Boris Johnson Races Home In British Airways Economy

In what looks almost straight out of a comedy sketch, Boris Johnson is racing home from the Caribbean into the British Airways economy (in a suit), likely hoping to be the next prime minister (again).

Boris Johnson’s flight in the British Airways economy

With Liz Truss stepping down as prime minister after just 45 days in office, it is entirely possible that Boris Johnson will once again become prime minister, just weeks after stepping down.

Johnson has been on vacation in the Dominican Republic for the past two weeks, but decided to cut short his vacation. Then, on Friday, October 21, 2022, Johnson took British Airways flight BA2156 from Punta Cana (PUJ) to London Gatwick (LGW) via Antigua (ANU).

This first flight covers a distance of 445 miles and is blocked at 1:25 am, while the second flight covers a distance of 4,081 miles and is blocked at 8 am. This service operates twice a week (Mondays and Fridays) with a Boeing 777. This is a Boeing 777-200ER with a three-cabin leisure configuration, with Business, Premium Economy and Economy class.

Interestingly, Johnson and his family were sitting at the back of the economy, and Johnson even dressed for the occasion (perhaps he read online that dressing well could give you an upgrade?). 😉

While Johnson was traveling in economy class, reports from other passengers suggest that he and his family still received special treatment. They were separated from other passengers at the airport and then boarded before everyone else. Johnson was booed by some passengers, although no one knows if he heard it.

Boris Johnson flew to London on British Airways economy

Why was Johnson flying in British Airways economy class?

It is very interesting that Johnson flew back to London in the economy. After all, he’s quite wealthy and he was also prime minister, so I don’t think anyone would consider it excessive for him to be in business class. Also, presumably arriving in London well rested would benefit him, given his ambitions.

So what’s the explanation?

  • Business class and premium economy class were crowded, or at least not enough seats for the whole family
  • Premium business and economy class were prohibitively expensive as this is not entirely inconceivable for a last minute ticket change
  • Johnson has flown in economics to optics as he tries again to secure the prime ministership and wants to look like a “people’s man”

Personally, I suspect the latter explanation is the more likely, and he flew into economics by optics. It cannot be ruled out, however, that business class was simply not available. While there are reports that there were empty seats in business class, who knows if this is true, in which case it could be that there were no business class seats on sale in advance, but there were no last-minute shows.

Suspect Johnson flew on British Airways economy to optics

Final result

Boris Johnson cut short his vacation in the Dominican Republic to return to London following the resignation of Liz Truss. He flew home on British Airways from Punta Cana to London Gatwick via Antigua, although arguably the most interesting part of his journey was that he flew economy.

I suspect he did it for optics. He is also probably one of the few people to cross the Atlantic from the Dominican Republic in a suit.

What do you think of Johnson’s budget travel with British Airways?

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