Published on : Monday, April 3, 2017
From 1 April, British Airways has chosen to ‘fly more fresh air around’! The airline will fly the same network of domestic service from London to northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland; however, it will keep some empty seats deliberately.
Promising a window or aisle seat for every business-class passenger, “and more personal space for working and relaxing”, this new move of BA will shrink the number of tickets on sale from Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Leeds/Bradford, Manchester and Newcastle to London. Every row of six seats from Gatwick and Heathrow in Club class has a maximum of four occupants, with the middle seat on each side left unsold.
On the average BA domestic flight on an Airbus A320, 20 seats are free. This means they offer 10 rows of business class and is enough for a typical flight.
The airline said the decision is unrelated to the removal in January of complimentary catering from economy passengers on short-haul flights in Europe. A spokesperson for BA said that they are delighted to be launching the short-haul business class cabin, Club Europe, on their UK domestic flights. The introduction of the cabin enables them to offer to UK domestic customers the use of the spacious lounges, with complimentary catering, priority boarding and disembarkation, more generous baggage allowances, extra Avios and frequent flyer points plus excellent free onboard food and drink.
Environmentalists have found this alarming. John Stewart, Chair of the HACAN group said that at a time when air pollution is a real problem, if airlines have seats to spare they should be looking to cut flight numbers rather than fly around with even more empty seats.