British Airway announced a new boarding process for its flights.
Slated to go into effect in December, the new process calls for passengers to board by zone and will differ on long-haul versus short-haul flights. In addition, coach passengers will all board in one zone on long-haul flights, with the exception of those with elite status on the airline or the oneworld alliance.
On short-haul flights, Group 1 will comprise business-class, oneworld Emerald, and Executive Club Gold passengers, while Group 2 will cover oneworld Sapphire and Executive Club Silver. Group 3 will include oneworld Ruby and Executive Club Bronze. Group 4 will cover coach passengers and Group 5 will be for those paying the cheapest fare, Hand Baggage Only.
On long-haul flights, Group 1 will be comprised of first-class, oneworld Emerald, and Executive Club Gold passengers, while Group 2 will cover business-class, oneworld Sapphire, and Executive Club Silver passengers. Group 3 will include oneworld Ruby and Executive Club Bronze as well as premium economy passengers. Finally, Groups 4 and 5 will be for those in coach although the airline did not specify how this will break down.
BA last changed its boarding process in July 2015.
Frequent Business Traveler 11/18/2017