Tuesday, 13 November 2018

British Airways celebrates new London City - Rome route with Julius Caesar

Left-right): Valeria Manfredi, Richard Hill,
Luke Hayhoe, Kayleigh Webb and Marco Tagliaferri
British Airways is celebrating the launch of new flights to the Italian capital city of Rome from London City this week. The new flight runs from Sunday to Friday on Embraer E190 aircraft and rather unexpectedly the carrier chose to welcome passengers on the first flight with a special bust of one of Rome’s most infamous forefathers, Julius Caesar!

Yes, the dictator, the man who ordered the murder of hundreds of thousands of people, waged numerous wars, the man who invaded Britain, was drafted in by British Airways to greet customers on the first flight.  The bust was welcomed on board the Embraer 190 jet by British Airways’ in-flight business manager and fellow Italian Marco Tagliaferri.

British Airways’ airport manager, Andrea Sperini, is also Italian although he was born in Venice said, “I’m very proud to see the Italian capital becoming part of our network. It is one of the oldest cities in Europe and a treasury of art, history, traditions, politics and local food - almost anyone can find something to explore and enjoy. “

Richard Hill, Chief Commercial Officer at London City Airport, said: “By adding another major European city to its network, British Airways is creating further choice for tourists and business travellers who want to use London’s most central airport as their bridge to the continent. Like London, Rome is an iconic destination, bursting with culture, history, and home to an international business district, and the route is an attractive addition for customers to and from Italy’s capital city. Ahead of a 20 per cent boost in capacity during 2019, this new service further underlines British Airways’ continued investment in their London City operation.”

  • London City to Rome timetable:Flight No          Depart             Arrive              Days
    BA7349           10.50am           2.20pm             Mon-Fri & Sun
  • Rome-London City timetable:Flight No          Depart             Arrive              Days
    BA7348           3.05pm             4.40pm             Mon-Fri & Sun

(Images British Airways)