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British Airways: A380 back on London to Singapore from 27 March 2022

British Airways: A380 back on London to Singapore from 27 March 2022

As I have made clear in other posts – British Airways is not my favourite airline, however, the A380 is my favourite plane. So it’s good news to know that the Airbus big bird is back on the Sydney–Singapore–London route from March next year.

The A380 will be replacing the Boeing 777 on the BA11/BA12 London–Singapore service, providing 170 odd additional seats for the route. More notable is the availability of 97 Club World (business class) seats, which is close to double those available on the 777.

However, you will be on a 787-9 Dreamliner between Singapore to Sydney (BA15/BA16) if travelling on British Airways metal. Those planes have 8 first-class seats, but that old fashioned sardine cabin for Business Class (which my husband has banned me from booking ever again), and not the new ‘Club Suites’

Singapore Lounge

Currently, the British Airways lounge is closed in Singapore, with the Marhaba Lounge at T1 Changi being substituted. That will probably change once these Kangaroo Route flights resume.

a plate of food on a table
2017 British Airways Business Class meal.

Executive Club open to Australians

After 17 years, BA has allowed Australians and New Zealanders to join their frequent flyer program. It’s great advantage is a higher rate on earning the equivalent of Status credits (Tier Points) when travelling on OneWorld airlines including Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Qantas and Qatar Airways. It’s also a quicker way of earning Lifetime Gold (Emerald Status on OneWorld airlines) than via Qantas, where you need to reach lifetime Platinum.

Here’s a table of Executive Club/Qantas Frequent Flyer/OneWorld status equivalents:

  • BA Blue = Qantas Bronze
  • BA Bronze = Qantas Silver = OneWorld Ruby
  • BA Silver = Qantas Gold = OneWorld Sapphire
  • BA Gold = Qantas Platinum = OneWorld Emerald

British Airways also has a top-tier rival to Qantas Platinum One, called Executive Club Gold Guest List, and an invitation-only Chairman’s Club doppelganger with Executive Club Premier status.

a white airplane in the sky

2PAXfly Takeout

This is another timely reminder to wear your seatbelt when seated. Holding you close to your seat will protect you from the sort of injuries sustained on this flight, when unsecured passengers flew to the ceiling of the aircraft, and then came crashing down once the ‘drop’ ceased.

The hope will be that this is an anomaly – a ‘freak accident’ in casual parlance. If it is a systemic error either mechanical or electronic, then this is a larger concern for the airlines that fly Boeing Dreamliner 787 aircraft. Let’s hope it isn’t. If it is, it will pile on the woes to Boeing’s existing stack.

With my husband banning bookings on British Airways service, It’s unlikely I will fly on these routes, nor swap my OneWorld loyalty program. However, once they upgrade their business cabins, this might change if the fares are priced right.

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