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News: BA leasing Boeing 757s from Titan for Gatwick, Cathay resumes daily London flights

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News in brief:

British Airways resorting to Titan charter aircraft at London Gatwick

British Airways has quietly leased charter aircraft from Titan Airways to operate flights from London Gatwick. This is on top of the aircraft which are being leased from Iberia Express at Gatwick, and the aircraft which have been leased from Finnair to operate short haul flights from Heathrow Terminal 3.

It appears that Club Europe will still be offered if Titan Airways is operating your flight.

There is some novelty in this for anyone who finds themselves on a Titan Airways aircraft. It has lent British Airways at least one Boeing 757. The final Boeing 757 rolled off the production line in 2004 so many of our younger readers may never have flown on one.

What is interesting is that Titan allows the operating airline to configure its preferred seating configuration. One option is for ‘proper’ business class seats, as you can see below.

Will BA opt for this? We’ll let you know, as I am on a Titan aircraft next week …..

Titan Airways Boeing 757

Cathay Pacific is resuming regular London flights

With Hong Kong now reopening – albeit still requiring seven nights of hotel quarantine – Cathay Pacific is restarting regular services from the UK.

There are a few ad hoc flights during May, but from 8th June a daily service will resume from London Heathrow. It will use an A350-1000.

There will also be ad hoc services from Manchester during May and June.

It isn’t yet fully clear how easy it will be, if at all, to use Cathay Pacific to transfer in Hong Kong to other destinations in Asia.

You can check times and prices on the Cathay Pacific website. If you want to collect Cathay Pacific Asia Miles from UK credit cards, our guide on how to do that is here.

Comments (47)

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  • PaulD says:

    9The Titan 757 is in the 202Y config according to the published seat maps. CE as normal middle seat free

  • Tom says:

    Also, it seems like they’ve leased some aircraft from Finnair (LHR flights). I got an email today, informing me that my flight is going to be *operated* by Finnair and allowing me to make adjustment to my booking if I wish to travel with a BA operated service

  • Steve says:

    I travelled on a Titan 757 couple of years back on a skiing trip. They are ancient. They really look old. The one we were on had a long galley as you boarded.

  • Pedro says:

    So just about as as old as the dozen or so BA 777s operating out of Gatwick (with no replacements in sight).
    Was on a Titan 757 MAD-LHR BA stand in not so long ago. Nice crew, nice flight and brought back memories of my two years of BA LHR-EDI shuttle experience in the late eighties and which operated really well. Sigh.

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