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British Airways Celebrates 90 Years Leading The Travel Industry

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British Airways celebrates 90 years of leading the travel industry, since Transport & Travel Ltd (a precursor to British Airways) launched the world’s first commercial flight which departed from London to Paris on August 25 1919.
Since then, the airline has carried more than 1.2 billion customers on its extensive route network, and become recognised as [...]

British Airways merger talks with Qantas collapse

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Qantas said that following “detailed discussions” the two carriers could not reach an agreement on the “key terms” of the proposed £3.6bn deal that the airlines have been trying to hammer out in recent weeks.
The news is likely to come as a blow to BA chief executive Willie Walsh who has made it his [...]

British Airways Threatened With Staff Strike Action For Pay Cuts

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The staff of British Airways may go on strike following a memo leaking that showed that the airline is planning major salary cuts during the New Year, as well as base pay off of performance. The details of “Project Columbus”, the codename of the shake-up, are in a confidential document that the Daily Mail came [...]

Unions Threaten Strikes Over BA’s Secret Plot To Cut Cabin Crew Pay

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Staff at British Airways could take industrial action after it emerged that the company is planning to cut cabin crew salaries.
The airline aims to replace existing agreements and bring in performance-related pay.
Details of the shake-up – codenamed ‘Project Columbus’ by BA – are set out in a confidential internal document leaked to the union by [...]

Qantas-BA Merger Offers Passengers Few Benefits

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AUSTRALIAN travellers can be forgiven if they are struggling to see what is in the Qantas-British Airways merger for them, experts say.
So far, the only benefits the potential partners are offering passengers are access to a bigger network and a larger frequent flyer program — but neither claim has been fleshed out with details.
The [...]

British Airways Juggles Three Deals

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British Airways has woken up and discovered consolidation. It now has no less than two proposed mergers on its plate, with Spain’s Iberia and Australia’s Qantas, along with a planned transatlantic alliance with American Airlines. But successfully pulling off all three deals at the same time will be tricky, and cracks have already begun to [...]

Qantas Says Significant Issues Tied To Merger Talks

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Qantas Airways Ltd., Australia’s biggest airline, says “significant matters” need to be resolved before a merger with British Airways Plc can be achieved.
These include “an appropriate merger ratio,” issues connected with British Airways’ pension fund and the global economic outlook, Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce said today in Sydney at a business lunch, the [...]

BA’s Global Ambitions Prepared For Take Off

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Remember this? “It was a calculated risk.”
That was Willie Walsh in May, telling MPs on the Transport Committee why he had pressed ahead with opening Heathrow’s Terminal 5 – even though he knew the building was not fully ready.
Fast forward seven months and the former pilot now running British Airways is once again playing [...]

Cabin Crew Blast ‘bullying’ British Airways Over Axe Threat

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BRITISH Airways have been accused of bullying in their bid to axe Scots cabin crew operations.
The company want to close their base at Glasgow airport with the loss of 138 jobs and operate from Heathrow instead.
Staff have staged a high-profile fightback, including setting up a website,
Yesterday, they held a two-hour meeting in a hotel [...]

Airline Mergers: Will Regulators Let Them Fly?

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They are both Irish and they both want to take over the world, or at least a good bit of its airspace. Willie Walsh, the Irish chief executive officer of British Airways announced on Tuesday that BA was plotting a merger with Qantas, the Australian flag carrier. Only 24 hours earlier, Michael O’Leary, the CEO [...]

BA To Creating ‘First Truly Global Airline’ With Qantas

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British Airways and Qantas are exploring a potential merger in the boldest move yet considered to accelerate consolidation in the global airline industry.
Following an initial approach from Qantas, BA said it was studying a merger with the Australian flag carrier “in a dual-listed company structure”. “This is an exciting step towards the creation of the [...]

Injured Air Stewardess Fails In Her Bid For Compensation

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FORMER air stewardess Susan Andrews, who had to give up her career after she was injured when a Boeing 777 she was working on hit turbulence, failed in a renewed bid for damages last week.
In November 2007 a High Court judge dismissed the £150,000 claim against British Airways by Miss Andrews, from Treverbyn, and held [...]

British Airways Age Edinburgh-Heathrow Flight

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BRITISH Airways are set to axe the early morning “red eye” Edinburgh-Heathrow shuttle often used by Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
Details emerged yesterday, just weeks after the airline dumped the Glasgow-Heathrow early flight.
And the Record can reveal that in March, BA will also chop their last flight back from Heathrow to Edinburgh.
The late-night Glasgow to Heathrow [...]

BA To Retrain 10,000 Cabin Crews

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British Airways is to send its 10,000 long-haul cabin crew who look after premium passengers on new training courses, the airline has announced.
The news comes on the day that the carrier announced that the number of people flying in its premium cabins had slumped by 9.2% year on year.
A BA spokesman said: “The premium cabin [...]

British Airways Cabin Crew Bullied For Being Gay

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A gay former British Airways cabin crew manager endured years of bullying including taunts about his sexuality, an employment tribunal heard today.
During his 19-year career with BA, David Andersson-Wood, 45, of Richmond, said he was overlooked for promotion and received desultory pay rises and minimal bonuses despite performing well in his £47,000-a-year job.
The [...]

BA And Union Resume Talks Over Cabin Crew Strike

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British Airways resumed talks with union officials on Sunday to avert a strike by cabin crew that could cost Britain’s largest airline millions and cause chaos for passengers.
Negotiations between a BA delegation headed by chief executive Willie Walsh and the Transport and General Workers Union (TGWU) had restarted, a BA spokeswoman told AFP but did [...]

Cabin Crew Suspended Over Stolen Muffin!

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A steward has been suspended from his job on charges of theft after he flicked a muffin left over from a passengers meal tray.
The British Airways (BA) steward was told to leave his post after he was reported at Londons Heathrow Airport on Dec 17.
One member of cabin crew has been suspended on suspicion of [...]

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