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An exclusive cocktail menu lands in lounges, BA welcomes home ParalympicsGB following the team’s success in the 2020 Games, plus the British Airways Cabin Crew Entertainment Society celebrates its 50th anniversary


A new cocktail menu comes to the lounges   

Toast the start of your holiday with an exciting new cocktail menu crafted by the award-winning mixologist Mr Lyan (Ryan Chetiyawardana). To celebrate the reopening of both Concorde Rooms at London Heathrow Terminal 5 and New York’s JFK airport, British Airways has partnered with the cocktail connoisseur to create seven elegant concoctions, with two designed exclusively to honour the airline’s heritage. The signature serves (called Barton and Lawford after Lynne Barton, the first female British Airways pilot, and Bill Lawford, the first-ever British Airways pilot in 1919) are also available for customers to enjoy in the Galleries Club lounges and First lounge before their flight.

Mr Lyan presents his elegant cocktails, two of which are exclusive to British Airways

The Barbarians take on Samoa at Twickenham Stadium

The Barbarians look forward to welcoming back fans to the Home of England Rugby as the team prepares to take on Samoa in The Killik Cup Double Header on Saturday 27 November, followed by the Barbarian Women against Springbok Women’s XV. As Principal Partner of Twickenham Stadium, British Airways is thrilled to be offering an exclusive ten per cent online discount on all adult tickets purchased via the Ticketmaster website. Book here.

Get set for summer 2022 with new routes to the Azores 

Known for their epic volcanic landscapes, delicious cuisine, wines and coffee, the islands of São Miguel and Terceira in the Azores are joining the British Airways short-haul network from London Heathrow. Flights to the two new island hotspots will operate once a week: to São Miguel from 2 July to 3 September 2022, and to Terceira from 10 July to 28 August 2022.   

Looking out over the Blue Lake on the Sete Cidades trail, Azores

British Airways marks Black History Month

To mark Black History Month this October, British Airways will be running a campaign throughout the month to inform its colleagues about Black history. An event that has been celebrated in the UK since 1987, Black History Month recognises the contributions and achievements of those with African or Caribbean heritage and also provides an opportunity for people to learn more about the effects of racism and how to challenge negative stereotypes. Three years ago, the British Airways Be.ME network was formed to represent and support ethnic minorities throughout the airline. Its goal is to help to build an inclusive environment and introduce more collaborative ways of working that will allow British Airways to meet the needs of customers and colleagues around the world.

British Airways welcomes back American routes

Admire San Diego’s vibrant art scene, run like ‘Rocky’ in Philadelphia, or take in cool city vibes in Austin, Texas, as British Airways welcomes back some of its most popular US routes. From 12 October, four flights a week resume from London Heathrow to Philadelphia and, from 13 October, three flights a week take off to San Diego and Austin.

British Airways’ entertainers celebrate 50 years with new show

To celebrate the British Airways Cabin Crew Entertainment Society’s (BACCES) 50th anniversary, the troupe will be staging Cinderella at the Beck Theatre in Hayes from Wednesday 1 to Sunday 5 December.

Featuring a cast made up of existing and retired BA cabin crew, the charitable, non-profit organisation was originally founded in 1970 by two British European Airways stewards, who wrote a comedy review and staged it at York House, Twickenham, in March 1971 for two nights. It was so popular that the show ran for a further three sell-out nights at Chiswick Town Hall. Since then, the society has been producing reviews and pantomimes in aid of national and local charities. This year, BACCES is pleased to support Halo Children’s Foundation, Parkinson’s UK and London Retired Police Dogs Trust. To book, click here.

British Airways welcomes home ParalympicsGB athletes

Following ParalympicsGB’s triumph in Tokyo, British Airways is honoured to welcome the team home, along with its 124 medals (41 gold, 38 silver and 45 bronze). To celebrate the athletes’ success the airline will be giving all medal winners an Executive card status to match the medals they won in Tokyo.

As the proud airline partner to Team GB and ParalympicsGB, British Airways worked tirelessly to ensure that it got the teams and all of their equipment to and from Tokyo safely, flying 468 passengers, 429 wheelchairs and mobility equipment, 209 bikes, 4,381 bags and sporting equipment, including 58 oversized items. “Everyone at British Airways couldn’t be prouder of ParalympicsGB and their incredible achievements at Tokyo 2020,” says Tom Stevens, British Airways’ director of brand and customer. “Like the Team GB athletes before them, they have lifted the spirits of the nation after a difficult year.” To find out more about the partnership, click here.

Members of the ParalympicsGB team celebrate success in Tokyo at 35,000 feet