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BA calls for hike in global carbon tax

12 June 2009 Press Release Airline News

British Airways chief executive Willie Walsh has sparked controversy by demanding that all airline passengers pay more for their flights to compensate for their environmental impact.The airline becomes the first in the world to propose that all airline passengers pay the additional sum, which would be used to combat tropical deforestation and help the developing world adapt to climate change. It proposes that the tax would raise in the order of £3bn annually.

BA locked in union talks over job cuts

11 June 2009 Press Release Airline News

British Airways has begun talks with trade unions over job cuts, and has set a deadline of 30 June for an agreement to be reached.BA is locked in talks with Unite union about cost cuts related to cabin crew and baggage handlers, and an industry source said the negotiations were progressing less smoothly than with the pilots, who have agreed to voluntary pay cuts.

Strikes loom as BA says 2,000 cabin crew must go

9 June 2009 Press Release Airline News

British Airways has told flight attendants that it wants to cut 2,000 jobs, sparking fears of a summer of strike action.Chief executive Willie Walsh has also set a three-week deadline to agree to the reductions, saying the redundancies would, if necessary, be compulsory as his airline attempts to cut its 14,000-strong team of cabin crew to 12,000.

BA pilots volunteer for pay cuts but strikes loom

8 June 2009 Press Release Airline News

Pilots at British Airways are to take voluntary pay cuts as the airline battles to stem record losses. However the airline could still be poised for a summer of strike action as ground staff vote six to one against a pay cutAt a meeting with the UK pilots union, Balpa, scheduled for this week, BA pilots will ballot on a range of cost-cutting procedures, which will include pay cuts across the board for all pilots, according to insiders.

BA threatens to close pension

5 June 2009 Press Release Airline News

British Airways has sparked controversy by admitting it could close its salary pension scheme to 100,000 existing members as part of a programme to stem record losses, and smooth the way for a merger with Iberia.Concerns over the pension liability on BA’s balance have been a major stumbling block in its all-share merger talks with Iberia. The Spanish airline has requested a adjustment mechanism to protect it from any increase in the deficit.

BA premium traffic continues slide

3 June 2009 Press Release Airline News

May passenger capacity for British Airways, measured in Available Seat Kilometres, was 5.3 percent below May 2008.  Traffic, measured in Revenue Passenger Kilometres, fell by 6.5 per cent. This resulted in a passenger load factor decrease of 1.0 percent versus last year, to 75.1 percent.  Traffic comprised a 17.2 percent decrease in premium traffic and a 4.2 percent fall in non-premium traffic.

BA starts Maldives and Sharm services

1 June 2009 Press Release Airline News

British Airways has announced its first ever flights to the Maldives, with the launch of three-times weekly services from Gatwick to Male from 25 October.The flag carrier is also launching services to Sharm El Sheikh on the same day, with the flights to be operated by three class Boeing 777 aircraft.

High costs drive record losses at BA

22 May 2009 Press Release Airline News

British Airways has reported the biggest loss since the company was privatised more than twenty years ago. The company reported a loss before tax of £401m for the year to 31 March, after seeing its results hit by a weak pound and higher fuel costs.

BA to launch Vegas flights

19 May 2009 Press Release Airline News

British Airways is to launch new services between London Heathrow and Las Vegas from October. The daily service will be operated by a three class Boeing 777 offering new Club World with fully flat beds.

BA flies Lions on Air Force Scrum

19 May 2009 Press Release Airline News

The official aircraft taking the British & Irish Lions team to South Africa for the impending Lions Tour has been named ‘Air Force Scrum’. In a competition run by British Airways, Dublin Trinity College student Dara Fahy came up with the winning name for the Boeing 747 taking the players, coaches and support staff to Johannesburg on Sunday 24 May.

BA reveals new Amenity BAg

18 May 2009 Press Release Airline News

Anya Hindmarch has unveiled a new in-flight amenity ‘BAg’ for First class customers on British Airways. The new bag is one of the first new introductions leading up to the long-awaited launch of BA’s new FIRST cabin later this year.