BA’s new First class
There has been a lot of speculation about the refurbished B777-200s first class, as Alex Cruz had previously confirmed that BA were planning to install some new BA First seats based on an upgraded version of the B787 seats.
We had been expecting them to install them on the B777-200s that they are refurbishing, since if you have to reduce the cabin size down and add the new Club Suites it would make sense to put in better first seat, right? Sadly this is not the case and as far as we can tell all that has been done is the cushions and carpet. They do look better though, even though this is something of a wasted opportunity.
What we can reveal from a BA insider, is that there are new First seats on the way for the B777-300s that will be refurbished. We don’t have exact times scales yet but these are expected to be arriving in the first half of 2020.
Thanks to Rob for the photos.
Here is what the B787 First class looks like now:
So would you book First on the refurbished B777-200 when there are Club Suites available? What tweaks would you like to see on the new B787 style First seats? Let us know in the comments below or on social media.
BA’s answer to flight shaming
I normally shy away from politics on the blog, but since this is an important issue to flyers I will give my view. Ever since the Greta Thunberg speech and the focus on climate change currently, a new trend of flight shaming has started. OK, so I am biased but I don’t think to focus on just one aspect of people’s lives that only contributes 2% to global warming is the way forward. We need to look at the total picture, not start making people feel like we are attacking them over one aspect in their lives – this is more likely to turn people off. After all, we don’t have burger shaming and people eat far more meat and dairy than take flights! (in case you weren’t aware the methane produced by cows is a factor in climate change). So BA has launched an initiative to make all their domestic flights carbon neutral and help end flight shaming.
From January 2020, British Airways will become the first UK airline to offset carbon emissions on all its flights within the UK. All customers flying within the UK next year on flights operated by British Airways will have the carbon emissions from their flights offset by the airline and invested in carbon reduction projects around the world. These quality-assured projects will include renewable energy, protection of rainforests and reforestation programmes.
The airline operates up to 75 flights a day between London and 10 UK cities, including Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Isle of Man, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Belfast City, Inverness and Jersey. British Airways’ domestic emissions total around 400,000 tonnes of C02 a year.
Today’s announcement comes as British Airways’ parent company, International Airlines Group (IAG), became the first airline group worldwide to commit to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, contributing to both the UK Government’s commitment to a net zero carbon economy by 2050 and the United Nations’ objective to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. IAG’s emissions’ goal will be achieved through numerous environmental initiatives, including investing more than US$400m in the development of sustainable aviation fuels over the next 20 years.
Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and Chief Executive, said: “British Airways is determined to play its part in reducing aviation’s CO2 emissions. To solve such a multi-faceted issue requires a multi-faceted response and this initiative further demonstrates our commitment to a sustainable future. It also follows our announcement to partner with renewable fuels company, Velocys, to build a facility which converts household and commercial waste into renewable sustainable jet fuel to power our fleet.”
If you are travelling outside the UK, you can, of course, offset your emissions by paying a small fee. The amounts are actually so small, I can’t see why on earth BA would not just add it to the ticket cost, so they can claim to be totally carbon neutral. There is a carbon tool which allows you to calculate the emissions and then invest in carbon reduction projects including high-quality forestry and renewable energy projects in Peru, Sudan and Cambodia. BA have also invested in facilities for biofuel which will turn waste into jet fuel. Obviously investing in new aircraft such as the A350 helps in terms of fuel efficiency too.
Using the tool, which can be accessed on https://www.pureleapfrog.org/ba/carbon_zero, a customer will pay around £1 to offset a return flight from London to Madrid, travelling in economy, while from London to New York in business class will cost around £15. If you are a frequent flyer there is also an easier alternative to save doing it every time – https://offset.earth/. This allows you to pay a monthly fee to offset your emissions based on your personal level of flying/car use.
|Journey||Cost to offset|
|London to Madrid (economy)||£ 1|
|London to New York (economy)||£ 5|
|London to New York (business)||£ 15|
|London to Los Angeles (economy)||£ 8|
|London to Los Angeles (business)||£ 24|
|London to Hong Kong (business)||£ 26|