British Airways is to launch a new long-haul “basic” fare on some transatlantic flights.
The airline made the announcement in communications to the travel trade today.
“In April 2018, we will be introducing a new long-haul basic economy fare on selected transatlantic routes across our long-haul network with our joint business partners American Airlines, Iberia and Finnair,” said BA in its communication.
BA said that the new fare will offer “a lower price point and more choice”. The airline added that the fare will include in-flight meals in the economy cabin, plus in-flight entertainment, carry-on baggage allowance and allocated seating at check-in.
The fares will not include checked bags or choice of seat selection, although passengers can choose to pay for these options individually.
BA added that it would be announcing more details about the new fare in “due course” when it goes live in the booking system.
Several airlines have already introduced “basic fares” on transatlantic routes with Air France and KLM launching hand luggage-only fares on transatlantic services from April.