British Airways: New original electric cab service to reduce carbon footprint

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British Airways has added a new environmentally friendly electric cab service to its bountiful offering at Heathrow Airport.

The service allows customers to experience travelling in an iconic London taxi without leaving the airport.

The London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) taxi offers passengers WiFi, a phone, laptop and USB charging, all accompanied by a panoramic roof – great for plane spotting.

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In addition, customers can expect a smooth ride, air-conditioning and a spacious cabin with room for all of customers’ hand luggage.

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 aircraft side and are driven directly to the aircraft side of their onward flight. With every ride completely free of charge, there’s no need for customers to reach for their wallets.

Senior manager, Heathrow Customer Experience, Daljit Hayre disclosed: “It is 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. They’ve told us how much they appreciate this gesture, plus they love the space in the vehicle for their hand baggage. We are also really pleased that using new generation electric taxi reduces our carbon footprint.”

Meanwhile, the airline’s environment manager, Andy Kershaw added: “British Airways takes its environmental responsibilities seriously, and this initiative is part of our overall ambition to reduce carbon emissions and those emissions that impact air quality and our local communities.”

The initiative forms part of British Airways’ longterm plan to reduce emissions from all vehicles at Heathrow and follows the introduction of electric aircraft pushback vehicles.