BA let passenger know how to survive a plane crash – but it’ll cost them

Money can’t save you from a plane crash… but now it can give you a better chance of surviving.


Richer passengers will now be able to take part in a British Airways course. But only members of BA’s elite executive club will be given the opportunity by exchanging air miles for the training session.


The four-hour course costs around £125 and focuses on the aftermath of a plane crash.  According the research by the Civil Aviation Authority, its is after the crash that many deaths occur – people panic or freeze and cant undo their seatbelt.


The BA course will allow its members to practice using oxygen masks, escape slides and life jackets.


Andy Clubb, who runs the course for BA, told The Independent:


‘It makes passengers safer when travelling by giving additional skills. It dispels all those internet theories about the ‘brace position’ and it gives people so much more confidence in flying.’


‘With other passengers around them reacting in a positive manner to the instructions being given by the crew, the few passengers that might have frozen might follow those who demonstrate that they know what they are doing.’


Virgin Atlantic also have a similar course for £78m which also states its to help passengers in the event of a crash landing.

Top tips for travelling with kids over the summer break

As hundreds of thousands of families prepare to jet off on their summer holidays, British Airways has prepared a list of top tips for travelling with children.

Father of two and senior cabin crew member, Justin Cox says: “As a parent I understand that travelling with kids can at first seem like a daunting prospect, but it really needn’t be. After my 12 years as BA cabin crew I have found that flying can be made more comfortable and even fun for kids by following a few simple pointers.”

If you plan to take your own car seat for the flight, check with your airline before travelling to make sure the seat fits the airline’s criteria, as different airlines have different requirements.

Before your child’s first flight in their own seat, sit them on the sofa at home with a cushion between you as the armrest, explaining how it’s going to be on board.

Take a small compact travel pushchair for easy cabin stowage onboard – regular sized pushchairs or strollers will normally have to go as hold luggage.

Pack their favourite teddy, pillow or comfort blanket – to help them get to sleep more easily and make it feel more like home.

Sometimes waiting for take-off or leaving the aircraft can be boring for young children – a bag of treats can work well at this point as a distraction.

While visiting the flight deck mid-flight is no longer allowed, if you ask the crew they are usually happy to arrange for children to see flight deck after landing.

If you are flying somewhere with a big time difference try to allow yourselves two days when you get back to give your children time to get back into UK time and their normal routine, before they go back to nursery or school.

British Airways prides itself on the levels of customer service it offers to families and children.

On longhaul flights the airline has a special child friendly menu, which parents can book free of charge in advance. Children are also given out entertainment packs as they take their seats on longhaul flights.

The airline will also help to arrange seats in advance of check-in opening to ensure families can sit together on their holidays.

Cabin crew and pilots will also do their very best to ensure that children flying with British Airways have a smooth journey.

Senior first officer and mother of two, Carley Lear, adds: “Many pilots, including myself, fell in love with flying at a very young age so we are usually pleased to share our enthusiasm with kids who want to learn more. Children of all ages are very welcome to come to the flight deck to meet the pilots. The best time is after landing when passengers are disembarking. We sometimes have stickers and postcards for children and will be more than happy to talk about flying and what all the controls and buttons on the flight deck do. Budding young pilots of the future can also ask their pilot to sign their junior flight log-book which they can get from the cabin crew for free during the flight.”

Senior cabin crew member, Justin Cox adds: “The in-flight entertainment system is great and provides a wide range of kids programmes, movies and music and I always pack a portable DVD player or a pre-programmed iPod with my kids’ favourites as well. Also, I always try to avoid taking games with lots of fiddly bits like jigsaws. They’re likely to get lost during the flight and cause upset when you arrive at your destination!”

Ash cloud causes no disruption to BA today

British Airways is conducting a verification flight to help determine procedures to continue flying in accordance with risk assessment methodology developed by ICAO, the global aviation governing body, over the last 12 months.

The flight will produce data that should help the understanding of the limitations of the models being used to forecast ash dispersal.

The flight, by a British Airways Airbus A320, departed from Manchester airport this evening to fly toward the Newcastle area and then over Glasgow and Edinburgh before heading south and arriving at London Heathrow.

The aircraft, and its flight performance, will then be subject to detailed inspection and analysis overnight by the airline’s engineers. All data will be made available to the CAA.

We regret the cancellation of today’s services between London and Scotland, and London and Newcastle. These cancellations were made entirely on the basis of the information given to us by the CAA and the Met Office.

We expect flights to all areas, including Scotland, to operate normally today.

British Airways’ doubles flights to Rio

British Airways is continuing its commitment to Brazil by doubling its weekly frequency to Rio de Janeiro from three to six flights.

Neil Cottrell, British Airways’ head of network planning, said: “We are experiencing a real increase in demand for Rio and by doubling the number of frequencies, we are able to offer our customers more choice and greater availability. Brazil is also experiencing strong economic growth and this capacity increase is a great opportunity for British Airways to be part of that growth.”

Flights will now depart Heathrow for Rio every day, except Mondays. The departure time remains at 12.15pm, landing in Rio at 9.55pm local time.
The flight will continue to be served by a three class B777, enabling customers to choose from World Traveller (economy), World Traveller Plus (premier economy) and the airline’s fully flat beds in Club World (business class).

Earlier this month, British Airways and Iberia announced the immediate start of codesharing on a new tranche of one another’s flights. This included BA putting its code on Iberia flights from Madrid to San Jose (Costa Rica) and Panama City and Iberia adding its code to BA’s Bahrain, Doha, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Kuwait and Muscat services. Iberia has also added its code onto British Airways’ services to Cape Town and both airlines are now sharing their Johannesburg flights. Iberia’s flights to Havana also started carrying the BA code on April 15.


British Airways increase fuel surcharge

Due to the high price of oil, British Airways has today had to announce an increase in its fuel surcharge on longhaul travel from Friday, April 8, 2011. There will be no increase in the fuel surcharge on domestic and shorthaul flights.

Nick Swift, British Airways’ chief financial officer, said: “It’s with real regret that we are having to increase our longhaul fuel surcharge. As customers will know from the price at the petrol pumps, the cost of fuel has continued to rise significantly over the past three months. For us, fuel now represents over one third of our costs and particularly affects our longhaul flights. We are very aware of the wider economic pressures on our customers at the moment and we will bear the vast majority of the recent fuel price rise ourselves to keep this increase in surcharge to a minimum.”

Longhaul non-premium tickets will experience an increase of £10 per sector.

This means that World Traveller (economy) flights under nine hours will increase from £75 a sector to £85 and flights in excess of nine hours will increase from £88 a sector to £98.

World Traveller Plus (premium economy) flights under nine hours will increase from £85 to £95 a sector and flights of more than nine hours will increase from £106.50 a sector to £116.50.

Longhaul premium tickets will increase by £20 per sector.

First and Club World flights under nine hours will increase from £105 per sector to £125. On flights of more than nine hours there will be an increase from £125 per sector to £145.