Independent assessors, appointed by the Civil Aviation Authority, have officially validated British Airways` state of “readiness” for business during the critical millennium period.
The airline has been given a “blue” rating (the highest level which can be awarded under the Action 2000 compliance progress rating system by the independent assessors, AEA Technology Consulting), and certified to be on track for `business as usual` for the millennium.
The assessment forms part of the work being commissioned by the CAA for the UK National Infrastructure Forum - established by the Government-backed Action 2000 - to ascertain the readiness of providers of essential services in the UK.
Public confidence in British Airways` preparations for the year 2000 is at an all time high with more than half a million bookings already taken - a 150 per cent increase on the same period last year.
The airline has had a 200-strong team working on the Y2K issue for the past two years and has committed almost £100 million to the project. More than 95 per cent of the airline`s operating systems and environments are fully Y2K ready, six months ahead of the year 2000.
Mike Street, British Airways` Director Operations and Customer Service, said: “Achieving our `blue` rating is tremendous news for our Y2K team and a real confidence booster for our customers. Our schedules for the millennium period will be published in the autumn, and, as ever, we will only fly where it is safe to do so.
“A major investigation into the readiness of air traffic control and airports internationally is underway through the International Air Transport Association (IATA) which is making good progress in collecting readiness data. We are taking the lead in this investigation and will use this information in planning our schedule for the millennium. We believe there is no room for complacency and will continue with our rigorous programme.”