As exclusively revealed in Online news (see May 18), GB Airways will rebrand its Manchester operation as BA Connect this summer.
The new one-class no frills in-flight service will be launched on September 1. Until then GB Airways flights will continue to operate with the current two-class (business and economy) layout with free food and drinks.
GB Airways is a partner carrier of British Airways. Flights booked now for trips starting on and from September 1 will adopt BA Connect's branding including having to pay for food and drink on board.
Says Kevin Hatton, MD for GB Airways, "This is a natural and strategic business move for us. We will continue to offer the distinctive British Airways brand and the wide range of benefits associated with a full service airline at competitive prices."
Adds David Evans, MD of BA Connect, "In the five weeks since BA Connect was launched we have had some very favourable feedback from our customers who are enjoying low fares, quality food and drink to buy on board and the same quality services. GB Airways passengers will also be able to enjoy these benefits in future."
GB Airways stresses that its regular product will continue to apply on flights operated from Gatwick and Heathrow. From Manchester, the carrier operates to various destinations including Dubrovnik, Heraklion, Malaga and Tenerife. From Heathrow and Gatwick, it flies to numerous destinations in France, Spain, Portugal and North Africa.
For more information go to gbairways.com
Report by Alex McWhirter