British Airways

Holiday buying inside the British Airways crockery closet

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Are you partial to British Airways?

The airline is aware of that many humans are yearning for something – some thing – to remind them of the pleasure of flying somewhere on a plane.

So the airline is feeding that hunger by way of placing some of its unneeded in-flight provider objects on sale. Just in time for vacation buying.

What’s up on the market?

Plates, soup bowls, butter plates, champagne flutes, blankets, bread baskets, and different meal service objects in addition to creditors’ items from the airline’s retired Boeing 747 aircraft.

The British Airways gadgets on the market are listed – by means of cabin – on a unique web page of the WhataBuy website.

These pics make all of the gadgets look very appealing. But keep in thoughts: meals isn't always included.

And at the same time as those little bread baskets are lovable, we’ve got our hearts set on a British Airways bar trolley that became used on a Boeing 747. The charge? About $266.00.

British Airways testing robot bartenders in two lounges

More airport robots are coming to serve you.

A Briggo robot barista serves up specialty espresso drinks from computerized Coffee Haus spots in Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) and from one located in San Francisco International Airport (SFO) adjoining to the safety entrance internal Terminal three.

Now comes word that in the course of February, a robotic bartender could be serving liquids on the British Airways lounges at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and at San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

BA has established the Barsys, a clever automated cocktail-making device. Customers order a drink by clicking a button on a screen. Then they region a glass on a small conveyor belt and the robot bartending device does the relaxation.

No doubt, without the witty bartender banter.

British Airways’ First and Club World customers touring from San Francisco and Newark could be able to sidle as much as the robotic bar and pick out from 30 cocktails and a lot of customizable liquids. Two unique cocktails are on the menu: one known as Silicon Galley; the alternative Echo-Whiskey-Romeo.

Not visiting either of these British Airways lounges this month? Looks like you may purchase your own robotic bartender for beneath $1000.

Here’s how it works.

British Airways’ memento marmite

British Airways has teamed up with Marmite to sell memento-sized jars of the famous-in-some-places breakfast spread made with brewer’s yeast.

The airline found that airport protection officials at London City AIrport confiscate jars of Marmite more than every other branded item and that extra than 2000 jars of Marmite are anticipated to be taken from travelers this yr.

To make sure Marmite-fans received’t cross hungry after they travel – and because British Airways is having a laugh celebrating its centenary 12 months – the the service is selling memento-sized jars of Marmite to its passengers.

For now, 70 gram, journey-friendly special edition jars of the unfold are being offered solely on board.

Don’t fancy Marmite? Don’t worry.

British Airways will be freeing a series of different centenary edition ingredients in partnership with British manufacturers throughout its milestone year.

The airline has a partnership with Scottish craft brewers, BrewDog, who have created a transatlantic IPA for customes and has a deal with luxury British watchmaker Bremont for a confined-editiod watch made with metal from the Concorde.

Cool new/old liveries in the air

Courtesy British Airways

Last week at Heathrow Airport, British Airways debuted a unfashionable -liveried Boeing 747 (registration: G-BYGC) painted in the iconic design of its predecessor British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC).]

BA 100 will stay in this Boeing 747 till the plane is retired in 2023. And by means of then, British Airways, like maximum commercial companies, will have retired the majority of its 747 fleet. To discover wherein you may spot the plane in individual, check Flight Radar.

BOAC 747 Taken: 18th February 2019 Photo: Stuart Bailey

There’s every other unfashionable livery to search for this week.

Courtesy Austrian Airlines

An Austrian Airlines A320 aircraft (registration OE-LBO) is flying with a livery from the Nineteen Eighties, whilst Austrian Airlines re-entered the intercontinental flight commercial enterprise, “after a totally long ruin,” the carrier notes.

Courtesy Austrian Airlines

The layout has an angular logo arrow, gray aircraft belly and the traditional red-white-purple flag on the tailfin of the plane.

“Considering the colourful era of the Eighties, it changed into, all in all, a confined branding on the part of Austrian Airlines”, stated Isabella Reichl, Head of Marketing for the countrey’s countrywide provider.

The carrier says the the retro appearance is a homage to the locations of Tokyo and New York. Th aircraft’s first look is in Vienna these days.

Fancy a fast ride to London & Paris?

Tower Bridge at night time

A few month’s again I turned into invited – virtually, challenged – to go to Paris and London in just 4 or five days.

“Not feasible,” I insisted. But I changed into willing to offer it a strive.

Here’s a slightly edited model of the story I wrote for Travel + Leisure with some thoughts for a way to do it.

Getting there and again

To make this speedy trip paintings, fly into one city and out of the other, and e book a seat at the high speed Eurostar train to tour among the two.

Plenty of airways fly between america and each London and Paris and it's miles possible to discover deals on a one-manner or open-jaw price ticket the usage of gear on airline assessment web sites or a knowledgeable tour advisor.

British Airways currently gives up to 50 flights from the U.S. to London each day, depending at the season, from 26 U.S. gateways and can be including flights from each Pittsburgh and Charleston to London in April 2019. The airline permits passengers to cut the price of flights by means of the use of Avios factors toward fee.

Air France currently offers extra than 150 flights every week to Paris from 12 U.S. towns and is including Dallas/Fort Worth as its 11th U.S. gateway on March 31, 2019. The French flag service offers flash fares to Paris (and other locations) about as soon as a month, so sign on to follow the provider’s Facebook and Twitter money owed.

Eurostar trains make the ride from metropolis center to town center, between London’s St. Pancras International Station to Gare du Nord in Paris, in simply over 2 hours for a little as $60 each manner. Eurostar price ticket pricing fluctuates like airline tickets, with the bottom costs typically supplied for midweek tour. Be certain to hold onto your boarding bypass: it gives 2-for-1 access to many museums and exhibitions in both cities.

Where to stay; what to do

Coal Drops Yard

In London, there are masses of inn to pick from right close to St. Pancras International railway station, that is steps from the British Library and its many loose events and exhibitions. Nearby is the Wellcome Collection, a hip and free technological know-how and health-themed museum that markets itself to the “incurably curious.”

Coal Drops Yard, built in 1850 to deal with the 8 million heaps of coal delivered to London every yr, has been converted into the town’s most up-to-date cutting-edge destination. Located in King’s Cross, just a few mins’ stroll from St. Pancras, the purchasing and dining middle boasts more than 50 stores, eating places and cafés, together with the flagship keep of Wolf & Badger, which gathers cool offerings from unbiased manufacturers, and Casa Pastor, serving Mexican-stimulated tacos, alongside mezcals, Mexican beers and imaginitive margaritas.

For comfort and a hefty dose of the historic, splurge on a two-night time stay at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, internal St. Pancras station. The “Seat to Suite” package consists of living room access as well as a concierge escort among your room and your seat on the Eurostar educate, which departs from St. Pancras station.

If you’ll be heading lower back to the states from Paris, pick a motel within the metropolis middle that offers easy get right of entry to to museums, café and other pinnacle attractions.

The newly renovated 97-room Renaissance Paris Vendome Hotel, close to the Tuileries Garden and the Louvre in the metropolis’s historical 1st arrondissement is a good option. Book a breakfast-protected package deal (croissants galore!); seek out close by “hidden gems” counseled with the aid of the hotel’s “Navigator”; and let the front desk book you a seat (ideally at the chef’s counter) inside the hotel’s popular-with-locals Balagan Restaurant, which serves an ever-converting menu of Israeli-stimulated Middle Eastern food.

You can save time by means of combining travelling and fine dining with the aid of having lunch or dinner at (or on) Ducasse sur Seine, chef Alain Ducasse’s new restaurant on an electric powered boat providing diners a 90-minute cruise on the Seine. Or board the Bustronome, a restaurant inside a double-decker bus that drives by among the metropolis’s pinnacle points of interest for the duration of a 3-hour excursion. (There’s a London model of this as properly.)

You might not get your fill of croissants, baguettes, macarons or other French pastries all through a quick two-day visit, however you’ll analyze some professional French bakers’ tricks to take home at some point of a gourmand taking walks tour or a French breach-making elegance prepared with the aid of a local excursion organization such as Meeting the French.