Firstly an apology from me. You will no doubt notice that the amount of advertising has increased today. Up until now, I have been trying to decrease the amount of advertising on the blog. Advertising is how we make (or used to) about 80% of our income. Sadly due to the current crisis, it is a struggle to keep the blog going financially. Whilst you will see adverts, we get paid a very very low rate now for them compared to the usual rates.
I have, therefore had to make the hard decision to increase the amount of advertising in the short term. As soon as things return to the previous levels, I will put the level of advertising back to the previous rate. Thanks for bearing with me, and I hope you continue to enjoy the blog.
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British Airways vouchers to become automated and useable online?
There is still a lot of misunderstanding about the BA vouchers which you can take if you chose to cancel your flight. It looks like improvements are planned with vouchers becoming usable online, as well as automating the process. While this means the vouchers will arrive quicker, it does sadly mean more BA staff may well be furloughed.
Here are a few tips:
- Before requesting a voucher, make sure you get your email receipt and keep it somewhere handy. Vouchers do not state an amount. You can request an email receipt via manage my booking
- You can only use the voucher by telephone currently
- If you request your voucher online, it can take some time to arrive – longer than the seven days stated on the website
- If you are likely to want to rebook something quickly, phone and see if you can just change your existing booking rather than waiting for a voucher
- If you apply for a voucher by phone, you may not receive a voucher at all. Your e-ticket and booking ref are all you need to use the voucher
- You can use up to 3 vouchers on one booking but those vouchers all need to be in the same name
- If you used a 2-4-1 voucher, it sounds like it remains on the voucher rather than goes back to your account, but this is not clear
- If you took a voucher for an Avios booking, you wouldn’t get the Avios going back into your account. They remain part of the voucher, and you will have to call to use them. I advise not to take a voucher for Avios booking as you can cancel for free up to 24 hours before, so take a refund!
There is more detail on how to use the vouchers in tips article.
BA A380s at Chateauroux tearing up the airfield and arriving for storage at Kemble (Costwold airport)
British Airways has been storing their aircraft all over the place, and we have recently been featuring pictures from Bournemouth. This week they have been sending aircraft to Chateauroux in Franc,e where BA has often done flying training for new aircraft. A number of A380s have been stored there, and the video below is a fascinating sight.
Sadly, it appears they are not used to the huge A380s and one managed to tear a massive hole in the taxiway!
So uh, I think Châteauroux needs a bit of resurfacing or the pilots need to go on a diet?? 🥴 #a380
Credit: Nigel/Nigellas (various sources forwarded to AK) pic.twitter.com/jNyUMtm08r
— Airline Kitty (@airline_kitty) April 15, 2020
Kemble, Cotswold Airport has also started to receive its five B747s this week.
Easyjet goes business style to help with social distancing
Easyjet could end up being on a par with BA’s Club Europe when it returns to flying. The airline’s Chief Executive said that they were looking at introducing a policy to keep the middle seat free to encourage people o fly again when it was safe to do so. This would take them to a 2-2 configuration, the same as BA’s Club Europe with a similar seat pitch at 29″ in EasyJet and 30″ average on BA. Obviously, food and drink make a difference, but currently, lounges are closed, and you get minimal provisions on board BA’s flights.
Mr Lungren also said that they were looking at “various disinfection programmes on the aircraft”.
“We’re in discussions with Easa (the European aviation safety regulator) if there are other additional measures we should take.
“I think it’s important that customers understand that we are taking this very seriously and first and foremost our concern is about the customers’ well-being and our people’s well-being.
“That is what’s going to take priority in this whole thing, because that is the way you get the confidence back with people taking flights again.”
EasyJet flights are now grounded indefinitely apart from some essential trips.
Heathrow moves start
As we reported earlier, Heathrow is closing terminals 3 and 4 to consolidate into Terminals 3 and 5 on a temporary basis. The first airlines have started to move with Cathay and Emirates moving from Terminal 3 into Terminal 2. The location of other airlines moved is yet to be confirmed.
Fancy a laugh with some flying humour? Pam Ann – watch live or download her shows
If you have never watched Pam Ann, you have missed a treat. Yes, it is not for the easily offended and far from politically correct, but it is very, very funny. Pam Ann basically imitates cabin crew from various airlines around the world. From the rather too friendly Virgin cabin crew to the somewhat past their prime American flight attendant, it is carefully observed humour. If you want to get a fix of Pam Ann, she is holding online shows, or you can download her previous shows from around the world here.