International Airlines Group is mulling the launch of a new low-cost transatlantic carrier to rival the growth of Norwegian Airlines. IAG - owner of British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus and Vueling – is planning to use Airbus A330s from Barcelona, the home base of Vueling. The move will allow Vueling to provide feeder traffic for long-haul services.
Members of the Unite union working as cabin crew for British Airways ‘mixed fleet’ have announced a new 48-hour strike. The industrial action is scheduled to start on Tuesday, January 10th. United argues the decision was unavoidable after the airline refused to extend the mandate of an ongoing strike vote to allow for talks to resolve a dispute over pay to continue.
Three of Gatwick’s major carriers will move terminals in January. British Airways will move to the South Terminal, Virgin Atlantic will move to the North Terminal, and easyJet, which currently operates out of both terminals, will consolidate its operation in the North Terminal.
Representatives from Unite and British Airways are meeting in London today to as the union prepares to call cabin crew out on strike over Christmas. Ahead of the tales, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “I am delighted that British Airways has heeded our calls for talks.”
Winter sports fans will have a direct gateway to some of Europe’s top snow resorts from Stansted tomorrow with the launch of new British Airways flights to the French Alpine city of Chambery. The well-timed weekend flights will give customers easy access to some of the top snow and ski resorts like Val d’Isere, La Plagne, Meribel and Courchevel.
Cabin crew at British Airways have voted in favour of strike action over what they argue is low pay. Some 79 per cent of the crew that took part in the ballot voted for strike action, with over 2,500 members of the Unite members who crew routes to dozens of destinations now considering action. This could come as soon as December 21st.
British Airways is introducing its very own exclusive brand of gin for premium customers. The specially made tipple – British Airways Gin – will only be served to the airline’s First customers, from the bar of the prestigious Concorde Room at Heathrow’s Terminal 5. It has been blended for British Airways following extensive taste tests with First customers at the Concorde Room bar in London, by the award-winning Cambridge Distillery, the world’s first ‘gin tailor’.
British Airways has launched a new codeshare agreement with Alaska Air, which builds on the existing frequent flyer programme partnership between the two carriers. The codeshare deal, which is effective from November 23, will enable customers to book connecting flights on Alaska Air routes at ba.com, to seven destinations on the West Coast of America, and three in Hawaii.
British Airways is the first airline in the world to broadcast shows from the new lifestyle and culture TV network Viceland during their flights. The partnership with VICE Media follows the successful premiere of its critically acclaimed channel launched earlier this year on SKY for UK audiences and its launch in the US and Canada, and brings its award-winning programming to a truly international audience.
British Airways is launching a new service to Oakland, San Francisco Bay on March 28th, 2017. It will be the airline’s first route from Gatwick to California, and its fifth service from London to the ‘Golden State’. Oakland offers close connections to world-famous landmarks including Napa Valley, Carmel and Yosemite national park.
Qatar Airways has expanded its code-share agreement with British Airways, which will provide travellers with a wider choice of flights and an enhanced network. With the launch of British Airways’ non-stop service between London and Doha, travellers will benefit from seven daily flights from Heathrow, improving connectivity onto each airline’s network.
Top British brand, Liberty London, has created an exclusive range of washbags for customers flying in First with British Airways. The sleek, slim and stylish washbags feature a contemporary look using a range of carefully chosen prints from Liberty London’s vast textiles archive, updated for today’s modern traveller. The new Liberty London First washbags appear on board from January 7th, 2017.