British Airways, premier airline of the United Kingdom recently
launched service to Chengdu with a panda plane. Apparently, Chengdu, the
city in China is home to the world famous giant panda and the airline
wanted to please the people with its unique offering. The airline
specially painted its Boeing 777-200 plane to look like a panda.
This aircraft sports a huge smile like that of the cute animal. The
panda plane will offer thrice-a-week service between London Heathrow and
Chengdu. Interestingly the city is the carrier’s first new destination
in China since launching service to Shanghai in 2005. The airline
believes that mainland China comprises an important part of its
itinerary and hence it is committed to serve the people with direct
services. This plane comprises a seating capacity across four class
including First, Club World (business class), World Traveller Plus
(premium economy) and World Traveller (economy).
On the other hand, the airline is inching close to a new experiment. The
popular European carrier plans to allow passengers automatically
check-in on a trial basis. The airline wants to discard the conventional
method of manual check-ins and pave way for automated check-ins
instead. It therefore, plans to test its idea in the first phase with
flights to Vienna, Copenhagen, Vancouver, Toronto, Rome Fiumicino,
Mauritius, and Cancun. As per its strategy, passengers can proceed
towards check-ins six days ahead of their departures. These travelers
will receive confirmation and boarding passes 25 hours before takeoff.