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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)

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  • Status1 says:

    Why is this even a story, are you kidding me?

    • Rob says:

      2 MILLION people read the BBC News story online, which is why the BBC has just written a follow-up. 100,000 of those 2 million came across to HfP to find out more, which was a great result for us.

    • BS says:

      I’m not the biggest fan of ‘frivolous’ stories, but I really can see that this is relevant (and indeed interesting) to those on a travel blog. Why I’d want bedding that’s smaller than a single bed is slightly beyond me though…!

      • Andrew says:

        The only bedding that was available were the First and Club day blankets, so more for a sofa blanket rather than to actually put on a bed (or in one reader’s case, a dog bed!).

  • Zac says:

    Can somebody please share this mysterious email address you only know about if you pay by PayPal? 12 days and counting for 5 orders. Only 1 order has arrived so far and was missing something. Many thanks

  • Gill says:

    What a complete shambles this has been. It’s as if they asked Dave in accounts to set up a website and post the orders out from his garage. I’ve had a dispatch note today, no contact details and the DPD tracking number isn’t recognised.

    • Andrew says:

      The tracking number will activate later this evening and will be delivered tomorrow.

      • Gill says:

        No update as yet. Will have to wait and see if anything arrives today.

  • AB says:

    Delivered today.
    Great dinner service , except that I was sent 6 small mugs, instead of 6 dinner plates. Dinner plates of any size are now out of stock. I really hope they can source them to complete the order, as the set without dinner plates is useless to me.
    If they can, it will be worth the wait.

  • Kate says:

    I received three parcels yesterday, I haven’t gone through the list properly yet but appear to have received things I didn’t order and not received things I did order. Also received an email to say any orders done early on will be with customers by 14th December and later orders 28 November to 7 December will be 21st December I think. Now to contact them and say I need to return some items and where are my other ones.

    • Gill says:

      Maybe we should set up a group where we can exchange wrongly delivered items for the things we actually wanted!

  • WG says:

    Third order from them and despite getting notification with tracking, the parcel went to a different person. No chance for contacting whatabuy – anyone knows how to get through them?

    • Rob says:

      The thread on the BA board at Flyertalk on this offer has some contact info.

  • JMadrid says:

    I have emailed the contact on Paypal twice now, and have sent a couple of emails to Whatabuy raising my incorrect order. I have received no reply, except for the generic ‘Thank you for your email.’ I have even raised an issue with Paypal, and no response from Whatabuy or the Kuehne-Nagel company either. I am at a loss of what else, I can do, and am considering raising a complaint directly with BA.

  • Goran says:

    “Glad to see” I am not the only one that is still waiting for my order and with no reply from them. Will be interesting if I will ever get it or if I do what will I get. Sounds like I might need to get in touch with PayPal (ordered on 28th November).

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