NEWS: American Airlines to move into T5, 25,200 Avios with purchase & is BA ditching their B747s?

BA B747 club world review

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American Airlines to move into T5

American Airlines were rumoured to be moving into Heathrow’s T5 even before the reshuffle of airlines at Heathrow first started. It then went very quiet for a while. It has now been announced that AA will move into the same terminal as British Airways on 7 July. What is not clear presently if this is permanent or not. My guess would be that this will be the case for quite a while. The days of the T3 lounge crawl may be gone for a long time sadly!

American Airline B777-200

One advantage of AA moving into the terminal is that it provides more passengers and therefore more incentive for British Airways to reopen their lounges when the next stage of lockdown is eased around 4 July.

 

Collect up to 25,200 Avios when you subscribe to The Economist

Until 31 July 2020, Executive Club Members who subscribe to The Economist’s print and digital editions can collect up to 25,200 Avios, or up to 22,200 Avios to those opting for just digital. 

 There are three packages for print + digital:

  •  1 year £215
    • £4.22 per week
    • Collect 13,200 Avios
  • 2 year subscription (102 weeks) for only £389
    • £3.89 per week
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  • 3 year subscription (153 weeks) for only £519
    • £3.39 per week
    • Collect 25,200 Avios

Or there are digital-only options:

  • 1 year subscription (51 weeks) for only £179
    • £3.51 per week
    • Collect 10,200 Avios
  • 2 year subscription (102 weeks) for only £319
    • Pay £3.13 per week
    • Collect 16,200 Avios
  • 3 year subscription (153 weeks) for only £429
    • Pay £2.80 per week
    • Collect 22,200 Avios

You can find the BA offer here. For full terms and conditions, click here

You can subscribe here.

 

Is BA ditching their B747s?

BA B747 BOAC livery

A Tweet appeared on Friday that has sparked rumours that British Airways may not return their Queen of the Skies, the B747 to the air. 

The airline was due to retire all their B747s by 2024, and most airlines are now speeding up their retirement of older aircraft. Qantas has already retired its final B747 after the crisis started in March 2020. IAG said in its most recent financial report that they were ““Assessing further fleet reduction, including potential early retirement of B747s and A340s”

The other alternative is that BA don’t wish to operate the sim to train pilots on aircraft they don’t plan to use for a few months. As passenger loads are down, British Airways has been using smaller and more modern aircraft like the B787 and new A350s. 

 

5 Comments on "NEWS: American Airlines to move into T5, 25,200 Avios with purchase & is BA ditching their B747s?"

  1. ClaytonTheCruton | 21 June 2020 at 6:56 am | Reply

    I got booked onto a Super Hi-J for 14th Sept JFK-LHR this week so they’re not putting them to bed imminently at least.

  2. BA have already replaced the intended 781 due on the BNA route on 3rd Sept, with a 789……….our return from LAX is on a 744…….watch this change! Will it be an A380, which only flies this route on certain days of the week? Time will tell.

  3. Andrew Battenberg | 21 June 2020 at 7:11 pm | Reply

    Its going to be an incredibility sad day when we see the last 747 fly. I still can remember as a child the 707 and a big thing going back to boarding school if your flight was going to be on a 747 instead of the 707

  4. Just a head’s up about AA’s move into T5.. I am booked on BA1526 (AA195) LHR-PHX OCT24 (BA codeshare on AA metal) and just received an email from BA advising me the AA flight will be departing from T5.

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