Four Days Into the BA Flights, and They're Too Expensive For Us
October 29, 2009 at 1:51 PM
A whole week since the British Airways launch party for its London-Vegas flights, and four days since the flights themselves started. And what has happened?
Well, according to BA’s CEO Willie Walsh (that’s him checking in at Heathrow T5 with Mayor Goodman and his showgirls), London-Vegas is BA’s best-performing new route "by far", with the inaugural flight on Sunday full.
So far, so good. Unfortunately, the inaugural was also 90 minutes late, due to a brake fluid leak, meaning that they missed being greeted by Holly Madison, who had to go and perform in Peepshow.
The next day, Willie Walsh was given the keys to the city, Mayor Goodman threw a special lunch for British press at the Bellagio, and the Brits were let loose on the Strip to start tweeting about $12 diet cokes at the Wynn and the Grand Canyon making them feel "uncomfortable" (no, we have no idea what she means about that either, unless it's an undiagnosed fear of heights coming through).
According to today’s Telegraph, every BA flight will bring in $260,000 in non-gaming revenue – so no wonder Vegas has pulled out the stops on this one.
Unfortunately, it’s not looking so great for the consumer. A return flight from London on BA starts at £516 ($856). But Expedia has flights with KLM and four nights at Circus Circus in November for £446, or Paris for £516. Nice as it’d be to go direct, we’d be saving our pennies and going indirect. Let’s hope for BA’s sake that not everyone has the patience.