New York, Los Angeles and Malaga top the lists, while more than 200,000 bottles of wine were drunk on board in July
After a host of changes to their service of the past six months, British Airways have revealed that they have had their busiest summer ever. More than 4 million passengers were scheduled to fly with the airline over the season, and to celebrate, they’ve announced their most popular summer holiday destinations.
In the list are long-haul destinations such as New York, Los Angeles, Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong. Short-haul destinations like Malaga, Nice, Amsterdam, Edinburgh and Glasgow also featured, with BA speculating this was due to soaring domestic temperatures.
BA have also uncovered the fact that many of their passengers may be slightly squiffy as they step from the plane. In July, 212,000 bottles of wine were poured – an increase of three per cent year-on-year.
105,000 bottles of champagne were drunk by passengers flying in Club Europe or Club World and First. This is an increase of five per cent from last year.
Vegetarianism is also on the increase. This year, BA received pre-orders for 37,000 vegan meals – a 32 per cent hike on July 2017.
Sean Doyle, British Airways’ director of network and alliances, said: “This year British Airways is offering its largest network schedule for 10 years, with flights to 211 destinations across more than 75 countries.
“Next year we’re confident new additions to the British Airways route map like Pittsburgh and Nashville, alongside Santiago, where we’ve recently increased the number of weekly flights, will be among our most popular destinations, as well as some of the traditional hotspots we’ve seen this year.”
British Airways have been adapting their offering over the past year to suit the current market. This has included investing $5.8bn (£4.5bn) in their services, changing the catering for Club World and World Traveller passengers, and updating their lounges.
They also increased operations at British regional airports by 26 per cent for the summer, adding 200,000 new seats to their routes.
In what was seen as less-welcome news for later in the year, the flag carrier will also increase the number of seats in their World Traveller and World Traveller Plus classes, making long-haul flights less comfortable for economy passengers. These plans are due to be ready by summer 2019.
British Airways will also install more elegant seats, with six-way adjustable headrests, and leg and footrests in World Traveller Plus and 50 per cent larger in-flight screens in all sections.