Bits: BA’s latest repainted 747 takes off, BA short-haul wi-fi now live, Capital On Tap update

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News in brief:

The British Airways ‘Landor’ 747 takes off

The third repainted aircraft celebrating BA’s 100th anniversary took to the skies yesterday.

A Boeing 747 has been repainted in what is known as the ‘Landor’ livery (named after the firm that designed it) used between 1984 and 1997.

This aircraft originally had this livery when it entered service, and has been given back its original name – ‘City of Swansea’ – for the occasion.

British Airways boeing 747 Landor livery

It landed at Heathrow yesterday morning from the paint shop in Ireland and was immediately sent off to Miami.  It will retain the paint scheme until the aircraft is retired in 2023.

I have scattered a few pictures throughout the rest of this article.  There is one further repainted aircraft to come, which will feature the Negus design.  This was used immediately before Landor and has some similarities to it.

British Airways boeing 747 Landor livery

‘Soft launch’ of British Airways short-haul wi-fi now live

Wi-fi is now available on three short-haul British Airways planes.  The equipment has actually been fitted to far more but is not being turned on yet whilst the system is fully tested.

From Heathrow, you are looking for registration numbers G-TTNC and G-TTOE.  From Gatwick, it is functioning on G-GATK.

If you are on one of these aircraft then the crew should make an announcement.  If they forget, the system will still be working as it turns on automatically when the aircraft reaches 10,000 feet.

British Airways boeing 747 Landor livery

Capital On Tap update

We did a piece yesterday on the Capital On Tap small business Avios-earning payment card.  Due to bad timing, the article ran whilst the company was changing over its website to trial a 2nd Avios-earning product.

If you tried to apply yesterday you may have been confused to see the £99 card fee quoted as £199 at the end.  This is actually the fee for the new premium product they are launching.  You will be contacted by the company and given the choice of which card to get.

We will cover the new card once the company has finished all of its site testing.

British Airways boeing 747 Landor livery

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  1. The old BA livery looks good, I like how they went all retro inside too with a really old business class product.

  2. Benylin says:

    OT: looking to open an ISA / Share dealing account, any recommendations? Looking for low transaction costs, and any points benefits / Curve useage?

    • Doug M says:

      Transaction costs fund the points deals. If you want low cost Halifax or iWeb. If you’re serious about share dealing/ISA accounts then performance of the investments should interest you far more than some points.

    • Wait until Wednesday ….

  3. Mr Dee says:

    OT: Noticed 500 ihg points if you decline housekeeping when staying for 2 or more nights, on their website if you search for it

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Only at participating hotels.

      SPG had the same deal but far more widely publicised as green choice don’t know about bonvoy now

  4. Shoestring says:

    How dare BA claim it’s their 100th anniversary when they were only formed in 1974!

    Fake news. Outrageous.

  5. OT need some maths help on my options of moving Amex points to krisflyer or marriott
    I have 79k to move, and will have 33k in marriott by the end of the month,
    My question is if I move to marriott and then to krisflyer in the future (once I figure out whether I really want to use it on flights or bonvoy hotels) would I still lose out on the ratio of points to krisflyer, even with the 5k bonus when moving 20k to airlines?

    • Shoestring says:

      Simple answer without me bothering to log in to Bonvoy to check the figures is that it will always be better to transfer direct MR points—>whatever

      you can ignore the 5K Bonvoy bonus, it still won’t be better than transferring direct Amex—>Krisflyer

      • Thanks,
        Currently working out the best uses of krisflyer to see if it’s worth me moving there or saving up for hotel stays.
        Any reccommendations appreciated

    • Genghis says:

      Going direct (along with moving your Marriotts):
      79k MR -> 79k KF
      + 33k Marriott -> 11k KF
      = 90k KF

      Going indirect:
      79k MR -> 118.5k Marriotts
      + 33k = 151.5k Marriotts
      = 60.5k KF

      In short, going indirect you lose value but keep optionality

      • TGLoyalty says:

        33% hit for flexibility. Whatever way it’s calculated even more if you’d be eligible for an IDC and hit the $ spend as c30% bonus on your MR to then move direct to krisflyer.

        Hard expiry of 3 years from transfer on krisflyer so have to be sure I guess.

        • TGLoyalty says:

          Though I do vaule MR highly for hotel stays find flight can be easier to come by at discount prices than hotels at peak dates.

      • Thanks, also opportunity to move OH 33k spg and 22k MR
        Will look at some routes for redemption, last night couldn’t get IST-MAL to show up, that would be a really good reception for us

  6. Ethiopian is a decent airline with a very good safety record so the second disaster involving a 737max in months is very worrying.

  7. O/T do all A320s from LGW have the bulk head removed now from row 1? Trying to decide which seats to pre-select in CE for our flight on Wednesday.

    • No the ex BMI 320’s still have the bulkhead in front of 1AC 1DF. The other config you’re referring to shows on the seat map as 1AC being an exit row on manage my booking. Those seats are right by the door without any separation between you and the crew facing you on take off and landing. There’s no 1DF on those planes. Seats 2DF being the first row on the other side of plane do have a bulkhead however so that’s the easiest way to tell what type of plane you’re on.

      • Thanks. I’m on the latter according to the seat plan in MMB. Selected those anyway for the extra leg room for the husband.

  8. I think i have just boarded that 747 for YVR>LHR.
    Long wait due to inspection after a lighting strike inbound YVR. Hopefully then return will be better..

  9. I’m on TTNC waiting to taxi to the runway. BAWi-Fi is coming up in my WiFi list. Will give it a try at 10,000 feet and report back.

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