Over the past 24 hours, the media has been covered with the news of a royal arrival. While this isn’t aviation news in itself, British Airways is celebrating the arrival of a royal baby. In fact, on select flights tomorrow, British Airways will be offering customers complimentary champagne at Heathrow. This is also tied in to welcome the 14th British Airways A320neo to the fleet.
British Airways and the monarchy go hand in hand as icons of the United Kingdom. As such, it is no surprise that they are raising a glass to welcome the Royal Family’s latest arrival. Indeed, the news comes at a time when British Airways is expecting a number of its own arrivals.
What are they celebrating?
British Airways is celebrating the arrival of the latest member of the UK’s Royal Family. The boy was born to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex. According to History Extra, the child is now seventh in line to the throne. He sits behind Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince Harry, and William’s three children.
Carolina Martinoli, the British Airways Director of Brand and Customer Experience, said: “British Airways sends its warmest congratulations to the Duke and Duchess.” She went on to add: “It’s only right that we raise a toast to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s newborn baby on two of the routes that are linked to the happy couple, Los Angeles and Toronto.”
How will British Airways celebrate?
British Airways will celebrate by treating select customers to glasses of Champagne or juice prior to their flight tomorrow. Specifically, those travelling on BA281 from London to Los Angeles, or BA93 from London to Toronto will benefit.
These drinks will be in order to toast to the baby boy. The routes have been chosen as Meghan used to live in the two cities the flights will visit.
British Airways’ new arrivals
British Airways is itself expecting a number of new arrivals over the summer. The airline chose to highlight that it just received the 14th of 25 A320neo and 10 A321neo aircraft from Airbus.
Alongside these, British Airways is also due to receive its first Airbus A350 aircraft this summer. The British flag carrier will be receiving these aircraft at the same time as Virgin Atlantic. The new aircraft set to be delivered will be one of the highlights of the airline’s 100th-anniversary celebrations.
August will mark 100 years since BA’s predecessors first flew between London and Paris. However, 2019 also marks the 100th anniversary of the first non-stop transatlantic flight. In fact, this centenary will be celebrated next week on the 15th of May.
What do you make of British Airways celebrating the royal baby? Will you be treated to British Airways Champagne tomorrow? Let us know in the comments.