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Christmas comes to BA lounges and on-board offerings

Those taking to the sky this month can enjoy some festive feels on the ground and in the air, thanks to British Airways. Enjoy the season of goodwill with lounges decked out with decorations including Christmas trees and jumper-wearing staff, as well as festive food and drink. At London Heathrow, customers will be able to tuck into a turkey roast with all the trimmings (including stuffing and cranberry sauce), mince pies, fruit cake, mini turkey, ham and cranberry pies, mulled wine and festive milk punch. Those flying from US airports including New York JFK, San Francisco and Boston will also enjoy treats including peppermint Christmas truffles, Christmas pot roast and mulled cider.

On board, the Speedbird Café is offering three scrumptious Christmas cakes to pre-purchase or buy on board; passengers can choose a berry Christmas crumble, choc orange tiffin tin or an iced Christmas cake.

BA marks the end of US border restrictions

The long awaited reopening of American borders was celebrated by BA last month with a one-off return of its BA001 flight number for the first flight from London to New York since the start of the pandemic. Previously reserved exclusively for Concorde, the number was used to mark the end of a 604-day lockdown of American borders imposed by the pandemic, and formed part of an emotional event that saw friends and family reunited, documented by Royal photographer Chris Floyd.

November also saw the first BA transatlantic departure from Gatwick take off – to Tampa Florida – kicking off a thrice-weekly service to the city. The airline will operate to more routes than any other transatlantic carriers next year and feature a new flight to Dallas from 27 March 2022.

Families from the US and UK were reunited after more than 600 days last month

Aviation Gin bar opens at New York JFK lounge   

British Airways has unveiled a new gin bar at its recently reopened lounge at New York JFK’s Terminal 7. The Aviation Gin bar is located on the lounge’s outdoor terrace, with bartenders serving up Ryan Reynolds’ Aviation American Gin alongside Blake Lively’s Betty Buzz non-alcoholic mixers. The Portland-based gin is described as being “infused with a democratic blend of botanicals – cardamom, coriander, French lavender, anise seed, sarsaparilla, juniper and two kinds of orange peel to create a smoother, softer, more refined take on gin.” Meanwhile, Betty Buzz is a new range of mixers made using real fruit juice, with options including tonic water, sparkling grapefruit, lemon club soda, sparkling lemon-lime and ginger beer. “It’s an honour to welcome more of our customers back to our JFK lounge,” says Mark Murphy, British Airways’ lounge operations manager. “The Aviation Gin bar is the latest feature to our lounge, serving up some gin classics – we couldn’t think of a better mixer than the newly launched Betty Buzz. This is a unique opportunity and we anticipate it will be a popular addition to our lounge.”

British Airways welcomes back its iconic A380 fleet

British Airways welcomes back its first A380 aircraft in November and operates its biggest schedule since March 2020. The carrier will offer additional services to cities across the globe, including the United States. British Airways’ A380 will initially operate to several short-haul destinations, then shortly afterwards to Miami and Los Angeles, as well as Dubai in December. News that the airline’s A380 aircraft is rejoining its fleet follows the announcement that vaccinated UK holidaymakers will be able to travel to the United States from November. To explore our destinations, click here.

British Airways unveils Kenya Airways as its new codeshare

Whether you’re a safari first-timer or expert beach flopper, British Airways is thrilled to announce Kenya Airways as its new two-way codeshare partner. Customers flying to Nairobi with British Airways will be able to seamlessly connect onto 20 destinations across East and Central Africa, including Douala, Zanzibar, Lusaka, Mombasa, Addis Ababa and Entebbe, as well as offering customers more options to get to popular holiday hotspot, Mauritius and Seychelles. Furthermore, Executive Club Members will be able to earn Avios and Tier points when flying on eligible British Airways codeshare routes. To find out more, click here.