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British Airways APP Set to be a first on New Apple Watch

Time:2015-03-24
British Airways is set to be one of the first companies to have a specially developed app on the new Apple Watch when it launches on April 24.

There will be two elements to the app to make travel even easier for customers of the airline. The ’glance’ screen which appears on the Apple Watch face will display a summary of their flight including the departure time, the flight status and a countdown to a departure time.

Customers will also benefit from timely check-in and airport gate notifications, and those using the lounges at Heathrow’s Terminal 5 will receive iBeacon powered welcome messages. British Airways was one of the first airlines in the UK to utilise iBeacon technology in its lounges and uses it to provide customers with useful and timely information as they pass through the airport.

A swipe of the ’glance’ screen will open the BA app, designed to fit the Apple Watch screen and make it easy and quick to interact with. It will display a more detailed summary of the customer’s next flight, the flight number, route, departure time, flight status, a countdown to the departure time and the weather at the destination.

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About British Airways
British Airways’ route network currently serves more than 179 destinations in 75 countries. The airline has been flying to mainland China for over 30 years and currently offers daily flights from Beijing and Shanghai to London, and five flights a week in summer schedule as well as three flights a week in winter schedule from Chengdu to London. Now travellers can also book flights on ba.com to travel to the UK and Europe from Chongqing, Changsha, Fuzhou, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Nanjing, Sanya, Wuhan, Guangzhou and Xiamen via Beijing, Shanghai or Chengdu on Air China, China Eastern Airlines or Hainan Airlines or via Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific or Dragonair.

British Airways is investing £5 billion in new aircraft, smarter cabins, elegant lounges and new technologies to make life more comfortable in the air and on the ground.

The airline operates from the state-of-the-art Terminal 5 at London Heathrow, which is exclusive to British Airways’ and Iberia Airlines’ customers and is capable of handling 31.6 million customers a year. In 2015, Terminal 5 was named by Skytrax as the World’s Best Airport Terminal for the fourth year running. London Heathrow Airport also won the Best Airport Shopping award for the sixth time.

In October 2014, British Airways was awarded the Best Airline, Best Short-Haul Airline and Best Frequent Flyer Programme by Business Traveller for the second consecutive year. The oneworld alliance, of which British Airways was a founding airline, came first in the Best Alliance category.

In March 2015, British Airways was also named the top Business and Consumer Superbrand at the Superbrands 2015 Awards, becoming the first travel brand to win both prestigious titles.

For further information, please visit ba.com.

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Zora Zhao                    Shaley Han
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