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British Airways to launch 3 new flights weekly from HK to London Heathrow

British Airways yesterday announced the launch of three- times-a-week daytime flights from Hong Kong to London Heathrow, beginning 25 March 2012.

Complementing the airline’s twice-daily late evening departures, the additional services will accommodate increased demand during peak travel periods.

“With events like the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Summer Olympics taking place in the UK this year, the extra flights will be a welcome addition for customers looking to travel during busy periods,” Kevin McQuillan, British Airways Regional General Manager, East Asia, said. “Our new daytime flight will give business travellers and holidaymakers alike more choices, so they can make the best use of their time.”

The new flight, BA22, will leave Hong Kong on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 9:10 am and arrive at London Heathrow at 3.00 pm UK time the same day. The new flight from London, BA21, will operate on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, leaving around noontime UK time and arriving in Hong Kong in the early morning the following morning.

The flights are scheduled to operate from 25 March to 28 April, 27 May to 3 September and 3 to 27 October 2012.

All British Airways flights from Hong Kong arrive at Terminal 5, British Airways’ award-winning, state-of-the-art home at Heathrow airport. Terminal 5 is exclusive to customers of British Airways and its sister airline, Iberia. Premium passengers headed to London can take advantage of the highly acclaimed Arrivals Lounge to freshen up before going into town. Customers going on to other destinations can enjoy fast and trouble-free onward connections to the largest choice of UK and European cities from London.

“The introduction of additional daytime flights is the latest example from British Airways’ HKD60 billion programme to refine and renew its products and services,” McQuillan said.

In October 2011, the newest aircraft in British Airways’ fleet, the Boeing 777-300ER, started flying on the Hong Kong route. The aircraft is fitted with the airline’s brand new First class, World Traveller Plus premium economy class and World Traveller economy cabins. It features 56 business class flat beds in its award-winning Club World cabin. Club World offers the ultimate in luxury and comfort with a six-foot completely flat bed that extends into a six-foot-six “Z” position, supporting the knees and back in a seated recline. British Airways was the first airline in the world to introduce flat beds in business class. In addition to offering the biggest choice of convenient connections to the UK and Europe out of London, a modern and efficient home terminal at Heathrow, award-winning flat beds and a choice of four cabins, British Airways gives customers excellent rewards and benefits through its Executive Club frequent flyer programme, not only with British Airways but with all its oneworld alliance partners.