British Airways first-class champagne flutes and fine china go under the hammer
British Airways is set to sell champagne flutes and fine china previously used to serve first-class passengers amid financial turmoil caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The sale comes after the owner of the airline revealed huge losses of £ 5.4bn caused by the pandemic in the year through September.
BA does not expect to use as many dishes as thefts continue to be reduced, prompting sales.
He could see drink carts and earlier designs of glassware also on sale, along with 747-jet equipment, which the airline withdrew earlier this year.
Customers and collectors can recreate an authentic first-class BA experience by purchasing bespoke onboard catering items such as William Edwards Plates (from £ 25), Soup Bowls (£ 30), Mugs ( from £ 5) and saucers (£ 5).
Other first-class items on sale include the Bread Basket (£ 42), Day Blanket (£ 9) and Coaster (£ 5). And for £ 12 you can buy the upper cabin hot towels (which obviously arrive cold).
British Airways sells champagne flutes, fine china and other forms of tableware to raise funds
This Crystal First Brandy Glass, in a set of six, is being sold by British Airways online for £ 12
This champagne flute, in a set of nine, is available for £ 6 and will allow you to recreate the British Airways experience in first class
A British Airways First Class Japanese appetizer plate, available in sets of six for £ 26 online
For the first time, BA has decided to unlock the doors of its warehouse this Christmas. You can buy this first class BA soup bowl for £ 30 at whatabuy.co.uk/british-airways
This old BA 747 four-shelf oven rack clearly saw some action. Yours for £ 50
Many items intended to go under the hammer are currently in warehouses.
BA should describe it as an opportunity for customers to own a piece of British Airways history.
If you prefer BA (Club World) business class style, you can hang the Chinese casserole dish (£ 12), black serving tray (£ 10) and slippers (£ 10).
There are also items in the ‘garage sale’ of BA’s recently retired Boeing 747 fleet, such as champagne flutes (£ 6), the ‘full meal equipment box’ (£ 75), the Top Load Waste Disposal Cart (£ 150), ‘Complete Meal Equipment Box’ (£ 75) and Four Shelf Oven Rack (£ 50).
Rob Burgess, editor of the frequent flyer website www.headforpoints.com, said: “This is not the first time that BA has sold excess inventory, indeed sales of staff at headquarters are regular, but it gives the airline the opportunity to raise additional funds as few people are stealing right now.
“By opening the sale to the public, BA is also giving people the opportunity to purchase fun items that will make great Christmas gifts for all self-confessed aviation enthusiasts.
“What could be nicer than unwrapping a British Airways first class day blanket to warm up in that Yule, or eating your turkey dinner at the best BA William Edwards tableware?”
Carolina Martinoli, British Airways Brand and Customer Experience Director, said: “This is an incredible, unique opportunity for people to bring the magic of flying with British Airways into their own homes.
“We know these special items will fly and we are so excited that we can deliver them in time for Christmas to give people the chance to make it memorable during a difficult year.”
Items are available for purchase from whatabuy.co.uk/british-airways. British Airways encourages customers to share photos of themselves using the articles in their own homes by tagging @British Airways and using the hashtag #BAathome.
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Snuggle up after eating your first class dishes with this £ 9 first class day blanket
This British Airways first class bread basket is on sale for £ 42
It comes after BA sold millions of art books from its collection earlier this year in a bid to bolster its cash flow.
Sotheby’s was brought in to showcase the airline’s art collection, which included works by artists such as Damien Hirst.
BA was devastated by the pandemic, much like the rest of the industry.
Earlier this month, he announced he would suspend all flights from Gatwick Airport and put “many more” staff on leave as the second Covid lockdown bites.
In a letter to staff seen by Sky News, the airline warned that this would mean “moving many more colleagues, operational areas and support functions to the government’s expanded job retention program.”
BA, whose owner suffered a loss of £ 5.4bn in the first nine months of 2020, called it “a blow to our hopes for the winter season”.
This is the second time the airline has ground all flights at Gatwick, with the previous suspension coming shortly after the first nationwide lockdown in March.
“We made the difficult decision to further scale down our operations for the remainder of November.” BA management said in their letter.
“This means a lot less flights than we were hoping for in November and means more of our planes brought to a halt, including the suspension of all flights from Gatwick until December.”
BA’s parent company IAG previously reported a loss of £ 5.4 billion in the first nine months of this year.
IAG CEO Luis Gallego blamed the pandemic for the setback, but added that it was “exacerbated” by “ever-changing” government restrictions.
Instead, he argued countries need to “move on” from quarantines and called for a new system of pre-flight or post-flight testing that would release people upon arrival.
We can’t wait for the vaccine for people to fly, ”said Mr. Gallego. “We have to evolve from quarantines. They are not the solution.
BA’s new CEO Sean Doyle last month called on the government to end the self-isolation requirement for international arrivals.
He said the current quarantine system was having a devastating effect on tourism and business travel and called for it to be replaced with a “test before you fly” system.