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Who knew being late at an airport could be fun?

British Airways hast just unveiled the newest member of its fleet. Short of being an A-lister or business mogul, few people get to experience the sheer thrill of being driven to a commercial flight in a private vehicle. No paparazzi, no circuitous boarding lines. This year British Airways began an initiative to help tight connections which has proven if anything, too successful. Select flyers are flagged for “tight connection” transfers, where a waiting fleet of Jaguars cars whisks passengers off to their next flight. The airline has just unveiled the latest expansion to this wildly popular service…

a woman in a carThe iconic London cab lives on, with a twist. And yes, passengers really are purposely booking the tightest possible Heathrow connections in hopes of bagging the experience. British Airways has invested in a fleet of electric, emission free London cabs to bolster its fleet of ground transfer services.

a sign in an airportHere’s how it works: if a passenger, particularly one in a premium cabin or with British Airways Silver or Gold Executive Club frequent flyer status is at risk of missing a tight flight connection, British Airways will send a private car to pick the passenger up whenever logistically possible. As the passenger arrives on their inbound flight the chauffeur driven car will whisk them from their inbound flight directly to the steps of the outbound flight.

british airways chauffeurWith any hope, the time savings will get the passenger to the next aircraft in the nick of time. For example: you’re flying from Scotland to Los Angeles via Heathrow and your Edinburgh to London flight is late. British Airways, when possible, will send a chauffeur driven car (free of charge) to drive you directly to your long haul flight to Los Angeles.

a woman in uniform leaning on a car

These new environmentally friendly ground transfers are already live, so if you see a white London cab with a British Airways “speed mark” next to your aircraft, you’ll just have to hope it’s you they’re after. Of course, you could just be a normal passenger and hope you never have a tight connection, but that’s for another day…

Gilbert Ott

Gilbert Ott is an ever curious traveler and one of the world's leading travel experts. His adventures take him all over the globe, often spanning over 200,000 miles a year and his travel exploits are regularly...

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  1. “Terribly sorry, sir, all cars are currently taken.
    You’ll need to *RUN* from T3 to T5. Next!”

    Ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!

  2. Bypasses it on a Domestic -> T3 connection.

    This is same as T5, it isn’t actually required as you’ve cleared UK security standard already, but in the normal bus transfer path you mingle with those in the “dirty” international transfer process, so need to reclear

  3. During this pandemic, I recently travelled with British Airways. They are nicely taking safety precautions and seeing the disease disaster making strictness for wear mask. I highly appreciate their work against covid and looking at our safety.

  4. Taking passengers from home to plane via car is a premium service. Of course, it will cost high compared to the ordinary one, where you have to wait for the flight in the waiting area and etc. I really appreciate this service and wanna encourage them to innovate new services to get their customers for comfort and relaxation.

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