All British Airways articles

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    IAG’s Walsh warns against obtaining liquidity without structural reform


    Outgoing IAG chief Willie Walsh has warned that obtaining liquidity will offer a false sense of security to airlines unless they fundamentally adapt their business to reflect a different post-crisis market. Walsh points out that British Airways’ second-quarter operating loss of £711 million eclipses that of previous crises – ...

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    British Airways pilots strongly back cost-savings pact


    British Airways pilots have voted convincingly in favour of accepting a pay deal recently negotiated between the airline and its cockpit union. The union, BALPA, says that 85% of its members backed the deal, based on a turnout of 87%. BALPA expects around 270 compulsory redundancies but says ...

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    IAG impairs fleet after BA 747 and Iberia A340 retirements


    IAG has taken a €729 million ($863 million) charge in conjunction with a broad fleet impairment covering 61 aircraft, including the withdrawal of British Airways’ Boeing 747-400 fleet and Iberia’s Airbus A340-600s. The exceptional charge deepened IAG’s already-dire operating loss for the first half to just over €4 billion, ...

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    Qatar Airways on board as IAG proposes €2.75bn capital increase


    British Airways and Iberia parent IAG is proposing a €2.75 billion capital increase, to which Qatar Airways – its largest shareholder with 25% – has already agreed to sign up. IAG says the increase would strengthen its balance sheet and liquidity, and reduce financial leverage, given that it does ...

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    BA pilots vote on pay cuts and ‘holding pool’ to reduce job losses


    British Airways pilots are to be consulted on a package involving pay cuts and a series of other measures intended to protect crew jobs, with the cockpit union admitting the conditions of the deal are unlikely to be bettered. Cockpit union BALPA has been discussing ways to avoid cutting ...

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    British Airways to immediately retire all 747 aircraft


    British Airways has decided to immediately retire its entire Boeng 747-400 fleet of 30 aircraft due to the disruption in the aviation industry as a result of the coronavirus.

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    British Airways outlines return of more long-haul services


    British Airways has outlined plans to restart services to a raft of destinations in July, including some long-haul routes.

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    Committee accuses BA of ‘calculated’ bid to shed staff during crisis


    Cross-party parliamentarians in the UK have sharply criticised British Airways’ restructuring measures in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, accusing the airline of a “calculated” attempt to use the crisis to weaken employees’ terms and cut jobs. The transport select committee’s inquiry into the impact of the pandemic on ...

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    IAG and Ryanair threaten legal challenge to UK’s quarantine plan


    Willie Walsh, the chief executive of British Airways parent IAG, has disclosed that the group is considering legal action over the UK government’s mandatory two-week quarantine for travellers arriving in the country from 8 June.

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    Parliamentarians grasp at BA slots and ownership as carrier plans job cuts


    Parliamentarians have urged the UK aviation minister to explore whether pressure can be put on British Airways’ lucrative slots at London Heathrow to deter the carrier from measures to shed thousands of jobs. Under-secretary of state for transport Kelly Tolhurst, who has responsibility for aviation, was even asked if ...

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    BA A321 low-thrust take-off traced to temperature entry error


    British Airways has highlighted to crews the importance of avoiding distraction while conducting take-off calculations, after a low-thrust incident involving an Airbus A321’s departure from Glasgow. The aircraft, bound for London Heathrow on 24 November last year, was being prepared for a full-length take-off from runway 05. As ...

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    BA CityFlyer looks to rejig Edinburgh crew base and cut pilot numbers


    British Airways’ CityFlyer division is looking at changes to its Edinburgh crew base and cutting 72 pilots as part of restructuring being introduced in response to the coronavirus crisis. CityFlyer primarily operates out of London City and Edinburgh, using a fleet of Embraer 190s and 170s. The airline ...

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    IAG’s Walsh pessimistic and puzzled by UK quarantine scheme


    IAG chief Willie Walsh is pessimistic over the potential impact of a quarantine measure for inbound air passengers floated by the UK government. Prime minster Boris Johnson stated on 10 May that the quarantine – intended to prevent coronavirus re-infection from abroad – would apply to passengers arriving “by ...

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    BA and American offer London slots to ease transatlantic pact concerns


    Oneworld alliance carriers British Airways and American Airlines have offered slots at London Heathrow or Gatwick to address competition concerns on transatlantic services arising from their joint business arrangement. The measures have been put forward ahead of the expiry, after 10 years, of a binding commitment made in 2010 ...

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    Walsh to step down in September as IAG eyes ‘meaningful’ return in July


    IAG chief executive Willie Walsh will step down in September as the British Airways and Iberia parent aims for a “meaningful” return of services in July. Walsh, who has led the group since is inception, was originally due to step down in March but delayed the move as the ...

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    British Airways mass redundancies reflect pared-back ‘new normal’


    British Airways‘ drastic announcement that it could cut up to 12,000 jobs is the latest suggestion that normality in the airline industry is a thing of the past and efforts should turn instead to preparing for a slimmed-down ’new normal’ once travel restrictions begin to lift.

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    Grounded commercial aircraft around the world – in pictures


    Parked aircraft have become commonplace at airports in all regions as the coronavirus outbreak prompts border restrictions and plummeting demand for air travel

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    BA's first A350 damaged in ground shunt with Emirates 777


    British Airways’ first Airbus A350-1000 has been damaged in a ground accident which also involved an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER at Dubai. Images circulating on social media indicate that the trailing edge of the A350’s left-hand horizontal stabiliser struck – or was struck by – the left-hand elevators of the ...

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    BA crew members ratify furlough deal


    British Airways’ plan to furlough more than 30,000 employees – a mix of cabin crew and ground staff – has been overwhelmingly ratified by union members.

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    Can pilots hold onto their jobs? Careers under threat as demand for flights collapses


    Almost 20 years ago, the aftermath of 9/11 saw a raft of lay-offs among flightcrew as demand for flying collapsed. Now, amid an even bigger crisis for aviation, we assess the likely impact on cockpit careers