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Old February 8th, 2010, 08:54 PM   #241
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British Airways dont even have hub(s) they have one hub - London. That's it!

Air France, while hubbing in Paris, still have international flights from Lyon and other French cities.

Alitalia, while hubbing in Rome, still have international flights from Milan and other Italian cities.

British Airways, while hubbing in London, do not have any flights from any other UK airports.
But does the size of the UK require it to Hub anywhere other than London? Does it not make more sense to take all passengers to just one central point?
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Old February 8th, 2010, 10:19 PM   #242
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Off topic here, but are there plans to expand service to other parts of the world which are growing, particularly East Asia? Seems foolish to miss out on this chance.
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Old February 10th, 2010, 05:17 AM   #243
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every airline is a LCC
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Old February 12th, 2010, 02:58 PM   #244
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Off topic here, but are there plans to expand service to other parts of the world which are growing, particularly East Asia? Seems foolish to miss out on this chance.
Aren't their 747s getting old? They need quite expensive long-haul aircraft for these routes. Wonder if there'll be less going across the Atlantic and deployed on Asian routes?
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Old February 12th, 2010, 08:27 PM   #245
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But does the size of the UK require it to Hub anywhere other than London? Does it not make more sense to take all passengers to just one central point?
The cities Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester all have over 2 million residents. Manchester handles up to 19 million passengers per year, Glasgow 11.5 and Birmimgham 9. How many of those passengers are traveling on BA? next to none!

BA dont need to hub in either of these cities, they could easily base a number of short haul aircraft and even one or two long haul aircraft at each airport and offer "point to point" type flights to places like Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Frankfurt, Munich, New York, Toronto etc.
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Old February 12th, 2010, 08:28 PM   #246
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British Airways crew suspended over online bullying

British Airways has suspended 15 cabin crew over reports of intimidation relating to comments posted online, it was reported today.

The airline is currently in a dispute with the union, Unite, over schedules. Unite is threatening a walk-out and is currently re-balloting its 12,000 members to strike.

The verdict is due on February 22 and if industrial action does go ahead it will be on March 1.

It appears British Airways came across a chatroom on the Unite union's website and deemed the language in some of the comments to amount to "intimidation", Sky News reported.

The comments are thought to relate to the signing of the ballot for strike action.

The airline said it has taken steps to suspend crew that it knows have posted or it suspects have posted the comments in question on there.

British Airways said: "We will not tolerate intimidation of staff and any reports of staff being threatened will be thoroughly investigated.

"The company has contacted Unite regarding inappropriate comments posted on a union website and has asked it to assist in removing the postings and identifying the individuals who are involved."
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Old February 13th, 2010, 06:02 AM   #247
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Aren't their 747s getting old? They need quite expensive long-haul aircraft for these routes. Wonder if there'll be less going across the Atlantic and deployed on Asian routes?
Many 747s are due to be progressively replaced by A380s. The first 12 A380s will arrive in 2012.
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Old February 13th, 2010, 07:02 PM   #248
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Web spat worsens BA management and crew relations
Warring British Airways management and union bosses have come to blows again, this time over alleged internet bullying.

The flag carrier has suspended cabin crew belonging to cabin crew union BASSA, an arm of umbrella union Unite, pending an investigation into whether they have been intimidating staff.

It says intimidating language was used in a chatroom on union Unite’s website. However, Unite says the suspension is down to members comments on Facebook.

There are also allegations that more moderate cabin crew members who do not agree with Unite’s stance on a current BA deal have been bullied via a fake website. The site was a spoof copy of a real one set up by new group the Professional Cabin Crew Council which will act for those BA staff who feel BA’s current pay and conditions offer is, given the current climate, within the boundaries of acceptability.

Crew members could face disciplinary action if BA finds them guilty of intimidation. A BA spokesman said: “We will not tolerate intimidation of our staff, and any reports of staff being threatened will be thoroughly investigated.

"A number of staff have been suspended while we carry out investigations. As that investigation is happening at the moment it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.”

Assistant general secretary of Unite Len McCluskey said: "BA has unleashed a cyberspace witch-hunt. Cabin crew have been suspended simply for being a Facebook friend. This is McCarthyism for the internet age.

"This bears all the hallmarks of a management drunk on its own machismo, regardless of the damage done to the airline’s image and reputation.”
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Old February 14th, 2010, 05:47 PM   #249
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AMERICA last night gave the green light to British Airways’ tie-up with American Airlines, bringing to an end a 12-year quest by the UK airline to win approval for the deal.

The US Department of Justice said that the pact would be good for consumers, bringing lower fares, new routes and improved schedules. It agreed to give the airlines’ immunity from US anti-trust laws if they surrendered four pairs of runway slots at Heathrow — a much lower number than expected.

Although the decision is provisional — opponents have 45 days in which to object — previous experience shows that preliminary decisions are rarely overturned.

The two carriers are now set to combine their transatlantic divisions, creating a giant operation that will account for just under half of all UK-US traffic, and one quarter of all EU-US passengers.

While the two brands will still exist, the airlines will pool their revenues and are free to collude on pricing, schedules and the deployment of their fleet.

The decision also applies to BA and American’s other commerical partners, including Iberia, Spain’s national airline, Finnair and Royal Jordanian.

The approval drew an immediate and angry reaction from Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Atlantic, which has fiercely opposed the tie-up.

Virgin and other opponents have maintained that it will create an overly-dominant transatlantic airline that will force out competitors.

“This preliminary decision beggars belief,” Branson said. “The DoT last time said that in order to address
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Old February 14th, 2010, 09:59 PM   #250
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Not being funny Mr Glasgow man but when did Glasgow airport handle 11.5 passengers?????????? When i last looked at the UK passenger figures it was Edinburgh which handled the most passengers in Scotland now overtaking Glasgow a few years ago.
Edinburgh and Birmingham both handle around 9.2 million passengers, but Glasgow 11.5 million, i dont think so.
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Old February 14th, 2010, 10:06 PM   #251
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Number of ATMs

% change on 2008

Number of terminal passengers

% change on 2008
TOTAL AIRPORTS

HEATHROW
GATWICK
STANSTED
MANCHESTER
LUTON
BIRMINGHAM
EDINBURGH


GLASGOW
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Old February 14th, 2010, 10:39 PM   #252
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Glasgow International 9 million
Glasgow Prestwick 2.5 million
Glasgow total = 11.5 million

I said Glasgow handles 11.5 million passengers, not Glasgow International.

London (All airports)
Manchester
Glasgow (All airports)
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Old February 16th, 2010, 09:25 PM   #253
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Oh ok, no probs. Its just that we were talking about BA which used to use Glasgow international and not Preswick so i assumed you were talking about GLA.
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Old February 17th, 2010, 01:56 AM   #254
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Can any one explain me why the flight from London to Buenos Aires is via Sao Paulo with a B747?
I think they should do a non-stop flight. Also, there are 2 daily flight to Sao Paulo (this is 1 with a B747, and another with a smaller aircraft) They should use the B747 for Sao Paulo and the smaller plane for Buenos Aires at least...
Anyway, Aerolineas Argentinas will start to flight to London this year, I believe non-stop, so BA wont have an alternative... but please, someone explain me this
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Old March 3rd, 2010, 01:29 PM   #255
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British Airways worker arrested over terror fund-raising

British Airways worker arrested over terror fund-raising

A BRITISH Airways worker was arrested during a probe into terrorist fund-raising, The Sun reported.

The 30-year-old British man - thought to be from an Asian background - was seized at BA's Newcastle-upon-Tyne call center.

A plot to raise money for an attack, possibly on a jet, is thought to have been uncovered.

Police swooped last Thursday after a tip-off, it is believed.

The suspect was driven to a central London police station, where he continues to be held.

He has been questioned for six days after City of Westminster JPs granted an extension to his custody on Saturday.

Police can seek a further extension later this week if required.

His arrest followed a combined operation by the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command and the North East Counter Terrorism Unit.

The investigation is focusing on the suspect's key contacts and recent movements.

"An employee was arrested at our Newcastle office last week," a BA spokesman said.

"We take matters relating to security extremely seriously and as a responsible company always fully co-operate with the police."

It is believed there was no immediate threat of an attack on a plane or a UK target.

The employee was among 800 staff dealing with passenger bookings in one of the airline's two big British-based call centres.

Staff have access to thousands of flight details and are familiar with basic security procedures.

The UK terrorist threat level is currently at "severe", one below the top rating "critical".

The level was raised after former British University student Umar Abdulmutallab's failed bid to blow up a jet over Detroit, US, on Christmas Day.


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Old March 3rd, 2010, 01:42 PM   #256
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What a schocker that it was in Gr. Britain... Not.

I wonder why this never happens in Italy for example...
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This is terrible development. Glad the police stopped it
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What a schocker that it was in Gr. Britain... Not.

I wonder why this never happens in Italy for example...
Care to elaborate?
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You were saying?

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2008/12/...0831228250444/
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I wonder why this never happens in Italy for example...
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oh the irony!
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