British Airways launches new Champagne line-up in First

2 Feb 2024 by Mark Caswell
British Airways Champagne offering (image supplied by British Airways)

British Airways has announced a shake up of its Champagne offering in its First cabins and Heathrow T5 Concorde Room.

The airline has served Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle in its First cabins since 2011, but said that the vintage “is no longer available as Laurent-Perrier focuses Grand Siècle on other retail markets away from travel”.

As a result BA is introducing a rotating line-up of Champagnes, starting with Lanson Noble 2005 – available inflight from 1 March.

From the end of June it will be replaced by Duval-Leroy Femme de Champagne 2004 between July and September, followed by Bollinger Grande Année in October, and Lanson Noble Blanc de Blancs 2005 in November and December.

British Airways Champagne offering (image supplied by British Airways)

First passengers on the carrier’s flagship route to New York JFK will be offered Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2015 (from 1 March until the end of the year), and from this month guests visiting the Concorde Room at Heathrow T5 will be able to sample Pommery Cuvée Louise 2006.

The Champagnes were chosen by Tim Jackson, who was employed as BA’s full-time Master of Wine in late 2022.

British Airways appoints full-time Master of Wine

The airline also highlighted work being carried out to upgrade its First Wing security at T5 – as previously reported the facility is currently closed while new CT scanners are installed, and BA said that it would reopen “in the coming months”.

“We know how important food and drink is for our customers both on the ground and in the air, as we served around one million bottles of bubbles last year alone,” said Jackson.

“We spent a long time carefully curating a rotation of the highest quality to meet our customers’ expectations. We look forward to hearing feedback from our frequent flyers about their favourite Champagne and we will continue to evolve our offering.”

For our recent feature looking at the Champagne region, see:

Champagne: The essence of celebration

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