British Airways Heathrow

With not much to report, the British Airways Press Office have gone all playful and compiled a list of all the items that are loaded onto one of their 747s for a typical long-haul flight. With a combined weight of over 6 metric tonnes, every item has to be loaded and unloaded before every single flight so rather them than me. British Airways is the world’s largest operator of the original Jumbo Jet with over 52 in its fleet and here’s what each has loaded onto it……

1,263 items of metal cutlery

1,291 items of china crockery

538 meal trays

735 glasses

650 paper cups

34 metal teapots

220 drinks stirrers

500 coasters

233 toothpicks

2,000 ice cubes

99 full bottles and 326 quarter bottles of wine

700 small cans of fizzy drinks

164 bags of nuts in Club World

337 cushions and pillows

337 sets of headphones

337 headrest covers

435 air sickness bags

58 toilet rolls

40 extension seatbelts for children

340 safety cards

337 copies of High Life magazine

40 skyflyer packs for children

5 first aid kits



British Airways has announced that it will be extending its recently introducted policy on hand-baggage-only flights to all 32 short haul routes out of Gatwick. After trialing on just 5 destinations (Tunis, Jersey, Turin, Amsterdam & Dubrovnik), the new policy provides discounted fares for those passengers travelling only with hand-baggage.

With a far more generous allowance (a proper sized bag plus lap-top or handbag) than low-cost carriers such as easyjet, the airline’s primary short-haul competitor at Gatwick, and the same allowance for children and adults, British Airways hope that they will be able claw back market share and restore their Gatwick operations to profitability. The new fares go on sale from 2nd April.

British Airways Cabin Crew


Having long promoted itself as the ultimate full-service airline, British Airways has seemingly decided that if you can’t beat them, join them; for short-haul flights from Gatwick the airline is introducing charges ranging from £9 to £15 per checked-in bag, depending on the exact route. To begin with the airline will be trialing the system on a select number of routes although it is expected that the new policy will soon be applied to all short-haul flights from Gatwick. This new policy will not apply to long haul flights nor any any routes out of Heathrow and the weight limit per item of luggage will remain at 23kgs.

The change comes as British Airways struggles to compete with Easyjet, now the largest airline at Gatwick. On many routes British Airways has simply decided not to try and compete at all and pulled out of routes on which the low cost carrier operates.