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An update on airport lounges, Orlando’s terminal gets an upgrade and BA’s sustainable aviation fuel plans progress


Choose where to lounge

Whether you want to find a quiet space to unwind with no one else around, or you would prefer to be surrounded by the gentle buzz of like-minded loungers, you can now make an informed decision on where you want to spend your time. As you pass through security and the departure concourse in Heathrow’s Terminal 5, you will find four large screens showing the current lounge capacities, which are regularly updated. This will ensure you are guided to the most suitable location to relax with a glass of wine or your favourite whisky.

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Orlando’s state-of-the-art terminal upgrade

Big changes to Orlando International Airport. British Airways passengers now arrive at the brand-new Terminal C, which opened on 21 September. The largest terminal to debut in the US in recent years delivers a whopping 1.8 million square feet. As well as its modern and sleek design, ambient natural light streaming through skylights and an impressive array of shops and dining options, there’s an immersive art installation known as the Moment Vault, which will transport you to the ocean floor. Passengers arriving at Terminal C are now required to collect their baggage prior to passing through immigration or connecting to another flight.

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Working towards a greener world

British Airways and Aer Lingus are taking strides towards a more sustainable future. The two airlines’ parent company, IAG, has partnered with renewable fuels firm Aemetis, so it can commit to seven years of using sustainable aviation fuel for British Airways and Aer Lingus flights departing from San Francisco Airport from 2025. Over this timeframe, IAG will purchase 78,400 tonnes of sustainable aviation fuel. To put this into perspective, its CO2 emissions will be reduced by up to 248,000 tonnes – which is the same as taking 16,000-plus cars off the road.

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BA Better World supports small charities that make a big difference

If giving to those in need and protecting your planet are both important to you, then here’s your chance. The BA Better World Community Fund supports charities that empower communities to create a more sustainable and inclusive future for all. Healthy Kidz is one of the many charities that has benefited from the Fund, which has enabled it to run school holiday clubs in Northern Ireland  for more than 1,300 children, providing activities and nutritional meals to improve their physical and mental wellbeing. The fund is also enabling Flamingo Chicks, based in Bristol, which has helped 6,500 children with disabilities and their families by providing workshops and classes that explore movement through dance. Funding has also been used to support Living Streets in Portsmouth. This pilot scheme’s mission is to achieve a better walking environment and inspire people to walk more, teaching the local community and schools about urban biodiversity. Is there a cause close to your heart? Apply for funding from BA Better World.

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