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Last month, we opened up our own iTunes playlists to share favorite travel songs we listen to when on the road. Now, British Airways and Spotify have followed suit to deliver songs that make you dream of different destinations.
Creating the ultimate soundtrack for travel to a range of BA cities is now a snap for UK-based customers of the music streaming service, Spotify. For starters, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Naples, Edinburgh and Valletta, Malta now feature their own British Airways-curated playlists. Traditional and local tunes are served up directly to your device to jam along to on your journey.
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Even though the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival doesn't begin until this weekend, the city of Austin, TX was already in quite a flutter yesterday, with the arrival of their first transatlantic flight. Even better is that the airline is British Airways, who've put their brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the nonstop route. Right now, the flight only operates five times a week, but will increase to daily service as soon as this May.
Texans used to flying other airlines and connecting to London can check out a sample of one of the plane's seats as part of a pop-up British Airways experience in the lobby of Austin's Driskill Hotel. Of course, there's always our own 40-image photo gallery and a few things the BA 787 has that other airplanes do not.
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Yet another exciting destination is being added to the routes the latest British Airways aircraft are flying: the Airbus A380, which premiered at LAX in September, will be starting services from London Heathrow to Singapore Changi (SIN) on October 28.
Initially operating on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays (with the return to London the following day), the route will go daily A380 from February 9 next year. Why Singapore? Heathrow to Changi is an important route for both corporate and leisure traffic and competition is intense, with the original A380 flyer - Singapore Airlines - offering several double-decker services a day between the two cities.
How fast can you run? Faster than a domestic cat, perhaps? What about a less-than-domestic double-decker aircraft with four Rolls-Royce engines? Your answer doesn't really matter, because it's less about speed and more about winning a trip to South Africa on a British Airways A380. Of course, once you've arrived to South Africa after the airline begins nonstop flights on the jet to Johannesburg from London (starting February 12!), you'll be turned out onto the tarmac to see who's faster: you, or the aircraft that flew you.
One of the first glimpses the public had of BA's new super jumbo was last August, when the airline challenged South African rugby player Bryan Habana to beat the speed of the aircraft on a 100-meter track. They started from a dead stop, and the winner turned out the be Habana (although it's not like the A380 can stop so easily, so it made a hasty exit into the skies).
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Just because the confetti is cleaned up, Auld Lang Syne is retired in your iTunes playlist, and your outfit from New Year's Eve is at the dry-cleaners doesn't mean we still can't talk about one of the best parts of ringing in a new year: a champagne toast! Since 'popping bottles' is for such special occasions, we can't think of a better way to sip some bubbles than when on a plane heading for a new destination.
While some airlines have a knack for feeding passengers fine food like lobster and caviar, there are thankfully more still taking sparkling wines just as serious. If your 2014 travel plans include flights in First or Business Class on the following carriers, be sure to reach for that PDB (pre-departure beverage) and ask for a flute of these fine pours:
The top trending topic on Twitter Friday night was a cryptic inquiry: #HasJustineLandedYet?
To tell the story behind the hashtag is to sum up 12 hours of Twitter intrigue and outrage stemming from a single idiotic tweet by @JustineSacco.
Sacco, a communications director for media conglomerate IAC (representing brands like Vimeo, OkCupid, and Match.com), couldn't resist the urge to fire off a final tweet before boarding a 12-hour nonstop flight on British Airways from London to Cape Town, South Africa:
Going to Africa. Hope I don't get AIDS. Just kidding. I'm white!
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Nearly two months after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a directive allowing air travelers to use personal electronic devices (PEDs) from gate-to-gate, the rest of the world is finally beginning to follow along.
British Airways yesterday became the first international airline to declare gadgets safe for use throughout entire flights, even during take-off and landings, and without the wait for the airplane to reach 10,000 feet.
This is not something the airline has just up and done on its own; BA secured clearance for the change from the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) after passing safety tests. Expect more such news from European airlines in 2014, as the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is next to relax gadget rules on flights.
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As if the shiny British Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner isn't cool enough with their service between Newark and London, new and especially exciting routes to more North American cities were just announced this morning.
Currently, British Airways only flies their 787s from Heathrow to Newark and Toronto. Beginning next year, however, two more lucky destinations will join the list: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport from March 3, and Philadelphia International Airport from June 5.
To score a seat on the 787, you'll want to book flight numbers BA 191/190 for Austin, and BA 68/69 for Philadelphia on or after the start dates mentioned above.
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For a limited time, pedestrians hoofing it through London's Piccadilly Circus can stay up-to-the-minute informed about exactly what flight is going their way. You see, British Airways has installed what seems to be the perfect billboard, with a concept of interaction with the highways in the sky.
The video billboard feature a little boy looking and pointing up to the sky. And since this is not your run-of-the-mill "buy a ticket on BA to a warm destination" advertisement, that boy will shift to point directly up at a real airplane crossing the sky thanks to the sorcery of GPS. Displayed on the billboard will even be the flight number and destination of the plane.
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So it’s not quite the same as jetting off to Europe this weekend, but the latest advertisements from British Airways are an excellent waste of time.
The new YouTube videos are called Discover Yourope with British Airways, as the carrier encourages you to click through several options in a choose your own adventure kind of thing.
This month features a step forward for British Airways and their latest idea, as the carrier is starting to test out their new electronic baggage tags. We’ve mentioned these before, as British Airways tries to streamline the process just like their buddies over at Qantas (they have those handy dandy Q-Tags).
The British Airways recipe is a little bit different, but the theme kind of remains the same. Instead of utilizing paper baggage tags, now passengers get an electronic tag that contains a little screen that can be changed up depending on where they’re heading. Think of it as a really small e-reader—complete with e-ink—that can display different barcodes and different destinations. Let’s just hope hackers—or friends pulling pranks—can’t get into these suckers, as a quick change of the letters might just send your bag on vacation without you.
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Flights from New York to London are almost as frequent as a bus service; there's nearly one every hour. The majority fly between New York's JFK Airport and London-Heathrow, but switching it up and choosing the British Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner departure from Newark's Liberty International Airport means picking the plane with most pizzazz.
With 35 seats in Club World (business), 25 in World Traveller Plus (premium economy) and 154 in World Traveller (economy), the 787 is no jumbo jet. Instead, we'd say it's more of a boutique experience, a specialty service of sorts which brings all the fun new stuff of the Dreamliner to the transatlantic routes typically served by the same ol' same ol'.
We've already detailed what the BA 787 has that other airplanes don't, and now it's time to go inside.