When Steve King jets across the Atlantic for work twice a month, he often comes back with souvenirs—from the plane. At home, he sips brandy from his favorite British Airways glasses and his children curl up in premium Norwegian Air Shuttle blankets. Last year, British Airways began offering a soft, satin-edged blanket from the White Company, an upscale brand. Mr. King has three of them. “I’m... … [Read more...] about ‘Heck, Yeah, We Took It’: Business-Class Fliers Are Filching All That Fancy Airline Swag
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It’s a photo finish between Virgin Atlantic and Eva Air as to who introduced premium economy to the world first. Eva, a Taiwanese carrier founded in 1989 launched its “evergreen” class on its Boeing 747s in late 1992, flying from Taipei to Los Angeles with passengers spread across four cabins for the first time. Evergreen sat ahead of economy but behind “super business”. On the other side of the world, Virgin Atlantic unveiled its Mid Class in April 1992, entering service in July. With a Victoria station check-in service for Gatwick flights, priority baggage handling, a hot towel service and “seat arm video units”, Virgin said its “revolutionary new product” was a response to businesses reviewing their travel contracts and downgrading its passengers from business to economy. In short, as business class cabins evolved (think lie-flat seats becoming the norm) and airlines felt a growing pressure to accommodate more and more paying … [Read more...] about The death of business class? The rise and rise of premium economy
Whether or not you’re a fan of plane food – it seems that you might be able to get an upgrade if you’re clever about it. The meals served in economy and business and first class are very different indeed – so how do you go about getting the posh stuff? An economy passenger revealed to the Express that they were able to blag an upgrade on their food – after they fell asleep and missed their meal. They said: “I was travelling long haul in economy from Tokyo to London, and my partner and I fell asleep as the flight was taking off – missing the first of two scheduled meals. “When we woke up, we were ravenous – but told all the trolley food was sold out. “What's more, because of the food serving restrictions, none of the economy food was safe to eat.” The traveller revealed that all they had to do was ask, and they were given the food from business and first class. They continued: “The next meal was still two … [Read more...] about Blag first class food in economy with this sneaky in-flight trick
After all, the Scandinavian airline is all-but the reason British Airways felt the need to introduce hand luggage-only fares on its longer routes to compete with more fervour at the budget end of the market. IAG, which owns Aer Lingus, BA and other airlines, already entered the increasingly vicious low-cost, long-haul fray last year when it launched Level, a Barcelona-based carrier for the price-conscious millennial traveller. But bringing Norwegian under its wing by way of takeover would negate the need for a gruelling battle with a carrier that has gone from strength to strength in the last few years, expanding its cheap, transatlantic flights operation across the US, to South America, and even Singapore. Last year, the airline launched transatlantic services to/from Belfast, Cork, Dublin and Shannon airports. It has added further capacity for 2018. In February, Norwegian celebrated its first flight to Buenos Aires (sold, like the others, from eye-catching base rates, such as … [Read more...] about Why is British Airways so keen to buy up its low-cost Norwegian rival?
A business class passenger on a British Airways flight from London to Cape Town has complained of being bitten by bedbugs up to 150 times on the plane. Mike Gregory, 35, said he had an "itchy waist, torso and hands" after the £4,000, 11-hour flight over the New Year. "I realised I had been bitten 120 to 150 times," he told the Daily Mail. "I was shocked and obviously appalled by it, I was amazed it was even possible to have bedbugs on a flight. "This is not acceptable. It means it is quite likely that other passengers were bitten," he said. Gregory said he noticed red spots of blood on the bedsheets when he awoke on the flight. He had been flying back from South Africa to be with his wife and children in the UK for New Year's Eve. After Gregory complained to British Airways, he was told the plane had been fumigated since his flight. A spokesperson for BA said: "We have been in touch with Mr Gregory to apologise. British Airways operates more than 280,000 flights on 280 routes … [Read more...] about British Airways business class passenger bitten by bedbugs 150 times on flight from London