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Old March 8th, 2010, 12:25 PM   #261
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Gr. Britain has a growing muslim population and has had growing problems with radical islam.

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It's not even a question of size anymore. Take in 1 million or 10 000 muslims; the terrorism will grow nevertheless.
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Old March 10th, 2010, 10:08 PM   #262
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BAA reports first rise in passengers for a year

BAA, the airports operator, has recorded its first increase in domestic passenger numbers in two years as the improving economy has encouraged people to start flying again.

BAA, which owns six airports in the UK, including Heathrow, also recorded its first significant rise in total passenger numbers since March 2008.

The company said that passenger numbers for February had grown by 2.4 per cent to 7.13 million, compared with the same month last year.

Passenger numbers flying between UK destinations grew by 1.1 per cent to 1.35 million

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Old March 10th, 2010, 11:24 PM   #263
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BAA reports first rise in passengers for a year

BAA, the airports operator, has recorded its first increase in domestic passenger numbers in two years as the improving economy has encouraged people to start flying again.

BAA, which owns six airports in the UK, including Heathrow, also recorded its first significant rise in total passenger numbers since March 2008.

The company said that passenger numbers for February had grown by 2.4 per cent to 7.13 million, compared with the same month last year.

Passenger numbers flying between UK destinations grew by 1.1 per cent to 1.35 million

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http://business.timesonline.co.uk/to...cle7056291.ece
BAA and BA are two completely different companies.

BAA is the British Airport Authority who own six airports in the United Kingdom.

BA is British Airways, an airline.

The above story relates to BAA, the owners of London Heathrow, London Stansted, Glasgow International and a few other airports, it’s nothing to do with British Airways.
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Old March 12th, 2010, 05:44 PM   #264
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British Airways announced 7 days of strike action in March

BA Row Escalates After Strike Dates Revealed

An industrial row between British Airways and unions has escalated further following the announcement of a seven-day walkout by cabin crew.

Unite initially offered hope that the strikes, set for three days from March 20 and for four days from March 27, could be averted if its members voted in favour of an eleventh-hour proposal tabled by the airline.

But BA appeared to kill off those hopes, saying the union rendered that proposal invalid when it went ahead and announced industrial action.

Len McCluskey of Unite said the withdrawal of the offer "beggared belief".

He added: "This move seems to put it beyond doubt that management is bent on confrontation and never had any intention of an agreement.

"BA are now stopping their own employees from having a voice on an offer that could have ended this dispute."

It is the latest twist in a long-running and bitter dispute over cost-cutting plans that have seen the airline impose changes to cabin crew working practices.

Unite announced the strike action on Friday morning after discussions aimed at achieving a negotiated settlement finally broke down.

Following the strike announcement, BA assured passengers due to travel between 19 and 31 March that they could either re-book or get a full refund.

The airline said it was "extremely disappointed" with the union's plans, which it said had "no shred of justification".

BA has drawn up contingency plans to deal with the strikes, with up to 1,000 volunteer staff ready to work as cabin crew, including hundreds of pilots.

The airline has also said it will hire 23 fully-crewed planes from charter companies to help run flights from Heathrow.

Flights from London's City Airport, including long-haul services to New York, would operate normally in the event of a strike.

Meanwhile 70% of cabin crew would work at Gatwick, meaning all long-haul and 50% of short-haul flights would be unaffected, BA has said.

No specific details were given about flights from Heathrow in the event of industrial action, but chief executive Willie Walsh said a "substantial" number of long and short-haul services would still operate.

The blow comes after a new front opened up in BA's industrial relations battle, with Sky sources warning of a potential dispute with ground staff over proposed changes to working practices.

Talks with some 4,500 ground staff had been taking place for around a year but took a new twist when the airline wrote directly to staff earlier this month with details of new contracts.

"Unite sees the letter as a provocative attempt to bypass negotiations and impose change rather than negotiate," Sky News business correspondent Joel Hills said.

The union has told BA that if the airline does not withdraw the letter, it will launch a "consultative ballot" for ground staff.

This would not amount to a strike ballot, but members would be asked whether they would like to vote on industrial action.

A BA spokesman said: "We are consulting with our ground handling staff at Heathrow about potential changes to improve the way in which we work.

"Any talk of a ballot for industrial action is speculative and premature."
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Old March 12th, 2010, 07:21 PM   #265
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All this photos are just AMAZING!!! This is one of the best posts I have ever seen.
I'm a BA "fan" I flew with them to JFK last year, and created the Spanish thread about the company at SSC, i've been looking for the English version of the thread and I found it at least, I'm glad to have found it at a moment when good news star to come.
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Old March 12th, 2010, 07:26 PM   #266
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However not everything are good news:

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Old March 12th, 2010, 08:55 PM   #267
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BA strike a “no-win” - AITO

British Airways cabin crew have been urged to consider both the chaos they will cause to the public by striking and also the long-term damage to the airline.

The call came from the Association of Independent Tour Operators in the wake of the Unite union announcing industrial action over seven days later this month

AITO aviation committee chairman John Tangney (Tangney Tours) said: “This is a no-win situation for all concerned. Hard-working travellers lose out on their flights, cabin crew are vilified for causing such disruption and BA is seen in a far from favourable light.

“Nobody will have much sympathy for the cabin crew, passengers will migrate to other airlines and the long-term result is that jobs will suffer; it’s a downward spiral for all concerned.

“Does the Unite trade union not realise we’ve just been though one of the worst recessions in living memory?

“At least its members currently have jobs, unlike many in the travel industry. There are many hundreds of people who would love to be in the shoes of its members with a secure job.”
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Old March 13th, 2010, 01:32 AM   #269
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Were you flying from London to Washington DC?

Great pictures, the B777 looks really good in the BA livery
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Were you flying from London to Washington DC?

Great pictures, the B777 looks really good in the BA livery
Thank you very much.
It wasn't LHR-WAS, actually it was LHR-JFK (in a 747, you can see it in the photo I took inside the plane where there are 4 seats at the centre, instead of the 3 777s have). I took that photo to a 777 while waiting for boarding the plane (also in that photo you can see an A380, I don't know if you realized).

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BA cancels short-haul flights as strikes loom

BRITISH AIRWAYS will cancel hundreds of domestic and European flights as it prioritises lucrative long-haul routes during the forthcoming strike by cabin crew.

Willie Walsh, the airline’s chief executive, confirmed this weekend that BA will draft in 1,000 trained volunteers to keep all its Boeing 777s — the workhorse of its long-haul fleet — operating.

It means many passengers on short-haul trips will face inconvenience when BA’s strike schedule is announced tomorrow or Tuesday.

The industrial action coincides with the Easter break for the majority of independent schools, beginning on March 26, and threatens to disrupt family getaways.

Members of the Unite trade union, which represents 13,500 cabin crew, are expected to walk out during a three-day strike starting on March 20 and a four-day stoppage from March 27. The union says that further action is likely during April if a deal cannot be reached with BA.

The dispute began last November when the airline cut the number of cabin crew on long-haul flights and announced a two-year pay freeze from November 2010 in a bid to cut costs by £62.5m. Its staff are the highest paid in the industry.

Talks collapsed on Friday when BA withdrew an 11th-hour compromise agreement after Unite announced the strike dates.

Yesterday Gordon Brown contacted the Unite leadership in an attempt to bring the two sides back to the negotiating table. A union source said: “We have a mutual interest in this.”

Len McCluskey, Unite’s assistant general secretary, accused BA of waging a “needless war” against its own staff and warned that it was a “dangerous folly” to use untrained staff to crew planes.

Walsh accused the union of cynicism and “trying to draw out and maximise damage to the airline”. The action has divided the union, with 100 Unite members volunteering to break the strike and work as cabin crew, check-in staff or baggage handlers.

BA is attempting to fill the gaps in its schedule by chartering 23 aircraft. It is also making thousands of provisional seat bookings with other airlines to allow customers to travel to and from the UK. It has offered to rebook or refund any passenger who has booked tickets for travel between March 19 and 31.

All flights from London City airport and long-haul flights from Gatwick will continue to operate normally. But only half of the short-haul flights from Gatwick will go ahead.

Go to ba.com for more information. Customers with further queries can contact 0800 727800

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Weren't they going to apply an emergency plan for all its flights?
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Well, not really emergency, you know wht I mean...
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Only 60% of British Airways flights will operate. All short haul from London Heathrow and London Gatwick will be cancelled.

So as usual with "British" Airways, it’s those who live in the United Kingdom, outside London who suffer the most.
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I have to fly to LHR from EZE next month but I don't think I'll do It with BA cuz It has a stop in GRU... I think I'll choose AF or IB. AZ wont be convenient. Neither LH...

Will BA someday make the LHR-GRU-EZE non-stop?
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BA SUFFERS WORLD CUP SNUB AS VIRGIN NAMED OFFICIAL AIRLINE

BELEAGUERED British Airways suffered a fresh blow yesterday after rival Virgin Atlantic was named England’s official airline for the World Cup.

BA took England to the World Cup in 1998, 2002 and 2006, but when the players land in South Africa in June they will be stepping off a Virgin jet.

Virgin is providing the team with its own Airbus A340-600.

The company’s president Sir Richard Branson said: “We are thrilled they have chosen to fly with Virgin and promise they will be looked after in style, so when they arrive in Johannesburg they are ready to take on the world. I, along with everyone at Virgin Atlantic, am sure they will make England proud.”

The FA said the decision to fly with Virgin was commercial. Chief executive Ian Watmore added: “We are very pleased to be in the capable hands of Sir Richard and Virgin Atlantic. It is a winning combination and I hope that bodes well for the tournament.”

A BA spokesman said the airline had turned down the chance to be the official carrier.

“We declined the opportunity to become the official airline of the England football team as the cost could not be justified in the current climate,” he added.

“We wish the team well and look forward to flying thousands of customers who have already booked their flights with BA to South Africa.”
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If I fly BA during the strike time, on routes that are not affected by the strike, will I encounter with a sub-standard service from the cabin crew, you know... perhaps as a sign of "solidarity" with their friends in the UK?

I m really tempted to buy BA ticket for SIN-UK, since I found their price is really good nowadays.
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Here you have all the information related with the strike, published in the airline's webpage:

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BA willing to sacrifice short-haul routes
20 March 2010
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British Airways, which once sold itself as "the world's favourite airline", is now only the third most used airline at home, according to figures released by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) this week. It now flies fewer passengers through British airports than either easyJet or Ryanair. The two low-cost airlines each carried more than 28 million in 2009, while BA carried 26.3 million.

A closer look at the airline's own figures shows that in the past eight years BA has abandoned its shorthaul services in favour of more profitable long-haul routes. The number of passengers flying to destinations in the UK and Europe during February has fallen by a third - from 1.9 million in 2003 to 1.3 million last month. Over the same period, the number opting for flights to other destinations has increased from 799,000 to more than 900,000.

As well as cutting services, BA has reduced catering on short-haul flights, scrapping meals, sandwiches and bottles of water on those lasting less than two hours. The management's continuing dispute with the Unite union over changes to cabin crew's working conditions is partly to do with CEO Willie Walsh's efforts to take on low-cost airlines.

But it is BA's long-haul flights that he is desperate to save should the union's first strike, scheduled to start today, go ahead.

All services from Heathrow to Edinburgh, Newcastle and Manchester have been cancelled for the duration of the strike. Limited services to Manchester and Edinburgh will operate from Gatwick and London City. There will also be severe disruption on services between London and Glasgow. On European routes, all but one of eight daily services from Heathrow to Paris Charles de Gaulle have been cut, while services to Amsterdam Schiphol and Brussels will also be severely disrupted. Most long-haul routes are to operate as planned.

A second strike, lasting four days, has been called for March 27 to 30.

Simon Evans, chairman of the Air Transport Users Council, the aviation watchdog, said that passengers might soon have no option but to travel on no-frills carriers because BA was struggling to compete.

Since Willie Walsh became chief executive in 2005, he has sold BA Connect, which offered more than 60 routes from regional airports, and cut a dozen short-haul routes from Manchester, Birmingham and Gatwick, concentrating on Heathrow. According to the CAA, the number of passengers using Heathrow last year fell by only 1.5 per cent, compared with 2008; at Manchester the number fell by 11.5 per cent, and Birmingham and Gatwick by five per cent.

Earlier this year Mr Walsh gave warning that BA would consider cutting more short-haul routes if approval were not given for a third runway at Heathrow - a development opposed by the Conservatives.

"If the Tories don't want a third runway, we'll have to cut capacity significantly on European and domestic flights from Heathrow," he said. "We need expansion and we can get added growth in long-haul services, which are more profitable."

Mr Walsh added that Heathrow's global reach had declined from 227 destinations in 1990 to 180. Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam had all increased to more than 250 destinations. A third runway would allow for up to 75 new destinations.

But Mr Evans said that any new BA services were unlikely to be on short-haul routes. "Like the lowcost carriers, BA is being much more ruthless about cutting unprofitable routes."
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