British Airways to order B777X?
Sadly British Airways will be retiring all 34 of its B747s by 2024. As yet they have not placed enough aircraft orders to replace all of these aircraft. According to Airline Geeks, British Airways executives recently visited the Boeing 777X final assembly line in the US. IAG have been playing Airbus and Boeing off against each other for some time now but this seems to indicate that an order for the B777X is imminent. The 777X first test flight is scheduled for this year and the first delivery is slated for 2020 to launch partner Lufthansa.
Already on order for British Airways are three Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, 6 B787-10s by 2020 and 18 A350-1000s with the first one expected in July this year. BA is also rumoured to be considering getting some second-hand A380s.
Boeing recently revealed a potential interior option for the B777X with a rather surprising 2-3-2 layout for business class. This isn’t as bad as it seems though, since the staggered layout still gives every seat direct aisle access.
British Airways First class from London from £2289
Given that standard fares to the US in Club World can be around £2500, these first class deals represent good value even if BA’s First is not quite at the level of my recent Emirates First Suite!
The first is a fare to Chicago which starts from £2389. The goods news is that is refundable for a reasonable fee or you can also change it. Even if you don’t want to go to Chicago, it’s pretty central to then fly on elsewhere using Avios on American Airlines. Chicago has both the A380 and B747 on the route.
The rules are:
- outbound – permitted Mon/Tue/Wed on each transatlantic sector. Inbound – permitted Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri on each transatlantic sector.
- permitted 8 – 22 Apr or 1 Jul – 31 Aug or 21 – 28 Nov or 18 Dec – 2 Jan for each transatlantic sector.
- travel between London and North America must be on any nonstop/direct BA flight.
- Book at least 90 days before departure.
- Minimum stay a Saturday night
- Transfers: 2 transfers permitted in each direction free.
- Cancellations: charge £150.00 for cancel/no-show.
- Changes: charge £300.00 for reissue/revalidation.
The fare must be booked on BA tickets and can be booked with British Airways direct here.
New Hilton American Express promotion
Alongside the current BA Amex Hilton offer, a new one has appeared on the Platinum card. This one is to get back £50 when you spend £250 at Hilton hotels. The BA Amex offer is to save £75 off £250 which better. Both have the same T&Cs and participating hotels:
- Book, pay at hotel checkout and stay by 15 May 2019. Offer excludes online payments and is only valid on checkout spend.
- Offer only applies to the amount settled in Great British Pound (GBP) on the Card to which the offer is saved
- Only valid in participating hotels in UK, Sweden, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Luxembourg, Spain and Switzerland
As you need to pay at check out, you can’t use the offer to book the cheaper advanced purchase rate for your room. You have to pay at the hotel. If you don’t want to pay more for a flexible rate, you could of course spend £250 on food etc at the hotel and use it that way to pay for it on check out.
You can find the list of participating hotels here.