British Airways cancels nearly 100% of flights as pilots go on strike

British Airways cancels nearly 100% of flights as pilots go on strike

British Airways has cancelled nearly all of its flights today as pilot union BALPA began a two-day walkover over pay. “Unfortunately, with no detail from BALPA on which pilots would strike, we had no way of predicting how many would come to work, or which aircraft they are qualified to fly, so we had no option but to cancel nearly 100% our flights,” British Airways said in a statement this morning. The strike comes as…

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British Airways winter 2019 long-haul service updates

British Airways winter 2019 long-haul service updates

British Airways has released a series of scheduled changes for selected long-haul flights operating from London Heathrow this winter. The updates reflect the 2019/20 winter season from 27 October 2019 and also include changes to operating aircraft. The changes are detailed below: London Heathrow – Austin effective 29 Oct 19; day 2 service operated by 777-200ER instead of -300ER London Heathrow – Bangalore 27 Oct 19 – 31 Dec 19; 787-9 replaces 3-class 777-200ER London Heathrow – Boston BA203/202 on…

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British Airways announces BEA as next heritage livery

British Airways announces BEA as next heritage livery

British Airways revealed on Friday the second design in its series of heritage liveries to mark its 100th anniversary. The airline will be painting an Airbus A319 (reg G-EUPJ) in the colours of its short-haul predecessor, British European Airways (BEA). The aircraft entered the IAC paint bay at Shannon Airport this weekend. The announcement comes after huge crowds turned out to see the first heritage livery – a 747 in British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC)…

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British Airways to paint 747 with BOAC livery

British Airways to paint 747 with BOAC livery

British Airways announced yesterday it will be painting a Boeing 747 in the livery of its predecessor British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) as the airline celebrates its 100th birthday. The livery from the 1964 – 1974 BOAC era will feature on a 747-400 aircraft (G-BYGC) which entered service with British Airways in 1999. The aircraft will leave the paint shop in Dublin and arrive at Heathrow on 18 February, before entering service the following day….

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IAG secures majority of Monarch slots at Gatwick

IAG secures majority of Monarch slots at Gatwick

British Airways owner IAG has won its bid to secure prized take-off and landing slots at Gatwick Airport, following the collapse of scheduled low-cost carrier Monarch. The deal, as reported by Press Association, has granted IAG the majority of the now-defunct carrier’s slots at Britain’s second busiest airport. It comes after Monarch won an appeal last Wednesday to have the rights to sell airport slots for next year, a court ruling which faced criticism by…

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British Airways to launch non-stop flights to the Seychelles

British Airways to launch non-stop flights to the Seychelles

British Airways announced this morning the launch of a new service from London to the Seychelles. From 24 March 2018, customers will be able to fly direct from London Heathrow Terminal 5 to the island of Mahé, making BA the only airline offering a non-stop service between the UK and the Seychelles. The flights will be operated by BA’s fleet of 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft and will run two times a week. Flights will depart from Heathrow…

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British Airways to close pension scheme

British Airways to close pension scheme

British Airways has revealed that it plans to scrap its main pension scheme after the fund’s deficit ballooned to £3.7bn. BA said that if plans go ahead, employees would no longer be able to make payments into its New Airways Pension Scheme (NAPS). John Moore, head of industrial relations at the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA), added: “It is bitterly disappointing that BA is now seeking to close NAPS to future accrual and thereby remove a…

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