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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)

  • Trevor says:

    For those who missed the brandy glasses, they are of course incredibly small and suitable only for those who serve a miser’s quantity. The site would not let me pay with a BA Amex card however – certain irony there.

    • Greg says:

      If you use Paypal and have your BA AMEX as a choice the order will be process on your AMEX. Just got a couple of things.

    • Lady London says:

      Used to get those from Texaco.

  • Patrick says:

    Does anyone know of a site (apart from e-bay) where airlines would sell amenity kits? This is by far the most useful item I have: Wife takes the beauty products, socks are used as window-cleaning rags (or worn for the best models), cases are used for electronics, kids’ pencil cases, laptop chargers, and eye masks/slippers for visiting relatives 🙂

  • Nigel W says:

    As someone who has just moved into their own place and is severely lacking any plates etc, this sale is great!

  • MYSELF says:

    Bagged the set of six. Like others am waiting for them to say it’s only one plate but screen capped and will hold them to it.

    Also next day and timed doesn’t change the cost btw

  • Paul Stevens says:

    I don’t understand why I’ve just bought a sealable box!

  • Oxonboy says:

    Tried several times to buy but either payment screen doesn’t load or transaction cancelled after authorisation.

  • Jitesh says:

    Particular reason why WTP mugs are 8 pounds for six? And CW are 7 pounds tor six?

    • William says:

      Those CW mugs are the old ones, not the mugs they are using in new catering settings.

      • Alex Sm says:

        Yeah, the one which I got from CW flight attendant is much nicer than those they sell here…

  • Mark says:

    Incredibly silly question…are these all brand new?

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Not everything will be coasters, hot towels etc should be.

      These sales take place periodically for staff to take advantage of cut price used items which are either now surplus (most likely as they just retired a number of 747 which had large first cabins and 777 is going down to 8 seats) or being refreshed as its past what BA deem as useful life but probably still very good condition.

    • Rhys says:

      Crockery and bedding all brand new, BA have now told us