News in brief:
British Airways to launch flights to Lahore
Last month, Virgin Atlantic announced a new route to Lahore in Pakistan. This was to be the first Lahore service from London Heathrow.
The airline also announced plans to go up against British Airways on the Heathrow to Islamabad route, as well as launching Manchester to Islamabad.
British Airways is now fighting back.
BA announced its own Heathrow to Lahore service yesterday. There will be four flights per week from 12th October. It will be operated with a Boeing 787-8 so you won’t get the new Club Suite business class seat.
BA is also turning up the heat on Islamabad. Flights have quietly been increased to daily, starting this week. It was not meant to go daily until October.
Pakistan International Airways was recently blocked from flying to EU and UK airspace after it was found that over 30% of its pilots held fraudulent licences. It recently re-launched services to Birmingham and Manchester by wet leasing an aircraft from Hi-Fly. This meant that PIA did not have to use its own pilots or crew. BA and Virgin have a clear run at the London market.
Qatar Airways offering free Super Wi-Fi
Qatar Airways is offering its free super-fast Super Wi-Fi service with all tickets, in all classes, booked this month.
This is how it works:
You must add a Qatar Privilege Club number to your booking
You must use promo code SUPERWIFI when booking
You must book by 1st October for travel by 10th September 2021
You will be sent a complimentary Super Wi-Fi voucher within 48 hours of booking. Elite members of Privilege Club will receive two vouchers.
Most HfP readers would prefer to credit Qatar Airways flights to British Airways Executive Club rather than Qatar Privilege Club. This isn’t a problem. Once you have your wi-fi codes, you can swap over the frequent flyer number in your booking.
The offer is valid on flights QR004, QR006, QR008, QR010 and QR016 from Heathrow and QR022 and QR028 from Manchester.
You can learn more on this page of the Qatar Airways website.