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Bits: New BA Stansted route, HFP in The Economist, new BA / China Eastern codeshares

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News in brief:

New British Airways route from Stansted

Over the Summer, British Airways has been running a series of routes from Stansted at the weekend.  These use aircraft which would otherwise be flying from London City but which are left idle by the 24 hour curfew at the airport from Saturday lunchtime.

Despite the often appalling flight times, such as 06.00 departures, the services seem to be doing OK.  BA has announced the following changes for the Winter season:

a new route to Chambery, with an outbound flight on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 17th December

Berlin Tegel to operate all year round (13.15 on a Sunday departure)

Malaga and Faro to be extended by an extra two weeks, with flights to end on 19th / 20th November

I expect further announcements of additional Winter routes to follow.

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British Airways Stansted routes

HFP in The Economist

The Economist website picked up on the service reductions at British Airways yesterday in this well-written blog post.

HFP is referenced in the article (although I did not speak to the author) but irrespective of that I recommend that you read it as it offers a good summary of the current position.

This article is outside The Economist paywall so no subscription or sign-up is required.


British Airways announces a codeshare with China Eastern

British Airways has announced a new codeshare agreement with China Eastern even though the airline is a member of the competing SkyTeam alliance.

You will now be able to book flights to Kunming, Xi’an, Nanjing, Hangzhou and Chongqing on a BA flight code, connecting to China Eastern via Chengdu or Shanghai.

Chinese flyers will be able to book flights to Aberdeen, Belfast City, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Manchester and Newcastle using the MU flight code, connecting to China Eastern flights to Heathrow.

Comments (41)

  • Stuart h says:

    10% for gold

    • Dave Barron says:

      O/T I have some new Amex offers showing today on my Gold card including £10 back when spend £30 at GAP. Uber get £10 off first two rides. Bateaux London Cruises spend £150 get £30 back. Hopefully of use to someone?!?

  • harry says:

    Went skiing out of Chambery when I was at university. Useful ski destination. A friend’s sister was working there for a year so we went over to ski on the cheap.

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  • Liz says:

    OT Is there another promotion going on at Heathrow rewards? I spent £162 the other day for the 2500 pts bonus promotion – 2900 bonus pts and 162 spend pts have posted already – not sure where the extra 400 bonus pts came from – spent part World of Duty part Dixons – not that I am complaining!!

  • Canuck says:

    I just did the STN to PMI on BA on a Saturday evening. Not bad to be honest! Nice small aircraft using a 2×2 config with a friendly service and a full sized hot meal tray that you typically only see on long haul. Only downside was the checkin staff as they are Menzies agents and didn’t seem to follow the usual BA standards.