentic gen-yoo-ine Damien Hirst on the wall?
A: This may surprise you: British Airways.
Technically, it’s not surprising that BA has gone for artwork from a British artist, but we’d assume they’d go for something more square, and leave the Hirsts to Virgin Atlantic. Especially for their First Class Lounge at Heathrow Terminal 5, where this is positioned nonchalantly, right by the drinks counter. First Class (or Gold Card holder) + stiff upper lip Brit = something less avant garde than Damien Hirst, surely?
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British Airways Club World
Let’s not beat about the bush: if you’re flying long-haul, business class is best. In fact, once you’ve turned left on a plane, and tasted that delicious champagne and that (hopefully) flat bed, it will take nerves of steel to cross an ocean in any other way.
But not all business classes are created equal. Some are worth that premium price; others less so. Some are best for working; others for sleeping; and others for simply feeling glam (as you'll see below, it's a very personal choice). So because, much as we’d like to, we can’t all afford biz all of the time, we asked the frequent flyers of Jaunted (plus an extremely knowledgeable friend) two questions: which business class is your favorite, and which would you not bother with? Because, if you’re going to splurge, it’d be a shame to land up with a dud, right? #firstworldproblemsalltheway
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KITTENS AND PUPPIES.
However, there was a problem. The much-vaunted Paws and Relax channel, which was announced in August and supposed to debut in September with nothing but animal programs was not on the inflight entertainment. Nor was it in the High Life magazine.
Actually, we can’t remember seeing it when we flew to Vegas in December, either. And, in fact, when we asked cabin crew where the puppies were, not one of them had ever heard of it. Does this mean it never launched, or it did launch but it bombed? Nope, the latter is just not possible.
request a ticket refund get over our trauma, there are other options. In fact, we couldn’t help noticing that BA has some rather intellectual in-flight entertainment. They may not be showing debates from the Oxford Union, as they used to, but this is still one high-class IFE roster. If you want to stimulate your brain onboard, here’s what we suggest:
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Last week some great news for Economy passengers arrived from Down Under, as Qantas' introduced new meals for those flying in the back of the plane.
The Red Roo's overhauled menu includes more choices for in-flight grub via their Select on Q pre-order system, now with 50% larger meals and even special treats like ice cream snacks and a welcome drink. Meals not only do away with trays and feature more destination-based items (like BBQ beef sliders to North America and and full English breakfast to the UK), but they'll even surprise with items like a bread roll already infused with butter to eliminate buttery finger fumbling.
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When it comes right down to it, all aircraft are works of art. One particular masterpiece of recent is the super-jumbo A380, with its double-decker curves and four-engine strength. British Airways is particularly enthralled with their sparkling new A380s and thus created a piece of video art in homage to it.
The British carrier has swapped canvas for fuselage to celebrate their newest non-stop route between London-Heathrow and Singapore with a stunning video that's right out of the cool 4D trend of late. You knowwhen a projection on a building gives the illusion of it coming alive right before your very eyes.
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Just one more day until the little (and not so little) ghosts and goblins come out to play for Halloween and, if you haven't gotten your costume ready to roll this year, you'd better get on it.
Obviously it takes a little more than a trip to Target and some wacky makeup to dress up an airplane, so special airplane paint jobs tooling around tarmacs really make a big splash at this time of the year:
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British Airways is on a roll with tweaking entertainment for their flights. First, there was the 7-hour train trip through Norway that occupies some space in the in-flight entertainment channel line-up, which was soon joined by the cute animal-focused Paws & Relax channel.
And who can forget the mood blanket thing? (We kid--it was actually totally forgettable).
This month, the news from BA announces the launch of the "Sound Bite" menu, which pairs audio entertainment with what's on your meal tray:
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Well, it was lovely while it lasted. After 1.5 years of flying, Virgin Atlantic's regional subsidiary Little Red is calling it quits. The goodbye will be a long one, however; the airline won't send its last A320 into the UK skies until September of 2015, making its total lifespanfrom launch in April 2013 to close in September 201529 months.
Issues contributing to the demise include too much point-to-point travel versus connecting to Virgin Atlantic long-hauls from London, and too few slots to truly compete with British Airways on the routes. Both of these reasons go against the whole goal of starting Little Red, which was to offer travelers connecting flight service from other UK town into the Virgin Atlantic long-haul jets in London, and to offer "consumer choice on key domestic services after British Airways' takeover of bmi gifted them a monopoly on these routes."
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Freshly opened back in June, the new International Business Lounge within the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport is the result of a combined effort from Oneworld alliance partners Qantas, British Airways, and Cathay Pacific. Located on level 5, it can accommodate up to 400 people and is open from 6 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Earlier this month, we swung through to take a look around during an 8-hour layover from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.