What’s the Latest British Airways News (October 2016)

Are you looking to catch up on the latest British Airways news, but don’t want to trawl the Internet in search of the good stuff? We understand your frustration and in this post, we’re going to bring you all the latest news from the UK’s flagship airline. So, let’s dig in, shall we?

British Airways ditches free meals on short flights

One of the great advantages of flying with British Airways on short-haul journeys has always been the free and excellent meals that they provide. However, in a shakeup of their current offering, British Airways have ditched the free meal for economy passengers on flights of less than five hours.

The airline have signed a deal with Marks & Spencer’s to provide sandwiches, crisps, drinks and snacks to customers who will have to pay for the privilege of eating on their flights. Previously, economy passengers on BA flights could enjoy a free bacon sandwich or drink, but will now have to pay.

Customers have taken to British Airways customer service to complain about the sudden and unwarranted change, but it seems like BA won’t be backing down from the change. Chief Executive Alex Cruz said that the change was brought in as a response to customers’ demands to a greater choice of upmarket snacks.

You can now check in your bags at home – for £40

Airlines have made fantastic strides in helping customers cut down the stress of getting a flight in recent years. We can now print tickets at home, use our smartphones to check in and even keep up to date with live travel information from anywhere.

Now, British Airways have announced that passengers will be able to check in their suitcases from home and travel without their bags from later this month.

If you’re living inside the M25 and flying from Heathrow, Gatwick or London City airports, you’ll be able to take part in the new service developed with the Airportr app. Simply book the service on the app and the team will arrive at your home address, weigh your baggage, slap a tracking bar code on and seal it inside an anti-tamper bag before taking it to the airport.

In total, BA estimate this can save you 30 minutes in the airport and dramatically cut down on the stress of visiting the airport.

British Airways deepen ties with Qatar Airways

2016 is a tough time to be an airline. With the falling cost of the pound and constant pressure from low cost airlines, a company like British Airways has to do it all can to keep profits up. In that spirit, BA have created a relationship with Qatar Airways by establishing a joint venture which should allow both companies to compete more effectively with rivals.

From next month, BA will be in a revenue sharing partnership with Qatar Airways on services between their respective hubs in London and Doha – an arrangement which will see the two airlines co-operating on flight schedules and fare pricing.