March 31, 2010 |
(Bloomberg News) -- British Airways planned to get about 90 percent of its flights off the ground today at London Heathrow airport as the carrier recovers from a second walkout by cabin crew that ended at midnight. The airline, Europe's third largest, canceled 31 of 319 flights from Heathrow today, according to its Web site. .It scrapped hundreds of trips when flight attendants followed a three-day strike with a four-day stoppage. The carrier faces the threat of more walkouts in April if it can't resolve pay and staffing differences with 12,000 workers.
January 10, 2010 |
GETTING THERE From LAX, Emirates, British Airways and Malaysia Airlines offer connecting service (change of planes) to Malé. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $1,105. WHERE TO STAY Six Senses by Soneva Gili, doubles from $1,330 a night, www.sixsenses.com/ The Banyan Tree Madivaru, $3,340 a night for room, meals and select beverages; www.banyantree.com/ The Beach House at Manafaru Maldives , doubles from $850 a night, breakfast included.
December 18, 2009 |
British Airways on Thursday won a High Court injunction blocking a threatened 12-day strike by cabin crews that could have grounded about 1 million travelers at the height of the Christmas season. The decision ended a roller-coaster four days of disputes and negotiations over the planned work stoppage, which threatened to further undercut the beleaguered airline at one of the busiest travel times of the year. The union called the strike in response to British Airways' decision to reduce cabin crew staffing on most flights to cut costs.
December 5, 2009 |
The growing army of self-serve kiosk computers at the nation's airports never sleeps, never complains and works fast. And today the machines are being asked to do more than ever. Responding to the growing frustration with airport lines, America's major airlines have added thousands of self-serve kiosks in the last few years so passengers can print boarding passes, confirm flights and change seats on the touch-screen computers. At Los Angeles International Airport, the newest kiosks also print luggage tags, provide airport maps and let passengers buy seat upgrades and make hotel reservations.
August 22, 2009 |
Although Southern California still enjoys shorts and T-shirt weather, airlines have already started to roll out discount fares for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's travel. This is great news for bargain-hunting travelers, but it signals growing desperation among U.S. airlines, which have seen revenues drop 21% in July versus the same month last year, according to the Air Transport Assn. of America, the industry trade group that represents most passenger airlines in the country.
June 17, 2009 |
British Airways on Tuesday urged its staff to work for nothing in an effort to save the company money. British Airways is struggling to come up with ways to save cash after reporting its biggest full-year loss since the former national airline was privatized in 1987. BA chief Willie Walsh has said he would not draw a salary for the month of July, and urged other employees to work for blocks of time without being paid.
December 3, 2008 |
British Airways and Australia's Qantas Airways Ltd. said Tuesday that they were holding talks about a potential merger, sparking hopes of consolidation in the hard-hit aviation industry. Both companies issued statements saying they were exploring a potential merger with each other "via a dual-listed company structure." Neither British Airways nor Qantas provided further details.
August 25, 2008 |
Where and when: London, July 27-Aug. 12. Construction costs: No current estimate. Current budget: 9.3 billion pounds (approximately $17.2 billion). Athletes to watch: Michael Phelps, Michael Phelps, Michael Phelps. Others: Serena Williams, to complete her Golden Slam of tennis; Lopez Lomong, whose story never stops; Ben Askren, American freestyle wrestler who, like Samson, cut his long hair and lost in Beijing; Liu Xiang, so a nation can stop weeping. Senior Division: swimmer Dara Torres, who will be 45; diver Dmitry Sautin, who will be 38. Obstacles to overcome: The usual, such as potential cost overruns; also, a logo that some said looks like a swastika, and possible protests by Muslim countries, since the Games coincide with the holy month of Ramadan.