Evelop to fly London Gatwick to New York for British Airways – without fully flat business class

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Whilst British Airways continues to struggle with engine issues on its Boeing 787 fleet, it has chartered an A330 from Spanish airline Evelop to operate the Gatwick to New York flight.

It will cover flights between 27th October and 12th January.

It appears to be an ex-Singapore Airlines regional aircraft.  This aircraft does NOT have flat beds in business class – they are the ‘slope at an angle to the floor’ variety, which most airlines got rid of years ago.

Evelop operating New York flights for British Airways

British Airways is allowing anyone booked onto this service to switch, free of charge, to any British Airways-operated service from New York to Heathrow.  If you are on the day flight outbound then the 2 x 2 x 2 seating should be OK, especially if you are travelling with a partner and so don’t mind being directly next to someone.

If you are on the overnight return, I would be tempted to switch.  If you are smart, of course, you will try to switch to an A350 (although none are currently scheduled on JFK) or Boeing 777 service with Club Suite!

There is a photo below so you can make up your own mind.

There is also no Premium Economy on this Evelop aircraft, so those passengers will need to move to a Heathrow service or accept a downgrade to Economy.  Economy passengers can also switch to a BA service if they prefer.

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  1. Offering F tier points as an alternative would have been handy

    • BA pretty much NEVER give out tier points….they will give status, but NOT a single tier point! Though, your sentimernt is absolutely worthy of what they should be able to do….

      One time, for service recovery, I tried to turn down an offer of 50k Avios for 5 TP, they wouldnt do it….

  2. Me and my wife had booked a Return flight LGW to JFK (for 20/12/19 Return 04/01/20) flight in BA sales in January for a good price. Then the email arrived regarding the change.we always fly BA as my wife is a nervous flyer.Until we received the email we have never heard of Evelop airlines and checked various reviews and there were quite a few negative ones so we decided to call BA to change the flight to a LHR flight.We had paid for our seats in January two together 53B & 53C (Wife being nervous flyer)so it was panic stations to make sure we acquired the same seats on the LHR service.we had also paid parking at LGW in January but looks like we won’t be able to claim that back and now have just paid 3 times the amount to park at LHR because of the short notice,Glad we booked economy and not premium economy or club world ?

    • In economy you might have been better off staying at Gatwick as long as they guaranteed to seat you together, the 2-4-2 layout on an A330 is much better than 3-3-3 or 3-4-3 as you could get a pair of seats next to the window without a stranger.

      • Gordon Chalker says:

        Hi Lumma
        That is exactly what we got two seats together with no one else next to us but importantly on a BA flight and not a Evelop flight 53B and 53C

      • Gordon Chalker says:

        The BA 747 has 3 pairs of twin seats either side of the plane right at the back

  3. If you download the Virgin Red app, there’s £36 free credit for first time Zipcar users before 31 December.

    (Personally I’d prefer they brought back the Caffe Nero offers but…)

    • Scallder says:

      Ah I loved that Caffe Nero offer. Would get 4 stamps each time with two reusable cups as well. So for every 2 drinks paid for, you’d be getting (very nearly 5). Doubt it’ll ever come back though 🙁 Was great when doubling up with the Nectar 5 hot drinks for 1000 points too…

  4. OT. Leaving from Gatwick North in a few days what’s the best option £5 to reserve no 1 or £15 for clubrooms?

  5. OT Looking to buy an I pad this week any good deals or point opportunities out there.

    • Get a student to buy it for you.

    • Nate1309 says:

      gate365 often run bonuses on Apple, so would hold off for 12/£ if you arent in a rush. This works through the education store too with a bit of fiddling about.

    • Get someone in the US to buy one using the student discount….I saved ~£100 on mine last month…..(vs. off shelf price in Apple Store UK) – you should save more as cable is close to $1.30/£1 where as it was $1.21 for me!

      Otherwise student/educational discount here would be your best bet – anyone who has access to an ac.uk email address can also register at theedustore – an Apple reseller with student discounts too…

    • memesweeper says:

      If you’re passing through consider buying with Heathrow Rewards from Dixons Travel. Discounted usually, and points too.

      • Had crossed my mind to set up a new HR account for the 3k sign up, so I checked the Dixons price and can get the same model ( 10.2 32gb will only get used on holidays) at Tesco for the same price. I also checked the US price as we’re in Florida in November for a couple of days post cruise but prices look the same (Walmart). All grand kids are pre and primary school ages.

    • Thanks for all the replies

    • Morrisons 10% discount on Amex. Buy Currys gift cards, buy at airport.

  6. Can I do miles booster for an infant ticket? Infant has his own FC account set up already.

  7. O/T

    Anyone having issues with the Groupon Spain Avios? I did a small purchase, followed the instructions to claim and have waited the 10 working days as requested, still not showing in my Iberia account.

    Trying to use groupon Spain to contact customer service is difficult, best I could do was request a refund for the groupon and an agent is going to reach out to me.

    Doesn’t fill me with confidence that it’s a google doc where you put your details in to activate the deal. Only good thing is I did for a small amount of points.

    If anyone is in similar situation please let me know.


  8. OT – AirBnB Tax investigation by UK authorities.
    Whilst this is an investigation into how much tax AirBnB pay (as all the new technology firms operating in the UK – far too little), I am also expecting an announcement at some point about non-payment of tax by people renting out their flats.
    Combined with a crackdown by some cities on AirBnB rentals (Barcelona and Berlin), it really feels like changes are coming for this Business.


  9. Chelseafi says:

    OT Has the restaurant at The Langley improved from Robs review, seems positive from few TA reviews, also as a staying guest do you get complimentary use of the Gym and all the spa facilities? Thinking of a night for spring, some nights showing as 30k which as you’ve said looks amazing value. Are there many descent pubs or restaurants within a reasonable drive for dinner as another dining option? I’ve made a note of the park cafe breakfast option mentioned in your review.
    Thank you

    • We stayed there last Saturday night, and walked out having waited almost 2 hours for our main courses. We had lunch at the Red Lion in Stoke Green, about 5 mins drive away, and will head there for dinner when we stay at the hotel again. The spa/pool/gym were v v v good. All included in the price, except treatments of course.

      • Peter K says:

        I would assume the discount applies if you charge it to your room and pay on checkout.

        The afternoon tea menu sounds nice (though at £40 per person you’d hope so!).

        It looks like there are a decent number of nice restaurants if you are willing to travel to Uxbridge, Windsor, Eton etc

      • The Savage Squirrel says:

        Got to say it again – for a hotel of that size and at that price point and this long after opening ….. that’s absolutely terrible.

      • Massages and drinks in the bar put us well over £200 spend. And got the £50 credit 2 days after checking out.

    • Thoughts on Brew vs Manor house rooms?

      Heading there in a few weeks…

      • Brew house block of rooms is a 100 metre walk across from the main hotel and spa. You wouldnt want to be doing that in a robe. Or tbf, on a wet cold night before and after dinner. I’d def ask for a room in the main building.

  10. Sharm flights to restart, plenty of cheap Hilton resorts there for point stays…


  11. We flew on one of those Singapore regional seats on an overnight from Singapore to Christchurch a few years ago. Not the best for sleeping, even compared to the (old) CW seat so if it’s one of those a switch to the Heathrow service (especially if you can get Club Suite) would be better.

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