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BEA also takes to the skies over Europe

BEA also takes to the skies over Europe

Monday 4th March 2019 a British Airways A319 arrives at London’s Heathrow Airport in the second heritage livery. This one belongs to British European Airways otherwise known as BEA. The Airbus A319  swapped its British Airways livery for the BEA colours and design as part of the celebrations to mark the centenary of the beginning of British Airways back in August 1919. For these celebrations, British Airways are painting four of their aircraft in heritage liveries. The first, the Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet has already put in an appearance and has already flown to Los Angeles, Lagos, New York City and several other destinations. Travel Unpacked has already covered its appearance and included a potted history of British Airways in that post. BEA flew predominantly domestic and European routes between 1959 and 1968. BOAC flew predominantly the long-haul routes. The livery matches…

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BOAC returns to the skies

BOAC returns to the skies

Monday, the 18th February 2019, saw BOAC return to London’s Heathrow Airport and begin service to the following day to New York’s JFK Airport. BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation) has not been seen in the skies since 1974 when it merged with BEA (British European Airways) to become British Airways. So why was a BOAC Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet landing at London Heathrow on a dank Monday in February? The clue is in its flight number the following day for the flight to New York JFK. It operated as BA117 which is a British Airways flight designator. British Airways is the latest incarnation of Aircraft Transport and Travel Limited which in August 1919 launched the world’s first daily international scheduled air service between London and Paris. British Airways celebrates its centenary this year. February also sees the 50th anniversary of the first flight…

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DFDS Shortlist Nomination… again

DFDS Shortlist Nomination… again

At the beginning of 2015 I was fortunate enough to be nominated by DFDS Seaways for inclusion in their shortlist for the title Travel Blogger of the Year Award. This year one of my photographs has been included in the 50 strong shortlist in the DFDS Winter Photo Competition. Having got as far as the shortlist it is now down to the public (that’s you, my readers) to vote for their favourite. I would be really grateful if you would vote for my photograph. You can find all 50 photographs by clicking on this link – DFDS Winter Photo Competition. The photograph you are looking for is the one featured below taken when I was in Finland. You might need to scroll down to find it. You can read more of my winter adventures adventures in Finland here. Some of…

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DFDS Shortlist Nomination

DFDS Shortlist Nomination

I am excited to have been shortlisted for the DFDS Seaways 2015 Travel Blogger of the Year Award. There are several categories – Travel, Food and Drink, Culture and History, Newcomer and Travel Photos. I have been nominated in the Travel Blogger Category. The shortlisted candidates in each of the five categories are listed on the DFDS Seaways website for the public to vote on. DFDS Seaways are a leading ferry company operating routes from Dover and Newhaven to Dunkirk, Calais and Dieppe in France and from Newcastle to Amsterdam. Details of their sailings can be found on their website www.dfdsseaways.co.uk. It was my post on Where to see the Northern Lights that grabbed the attention of the team at DFDS and brought Travel Unpacked to their attention. I was nominated and shortlisted and now it is down to my…

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Oman bloggers trip

Oman bloggers trip

Today I am flying out to Muscat, Oman on a bloggers trip. It is only a couple of weeks since I was invited to go sailing with the Oman Air sponsored racing team in the Extreme Sailing Series. This time I will be with Oman Air on a flight to the capital, Muscat. One of the posts as a result of the trip will be a “tell like it is” review of Oman Air’s London Muscat service. Watch out for that in the next day or two As it is a bloggers trip there will be posts on aspects of the trip appearing on this blog both during and after the trip. Other than the airline review mentioned above you can expect at least one accommodation review. The last night we spend in the mountains in a lodge hotel called…

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Off to Bydgoszcz

Off to Bydgoszcz

Bydgoszcz? Where on earth is it? If I had not been invited by the Polish National Tourist Office (PNTO) in London to experience the delights of Bydgoszcz (pronounced biggish-ch) I would have only been able to make an educated guess. Checking it out on the map app on my iPad I discovered it is a city in Northern Poland south of Gdansk. There will be more on the city in future posts. During and after my trip I will be posting several blogs on this site. That’s not all though as I will be live on my social media channels. As always I will be tweeting about my experiences during the day with a few photographs to whet your appetite. You can follow me at @lethers; I shall be using the #InBydgoszcz hashish. I will continue to tweet about Bydgoszcz…

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