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British Airways is launching a private jet service within North America and the Caribbean, joining forces with CitationAir, the private jet charter subsidiary of Cessna Aircraft, offering a low priced private jet service.
The CitationAir partnership means BA is no longer barred from operating a domestic service under US aviation regulations.
Passengers can book online and “pay and go” with a credit card, therefore negating the need for upfront fees and long-term commitment that is usually associated with private charters.
Costs range from $6,000 to $10,000 per plane per hour depending on the type of aircraft.
The service is available to anyone who has flown with the carrier in the past 12 months, members of the BA executive club programme, as well as employees of the airline’s corporate clients. Robert Boyle, BA’s director of strategy and business units, told The Telegraph: “Now we can offer our customers a seamless service to fly when they want and where they want, to almost any destination within the US, Caribbean, southern Canada and Mexico.”
BA currently flies to 19 destinations in America and has a tie-up with American Airlines for US domestic flights. It is pursuing regulatory clearance for a transatlantic tie-up with American Airlines and its expected merger partner Iberia. This would allow the three airlines to share revenues and co-ordinate ticket prices on BA’s services between the UK and America.
Birth tourism launches in New York
The Marmara Manhattan has begun offering exclusive packages for new mothers that wish to give birth in the USA, with the additional bonus of the newborn child gaining US citizenship.
All children born on American soil are citizens of the United States and as such the hotel, which is part of the Turkish hospitality chain, has put together a package exploiting this.
The Marmara Manhattan, which is located in New York’s Upper East Side, is offering a one-bedroom suite accommodation for $5,100, plus taxes, for a month, with airport transfer, baby cradle and a gift set for the mother. There are also medical fees of about £20,500.
As at the time of writing the hotel has so far sold 15 of the packages.