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British Airways running Boeing 747’s on domestic services for a day

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British Airways seems to be planning a few events for the late August Bank Holiday weekend because Sunday 25th August is ‘the’ day for the 100th birthday celebrations.

This assumes you are buying in to BA’s interpretation of how it gets to be 100 years old, given that the company came into being in 1974 ……

I don’t know – officially or unofficially – what is happening, although there are limits to what you can arrange over the August Bank Holiday when many are away.

However, appearing in the timetable are three domestic services using a Boeing 747.  These are presumably the three aircraft which have been repainted in historic liveries for the occasion.

You’ve got – for one day only on Sunday 25th August:

  • 09.20 Heathrow – 10.35 Newcastle / 12.40 – 14.00 Heathrow
  • 10.10 Heathrow – 11.00 Manchester / 12.50 – 14.00 Heathrow
  • 12.00 Heathrow – 13.30 Glasgow / 15.00 – 16.25 Heathrow

These services are currently selling for high prices due to a surge in demand over the weekend, with no Avios tickets left.  If you are British Airways Executive Club Gold, you can of course ring up BA and ask them to open up a seat for double Avios via a Gold Priority Reward.  First Class and World Traveller Plus are not available for sale.

British Airways 100th anniversary domestic flights

I am confused by the enthusiasm. These are all very old Boeing 747 aircraft which are, literally, on the way to the scrapheap.  They look good in the new liveries but inside there is nothing special about them.  I doubt British Airways can do anything creative on-board in such a short flying time – I doubt there is time to serve anything at all.

If you are SO keen to fly a British Airways long-haul plane on a short-haul route, remember that you can fly a Boeing 777 to Madrid every day of the week.  During August, although it is not yet in the timetable, you will be able to fly to Madrid on the brand new A350 with Club Suite in Business Class.  Now that is worth doing ….

This is more likely to be a piece of a bigger British Airways puzzle of which the other pieces are yet to be revealed …..


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