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British Airways improves in-flight entertainment services, reorganizes its terminals -TravelHouseUK
The In-flight entertainment system will have no restrictions on usage for long-haul flights. The airline combines all its flights to be received at two of the terminals at its Heathrow hub
According to Australian Business Traveller, the flag carrier of the United Kingdom will streamline its traffic of international and domestic flights to connect to two terminals at its hub of London Heathrow Airport by 2014. The airline is currently utilizing three terminals at the airport, namely T1, T3 and T5. Out of these terminals, the management of British Airways has decided to retain T5. One terminal is yet to be chosen among T1 and T3.
T5 is the latest addition among the terminals at Heathrow. The airline has also announced plans for its major flights at Heathrow to be received at T5. The Sydney-Singapore-
British Airways facilitates multiple inter-continental flights booked via TravelhouseUK. With both organizations serving inter-connectivity focused on London’s premier Heathrow Airport, the agency forms an important link for obtaining tickets for flights operated by the airline.
As reported by British newspaper Daily Mail, measures have also been undertaken for ease of availing the in-flight entertainment system for passengers on-board. Under standard flight safety procedures, the systems do not turn on until 30 minutes are past after take-off. Similarly, the systems are shut down 20 minutes before the aircraft lands. British Airways have received the approval of Civil Aviation Authority for removing the restrictions on the entertainment system. The new version would allow passengers to activate their screens as soon as they would take their seats after boarding the aircraft, and the systems would shut down only during taxing after the aircraft has landed. At an estimate, the extended accessibility increases the screening of the system by an hour per flight.
The new version has started to roll out from the 1st of December, with installations being implemented in the majority of long-haul airliners. These include 14 Boeing 767s, 38 Boeing 777-200s, 6 Boeing 777-300ERs and the entire Boeing 747 fleet. The upcoming additions of Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the Airbus A380 will also support the new system.
“As far as the commercial aviation industry is concerned, Heathrow is known to be the world’s busiest airport” said Victor Hunt, the Operations Manager at TravelhouseUK. “And being based on Heathrow, British Airways is a major stakeholder for adequate management of the resources available at the facility”.
“Utilizing lesser number of terminals for the same scale of operations would be a bold initiative for efficiency. It also highlights the emphasis made over reorganizing the airlines’ capability in handling new objectives for the future”.