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Bits: BA removes hot food on long short-haul routes, Virgin Atlantic launches Varadero

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News in brief:

British Airways removes hot food from Band 4 flights

In order not to appear to be unduly criticising British Airways again (see my main article today), I will assume that this is a genuine improvement to services and not a cost cutting move …..

From the end of next week, hot food is to be removed from Euro Traveller on ‘Band 4’ short haul flights.  There will now be no short haul routes serving warm meals down the back.  This includes:

  • Athens
  • Istanbul
  • Larnaca
  • St Petersburg
  • Bucharest
  • Sofia

The new cold meal – which we should assume is an improvement on the old hot meal – will be served in a box and not on a tray.  Again, I don’t want to suggest in any way that this is a downgrade as I’m sure there are good reasons why eating out of a box is preferable to eating off a tray.

Club Europe will continue to receive a hot meal but the side salad is to be removed.  Difficult to spin that bit in a positive way, to be honest, unless a lot of customers were accidentally spilling the dressing onto their clothes or something ….

Varadero Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic to launch Varadero in Cuba

Virgin Atlantic announced a raft of changes for Summer 2017 yesterday.

The most interesting is that, from April, Virgin will fly from Gatwick to the Cuban beach resort of Varadero, photo above.  There will be one flight per week to complement the existing two flights to Havana.

The other changes are:

Gatwick to Vegas increasing from seven to nine flights per week in April and May

Gatwick to Barbados increasing from seven to nine flights per week in April

Gatwick to Montego Bay reduced from three to two flights per week in May, June, September and October

Belfast to Orlando increasing to four flights per week in late June and early July

Glasgow to Orlando increasing to four flights per week in late June and early July

Manchester to Barbados moving from one 747 flight per week to two flights on smaller A330 aircraft, with an additional third flight during the Summer school holidays

Manchester to Orlando increasing from 13 to 14 flights per week during the Summer school holidays

Remember that these changes are for 2017 and do not impact schedules for this year.

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Comments (92)

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  • Anon says:

    Look at you Rob, -Ve BA story and +Ve Virgin story, total BiaS! lol! 😉

  • James Graham says:

    Having flown LHR – SOF frequently, if I’m down the back I always opt for the cold “continental” breakfast. The hot “full english” makes me gag.

  • Stuart says:

    Have BA also stopped the BMI credit card discount?
    I have tried the link a few times this week but with no success.
    (I can’t be positive about this).

    • harry says:

      I think it has always been hit & miss. I gave up trying after going through the motions many times and always finding it was MORE expensive to book through BMI DC portal vs the main site (European flights).

      I have seen people mentioning it working successfully recently on long haul.

      • Wayne Phillips says:

        Its not much good on short haul as it removes the option for hand baggage only. It’s only a discount off the fare as well, not the taxes so savings on short haul aren’t huge

    • The_Real_A says:

      In the T&C`s issued after the BA takeover it was always due to end last month. Just everyone forgot about it and no reminder was sent by MBNA.

  • Macca says:

    LOL! Excellent writing! If the cold meal is to be looked at as an improvement in ET then why would the CE passengers be left with the “inferior” hit product?

  • BigDave says:

    its not ‘BA bashing’ its ‘cutting costs where they could be cut elsewhere’ bashing…
    just happens to be BA today, ysterday, all last week etc…

  • ankomonkey says:

    LGW-DLM (band 4, ET): Both directions got the same cold box containing goat’s cheese wrap and egg roll. Goat’s cheese can be an acquired taste and none of our party of 4 could eat it. Box also contained cheese and crackers. Very little in the way of fruit/veg, so didn’t help us get our 5-a-day. Disappointed…

    • JamesWag says:

      That is very poor. I agree goats cheese is a strong acquired taste. No fruit or veg is also not good.

  • Kraknyfly says:

    There is really no need to be sarfactis.
    Club Europe main meals are being made so large that there is no space for a side salad.

    • John says:

      On Aegean J you get a full salad plus a full main and dessert (all served separately)

      • Gavin says:

        Aegean J food is great. If in Y the seafood special meal is usually best

  • Seb says:

    Ah that’s great news about the Virgin flights and especially as there availability is pretty good most times.

    As for BA’s Europe products, I’ve been saying it for years now; you’re better off flying Easyjet and buying the seats upfront.

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