IF you’re planning to visit the UK, the most obvious airline to get you there is British Airways. It’s a simple choice for many reasons, starting with the fact that BA is one of only three airlines that flies non-stop between Bangkok and London’s Heathrow airport. And that means a fast, uninterrupted flight giving you more time to enjoy yourself in the UK.
What else? With BA, a visit to the UK begins the moment you step on board the ultra-modern twin-engine Boeing 777-200ER, one of the world’s most acclaimed passenger jets.
The cabin crew, the polite service, the English language, the classic interior design and even the in-flight entertainment are all essentially British. The cuisine is mostly typically British too, though other options are available.
As the UK’s carrier of the United Kingdom since 1971, BA has years of experience transporting people across the globe. That in itself is a major source of comfort to many passengers.
Stephen Humphreys, BA Head of Global Sales, has his own ideas for the airline’s popularity. “We have found through research that people choose British Airways for its reliability, consistency and familiarity. There’s also something about our ‘Britishness’ they seem to enjoy.
“And from our home hub at Heathrow, we offer great connectivity with onward flights to destinations in the UK itself as well as to many major cities in Europe and farther afield.”
Since October 2013, BA has used Heathrow’s Terminal 5 for its flights from Bangkok. It also switched from Boeing 747-400 to its current three-class Boeing 777-200ER operation. Departure times are extremely convenient, leaving Bangkok at 10.55 and arriving at Heathrow at 16.55, while the return flight leaves Heathrow at 15.05 and arrives in Bangkok at 9.20.
Flights on this route feature BA’s new-look Club World, arguably the best business class of its kind in operation today. Incorporated in these super quiet cabins are new wider, more comfortable seats with individual privacy screens, more storage, and bigger TVs with access to over 100 movies and TV programmes.
The seat easily converts into a bed that allows passengers to lie completely flat, but also features a ‘z’ position, supporting the knees and back in a seated recline. The deep recline angle is perfect for snoozing and lounging and ideal for watching the in-flight entertainment or reading.
Besides a comprehensive menu with lots of food and drink choices, Club passengers also can help themselves to a wide range of hot and chilled savoury snacks, sweet items and beverages between the meal services.
Online check-in is available 24 hours before flight departure, while requests for special meals can be made online 48 hours in advance.
Club World passengers have access to their own lounges in both Bangkok and London.
In Heathrow’s Terminal 5, BA’s Galleries Club lounges feature all the amenities that you would expect to find in a quality business class amenity. It’s certainly very impressive, with a generous spread of hot and cold food, self-serve tea and coffee, an open bar, showers, and plenty of different areas for lounging.
There is also a quiet area, a cinema room, and a business center with a printer for passengers who want to work, play or rest. A large selection of magazines and newspapers is provided.
Specially reserved for Club World and first class passengers is the Elemis Spa, a fantastic facility offering a long list of treatments for those looking to recharge before and after that long haul flight. These 15-minute, complimentary treatments include facials, power back, neck and shoulder massage, skin recharge, eye reviver, and nail polish.
Flying to the UK couldn’t be more pleasant.
For more information visit britishairways.com