British Airways mainline scheduled revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) grew by 9.5 per cent.
Premium traffic was down 1.1 per cent on a year ago with the mix within the premium cabins showing a sharper decline in Club Europe cabin than in Club World. Non-premium traffic grew by 11.3%. Traffic volumes are being helped by marketplace offers which will continue to impact average yields in the fourth quarter of the financial year.
With growth in available seat kilometres (ASKs) of 10.7 per cent, the mainline scheduled passenger load factor declined by 0.6 points to 63.6 per cent.
Highlights of the month
British Airways and Balpa (The British Air Lines Pilots Association) reached a new agreement covering a number of issues including the flight crew aspect of the airline’s Business Efficiency Programme (BEP). Details have been circulated to all flight crew with a ballot issued by the association to its members with a recommendation to accept.
British Airways and Japan Airlines announced a deepening of their relationship. The two airlines intend to enable members of both the British Airways Executive Club and Japan Airlines’ Mileage Bank to earn and redeem miles on both international networks from April 1, 1999. The airlines also plan, subject to approvals, to code-share on Japan Airlines’ daily service between London Heathrow and Osaka Kansai International Airport from late summer.
British Airways announced closer working relationships with Australian alliance partner Qantas and Southern Africa franchise partner, Comair which will take effect from the end of March.
British Airways passengers will be able to travel on three new weekly flights to Melbourne, operated by Qantas but also carrying the British Airways code. The new flights connect over Bangkok and replace British Airways` existing daily two-stop flights between London and Melbourne.
In Southern Africa, the new schedules, developed with Comair, will offer daily connecting flights between Durban and Johannesburg, replacing British Airways’ existing Durban services.
British Airways is also suspending its twice weekly services from London to Gaborone, Botswana.
British Airways announced that, with effect from May 1,1999, British Airways is changing its standard travel agent commission rate for all eligible fares for passenger transportation ticketed in Spain from 9 per cent to 7.5 per cent. The airline also announced that it is introducing a new travel agent commission structure for tickets sold in Canada for travel from April 1, 1999. The new base commission rates will be five per cent for Concorde and First, and six per cent for Club World. This compares with the previous rate, introduced January 1, 1998, of eight per cent across-the-board.
British Airways announced that it is seeing great results from its on-going punctuality push, with record levels of on-time departures being achieved. The airline is beating its competitors in getting flights away from London on time on 80 percent of its routes.
British Airways was voted the clear favourite with the world’s flying public. The airline won more accolades than any other travel company in the latest industry poll, the IAPA (International Airline Passenger Association) Global Travel Awards. Unlike other awards, this is an independent survey of more than 100,000 passengers from 200 countries across the world.
British Airways was the clear winner in the best transatlantic carrier and also the best check-in service worldwide. It was also runner-up in an unprecedented further six categories : best airline worldwide, in Europe, Middle East, Africa, best in-flight service worldwide and best frequent flyer programme.