News for those who will fly with British Airways in 2013: the company will increase its fleet with the acquisition of 36 new aircraft as part of an investment program of £ 5 billion of the company, which includes new models of aircraft, remodeled cabins and elegant lounges. Two hundred and fourteen customers will enjoy the comfort of 24 new Boeing 787 Dreamliners, since the 12 Airbus A380 will be the largest in the airline’s fleet, with a capacity of 469 passengers each.
The aircraft present an elegant cabin design recently fitted on the Boeing 777-300, which proved immensely popular with customers. “We are investing in new and updated aircraft for British Airways, with innovative technology and unique services to the customer. The feedback and satisfaction ratings show that both of seats and design of the new cabins have achieved the highest ratings we’ve ever seen, “said Willie Walsh, chief executive of International Airlines Group.
The aircraft will also present the latest entertainment on Thales IFE system, which offers customers 50% more movies, 200% more TV programs and 200% more audio programs and music. Customers also will benefit from larger screens in all cabins and an easier system to use the shortcut buttons. They will also be able to connect personal devices such as laptops, available for the first time in all cabins.
And the news does not stop there, Terminal 5 (at Heathrow airport, used exclusively by British Airways), received investment of £ 4.3 billion. Their complex lounge occupies an area of 15 thousand square meters (about two football fields). The baggage system also features improvements with capacity of processing up to 12,000 packages per hour in 18 km of carousel for carry bags through the terminal.
And which is why it so important? The Terminal 5 is one of the best places for shopping in London with a total of 120 stores, five lounges (which can accommodate 2500 passengers, the largest complex of lounges in the world), spa and several exclusive rooms for passengers in First and Club World with special treatments for relaxation and massage chairs. Besides some of the best shopping in the world, there is only possible to find exclusive pieces from designers like Paul Smith, the Globe, and Links of London. Other stores have created unique environments, such as JD Sports, who developed a special gallery on the history of the sport and Tiffany & Co that in their first shop in an airport in Europe, brings their history files, in a space that is a replica of the jewelry on 5th Avenue in New York.
Furthermore, the third building of Terminal 5 at London Heathrow Airport, the T5C recently opened, with capacity for aircraft operations A380 – The largest commercial passenger aircraft – in the future.
As a novelty, some shops like Starbucks, Boots, WH Smith and World Duty Free are in the new space, which already has Accessorize, Best of the Best, Boots, Bulgari, Chocolate Box, Cigar House, Coach, Collection, Dixons Tax Free, Glorious Britain, Harrods Signature, HMV, Hughes & Hughes, JD Sports, Kurt Geiger, Links of London , Harrods Department Store – Grand View Central, Mappin & Webb, Mulberry, PC World, Prada, Reiss, Rolling Luggage, Smythson, Sunglass Hut, Ted Baker, Thomas Cook, Thomas Pink, Tie Rack, Tiffany & Co., Travelex, WH Smith, World Duty Free, World of Whiskies.
Do not need anything else, is not it?