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You can buy British Airways First Class crockery and bedding: the sale is now live!

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And now, from Waterside …. it’s the Sale of the Century!*

Over the course of the last few months lots of airlines have been selling off their excess stock of amenity kits, snacks and even entire (stocked) bar carts.

Whilst some of BA’s catering partners have sold off their stock (such as the Speedbird IPA by Brewdog and Pickering’s Centenary Gin) British Airways has not sold anything directly ……. until now.

BA First Afternoon Tea William Edwards crockery
BA First afternoon tea on William Edwards crockery

British Airways is selling a number of items from the First Class service including a range of bedding and crockery. In the press release it said:

“Although the at-home experience is no match for the real thing, customers or collectors can pick up items such as William Edwards plates, soup bowls, cups, saucers and even a butter dish for reasonable prices, allowing them to create an authentic First Class dining experience at home.”

Bread baskets, hot towels (which arrive cold!), hot towel plates, champagne flutes, coasters and the Club World casserole dish are also be available, as will the First Class slippers and day blanket.

All of the crockery and bedding is brand new, for clarity!

William Edwards crockery British Airways First class
The BA First William Edwards crockery

Why is BA selling First Class stock?

Given none of the items listed are perishable, you would think that BA would be happy to hold on to them rather than sell them.

It would not be the first time BA sells off excess stock. Staff sales are a semi-regular occurrence at HQ; Covid-19 may just have pushed this online.

There are a few reasons why BA might have chosen to liquidate its stock:

BA thinks it can raise some cash from the sale of the items, which can only be positive given the flying outlook for the winter;

The retirement of the 747 fleet and the significant reduction in available First Class seats means BA now has an abundance of crockery and bedding, more than it can realistically make use of in the coming years;

The lack of flying in the past months means that breakage has significantly reduced, leaving BA with a mountain of items;

It plans to introduce a new service in the near future (this is, I accept, very unlikely given the current situation and the fact that the William Edwards crockery is only 18 months old!)

The First bedding has a thread count of 400….

Anything off the trolley dears?

The sale is now live and it turns out that the range of items is far more eclectic than we first expected …..

In addition to the family china, British Airways is also selling a range of general items, where you can buy stuff such as aircraft catering boxes or a waste top loader trolley for £150!

Notably absent, however, are amenity kits or first pyjamas.

The bargain of the day? You could get a set of 6 larger (28cm) dinner plates for £5! However, it turned out that this was a BA IT error and it should have read £50 ….!

How to buy

Looking at stock sales by other airlines, these items are likely to sell out fast.

The link to buy is here, and is now live. Click on ‘British Airways’ in the menu bar.

Let us know what you manage to pick up! If you want to use your British Airways American Express to pay, select PayPal as your payment option as Amex is not accepted directly.

We have bought a few items which we intend to give away in a reader competition in a few weeks.

*We know this is a misquote. You can see the Sale of the Century title sequence here, featuring a brief glimpse of a BA aircraft in Negus livery!


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Comments (445)

  • Andrew says:

    Anyone who received the disposable coasters as 3 single ones in a plastic bag rather than 3 rolls as advertised – I’ve managed to make contact and they’ve said that was a mistake and we should have been sent 3 rolls, which they are now doing.

    • Joe says:

      How did you manage to contact them? I have tried email – but bounces back, and telephone doesnt connect – or no one pick up – please advise….

  • TFC says:

    I do feel a bit sorry for BA… what was intended as a lovely idea to bring on some nostalgia amongst (presumably) some of their best customers has ended up creating disappointment, confusion and irritation thanks to a poor choice of seller… fingers crossed it arrives before christmas!

  • Greenpen says:

    I think there should be a relax pill available online, perhaps delivered through a viral vector? I ordered something on Tuesday and although I had the acknowledgment and they have taken my money nothing else has happened.

    Am I worried? No, this is how the world works!

  • babyg says:

    Greenpen is right…. calm down everybody…. its not like you NEED these items NOW.

    • BuildTheWall says:

      People pampered by amazon‘s next day delivery expect all retailers to do the same.

  • Daftboy says:

    For anyone who is worrying, I ordered at 8:55am on Monday, got a despatch confirmation on Thursday and it’s arriving today (Saturday) – so don’t worry!

  • lackingitems says:

    Happy I’m not alone with getting the wrong order. Normally this is fine, you contact the seller, sort it out. Slow delivery times, also fine, that’s how it goes. But when you can’t contact them in any way, that’s bad.

    Incidentally, it says on the packing slip (which has all the items listed on it) that you have 72 hours to notify them of discrepancies.

  • Graham D says:

    Two orders on Monday morning. Not heard anything since apart from confirmation of my orders. Yet some who ordered later or the next day already have their stuff…

    Very odd wording on Whatajoke’s T&Cs too. Apparently submitting
    an order and paying for it does not form a contract. It is merely an ‘offer’ which they do not have to accept…it’s basically up to them.

    If it wasn’t for the fact that they are part of Kuehne and Nagel, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this was some kind of scam.

    Shambles.

    • Rantallion says:

      Standard T&Cs for a distance seller – covers them in the case of mistake pricing. At least What a Buy has fulfilled those orders which were priced mistakenly.

  • mutley says:

    Am I missing something on here, but why would anyone want to buy a rubbish shute and a battered and grubby one at that. Harry Enfield used to have a sketch entitled I saw you coming…..

    • Greenpen says:

      No one would, unless it came from a BA747, whence it becomes highly desirable. And it does.

      Same as odd plates and blankets.