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British Airways to Open New International Cabin Crew Base in Hyderabad

British Airways is preparing to open a new international cabin crew base in Hyderabad, India in order to better serve Telegu speaking passengers on its daily service to and from London Heathrow.  The airline already has cabin crew bases in…

British Airways Pilots Deny Plans for 10-Day ‘Mega Strike’ That Would Break the Airline

The union which represents thousands of pilots at British Airways has been forced to deny rumours it is planning a 10-day ‘mega strike’ that would cost the airline in excess of £400 million.  The rumour, first reported by The Sun,…

It’s Not Just About the Money: Why British Airways Pilots Have Really Gone On Strike

On Monday morning, pilots employed by British Airways and represented by the BALPA trade union went on strike for the very first time in the airline’s history.  British Airways has been forced to slash pretty much its entire schedule for…

British Airways Pilots Say They COULD Withdraw a Strike Threat if the Airline Agrees to Meet

British Airways pilots represented by the BALPA trade union say they would be prepared to call off potentially crippling strike action on the 9th and 10th of September if the airline agrees to more talks.  Confusingly, British Airways says it…

British Airways to Feature in New Documentary – But Will Talk of Striking Pilots Make the Final Cut?

Oh to be a fly on the wall in the Waterside headquarters of British Airways at the moment.  The airline is facing its first mass walkout by pilots in 40 years in an increasingly bitter dispute over pay and conditions…

LOT Polish Airlines Investigating After Director of Cabin Crew Appears to Disparage British Airways Flight Attendants on Social Media

LOT Polish Airlines is said to be investigating a social media post by its Director of Cabin Crew after she apparently disparaged flight attendants at British Airways for their appearance and grooming.  The post, which was first revealed by the…

Dear British Airways: Campaign Calls On British Airways to Stop Accepting Forced Deportations

Earlier this year, British Airways launched a multi-million-pound advertising campaign to celebrate the airline’s centenary.  Described as a “love letter to Britain”, the campaign featured a whole host of homegrown celebrities including Oscar winners Gary Oldman and Olivia Colman, the…

As Pilots Announce Strike Action, British Airways CEO Faces Difficult Questions Over 55% Pay Hike

The chief executive of British Airways has faced difficult questions over the 55 per cent hike in pay he has enjoyed since joining the airline in 2016.  On Friday, British Airways pilots represented by the BALPA trade union announced they…

British Airways Pilots Confirm Strike Dates, Airline Say’s Union is Being “Reckless”

The union that represents hundreds of pilots at British Airways has today announced its members will walk out in a dispute over pay and conditions.  Strike action is set to hit the Heathrow-based airline on the 9th, 10th and 27th…

British Airways Becomes Latest Airline to Sever Ties with SeaWorld and Other Animal “Attractions”

British Airways has joined a slew of other airlines and holiday companies to sever all ties with the controversial marine attraction SeaWorld.  The airline and more specifically it’s British Airways Holidays subsidiary, has published a new animal welfare policy that…

Claims: British Airways Plane Evacuated in Valencia Suffered TWO Other Fume Events in June

Aviation safety campaigners have claimed that the British Airways plane which filled with smoke 10-minutes before landing into Valencia yesterday evening had suffered at least two other ‘fume events’ in June.  During one incident, the First Officer decided to offload…

British Airways Flight Evacuated As Cabin Fills With Smoke in What Appears To Be Another Fume Event

A British Airways operated Airbus A321 with 175 passenger 8 crew had to be evacuated on the runway at Valencia airport this evening after the entire cabin filled with thick black smoke.  Passengers were evacuated onto the tarmac using emergency…

British Airways Cabin Crew Set to Receive Windfall if Airline Gives in to Pilots Demands

There’s a new twist in the incredibly long-running dispute over pay and conditions for thousands of frontline staff at British Airways.  With pilots now given the green light to proceed with strike action and crunch talks set to continue over…

British Airways Parent Company Bucks Trend, Reports Huge Profits in Second Quarter

The parent company of British Airways and Spanish flag-carrier Iberia has today reported a profit of €960 million ($1 billion USD) for the second quarter of the year – up €60 million on 2018.  International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG), is…

Activists Storm Stage with British Airways CEO to Protest Against Airline’s Deportation Policy

Whether good or bad, British Airways sure knows how to get more than it’s fair share of publicity.  On Friday, the airline was meant to welcome it’s first Airbus A350-1000 to it’s home at Heathrow airport – unfortunately, unseasonably bad…

British Airways Loses High Court Bid to Stop Pilots Strike

British Airways has failed in it’s bid to win an injunction against the BALPA pilots union and stop flight crew walking out on strike during the busy Summer holiday period.  The Heathrow-based airline went to London’s High Court this morning…

British Airways Pilots Vote Overwhelmingly in Favour of Strike Action

Pilots for British Airways have voted in favour of strike action with 93% of votes backing a walkout on a turnout of 90% of the roughly 4,000 pilots represented by the BALPA union.  So far, the union has not set…

British Airways Suspends Flights to Cairo for 7 Days Citing Unspecified Security Precaution

British Airways has suspended it’s daily flight between London Heathrow Airport (LHR) and Cairo (CAI) for seven days due to an unspecified security reason.  In a short statement posted to the airline’s website, British Airways said it constantly reviews security…

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…

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