British Airways

Senior British Airways Managers “Recognise” There’s an Issue of New Cabin Crew Feeling Patronised and Instances of “Intimidating Behaviour”

Senior managers at British Airways “recognise” that some new hire cabin crew at the airline are “feeling patronised” and there have been some “instances of intimidating behaviour while flying” according to a recently released government report.  The revelation follows BA’s…

The British Airways Airbus A350 is Allegedly So Cramped, it Doesn’t Have Enough Space to Fly the Routes Intended

With a total of 18 ordered and four already delivered, the Airbus A350-1000 is set to become a big part of BA’s long-haul operation over the next few years – especially as the airline retires the rest of its 32…

When Jose Met Bette Nash, The Oldest and Longest-Serving Flight Attendant in the World

On 31st December, Bette Nash celebrated her 84th birthday but unlike the vast majority of people her age, Bette has no intention of retiring anytime soon.  Nash is the oldest, most experienced and most senior flight attendant in the world…

Three Members of British Airways Cabin Crew Killed in New Year’s Eve Car Crash, Fourth in Serious Condition

British Airways has confirmed that three members of its cabin crew were killed in a fatal vehicle accident close to Heathrow Airport on New Year’s Eve.  Two men aged 25 and 23 years old and a 20-year old woman who…

British Airways Faces Criticism for Refusing to Offer Special Meals for Vegan Cabin Crew

Story Highlights British Airways doesn’t let its cabin crew pre-order special meals The Vegan Society claims this could be discriminatory because pilots are allowed to order special meals The airline says cabin crew receive allowances to buy their own food…

British Airways Has Hired 300 Redundant Thomas Cook Workers, Including Pilots and Cabin Crew

Just days after reaching a pay deal with its pilots, British Airways has told staff the airline has recently hired over 300 ex-Thomas Cook employees who were made immediately redundant when the tour firm fell into bankruptcy in the summer.…

British Airways Pilots Accept Pay Deal Bringing to an End the Threat of Further Strike Action

Story Highlights Pilots vote to approve 11.5 per cent three-year pay deal Strikes cost British Airways €137 million The BALPA pilots union backtracked on demands for better terms and conditions Risk of a Christmas strike now averted British Airways has…

Are Aircraft Fume Events Something to be Concerned About? British Airways Responds…

Story Highlights Increasing publicity over so-called “fume events” Campaigners claim these fume events can cause longterm health problems The term ‘aerotoxic syndrome’ has been coined by campaigners Two major studies found no link between fume events and aerotoxic syndrome British…

Fumes Were Reported by Pilots Onboard a British Airways Boeing 777 Five Times in Just Two Months

Story Highlights Five fume events reported on the same Boeing 777 within just two months Pilots reported smelling a cheesy, oily smell in the flight deck Engineers couldn’t replicate the problem so the plane carried on flying The same problem…

British Airways Staff Are Being Gifted a Piece of Aviation History That’s Sure to Make Boeing 747 Lovers Very Jealous

Over the last few days, British Airways staff have taken to social media to share details of a very special Christmas gift the airline has been sending them.  Alex Cruz, chief executive of the Heathrow-based airline has told staffers the…

A British Airways Pilot Could Smell Onion Bhajis Before Nearly Fainting in Yet Another Fume Event On Same Plane

A concerning incident in which both pilots on a British Airways flight between London Gatwick and Paphos in Cyprus were nearly incapacitated has been reported by the Aviation Herald – a service that tracks and records aviation accidents.  The incident,…

Strike Averted: British Airways Agrees Pay Deal With Pilots Union to Head Off Christmas Walk-Out

According to a new report in the Financial Times (subscription required), British Airways has managed to strike a new three-year pay deal with pilots that will avert the risk of a Christmas “mega-strike” that could have cost the airline hundreds…

British Airways Pilots Dispute Set to be Resolved as Union Comes Close to Backing Down

A leaked letter from the BALPA pilots union suggests reps are planning on backing down from its ongoing dispute with British Airways over pay and conditions.  The letter, which was sent to members late last week, was leaked to The…

Owner of British Airways is Still Outperforming Rivals Despite Costly Pilots Strike Reveal New Results

The parent company of British Airways has just released its financial results for the third quarter of 2019 and it turns out that the European airline heavyweight is still outperforming many of its rivals in the region.  International Consolidated Airlines…

British Airways Pays Tribute to Flight Attendant Who Died Attempting to Rescue Passengers from Inferno

British Airways has paid tribute to a flight attendant who died trying to rescue passengers, including a disabled customer, when her plane was engulfed in flames.  Barbara Jane Harrison, who worked for BA’s predecessor airline BOAC, was just 22 years…

British Airways is Once Again Hiring New Cabin Crew for Heathrow Mixed Fleet and London City

After a short hiatus, British Airways has once again reopened cabin crew recruitment for its so-called ‘Mixed Fleet’ group of crew based at Heathrow Airport (LHR) as well as at London City Airport (LCY).  Applications can be submitted via the…

Boss of British Airways’ Parent Company Thinks He Could Do Better Job at Negotiating Pilots Dispute

The boss of British Airways’ parent company has signalled frustration at not being able to get directly involved in negotiations over a long-running dispute between pilots and the airline on pay and conditions.  And even worse, Willie Walsh, chief executive…

Massive fail: Extinction Rebellion Protestors Target the Only Airline Group to Commit to Net Zero Emmisions

Protestors supporting the Extinction Rebellion movement have descended on London City Airport in the British capital’s East End in an attempt to “peacefully occupy and shut down” the airport for three full days.  So far, despite the best efforts of…

British Airways Becomes Latest Airline to Carbon Offset Domestic Flights, Commits to Becoming Carbon Neutral

British Airways has been quick to follow the lead of European rival Air France by announcing it will carbon offset all domestic flights beginning in January 2020.  The carrier currently operates  around 75 flights between London and several destinations across…

Yet Another ‘Fume Event’ On a British Airways Flight Brings Total to 56 in Less Than Months

A British Airways flight from Bari to London Gatwick airport was forced to divert and make an emergency landing into Basel’s EuroAirport yesterday afternoon after potentially toxic fumes started to fill the passenger cabin.  An emergency was declared just before…

Rumour Control: Virgin Atlantic and British Airways Pilots Now Planning Christmas Strikes

Pilots at two major British airlines are now said to be threatening crippling strike action over the Christmas holidays in growing disputes over pay and conditions.  The latest threat of a Holiday walkout comes from Virgin Atlantic pilots who are…

British Airways Rescues Stranded Thomas Cook Cabin Crew, Originally Quoted £10,000 a Ticket

When Thomas Cook went bankrupt on Sunday night, the travel company’s collapse left hundreds of thousands of travellers and several hundred staff – including cabin crew stranded abroad.  In some cases, Thomas Cook even sent some cabin crew out on…

Owner of British Airways and Iberia Issues Profit Warning as a Result of Pilot Strikes

The owner of British Airways says it has taken a £121 million ($149 million) direct hit from a 48-hour walkout by pilots at the Heathrow-based airline on the 9th and 10th of September, as well as a third planned strike…

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…

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