Giant 'Pandas' Fly on BA

Image credit: Courtesy British Airways

Frequent fliers can be so hard to please. Pandas, though … well, they don't get out too much. And judging by the cute photos of the "giant pandas" on a British Airways aircraft Tuesday, they were perfectly content being served by airline staff.

The special guests boarded the plane as part of a promotion of the airline's upcoming route to Chendgu, China. It's British Airways' first new route to China since it launched flights to Shanghai in 2005.

"We're all very excited about starting this new route and being the first and only airline to offer a direct link between London and the home of the giant pandas," said a crew member.

Image credit: Courtesy British Airways

(The Chinese are very proud of their pandas. Emeishan, China, is reportedly home to the world's first panda-themed hotel. Check out the panda hotel and the rest of the world's craziest hotels here.)

All tickets feature the number eight, which is regarded as lucky in China. The new route has also been given the same lucky flight numbers; the BA88 and the BA89.

Special pricing on the new route is available from its launch Sept. 29 through March 31. Fares for customers flying in Club World are £1,888 (about $3,000), 40 percent off the standard fare. Flights in World Traveller and World Traveller Plus are £508 (about $800) and £808 (about $1,300).

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