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US authorities order BA to submit top-secret documents

28 April 2009 Press Release Airline News

Merger talks between British Airways and American Airlines have been dealt a blow after US authorities ordered the British flag carrier to hand over a top-secret document detailing its inner workings.BA and AA earlier claimed they were not required to provide the US Department of Transportation with the data but have since been given two working days to cooperate.

APD to go ahead in latest budget

22 April 2009 Press Release Airline News

The UK Chancellor has hiked Air Passenger Duty in his latest budget, ignoring unified calls from industry heads to boost the country’s travel economy by abolishing the controversial tax.Among the most vocal was British Airways chief executive Willie Walsh who asked Alistair Darling to axe APD along similar lines to the Dutch.

BA may sell Concorde to Dubai

9 April 2009 Press Release Airline News

British Airways’ last remaining Concorde may follow the QE2 by being shipped to Dubai and turned into a tourist attraction.BA grounded its seven-strong Concorde fleet six years ago and gave six to museums. However it held on to one, Alpha Bravo, which it has been storing at its engineering base at Heathrow.

BA cuts 300 jobs and sells 11 A320s

3 April 2009 Press Release Airline News

British Airways is to cut 300 jobs as part of a targeted voluntary redundancy scheme in response to the “tough economic climate”.A spokesman for the national carrier said: “The scheme was designed to meet some demand for redundancy in some parts of the business and where it is possible to release people and not replace them.

BA sells aircrafts

3 April 2009 Press Release Airline News

British Airways is to sell 11 of its 15 Boeing 757 aircraft for cargo conversion with the aircraft leaving the airline’s mainline fleet between 2010-2012.

BA and Iberia merger talks stumble

30 March 2009 Press Release Airline News

Merger talks between British Airways and Iberia are making little headway despite reassurances from both sides of an imminent tie-up, according to sources within both airlines.The number of problems to be resolved before the merger can proceed is far bigger than the respective heads Willie Walsh and Fernando Conte have revealed. A deal is unlikely to be struck before the summer, reports the Times newspaper.

UK government clears BA for Spanish relocation

25 March 2009 Press Release Airline News

The UK government would not hinder British Airways becoming a Spanish company as a result of a merger with Iberia, according to Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon. With BA and Iberia close to agreeing merger terms, it is thought that the airlines would continue to operate as separate brands under a new operating company. However, it is unclear whether this parent company would be based in Spain or in Britain.

BA shifts summer routes from Gatwick to Heathrow

25 March 2009 Press Release Airline News

British Airways has announced a change to its summer schedule that sees services from Heathrow to Dakar and Kolkata, and from Gatwick to Dublin, Zurich and Geneva suspended. It is also launching a new service twice weekly service from Heathrow to Toulouse and a daily service from Heathrow to Atlanta, Georgia.

BA and Iberia on brink of merging

6 March 2009 Press Release Airline News

British Airways has dropped its strongest hint yet that its proposed merger with Iberia is imminent, saying there is only one outstanding issue to be resolved before the deal can proceed.Chief executive Willie Walsh confirmed a number of hurdles had been overcome, including the BA’s pension deficit and the chairman and chief executive roles. Most importantly, the share of ownership has also been agreed - this was earlier seen which as the biggest challenge due to the recent slump in BA’s share price, leading to Iberia pushing for an equal equity split.

BA to cut costs as losses extend into 2010

6 March 2009 Press Release Airline News

British Airways has said it is planning further cost reductions as it faces up to the prospect of a second consecutive year of losses.Updating shareholders, the carrier said it is predicting an operating loss of about £150m in the next financial year to the end of March 2010, excluding severance costs. The losses would be similar to those already forecast for the current financial year.