British Airways

British Airways Grants a Young Cancer Sufferer The Best Wish Ever – Gets to Fulfill Dream to be Cabin Crew

As sweet and incredibly heartwarming gestures go, this is pretty high up there.  In the last few months, British Airways has been surprising passengers through its ‘BA Magic’ campaign and making dreams come true.  And we think they may have…

British Airways Launches Yet Another Comedy Safety Video – But Luckily This Is Just A Hilarious Spoof

British Airways isn’t best known for its sense of humour – although some passengers may think its often derided sub-par Business Class seat is a cruel joke.  But in recent months, the airline has been trying to shake off it’s…

British Airways Finally Reveals £4.5 bn Plan to Drastically Improve its Service On Long Haul Flights

At the end of last week, International Airlines Group (IAG), the parent company of British Airways and Iberia held its Capital Markets Day.  The event is mostly aimed at shareholders and financial analysts who are keen to find out about…

Norwegian and British Airways Strike Important Pay Deals With Their Pilots and Cabin Crew

In the last few days, both Norwegian and British Airways have joined the list of European airlines who have managed to strike important pay deals with their flying crew’s – drastically reducing the risk of staff walk outs at both…

British Airways Says Sleep is a Top Priority for Premium Passengers As it Rolls Out Luxe New Bedding Range

The airline that everyone loves to hate (and no, we’re not talking about Ryanair or Frontier for once) is rolling out the next phase of a programme to transform its premium passenger experience.  British Airways is joining the bedding arms…

Does A New Pay Deal at British Airways Finally Mean the End to the Threat of Strikes by Cabin Crew?

An incredibly bitter dispute over pay and conditions which has seen cabin crew working for British Airways walk out for 73 days in the last year could finally be drawing to a close.  That’s if a new pay deal hammered…

It’s Handbags At Dawn: Or Maybe Not As British Airways Reverses Uniform Policy Over Sexism Row

Earlier this year, we reported on an allegation made by female cabin crew at British Airways who accused their employer of “crass and sexist” behaviour.  The problem, it turned out, was the airline’s uniform policy which required female staff to…

British Airways Launches Urgent Investigation Over Lewd and Racist Cabin Crew Snapchat Tirade

British Airways has had more than its fair share of public relations disasters over the last year.  Of course, there was a massive ‘IT Meltdown‘ in May which stranded hundreds of thousands of passengers around the world.  That was on…

When is an ‘Enhancement’ Not a Good Thing? How Airline’s Confuse Cut Backs With Service Improvements

If you were partially sighted and someone offered to enhance your eyesight, you would probably think that was a good thing.  Or perhaps you use Instagram or Facetune to enhance your selfies – again, in most cases, that’s a positive. …

British Airways and Cabin Crew Negotiate to Avoid New Strikes: What Do They Want? The Dispute Explained

August wasn’t a terribly good month for British Airways.  The airline had to deal with a cabin crew strike that lasted for the whole of August.  Luckily, most passengers got to their destinations without too much disruption but BA was…

Flying Anytime Soon? This Company Wants to Help You Sleep and Airline’s Are Loving It

Luxury British retailer, The White Company began life in 1994 as a bold but simple vision by the company’s founder, Chrissie Rucker.  Her ingenious plan was to design and make homewares and clothing that were predominantly white.  They would be…

British Airways Cabin Crew Union Calls for ‘Pause for Peace’ but Ignores Management Request to Start Negotiations Early

In the seemingly unending dispute over pay and conditions for cabin crew at British Airways, a union who represent ‘Mixed Fleet’ crew has called on the airline for what it calls a ‘pause for peace’.  It comes as cabin crew…

It Turns Out That Candidates Actually Enjoy the Cabin Crew Recruitment Process: Here Are the Best Airline’s

The cabin crew recruitment process is notoriously difficult – you’ve got to jump through multiple hoops, take tests, pass assessments, take part in role plays and of course, ace the Final Interview.  On top of all of the that, the…

The Dispute Continues: What’s the Endgame for the British Airways Cabin Crew Strike?

This Saturday marks the 60th day of strike action by British Airways cabin crew belonging to its so called ‘Mixed Fleet’ branch – and despite some concessions from the airline, there seems little prospect of the bitter and long running…

British Airways Has Finally Unveiled a New Safety Video and People are Still Unhappy

British Airways has finally released a new onboard safety video – Okay, it’s hardly the most important news of the day but it will come as a welcome relief for frequent BA fliers.  The current safety video has been around…

News Roundup – 12th July 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

Spanish airline, Iberia has been fined €25,000 for making new female cabin crew take pregnancy tests.  The airline argued it was looking after the well-being of new recruits but authorities on the Balearic island of Mallorca disagreed and called the…

British Airways Cabin Crew Set for Another 14 Day Strike – But How Are They Affording It?

In a long-running dispute over alleged ‘poverty pay‘, British Airways cabin crew belonging to it’s ‘Mixed Fleet’ branch are in the middle of their longest walkout to date.  The latest strike started on 1st July and is set to last…

News Roundup – 05th July 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

It looks like flying from the Middle East to the United States is going to get much easier.  Since the U.S. Laptop Ban was introduced in March, customers haven’t been able to take electronic devices larger than a smartphone into…

British Airways Courts Controversy Over Mandatory Skirt Policy for Female Cabin Crew

Last year, British Airways overturned a policy that saw its female cabin crew forced to wear skirts.  Or so we thought.  It now turns out that BA still doesn’t consider trousers a “standard” part of its uniform for female employees. …

BA Staff Walkout: Strike Breaking Qatar Airways Aircraft Arrive at Heathrow Airport

With less than 24 hours before a planned walkout by cabin crew at British Airways, nine Qatar Airways aircraft have arrived at Heathrow Airport in an attempt to break the strike.  The first Airbus A320 aircraft arrived in the UK…

News Roundup – 28th June 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

British Airways is facing, even more, disruption as the biggest staff walkout since 2010 is set to get underway beginning Saturday 01st July.  The airline has already cancelled some flights in preparation for the expected disruption with a number of…

British Airways Tries to Break Strike by Leasing Qatar Airways Jets: Likely to be Big Mistake

When news broke yesterday morning of a plan by British Airways to lease nine Qatar Airways aircraft, it seemed like a master stroke by the two airlines.  The plan was confirmed by the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority who said the…

Despite High Profile Setbacks, British Airways Retains Official Four Star Rating – For Now at Least

British Airways has been in cost-cutting mode for years now – But as more and more passengers and experts alike question whether the airline has cut too far, BA has somehow retained its official Four Star rating.  For the time…

Latest British Airways Strike Called Off – But What is the Dispute Actually About Now?

Senior managers at British Airways may be breathing a huge collective sigh of relief this weekend.  The carrier has been beset with problems of late – a catastrophic IT meltdown, criticism of its cost-cutting programme and a high-profile staff dispute…

Striking British Airways Cabin Crew Will Get Paid Bonuses – Just Don’t Mention ‘Poverty Pay’

As British Airways tries to handle the fallout from its weekend IT mega-meltdown, new details are emerging of a pay dispute settlement the airline hopes to secure with Cabin Crew.  Last week, reports suggested that BA and the staff union,…

British Airways Leaves Passengers in the Lurch as ‘Power Surge’ Grounds All Flights

British Airways has been forced to ground all flights today after what the airline called a ‘major IT system failure’ that occurred on Saturday morning.  Sources have now told us that a ‘power surge’ was the cause of the outage. …

News Roundup – 25th May 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

The parent company of British Airways has expressed its displeasure with what it sees as an unnecessary plan to extend Heathrow Airport, the airline’s home in West London.  Willie Walsh, CEO of International Airlines Group said: “Airlines were never consulted…

British Airways Offers to Raise Mixed Fleet Cabin Crew Pay to End Dispute. But Reaction is 50/50

It’s been a couple of months since British Airways and the union that represents its Mixed Fleet Cabin Crew agreed to talks over a bitter pay dispute.  The two sides had been at loggerheads for months with Unite the union…

News Roundup – 02nd May 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

It’s been an eventful week for British Airways.  First the good news – the airline plans to spend $65 million USD upgrading its space at Terminal 7, New York JFK.  But an incident onboard a BA London Gatwick to Jamaica…

No, Passengers Don’t Hate Flight Attendants. It’s Time for Everyone to Calm Down

You could be mistaken for thinking that the whole travelling public had turned against their Flight Attendants.  The men and women who are there to keep you safe have suddenly become pariah figures.  It’s hardly surprising I suppose.  What with…

British Airways Cabin Crew Recruitment – Step by Step Process 2019

In 2018, British Airways received 31,000 Cabin Crew applications from which only 2,000 candidates were chosen.  At present, British Airways is accepting both applications from candidates with no prior cabin crew experience and a fast-track scheme for experienced candidates with…

British Airways Mixed Fleet Cabin Crew Destinations 2018

British Airways currently has three types of Cabin Crew working from London Heathrow.  All new Cabin Crew who joined the airline after 2010 are known as ‘Mixed Fleet’ crew.  They have a different contract and never work with pre-2010 joiners.…

NEW & UPDATED: British Airways Cabin Crew Salary and Benefits 2018

Earlier this year, British Airways hammered out an agreement with cabin crew for a new pay deal that both sides were finally happy with.  So how much should those already working under the airline’s ‘Mixed Fleet’ contract and new joiners…

Is New Low-Cost, Long-Haul Airline ‘Level’ a Cynical Ploy by IAG?

Yesterday, International Airlines Group (IAG) – the company behind famous airline brands that include British Airways, Iberia and Aer Lingus – announced a new low-cost, long-haul airline. The carrier, named ‘Level’ promises to “bring a stylish and modern approach to…

Can Cabin Crew Have Tattoos? The Rules, Policy and Exceptions

It seems like everyone has a tattoo nowadays.  Our attitude towards tattoos has become a lot more accepting in the last ten years.  But the majority of global airlines – including Emirates, Etihad, Qatar Airways and British Airways still have…

Undercover Celebs Prank British Airways Passengers – But It’s All for a Good Cause

Unsuspecting British Airways passengers were spectacularly pranked recently as they went to check-in at Terminal 5 Heathrow.  Luckily it was all taken in good spirits for what turns out to be a fantastic cause. BA persuaded comedian David Walliams, former…

How to Ace the Cabin Crew Assessment Day 2017 – Tips and Advice

I’ve attended a lot of Cabin Crew Assessment Day’s for a number of major, international airlines.  Along the way, I’ve learnt what works (and importantly, what doesn’t work).  I’ve made plenty of mistakes and I too have failed on occasion.…

British Airways and Union Agree to New Talks Over Bitter Cabin Crew Dispute

Is an end in sight for the bitter dispute between British Airways and the airline’s Mixed Fleet cabin crew?  On Wednesday evening, The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) announced that British Airways and the Unite union – who represent…

News Roundup – 15th March 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

Turkish Airlines has had a torrid 12-months but its Chairman has delivered an upbeat assessment of the carriers future.  He hopes that Turkish will be back on track by 2018. One airline going from strength-to-strength, Qatar Airways, has said that…

The British Airways Cheat Sheet for the Cabin Crew Assessment Day

British Airways is the UK’s largest international airline by fleet size and second only to EastyJet for the number of passengers carried.  As one of the founding members of the OneWorld alliance, British Airways and its partners serve around 1,000…

News Roundup – 08th March 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

Virgin Australia has announced that it won’t be starting a service between Perth and Abu Dhabi as was originally planned.  Instead, the carrier intends to focus on international routes to North America and Asia.  But one flight to the USA…

British Airways Cabin Crew: Minimum Requirements, Essential Criteria & Qualifications

Landing a job as Cabin Crew with British Airways can be a particularly hard one to crack.  But before you even submit your resume and get through the Assessment Day and Final Interview you’ll have to meet a long list…

This is London Calling: British Airways Reopens Cabin Crew Recruitment

British Airways has once again opened up cabin crew recruitment for its Mixed Fleet flight attendants based at London Heathrow.  Applications are being accepted now, with the deadline set for 8th March 2017.  Do you have what it takes to…

British Airways Tells Cabin Crew: There’s Plenty of People Who Want Your Job

British Airways Cabin crew working on the ‘Mixed Fleet’ contract are preparing for their biggest strike to date as a dispute over pay and conditions heats up.  Members of the Unite union will walk out on Sunday 5th February for…

News Roundup – 31st January 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

Things are looking up for Etihad Airways.  Despite recent problems besetting the airline, its home airport reported an increase of 5.1% in passenger traffic in 2016 – the majority of which went to Etihad. Emirates are to launch a new…

News Roundup – 17th January 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

From 19th January 2017, cabin crew at British Airways are set to strike for the second time over allegations it pays it new crew ‘poverty pay’.  Over at Emirates, we have learnt more about the rigorous grooming standards expected of…

News Round Up – 4th January 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

Emirates has put its woes to one side to introduce some nice additions to its soft product in First and Business Class.  But Etihad has been forced to counter rumours that it was set to dump its stake in Virgin…

Fog Causes Passenger Agony in Europe & the Middle East

The New Year didn’t get off to a good start for many air passengers travelling through Europe and the Middle East as fog descended on both regions causing travel chaos lasting several days. The weather caused particularly hard-hitting problems at…

Potential British Airways Strike Likely to Have Little Effect

  Update (18th December 2016) Following the decision by Unite to call strike action on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, British Airways released a strongly worded statement denouncing the strike and confirming that they would do everything to make it fail.…

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