British Airways news
This month we wave goodbye to JFK’s beloved Terminal 7 and say hello to new gravity-defying activities at Brighton’s i360 and a special partnership with the British Red Cross
A new perspective from Brighton i360
Reach new heights in Brighton
Get a bird’s-eye view of Brighton from a spacious glass pod suspended from this 138m-tall observation tower. While the dizzying views are impressive – stretching all the way over the city of Brighton to the South Downs, the coastline and across the sea to the Isle of Wight – the tower’s inspirational feat of engineering is equally striking. The circular pod glides slowly up the tower, showing changing views all the way up and down as you toast the view with a glass of Sussex-produced sparkling wine, or a G&T mixed with Brighton Gin. New for this year is the Drop 360 – an adrenaline-fuelled abseil out of the pod – and Walk 360, a vertigo-inducing, open-air walk on top of the pod.
We’re off to JFK’s Terminal 8
Fly to JFK
As we share the exciting news that we’re moving to Terminal 8 in New York’s JFK airport, we say a heartfelt goodbye to the long-serving Terminal 7. Since its opening in 1970, Terminal 7 has been a major gateway for connecting British Airways passengers on flights between the US and the UK. Not to mention the part it’s played in memorable events over the years, such as welcoming the Concorde supersonic airliner in 1977, which went on to break the transatlantic speed record of two hours and 56 minutes in 1983. Then, there was the helicopter shuttle service from JFK Terminal 7 to Newark, and the final Concorde service in 2003. Farewell, Terminal 7 – and we look forward to the unveiling of the sleek new lounges that will soon open in Terminal 8, complete with a champagne bar, fireside lounge and peaceful library.
BA partners with the British Red Cross
Donate to the British Red Cross
Have you heard about the BA Better World Community Fund, which is a key part of British Airways’ sustainability programme? The latest addition to this fund is a partnership with the British Red Cross, through which BA Better World will invest in the charity and support it to deliver vital day-to-day emergency services worldwide. The investment will also help the British Red Cross to get more equipment and vehicles to strengthen its response effectiveness and community work in the UK, where the charity responds to an emergency every four hours. These range from local, small-scale incidents to national disasters – providing practical and psychological assistance to those in need.
Working towards a greener world
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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.
JFK’s four-week food festival
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If you’re flying through New York JKF in November, keep an eye out for the mouthwatering four-week European food festival. British Airways has partnered up with Chase Bank to take travellers in the airport on a journey of flavour across some of Europe’s greatest cuisines. Week one kicks off with Italian provisions and a European cheese flight to whet your appetite. This is followed by a traditional Greek mezze table with options such as dips and pita, moussaka and baklava. Week three is the best of British, with plates including bangers and mash and a fresh English garden salad. Finally, guests will be transported to Spain with a selection of tapas, meats and cheeses and traditional favourites such as empanadas.