BA's new business service evokes Concorde luxury, if not speed

By Robert Klara on Thu Jul 15 2010


Come September, the venerable British Airways will inaugurate a new, all-business service from New York to London City Airport. (That's the airstrip favored by the private-jet crowd because it's only about seven miles east of downtown, not 45 minutes in the limo from Heathrow.) The new service is plenty nice, using Airbus A318s that will feature cuisine developed at London's acclaimed Roast restaurant. But it's a small detail in the press release that makes us slightly nostalgic. The jets will use flight numbers BA001 and BA004—designations once assigned to the Concorde. 

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British Airways denies Osama bin Laden flew on airline recently

Posted on Wed Jun 2 2010


British Airways has been sabotaged! Or so it thinks. The cover of a BA in-house magazine shows an iPhone boarding pass that very clearly has Osama bin Laden's name on the ticket, not to mention his frequent flyer number! Some are trying to pin this unfortunate visual on someone from the airline's cabin crew, which has been striking for a while now. Others are more concerned about how the boarding-pass service could be abused. Tory MP Patrick Mercer says the whole thing exposes "how much easier our enemies might find it to get a legitimate boarding pass under a system using mobile phones." If nothing else, stunts like these invariably cause media panics that just make flying harder for the rest of us, so it's best to discourage them. But credit where it's due—giving Osama a cushy first-class seat was pretty funny.

—Posted by David Kiefaber



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