#FindYourEscape: BA spreads its African wings

2017-09-20 10:30 - Kavitha Pillay
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Cape Town - British Airways is expanding flights throughout Africa, boosting #AfriTravel and exposing the world to the continent's rich culture and natural beauty - more load is always great for local travellers right. 

The international airline recently expanded its summer schedule between Cape Town and London for the end of year vacation, as well as increased the number of seats to Nigeria by introducing a newly refurbished Boeing, adding 511 seats a week on the route to Lagos. But the airline didn't stop there. 

British Airways is now expanding its African network by starting services to the Seychelles, offering more flights to the Indian Ocean Islands including Mauritius, and adding more seats on other routes.

SEE: BA expands summer flights between Cape Town and London

According to BA, the Seychelles service will take to the skies between March and October 2018, and will be operated by the airline’s newest fleet of aircraft, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

"From the end of October the current three Boeing 777 services from Gatwick to Mauritius will expand to five a week", says BA.

More flight expansions

From October 2017 BA will also add 680 more seats a week between London and Johannesburg, when it begins flying a double-daily A380 service. Other than Los Angeles, Johannesburg will be the only British Airways’ route with two daily A380s.

In November the daily London to Cape Town Boeing 747 service will increase to double daily for the South African summer season and the airline will start operating three additional Boeing 777 services from Gatwick. It will also provide a number of extra services from Heathrow to meet demand over the New Year peak, Indaba, UK half term in February and Easter.

“With the A380 services on Johannesburg and the expanded Cape Town schedule, we’ll be offering more seats to South Africa than we ever have before,” says Sue Petrie, commercial manager Southern Africa.

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"The expansion in Africa and to the Indian Ocean Islands comes soon after British Airways announced a multi-million pound investment plan, with a focus on excellence in the premium cabins and more choice and quality for all its customers," says Petrie.

What's new for flyers ...

In addition to route expansions, the airline has a number of new and upgraded facilities in place to ensure flyers' comfort.

At Heathrow a First Wing check-in area with direct security and lounge access has launched and lounges around the airline’s network are to be revamped, including the Johannesburg lounge.

BA also recently introduced Premium Transfer Drive, a new service at Heathrow, to ensure that customers are able to catch their onward flights. Through this new service, the airline provides an 'airside' car transfer for premium passengers who are at risk of missing their connection.

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Petrie also says that with an emphasis on improved catering and sleep the airline will spend four hundred million pounds on Club World, and customers can look forward to the "latest generation Wi-Fi" in flights within the next two years. 

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