Transmission date for BBC 'fly on the wall' series on British Airways announced

The BBC has finally released the transmission dates for ‘A Very British Airline’, a three part fly on the wall series on British Airways.

It will be broadcast on June 2, June 9 and June 16 at 9pm on BBC2.

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Filmed over 10 months, it covers various ‘stories’ including the launch of the first A380 flights, the preparations for the Chengdu route (which I am told is a commercial disaster, attracting under 50 passengers at times – and on a 787!) and the BA response to a bout of severe weather at JFK.

I was approached by Lion TV last year about this series as they wanted to slot in a series of ‘talking head’ pieces from passengers and industry observers.  I put some people I know forward for filming – it will be interesting to see if they make the final cut!

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  1. It’ll be interesting to see how much editorial control BA/IAG may have had in the content. I’d doubt they’d have agreed to something like this without any say in to what is included in the programmes.

    • With some of the things going on behind the scenes at BA over that period i expect they had significant editorial control.

      I expect they will also have blocked access to certain divisions of BA/IAG from the outset.

    • BA put out a press release saying how much they were looking forward to everyone seeing what a good ship they run (to paraphrase) so I imagine the answer is ‘high’.

      • No coverage of the engine cowling that flew off I suspect then 😛

        • Unlikely, but there will be whole divisions of BA that will have been off-limits to the producers i expect.

          Access will have been carefully cherry-picked by BA as a condition of the informercial, sorry, “documentary” based on what they saw to be commercially advantageous a year or so ago.

  2. The week after is a fly in the food series on Baxter Storey.

  3. Kevinz says:

    was the lauch a disaster? the Chengdu route. I was on the Chengdu flight during X’mas time, and return after new year. I was surprised to see the business class seats full packed with paying Chinese passengers. It must be doing well, as BA increased frequency too.

  4. Sam Sienna says:

    I wouldn’t imagine Willie Walsh has built IAG up into the most valuable airline company in Europe by launching routes that don’t make commercial sense ?

    • Subsidy ….?

      A lot of BA routes are underwritten. If Glaxo or BP want BA to fly somewhere, BA does it – as long as the company guarantees a minimum level of business.

      Governments can do the same.

    • There are plenty loss-making routes that BA continue to fly.

      I am aware of one route where BA have allegedly spoken to a competitor and suggested that if the competitor wanted to increase frequency BA would willingly step aside.

  5. gnarlyoldgoatdude says:

    Wasn’t there a fire/evacuation at waterside during the filming? That could be fun.

  6. andy stock says:

    How is the Leeds route doing, to me it is a complete waste of slots and would rather they increase flights to Prague / Budapest as my recent flights on BA to these destinations have been rammed full!