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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)

  • Super Secret Stuff says:

    Already regret not buying an insulated box for a beer cooler and the waste trolley to be the worlds best kitchen bin.

    At least there will be no arguments about how much I’ve spent…

    • Dubious says:

      Super Secret Stuff – they are back in stock today (25 November) if you are quick!

  • Njbdevon says:

    I was going to forget to tell my husband about my purchases but now its on the BBC I have proudly shared my bargains! The £5 plate set, side plates, bowls and mugs 🙂
    Wanted first champagne glasses – anyone know where they are from?

    • Andrew says:

      Dartington, but an exclusive design/shape for BA. But you might find similar – they are quite an unusual and distinctive shape.

      • Njbdevon says:

        Thanks – I am only about 30 mins from the factory so once lockdown allows I might take a trip!

  • Christian says:

    I suppose it all down to personal taste. I’ve probably spent a few thousand pounds on crockery and glassware that an airline use onboard their aircraft. It does baffle me why anyone would want to rush to by William Edwards when Finnair’s Iittala range is far mor stylish and contemporary.

    • Andrew says:

      But William Edwards make plates and Iittala make glasses – so how are they comparable?

      • Christian says:

        Iittala do make plates albeit it’s the Marimekko plates which Finnair use onboard which again I personally prefer to William Edwards.

  • Christian says:

    I suppose it all comes down to personal taste. I’ve probably spent a few thousand pounds on crockery and glassware that an airline use onboard their aircraft. It does baffle me why anyone would want to rush to by William Edwards when Finnair’s Iittala range is far mor stylish and contemporary.

  • KBuffett says:

    I was going to ask this a few days ago, but thought people may find it weird! Does anyone know where I can get really good quality blankets like those in First? (Other than this sale)

  • D Gomersall says:

    Well I didnt get what I wanted as the site kept crashing….or was that me? I ended up with 6 mugs.Put all my card details in, pressed pay and the site crashed again.Ihave no idea if I got anything!!

  • Niels Boldt-Wilson says:

    The link on website wich is below is not working;

  • Rob says:

    The world has gone crazy since the BA First Class sell-off became the most read story on the BBC website and I was quoted in it saying that our readers had cleared out the stock.

    We have been doing 250 page views per minute for the last few hours. We smashed our all-time page views record on the dot of 6pm. It is very likely that we will add 50% to all our previous best-ever page views count by midnight.

    The Guardian version has just gone live and that has a direct link to HFP so that inflate it even more.

    Shame we sold the key ad slots to Amex for a fixed price 🙂

    • Andrew says:

      Great for HfP’s exposure and I really appreciate the advance notice and being able to get on the site before 8am and buy what I wanted. And I guess it just shows that something tangible you can enjoy at home has more appeal at the moment than a 50% redemption sale on a flight that will most likely not be taken.