British Airways launches flights between Gatwick and Cape Town

On 24 November 2016, British Airways’ new direct service to Cape Town launches from London Gatwick. The three weekly flights – additional to the twice-daily service from London Heathrow – will depart on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays during the winter season, bringing together a greater choice of departure point and schedules.

British Airways is also adding a fourth three-class Boeing 777 aircraft to our Gatwick fleet this year, bringing the total number to 12 at the London airport.

Flying in style from Manchester with Singapore Airlines


It took Singapore Airlines several years to be given the rights to fly from Manchester, after previous applications to operate the route were turned down by the British Government in both 1983 and 1983. The flight started out as two weekly, versus today’s daily via Munich, services.

In 1996, the Singapore Girl appeared in a couple of episodes of Coronation Street. Character ‘ALEC GILROY’ was Manager of ‘SUNLINERS’ travel agent on Rosamund St at the time and a cut out of the Singapore Girl appeared on set and in shot in a few separate episodes.

In April 2008, Singapore Airlines was involved in a World Guinness Record attempt for the world’s longest distance curry take-away. An order was placed with a curry house in Christchurch, New Zealand and flown all the way to Manchester. The dish was a vegetable biryani as this did not required extra health certificates for its ingredients; the naan bread could not be imported though since it contained both milk and eggs. The cost of the import was around £300 and the curry had to be frozen and packed in dry ice for the 26 hour journey to Manchester but on arrival it was reheated and enjoyed by the Daily Sport newspaper’s team.

The flight’s current route via Munich launched in 2010 and since December 2015, all flights operating to/from Manchester have featured newly refitted Boeing 777-300ER aircraft featuring next generation cabins across all classes, as well as the introduction of the brand new premium economy cabin.

The aircraft operating daily services is fitted with latest suite of cabin products. Premium Economy is the newest cabin available. Offering more space, comfort and convenience, the dedicated cabin has been designed in conjunction with leading British design firm James Park Associates – No two adjacent seats share the same stitching detail and each leather seat has 38 inches of legroom, calf and foot rest and 8 inch-recline for even greater relaxation.


The upgraded aircraft have been progressively introduced and are now available every day for customers flying from Manchester to destinations, including Singapore and beyond.

More Great News For BA Travellers

British Airways have recently announced plans to streamline the way passengers will be able to book luggage onto their flights.

Previously B.A had two types of fares, ‘Hand Baggage Only’ or ‘With Checked Bag’. However, where matters got complicated was that each of those fares could be booked with three different levels of flexibility… ‘Standard’, ‘Semi-Flex’ and ‘Fully-Flex’ depending on whether you needed the ability to change your flights or not, thus giving people a total of six options.

In a recent press release the airline revealed that following customer feedback they intended to offer just three fare types going forward, each of which would have increasing flexibility depending on passengers needs… ‘Hand Baggage Only’, With Checked Bag’ and ‘Fully Flex’.

Hand Baggage Only

  • Standard hand baggage allowance (i.e. no checked baggage allowance)
  • Seating to be allocated at check-in or through paid for seat selection
  • Flight changes to be made for free (plus any cost difference in the fare of course)

With Checked Bag

  • Includes a 23kg Checked Baggage allowance plus the standard hand baggage allowance
  • Free seat selection from 48 hours prior to departure
  • Free flight changes on the day of departure, up to one hour before scheduled flight time
  • No change fees (although a fare difference may apply if the flight is changed before day of departure)


  • Fully refundable flights
  • Includes 23kg Checked Bag allowance and standard hand baggage allowance as above
  • Passengers will be able to book seats for free at the time of booking
  • Free flight changes on the day of departure, up to one hour before scheduled flight time
  • No change fees (although a fare difference may apply if the flight is changed before day of departure)

Please note that the above options are only available on short haul flights and on UK domestic routes Fully Flex will be called Business UK. Those fares also include access to British Airways lounges and Priority boarding.

Club Europe fares are unaffected.

New KLM route from Inverness to Amsterdam

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From 17 May 2016, KLM will operate its own services from Inverness, off­ering access to Amsterdam and even more opportunities to reach the world:

  • KLM is the fastest airline from Inverness to Amsterdam, operating a jet aircraft. (Fokker 70)
  • Daily flights from Inverness depart at 11:00 and arrive in Amsterdam at 13:40; fly from Amsterdam at 09:45 and arrive in Inverness at 10:25.
  • KLM’s extensive network includes over a hundred worldwide destinations and more with partners.
  • Greater cabin choice – Business and Economy with extra legroom in Economy Comfort.

Please contact JTA Travel Management for more information about KLM flights from Inverness or any of the airline’s 17 other UK departure airports.

BA Preorder Food

Pre-Order meals on Birtish Airways Midhaul Flights

Customers flying mid haul in British Airways premium cabins can now pre-order their main in-flight meal up to 24 hours before they fly from London Heathrow. The new service, already enjoyed by those travelling long haul, allows customers to select their main meal via the Manage my Booking page at within 30 days of their flight’s departure, with starters and dessert choices continuing to be taken on board. Those who choose not to take advantage of the service can continue to choose their preferences on board as usual.

This service applies to premium cabins on British Airways midhaul routes, with excpetion of Moscow. For more information, please contact JTA Travel Management on 0121 508 5544

New Air France route from Glasgow to Paris starts 27 March

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From 27 March Air France will offer a new route from Glasgow to Paris and onward connections to hundreds of destinations worldwide. The new daily flight will depart at 9:00 from Glasgow and arrive at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 11:50. Paris-Charles de Gaulle offers a seamless travel experience to connecting passengers: there’s no need to change terminal to connect to Tokyo, Shanghai, New York and many more intercontinental flights. Return flights from Paris will be daily, too, departing at 7:30 and arriving in Glasgow at 8:15.

On board the flight to Paris, you can choose between Business and Economy class, and on intercontinental flights Air France offers up to four travel cabins: La Première, Business, Premium Economy, Economy. With impeccable on-board service on all flights and complimentary Champagne offered in every travel cabin, Air France is the airline of choice for your trip to Paris and the world.

FREE Upgrade to BA First


Now is your chance to experience in First, the height of British Airways luxury. This unforgettable experience is available for free when you book selected return flights in Club World.

The First cabin allows you to relax in exclusive First lounges and enjoy complimentary spa treatments before their flight. Once on board, you can unwind in the comfort and privacy of your own spacious on-board suite with fully flat bed and dedicated service.

This offer is available on as many flights as you like when you travel outbound by 9 April 2016 and return by 16 April 2016. Contact JTA Travel Management for further information, terms and conditions.

Qatar Airways expands its network to include Doha to Birmingham route

From 30 March 2016 Qatar airways will be adding Doha to Birmingham to its current services to London Heathrow, Manchester and Edinburgh. 2016 schedule will be:

Monday, Wednesday Friday and Saturday

Doha to Birmingham at 13:25, and Birmingham to Doha at 9:15

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday

Doha to Birmingham at 7:30, and Birmingham to Doha at 15:00

This route will be operated by Boeing 787 Dreamliner, that includes two-cabin configurations (Business class and Economy class seats). Business travel passengers can enjoy the fully-flat bed while economy class can also benefit from 10.6 inch wide screens with latest entertainment.

This new route opens opportunities for Birmingham travellers to benefit from seamless onward connections to 152 business and leisure destinations across Qatar Airways’ global network, including Hong Kong, New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangkok.