British Airways

Plot Twist: British Airways Cabin Crew ARE Now Being Balloted On Strike Action

Pay negotiations between British Airways and a number of different workgroups, including pilots, cabin crew, engineers and gate agents, have been ongoing since November 2018.  Three trade unions came together for the very first time to submit a joint pay…

Last Ditch Mediation Talks Between Pilots and British Airways Break Down – What Comes Next?

Describing negotiations as “bitterly disappointing”, the general secretary of the BALPA pilots union, Brian Strutton said last night that his organisation is “no further forward” in talks with British Airways to agree a pay deal.  British Airways and the pilots…

British Airways Cabin Crew Face Dismissal After Accusations of Drunken Antics at Singapore Hotel

Oh dear… it’s happened again.  British Airways cabin crew have been accused of more high jinx at their hotel in Singapore and now three members of crew are facing potential disciplinary action. According to the Sun, a group of drunken…

British Airways Seeks to Avoid Mass Industrial Action with “Final” Improved Offer

Pay negotiations between British Airways and three unions that represent pilots, cabin crew and ground staff have been dragging on for around eight months now.  In a “final position” document, the Heathrow-based airline is now hoping it has come up…

Would You Spend £80 to Put a Bag Tag On Your Check-In Luggage? That’s What BA is Proposing…

The idea of electronic bag tags have been around for a while, although curiously they haven’t yet become mainstream.  You would of thought that there would  be so many start ups or even big industry players trying to revolutionise and…

British Airways is Trying to Put the ‘Premium’ Back into Premium Economy With New Soft Product

Earlier this year, British Airways announced a relatively small but potentially significant round of investments for its branded long-haul premium economy product that it calls World Traveller Plus. The first slew of improvements came in January with an upgraded meal…

From Flight Attendant to Aircraft Engineer: How Women Are Breaking Down Gender Stereotypes

Let’s be perfectly honest… When we think of flight attendants we think of them as female and when we think of aircraft engineers we think of them as men.  We’re not entirely to blame for these preconceptions – these roles…

British Airways Gatwick Cabin Crew Tell Airline “Enough is Enough” in New Industrial Dispute

There’s nothing new or unusual in airlines having to deal with more than their fair share of industrial disputes (no wonder Delta Air Lines is going to such extreme lengths to prevent unionisation of its workers) but the unrest at…

A Small Victory: British Airways Cabin Crew No Longer Have to Wear Jackets

British Airways has faced a fair amount of criticism over the last couple of weeks over it’s uniform and grooming policy – especially for female cabin crew.  There have been allegations that the policy is sexist and a senior trade…

It’s a Family Affair: Mother and Daughter Team Prove it’s Never Too Late to Become Cabin Crew

British Airways is recruiting 2,000 cabin crew this year and many of them will be joining the airline’s new apprenticeship scheme – the first group of these apprentices have just graduated from an initial five-week training course and have started…

Criticism of British Airways’ Uniform Policy Has Now Turned Into a Full-Blown Sexism Row

Last week, I wrote about an open letter that a senior trade union official sent to the chief executive of British Airways, calling on the airline to update it’s uniform and grooming policy for the 21st century. Diana Holland, Assistant…

British Airways Told to Relegate “Expectations of Makeup, Heel Length and Buttoned up Jackets” to History Books

One of the United Kingdom’s most senior trade unionists has told British Airways it is “high time to relegate expectations of makeup, heel length and buttoned up jackets to the history books.”  The call came from Diana Holland, the assistant…

British Airways Owner Becomes Only Airline Group in Europe to Make First Quarter Profit

The owner of British Airways and Iberia has become the only airline group in Europe (not including the new Ryanair Group) to report a profit in the first quarter of 2019 (from January to March).  The IAG Group, which also…

Are its Own Employees the “Biggest Threat” to the Future of British Airways?

Last week, the chief executive of British Airways gave a speech at the Royal Aeronautical Society in Central London.  Alex Cruz had attended the event mainly to mark the airline’s centenary celebrations but he did also share a few nuggets…

British Airways Dumps the Financial Times: Newspaper Rages with Half-Page Advert

The Financial Times, famous for its industry-leading financial analysis and of course it’s salmon pink coloured pages, has reacted pretty furiously to a decision by British Airways to stop offering the print edition of the newspaper for free in the…

Unions Frustrated With BA’s “Intransigence” Over Pay Deal for Cabin Crew and Pilots

Three trade union representing cabin crew, pilots and ground staff at British Airways have said they are growing “increasingly frustrated” with the airline’s “intransigence” to offer what they see as an acceptable pay deal.  British Airways, though, has said it…

Pilots and Cabin Crew in the UK are Taking Legal Action Against Airlines in “Toxic Air” Dispute

The largest union representing cabin crew in the United Kingdom and Ireland has started legal action against five British airlines in 51 different cases involving so-called ‘toxic’ fume events.  The Unite union claims that independent expert evidence has found that…

Leaked Survey Reveals Only 56% of British Airways Employees are Proud to Work for Airline

Last summer, British Airways carried out a staff satisfaction survey for the first time in years – the results did not make for good reading, with just over half of the 17,000 employees who took part in the survey saying…

British Airways Got Flight Attendant Mothers To Fly With Their Offspring to Celebrate Mothers Day

Unlike some parts of the world, the United Kingdom celebrates Mother’s Day (or as it’s officially known ‘Mothering Sunday’) this coming Sunday.  It’s normally a day for mother’s to put their feet up and relax but British Airways has decided…

The Most Anticipated Seat Launch is Finally Here: The New British Airways Club World Seat

They’ve only gone and put a door on it.  British Airways has finally unveiled its long-awaited Club World business class seat replacement today and it is sure not to disappoint.  Dubbed the ‘Club Suite’ because of a sliding privacy door,…

FIRST LOOK: British Airways Reveals Tantalising Preview of New Club World Seat

British Airways is seriously amping up the anticipation of a massive and eagerly awaited upgrade to its Club World business class seat which is expected to be unveiled in the next couple of months.  The airline has just taken to…

British Airways Reveals Last Retro Livery as Part of Centenary Celebrations

Earlier this year, British Airways announced it would paint four of its aircraft in special retro liveries – unlike other airlines, BA has largely shied away from special aircraft designs (with a few notable exceptions like a dove design for…

British Airways Crew Unanimously Reject Pay Offer, Majority Back Industrial Action Ballot

Back in November, three trade unions which represent the majority of staff at British Airways took the unusual step of joining together to submit a collective pay claim to significantly improve base pay and profit sharing bonuses at the airline. …

Labour Unions at British Airways Deride Pay Offer From “Profit-Making Powerhouse”

Three unions which together represent over 25,000 British Airways employees have labelled the airline a “profit-making powerhouse” with a less than generous “austerity approach to pay negotiations”.  The claims were made by union leaders after the airline revealed it made…

British Airways Reports £2 Billion Profit: Orders Up To 42 Boeing 777-9’s Worth $18.6 Billion

British Airways today published its financial results for 2018, revealing it made £1.95 billion last year and pushing its operating margin over 15% higher compared to 2017.  The news of the Heathrow-based airline’s strong performance coincided with an announcement that…

99% of British Airways Cabin Crew at Gatwick Airport Support the Possibility of Strike Action

British Airways’ centenary celebrations may be about to turn sour just days after praise was heaped on the airline when it unveiled a nostalgic retro liveried Boeing 747 aircraft adorned in the paintwork of its predecessor company, the British Overseas…

Up to Old Tricks? Reports British Airways Won’t Clean Planes On Some Sectors

Updated on Monday 4th February 2019 with additional information and comment from British Airways. In a recent memo that has been seen by PYOK, the Unite union which represents cabin crew at Heathrow-based British Airways warns the airline will not…

Will Industrial Strife Ruin BA’s Centenary Celebrations? Unions Reject Pay Offer That “Falls a Very Long Way Short”

At the end of last year, we learned that a coalition of unions who represent different workgroups at British Airways had submitted a joint pay claim – much in the same way that Air France unions did in 2018.  It’s…

British Airways Hosts Careers Event to Encourage a New Generation of Pilots and Cabin Crew

As the saying goes “Catch them early and catch them young” and that’s exactly what British Airways aims to do with a special careers event that saw 1,500 children from 19 schools across the UK visit the airline’s branded Aviation…

21-Year Old Texan Sentenced to Six Months Imprisonment After Attacking British Airways Cabin Crew

A 21-year old Texan man has been sentenced to six months behind bars by a British court after going on a drunken rampage aboard a British Airways flight that had just taken off from the airline’s hub at London’s Heathrow…

The Brexit Express: People Are Booking Tickets for a Flight That Might Not Be Able to Land

As inaugural flights go this one is set to be very different from the usual celebrations you’d expect when an airline launches a new route or perhaps a brand new state-of-the-art aircraft.  Nonetheless, there’s plenty of excitement surrounding a British…

Lufthansa Comes Number One in 2018 With Most Passengers Carried by a European Airline

The European airline industry is controlled by three main players – there’s the Lufthansa Group which not only owns the namesake airline but also SWISS, Austrian, Brussels Airlines and the low-cost carrier Eurowings.  Then, there’s the Anglo-Spanish IAG Group that…

British Airways Cabin Crew Wishes The World a Happy New Year in Over 45 Languages

What does good service mean to you?  Well, no matter where in the world you’re from, good service is the same in every language according to Karen Slinger, the head of Cabin Crew at British Airways.  But while good service…

British Airways Won’t Get a New Uniform in Time For its Centenary

The New Year is set to be an exciting one for British Airways – the airline’s chief executive, Alex Cruz has laid out grand plans for the Heathrow-based carrier as it celebrates its 100th birthday.  There are plenty of celebrations…

Spoof Tube Ads Urge Direct Action Against Airlines That Allow Deportations On Their Flights

An activist group plastered guerrilla ads across London’s Tube network on Tuesday calling on airline passengers to stop forced deportations with a simple three-step guide to taking direct action.  The ads included the British Airways logo in an apparent dig…

Exclusive: This WILL Be the Brand New British Airways New Club World Business Class Seat

No, the main picture above is not the new Club World seat and nor will the latest iteration of British Airways’ business class seat be based on the B/E Aerospace-produced product that debuted in its current form back in 2006. …

Analysis: Why British Airways Will Be Forced to Take Pay Demands of Unions Seriously This Time

Over the course of last Summer, the Heathrow-based British Airways endured a staggering 85-days of industrial action by members of its so-called ‘Mixed Fleet’ cabin crew.  Yet despite the best efforts of striking flight attendants who were backed by the…

British Airways Pilots, Cabin Crew and Ground Staff Demand 5% Pay Raise and Profit Sharing

In an unprecedented move, three trade unions that represent pilots, cabin crew and ground staff at Heathrow-based British Airways have demanded significant improvements in pay and conditions.  The three unions – BALPA which represents pilots, Unite the Union who serve…

More Details On British Airways’ New 12-Month Cabin Crew Apprenticeship Scheme

British Airways has revealed more details about an “intensive” 12-month apprenticeship scheme that all new cabin crew joining the airline will be expected to complete from March 2019 onwards.  In October, we exclusively revealed BA’s plan to train cabin crew…

British Airways Criticised Over Handling of “Dick Pic” Cyberflashing Incident

British Airways is today facing criticism over its handling of a so-called ‘Cyberflashing’ incident in which a couple were sent unsolicited “dick pics” as they sat with their six-year-old daughter on a British Airways aircraft waiting to take off from…

VIDEO: British Airways Will Recruit 2,000 New Cabin Crew in 2019

British Airways has announced plans to recruit 2,000 new cabin crew next year. Applications are already open, although training courses won’t start until March 2019 at the earliest. In 2017, over 25,000 candidates applied to join British Airways as cabin…

British Airways Will Recruit 2,000 New Cabin Crew in 2019 – Adding Additional Training to Improve Service

The chief executive of British Airways, Alex Cruz has revealed plans by the Heathrow-based airline to recruit around 2,000 new cabin crew during 2019.  Applications are currently open on BA’s official recruitment website for cabin crew positions at Heathrow and…

British Airways Can’t “Be Everything to Everybody” – Plus New Details on Club World Seat

One of Europe’s largest aviation groups, IAG is today holding its annual Capital Markets Day – the event is a great opportunity for the owner of British Airways, Iberia and Spanish low-cost airline Vueling, as well as Aer Lingus and…

Owner of British Airways and Iberia Beats Expectations in Latest Financial Results

The European airline group, IAG has beat market expectations, posting a profit of €1,460 million for the third quarter.  IAG is the Madrid-based owner of British Airways and Iberia, as well as low-cost Spanish carrier Vueling and Aer Lingus.  The group…

WHAT HAPPENED NEXT: Backlash Forces British Airways to Significantly Improve Redundancy Offer for Hong Kong Cabin Crew

One of the biggest advantages of working for a European-based airline is enjoying the benefits of hard fought for employment laws which go a long way to protect staffers, including cabin crew, from errant employers.  Admittedly, there’s a long way…

British Airways Will Soon Offer Cabin Crew Apprenticeships – But Why? Here’s Our Theory…

We recently learned that British Airways will become the next UK-based airline to start offering apprenticeships for cabin crew.  Earlier this year, low-cost carrier easyJet announced plans to launch a similar scheme with just 25 apprenticeships joining a one-year training…

Is British Airways Finally Showing Compassion for Sacked Hong Kong Cabin Crew? Crowdfunding Campaign Raises Over £75,000

Last week, the UK’s flag carrier British Airways called in 89 Hong Kong-based cabin crew for a ‘meeting’.  The crew were informed they would be made redundant – the majority would be laid off immediately, while around 24 of that…

“Callous and Outrageous”: Cabin Crew Union Demands British Airways Reverse Hong Kong Base Closure

One of the UK’s largest trade unions has launched a stinging attack on British Airways and its decision to unexpectedly close an international cabin crew base in Hong Kong.  Unite the union called the airline’s decision, which was made under…

VIDEO: Saville Row Designer Ozwald Boateng Will Be The New Uniform Designer For British Airways

Ex-creative director of menswear at French fashion house Givenchy and Saville Row Brit designer, Ozwald Boateng has been announced as the new uniform designer for British Airways. The new look threads are set to be designed in time for the…

Saville Row Designer Ozwald Boateng Will Be The New Uniform Designer For British Airways

Ex-creative director of menswear at French fashion house Givenchy and Saville Row Brit designer, Ozwald Boateng has been announced as the new uniform designer for British Airways.  The new look threads are set to be designed in time for the…

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