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News in brief:

British Airways believed to be launching buy-on-board catering

There are a steady stream of rumours at the moment that British Airways is poised to announce the launch of buy-on-board short-haul catering from early 2017.

My understanding is that cabin crew are currently being invited to meetings at the Waterside headquarters building where the new policy is being outlined.  They are being required to sign confidentiality agreements before entering.  (This could all be nonsense, you understand. I am just repeating what I hear.)

My personal view is that – as the company clearly refuses to invest any money in short-haul catering and is currently giving Euro Traveller customers no option except to starve, assuming you don’t count a mini bag of crisps as a meal – it is probably for the best.  The good news is that you will be able to pay with Avios, apparently.

A bigger issue is what happens to all the people who have booked flights for 2017 and are expecting free snacks.   The mini bags of crisps may continue to be free for a year.

It would be interesting to see if they remove free drinks as well.  Many employers do not allow their staff to reclaim expenditure on alcohol for personal consumption, and having to switch from a free G&T to an overpriced, not reclaimable, BA G&T may be the final straw for some.

If you work for Gate Retail Onboard, Alpha LSG, Gate Gourmet or even BA cabin crew and have any insights, please drop me an email at rob at

Etihad A380

30% discount code for Etihad business and economy flights

Etihad has released two new discount codes which are valid for flights from the UK booked before Monday evening.  These give a 30% discount on fares before taxes.

STFBUS will get you 30% off the base fare on flights with outbound travel before 23rd November and return travel before 30th November.  There are no black out dates.

STFECO gives a similar discount on economy tickets, although the saving is less impressive because the base fare is a far smaller percentage of the total cost in this cabin.

You can book on the Etihad website here.


Concorde and Airbus memorabilia auction

Finally, a reader sent me a link to this fascinating auction of Concorde and Airbus memorabilia [link deleted as now dead] which is taking place in Toulouse in early November.

My French isn’t good enough to tell if they accept ‘bidder not present’ bids or not, but just looking at the items on offer is fascinating.

Comments (114)

  • Anon says:

    To the other Anon up above… (re: BA pettiness)

    Can you give us an induction if its a blanket policy, will Golds get service, will CW pax on shorthaul connecting flights get service? Any start dates mentioned?

    Terrible news IMHO, one step away from the speedy boarding brigade.

    • harry says:

      otoh HBO tickets are dirt cheap these days, often sub £45 to zone 3 destinations if you book in advance

  • Anon says:

    I’m tempted (for a laugh) to take a Pot Noodle in my hand luggage and ask the CC for hot water… 😀

    • James67 says:

      Why bother, it could well be a BoB option.

      • John says:

        Because if you care about price then it’s 50p in Tesco but will probably be £4 on board.

        • James67 says:

          Need to factor in the huge first BoB avios bonus we can hopefully expect 🙂

        • Mr Dee says:

          There is no point paying a premium price for the same items you can buy in the supermarket the BoB needs to include some fresh food to actually have any value to the customer.

  • harry says:

    well – the tickets I have already bought right up to return summer hols 2017 (3 September) all state I will be offered complimentary drinks – so I’ll be holding them to this

  • Marc says:

    BA, please launch the BoB ASAP. I can’t wait to choose something edible on a 2:30 long flight! Yey!

  • Imbruce says:

    It’s bad enough that we have to pay for seats now on flights.
    I wonder what else they are going to charge us for?
    Maybe using the toilet will be next?

    • harry says:

      the reason O’Leary didn’t introduce pay-to-p was because they worked out the cost of clearing up the cabin spillage from people unwilling to pay was far too high

  • Mark says:

    Would this apply to BA Cityflyer too? We flew back from Nice in ET earlier this week to LCY and got a (reasonable) full salad tray with a cake instead of the one half a wrap at best out of LHR in ET, any thoughts/speculation?

  • James67 says:

    I have no objection to buy on board but I expect BA will make a ***** of it like virtually everything else they do these days. Given they are effectively a LCC already they should at least send all their senior staff to get experience of how Air Asia does it, it would give IAG something to aspire to. Given BA snacks amount to mini mars and m&m, don’t be surprised if buy on board turns out to be the likes of ginsters pasties and rustlers microwave burgers; it will orobably have passengers buying a whole bottke of gin.

  • Roger says:

    I have a flight over to Canaries over Christmas.
    Flight time is 4h20m and my booking still says complimentary meals.
    Tried to order a special meal, which it seems to select but then defaults to no option available in MMB.

    Can’t believe what is BA up to, esp. to people who have booked flight so much ahead in time.

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