British Airways to launch non-stop flights to the Seychelles

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British Airways announced this morning the launch of a new service from London to the Seychelles.

From 24 March 2018, customers will be able to fly direct from London Heathrow Terminal 5 to the island of Mahé, making BA the only airline offering a non-stop service between the UK and the Seychelles.

The flights will be operated by BA’s fleet of 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft and will run two times a week.

Flights will depart from Heathrow on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 1750, arriving in Mahé at 0700, with the inbound leg departing Thursdays and Sundays at 0900, arriving at Heathrow at 1620. Return fares start from £699 in World Traveller, £999 in World Traveller Plus, £2,499 in Club World and  £3,499 in First.

Return fares start from £699 in World Traveller, £999 in World Traveller Plus, £2,499 in Club World and  £3,499 in First.

Sean Doyle, British Airways’ director of network and alliances, said: “The Seychelles is one of the most beautiful places on earth and we’re delighted to be adding this collection of islands to our extensive route network. Customers can now get into ‘holiday mode’ even earlier with British Airways’ direct flights from London taking 10 hours, instead of over 13 hours with a connection in the Middle East.  As one of the leading luxury holiday destinations, the Seychelles offers customers a wide range of accommodation and activities in stunning natural surroundings.”

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BA’s multi-million-pound investment plan

The airline is currently undergoing a major multi-million investment plan, with the main focus on premium cabins.

£400m will be spent improving Club World catering and sleeping facilities, and a new seat is currently being developed.

At Heathrow, a First Wing check-in area with direct security and lounge access has launched, and lounges around the airline’s network are to be revamped and improved.

BA has also introduced its Club Europe cabin to UK domestic services, and over the next two years, the airline will install latest generation Wi-Fi across its entire long-haul and short-haul fleet.

British Airways has launched more than 30 new routes across the world this year including direct flights to New Orleans from Heathrow and Fort Lauderdale and Oakland from Gatwick.