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The way we run our business

The marketplace

Customers

Our customers are at the heart of everything we do. Our overriding aim is to make sure we offer an upgraded service to everyone who chooses to fly with us.

We talk constantly to large numbers of customers to get a real understanding of their needs, each month surveying around 57,000 of them through our global performance feedback survey.

By doing this we get a close and accurate reading of how our customers’ needs are changing and we are able to constantly improve their travelling experience. This is vital for us to to secure our position as the world’s leading global premium airline.

Service and training

Our people play a crucial role in providing the upgraded travel experience. We are committed to excellent service and are investing heavily in training customer-facing colleagues. Putting the customer at the heart of everything we do is also a key priority of our Compete 2012 change programme.

These training programmes will continue in 2009, supplemented by service style training for our ground team at Heathrow and coaching for people in our contact centres in how to provide a more attentive and personal service.

Following the introduction of new corporate values last year, all training programmes have been redesigned. The behaviours are woven into all our courses to ensure colleagues, particularly those in customer-facing roles, meet our high standards.

During the year we delivered over 215,000 days of training. This included training days for cabin crew to enable them to deliver the highest level of premium service to our customers, and for ground staff to support the continued phased moves to Terminals 5 and 3 at Heathrow.

Ground experience

Terminal 5 continues to impress our customers. They are enjoying improved punctuality, shorter check-in times and an altogether smoother travelling experience.

Around 21 million customers used the terminal during the year and customer satisfaction has increased noticeably since opening. In direct response to customer feedback, we have further improved the experience since opening, for instance by introducing a dedicated premium check-in zone.

The luxurious lounge complex at Terminal 5 has also been exceptionally well received, with an increase of over 20 percentage points in customer satisfaction. The new lounges offer greatly improved facilities, including wine bars, spa treatments, delicious food and upgraded communication links. We are now introducing similarly themed lounges across our network.

“Later this year we will introduce a new First cabin and the new aircraft we have on order will allow us to introduce further innovations including new seating in World Traveller Plus and World Traveller.”

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