BRI­TISH AIR­WAYS

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The cost A re­turn flight from Dubai to London typ­i­cally costs from Dh9,070.

The perks Bri­tish Air­ways made his­tory when it in­tro­duced Con­cord flights from London to New York in 1976 (un­til it was re­tired in 2003). You could land be­fore you took off, the flight was so quick – and many years later BA was the first air­line to in­tro­duce lie-flat beds in its business cab­ins in the early Noughties. Such in­no­va­tion set the Bri­tish flag car­rier apart from the rest of the world. Over the decade other air­lines have caught up, and now BA is de­sign­ing a new first-class seat, com­pletely un­der wraps at the mo­ment, that – when un­veiled later this year – will once again set the car­rier apart from the rest of the in­dus­try. On board you can choose your three-course meal from an ex­ten­sive menu, while en­joy­ing in-flight en­ter­tain­ment on a 26cm flat-screen dis­play. You’ll also be pro­vided with a mem­ory foam pil­low, blan­ket and an Elemis amenity kit. BA is also of­fer­ing “World Sleeper Ser­vice” on some long­haul routes. En­joy your food in the

lounge, and then a quick drink be­fore lights out in the sky. On the ground in London and New York, business-class pas­sen­gers have ac­cess to BA’s Elemis spa, where the free treat­ments in­clude mas­sages and fa­cials, as well as beauty treat­ments such as man­i­cures, eye­brow shap­ing, and for men, a ‘power shave’. That said, se­cur­ing a slot is eas­ier said than done.

The draw­backs Some of Bri­tish Air­ways’ older planes are show­ing their age. While the Club World – business – cab­ins are well looked after by the air­line, that doesn’t com­pen­sate for the fact older Boe­ing 747s jumbo-jets – com­monly used on one of the twicedaily Dubai to London flights – are noisy. Check when book­ing, as opt­ing for a flight us­ing a Boe­ing 777 is likely to im­prove your travel ex­pe­ri­ence.

The ver­dict If you’re look­ing for a tried and tested ex­pe­ri­ence, with lash­ings of old-world Bri­tish eti­quette, the UK’s flag car­ry­ing air­line of­fers just that.

For more info or to book visit

www.britishair­ways.com/ae

Your ex­pe­ri­ence be­fore take off is as im­por­tant as in the air

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