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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)

  • Laura says:

    Was there any teaspoons? Would love a set but either they weren’t there or I missed them!

    • A says:

      you didn’t miss out – they did not have any. i was gutted aswell

      • Laura says:

        What a shame 😣 I wonder if they’ll release more tomorrow after the apparent success of today

  • Money Goh says:

    it seems the page not working 🙁

  • Ishan says:

    Well, I suppose my disappointment at the large plates being out of stock when I logged on within the first hour of the link being live has been tempered by the fact that at least I managed to buy everything else on my list.

    I did wonder when I logged on why the large plates had gone when everything else was available but coming back to HfP post purchase I see why.

    Really wanted a teapot and some espresso cups but I’ll live.

  • Wilbur says:

    given the response of the web site, BA will have a lot of stuff unsold.
    nothing but spinning arrows . . . .

  • John says:

    Missed all the good stuff completely. Would only have been interested in First champagne flutes to be fair.

    Until then, I’ll stick with my lovely illustrated Virgin coffee mug, “liberated” from Upper Class a couple of years ago.

  • John says:

    BTW, do they really do slippers in Club World? I have never had them offered, nor noticed them mentioned on any in-flight literature!

    • Ron says:

      Only available on flights to/from the Far East in WT+, CW and F. I’ve asked for them in all three classes and they are the same ones, I have to say the quality is not bad.

      • John says:

        Ah that explains why. I’ve only ever travelled trans-Atlantic in Club / First on BA. (US trips for work.)

        Seems like a weird distinction though – especially as United have decent slippers in business these days!

      • Andrew says:

        Slippers are offered on all flights in First regardless of destination or time of day.

        • Jerry says:

          Slippers – They’re one size and quite small. I’m a UK 9/10 43/44 and you wouldn’t call them a good fit. I have quite a few pairs I offer to house guests.

          • Richmond_Surrey says:

            I didn’t buy slippers, because I wasn’t sure about the size. I have one pair from Japan flight, but didn’t realise they only have one size. I would certainly buy the set, if I knew it’s the same size, as I already have.

            Well, slippers from nice hotels will last me for couple more years anyway.

  • Julie says:

    I bought 2 items paid for them and as the payment was going through it crashed
    No idea if the payment went through ? Very frustrating

  • jamesay says:

    I logged on at 13.20 and most stuff (no rhyme nor reason to the stuff) was available. Bizarre numbers 4 for some things, 6 for others and 8 for others…. nonsense…..I was able to get some things I enjoyed using in FIRST….mugs, and the deep pasta bowls. £70.00
    The PR shots were disingenuous – I wanted an afternoon Tea Set, with pot, cup, saucer and that cut two tier cake stand.

    • Paul says:

      The only bit in the photo on the whatabuy website that wasn’t included was the metal stand (that holds the small side plates) – I was after it too so share the annoyance. Wasn’t shown in any other PR shots though.