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Qatar Airways became part of oneworld on 30 October 2013. It joined only a year after receiving its invitation, which makes it one of the fastest oneworld entries in the alliance’s history.
Qatar Airways serves more than 130 destinations in 70 countries across the Middle East, Europe, Africa, North and South America, Asia and Australasia and is oneworld’s second member airline based in the Middle East.
More than 20 of its destinations and five countries - Ethiopia, Iran, Rwanda, Serbia and Tanzania - will be new to the oneworld map, and passengers flying between Asia and Southern Europe or between Asia and Africa will now have convenient new one-stop connections.
oneworld now serves almost a thousand airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,000 daily departures. It also carries 475 million passengers a year on a combined fleet of some 3,300 aircraft.
From 27 October 2013, British Airways flights to and from Bangkok will move from London Heathrow Terminal 3 to Terminal 5. This move will allow smoother, faster connections with the rest of our network. Terminal 5 is the perfect place to connect with Europe, North America and beyond and is well equipped to make our customers’ journeys as smooth and as pleasurable as possible.
The BA10 flight from Bangkok to London Heathrow will change to a daylight service and depart at the new time of 11:15.
If you're a member of the British Airways Executive Club, you can now collect Avios on yet another partner airline.
From 2 Sep 2013, you can collect Avios when you fly on any Qatar Airways flight. With a vast network across the Middle East and beyond, there's plenty of opportunity to include Qatar Airways as one of your preferred airlines.
Qatar Airways was named as Skytrax's Best Middle East Airline for the seven years running and has been awarded the Skytrax's Five Star ranking since 2004. Other recent awards include Business Traveler USA's Best Airline for International Travel and Aviation Business' Airline of the Year 2011.
Qatar Airways was invited to join oneworld in October 2012 and is expected to become a member of the alliance in late 2013.
ba.com has introduced the option for you to save your payment card details when you register and create an online account.
It means booking tickets is quicker and easier without having to add your details each and every time you use the website.
During the booking process you will be given the option to register your details to create an account. After registering and completing your booking information you will then be able to take advantage of the new 'save payment card option'.
Customers that are Members of the Executive Club can enter their account login details at this point and also take advantage of this function.
You can save up to nine payment cards and ba.com have been careful to ensure that the information is properly encoded so in effect it is safer storing your details on ba.com than it is entering them over the internet.
British Airways has today announced a new codeshare agreement with Bangkok Airways.
The new agreement is available for sale on four of Bangkok Airways' routes:
Bangkok to Phuket
Bangkok to Koh Samui
Bangkok to Chiang Mai
Singapore to Koh Samui
The first date of travel for the new codeshare flights is 4 June 2013, and the routes can be sold as a connection with British Airways flights.
Bangkok Airways currently has a network of over 20 routes, many covering the resort destinations in Thailand. They also are hoping to launch more international destinations soon.
If you are an Executive Club Member you'll soon be able to collect Avios when you fly on a British Airways codeshare flight on the Bangkok Airways network.
British Airways received two awards for its role as official airline partner of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games at the prestigious BT Sports Industry Awards that took place 3 May 2013. The airline was short listed in seven categories and beat off tough competition to collect the high-profile awards for best live experience and best sponsorship of a sport event.
The best live experience award was scooped for BA’s acclaimed ‘Park Live’ venue at the Olympic Park – the only place where fans could watch the live action on site, attracting more than 700,000 visitors in total.
British Airways beat other high profile brands to the flagship Best sponsorship of a sport event prize – with the trophy fittingly awarded by Olympic silver medalist Louis Smith, one of the four athletes whom British Airways sponsored individually during the games.
Abi Comber head of marketing at British Airways, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be recognised for our contribution to the London 2012 Games, especially at such a prestigious awards ceremony. We’re proud to have been involved in the Games, to show the world Britain at its best.”
British Airways’ home at Heathrow, T5, has been voted the world’s best terminal in the prestigious World Airport Awards.
BA’s sister airline, Iberia, saw its base, Terminal 4 at Madrid Barajas Airport, win the number 3 spot.
Announcing T5’s award, Skytrax chairman Edward Plaisted said: “Celebrating its 5th anniversary this year, passengers clearly recognise that T5 has matured into one of the world's leading passenger terminal facilities."
World's Best Airport award went to Singapore’s Changi Airport whilst Heathrow entered the top 10 at number 10 for the first time and picked up the Best Airport Shopping Award.
The World Airport Awards are based on 12.1 million survey questionnaires completed by 108 different nationalities of airline customers during the nine month survey period in 2012 and 2013, covering more than 395 airports worldwide. It reflects travellers experiences across 39 key performance indicators from check-in, arrivals, transfers and shopping to security, immigration and departure at the gate.
For the first time you can now book your British Airways flights and luxury boutique hotels from Mr & Mrs Smith on ba.com. With a choice of over 300 carefully selected boutique boltholes, across more than 150 destinations worldwide, you will be spoilt for choice. Enjoy guaranteed savings when you book your flights and hotels together and reap the rewards from both of our loyalty schemes.
Our A380 aircraft will start operating between London Heathrow, Los Angeles or Hong Kong from October 2013.
Find out more about our new aircraft and book your flight now.
Malaysia Airlines has become part of the oneworld® alliance with effect from Friday 1 February 2013. This increases the alliance’s full range of services and benefits and expands the oneworld network throughout the Far East.
The airline, which won the World's 5 Star airline and the World's best cabin staff awards in 2012, flies to over 100 destinations worldwide.
If you're a member of the Executive Club, there will soon be yet another oneworld airline that you can collect Avios on.
Find out about our new routes, and also where we're making changes to our routes.