Mar 19 BA's $100 million product enhancement creates 'an intimate private jet experience' British Airways, upgrades, $100 million dollars investment, luxury, Gatwick airport, Robert L. Bradshaw airport

Basseterre, St. Kitts (CUOPM) - British Airways - the flag carrier airline of the United Kingdom, has completed a $100 million product enhancement investment in 2012, which included upgrades to the first-class cabins on its aircraft to create an "intimate private jet experience."

Passengers to St. Kitts and Nevis and other Caribbean markets can now enjoy the luxury of seats which convert to six-foot fully-flat beds; a Club World menu which combines the finest local and international ingredients, with meals served on fine china; extensive in-flight entertainment, with personal flat screen; and noise-cancelling headphones and other first-class options.

According to the carrier, this new luxury experience begins even before the first-class traveller boards the aircraft, with stress-free check-in open from 24 hours before the flight departs, including print, fax or e-mail boarding pass options to save time at the airport, real-time arrival and departure information and live travel news.

"Feedback from customers helped us define our product and improve on it," explained Marcia Erskine, PR consultant for BA. "We're in a good space right now but we're always seeking to improve." Erskine, who is based in Jamaica, spoke to the Sunday Guardian about the new services BA is offering in the Caribbean.

British Airways which operates return flights on Saturdays and Tuesdays from London Gatwick Airport to the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport via Antigua.

BA, which has been flying to the Caribbean since 1946, currently serves 11 gateways in the Caribbean to London from St. Kitts, Kingston, Nassau, Grand Cayman, Providenciales, Antigua, Punta Cana, Grenada, St. Lucia and T&T. Its operations are centred at its main hub at London Heathrow Airport, with a second major hub at London Gatwick Airport.

The airline was formed in 1971 from a merger between two large London-based airlines, British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) and British European Airways Corporation (BEA) and two smaller regional airlines, Cambrian Airways and Northeast Airlines.


Sep 12 St Kitts Airport Readying Expansion of Arrivals Terminal St. Kitts, tourism, airport, expansion, arrivals, Robert L. Bradshaw Airport

The arrival hall at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport in St Kitts is set to begin this month, according to Jonathan Bass, CEO of the St Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority.

The airport has already embarked on a project to improve the temperature control system and to replace underground electrical cables. Both of those projects are set for completion by the middle of this month.

St Kitts' airport is also in the midst of construction on a 750-kilowatt solar farm, supported by the Taiwanese government.

The arrival hall will increase by 1,600 square feet, with room for an additional 200 passengers. There will also be four additional positions for immigration officers at the terminal.

"This project should be completed by the end of October just before the peak season begins," Bass said, adding that the expansion was part of a wider effort to modernize the terminal.


Mar 21 Construction Set to Begin on Solar Farm at St Kitts Airport Renewable energy, Taiwan, St. Kitts, Robert L. Bradshaw Airport, Solar Farm, Dr. Earl Asim Martin, Ambassador Miguel Tsao

Construction is set to begin of a solar farm at Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw International Airport in St Kitts.

The project is a collaboration between St Kitts and Nevis and the government of Taiwan, which has donated $1 million in funding.

"Today is the beginning of a new phase for both countries cooperation in renewable energy," said Taiwan Ambassador to St Kitts and Nevis Miguel Tsao.

"Taiwan would like to share this cutting - edge industry with St. Kitts and Nevis, the most important partner and diplomatic allied country of Taiwan."

Tsao spoke following a brief handover ceremony on Wednesday, saying renewable energy had become a global trend.

"We see the green economy, not only as the area of renewable energy, but as a means of providing new opportunities for the people of St. Kitts and Nevis," said Energy Minister Dr Earl Asim Martin.

The aim of the project is to make the airport a self-reliant green airport. It is projected to produce 1 megawatt of solar power.

It's the latest green energy partnership between St Kitts and Taiwan - from solar lighting on the country's main highway to panels at government headquarters in Basseterre.