Friday 19 October 2018

BA to invest $5.9bn in revamp programme

LONDON, November 8, 2017

British Airways’ chief executive Alex Cruz has announced plans to invest a staggering £4.5 billion ($5.9 billion) in a revamp programme as part of efforts to improve the flying experience for all customers.

Over the next five years, the investment will fund:

• 72 new aircraft, including four new types for the airline: the Airbus A350, the Boeing 787-10 and the neo (new engine option) variant of the Airbus A320 and 321;
• New interiors for 128 aircraft in the existing fleet;
• At-seat power for customers in all cabins;
• Upgraded catering for economy customers on long-haul;
• Roll-out of fast wi-fi in all cabins on short-haul and long-haul.

“We want to be the airline of choice for everyone. Every customer matters – short-haul or long-haul, economy or premium. So, we must have an offer that is attractive to everyone,” Cruz said.

Furthermore, the airline announced a new route for next summer from Heathrow to Figari in Corsica.

British Airways will be flying 264 routes next summer – a rise of 17 per cent in two years. With 11 destinations across nine countries in its Middle East network, the airline offers excellent onward connections from regional gateways to Europe and North America via London Heathrow.

He also highlighted £200 million ($263 million) of additional investment in Club World cabins, following a £400 million ($526.1 million) injection unveiled last year. - TradeArabia News Service

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