British Airways is upgrading its Sydney-London service, in a move which the airline says underscores its commitment to the historic UK-Australia Kangaroo Route.
From March 30th 2013, a new Boeing 777-300ER will replace the Boeing 747-400 on the daily BA15/BA16 flight via Singapore.
"Our new initiatives mark a new chapter in our proud history with Australia, and underscores our commitment to the route" says Jamie Cassidy, British Airways Area General Manager for Middle East and Asia Pacific, in announcing the changes.
Perhaps even better is that the UK end of those flights will shift from London Heathrow’s Terminal 3 to the airline’s home in the newer and streamlined Terminal 5 – as will the BA11/BA12 Singapore-London flights.
That move will make it easier for travellers to catch onward BA connections without the current change of terminal.
It'll also provide access to some of BA's best lounges, with plenty for business travelelrs and frequent flyers to choose from.
That list starts with the superb Concorde Room, for first class passengers.
There's also the Galleries First lounge for BA's Gold Executive Club members and their oneworld Emerald equivalents, including Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum and Platinum One; plus Galleries Club lounge for BA Gold & Silver Executive Club, Qantas Gold and oneworld Sapphire.
But it doesn't hurt to prise yourself out of the lounge and poke around T5 itself.
The terminal has a top selection of airside shopping and dining, among them Gordon Ramsey’s Plane Food and Parisian bakers Ladurée, if you want to enjoy some morish macarons with your inflight meal!
T5 is also home to BA's Galleries Arrivals lounge for travellers in first class, business class and Gold Executive Club or cardholders (as well as Qantas Platinum and other oneworld Emeralds) can freshen up, feed up and catch up after their flight and before heading into the city.
Qantas won't be shifting to T5, however – a spokesperson for the airline confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that the Red Roo's London-bound flights will still be funneled through T3, which is also the hub for new chum Emirates.
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