British Airways introduces electric versions of the city’s famous taxis within Heathrow for premium connecting customers.
British Airways has introduced a new and environmentally friendly electric cab service at its Heathrow base, giving premium-paying customers the chance to experience a drive in a London cab without leaving the airport.
The London Electric Vehicle Company taxi features Wi-Fi, phone, laptop and USB charging, “and a panoramic roof – great for plane spotting”, the airline says.
The initiative is part of British Airways’ long-term plan to reduce emissions from all vehicles at the airport and follows the introduction of electric aircraft pushback vehicles.
The taxis will join British Airways’ fleet of chauffeur-driven executive vehicles to drive premium customers at risk of missing their connecting flight to meet their next aircraft.
Customers are met by the driver at the side of the plane and are driven directly to the aircraft side of their onward flight. Each ride is free of charge for premium connecting customers.
“It’s great to see the reaction of customers when they’re met by a London taxi at the side of the aircraft, waiting to take them on to their next flight,” says Daljit Hayre, BA’s senior manager for Heathrow customer experience.
“They’ve told us how much they appreciate this gesture, plus they love the space in the vehicle for their hand baggage. We’re also really pleased that using new-generation electric taxis reduces our carbon footprint.”
2019 is British Airways’ centenary year, and the airline says it is investing £6.5 billion (€7.3 billion) for customers over the next five years, including new aircraft, new cabins, new catering, new lounges, Wi-Fi and new routes.