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Article from BTNews 16 JUNE 2014

Part 2 'A Very British Airline'

In what is fast becoming the Willie Walsh Show, with the mysterious ‘press pack’ in tow, who you never see, part 2 of 'A Very British Airline' surfaced last Monday on BBC1 (with the series completing today 16 June). 

The style will fail to appeal to everyone, not a true documentary, but more a TV version of the newspapers’ sponsored supplement.  Award winning?  We shall see. 

Again one hour, this time with four themes – a new service introduction, plus cabin training, engineering and a quick look at the JFK operation.

As for the new intake Jodie (20) predictably failed, but perhaps might make it next time, the maintenance department soldiered on, and we were introduced to the meticulous Alan Eley, a 23-year-old BA veteran and Kennedy station head.  Tom Cannell (24), transferred from London (a good way of promoting LCY but no mention that it stops at Shannon).  Fares, we were told, start at £3,000 return.

Economy (World Traveller) does not exist according to the BBC, but First Class is very posh.  One wonders in which cabin the film crew flew.

Starting a new foreign route is never easy but for Chengdu BA has the experience of Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai.  Manager Wyman Kan and his pandas did a wonderful job.  www.ba.com

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