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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 1986
The fellow who names the National Aeronautics and Space Administration space shuttles is either a dolt, or has a morbid sense of humor. Considering where the cabin crew of the previous shuttle ended up, the last name to consider for the Challenger's successor should be "Atlantis." But that's what it's named! DON KUMFERMAN Ridgecrest
March 25, 1990
I would like to draw your attention to an article by Mark S. Wexler, ("True Confessions of a Worldly Mileage Maniac," March 4). He states: "I once asked how we, as passengers, look to the cabin crew. 'When I walk down the aisle I see little chickens looking up with their tongues hanging out, waiting to be fed,' the flight attendant replied. " 'They eat and hopefully they sleep,' " was added to the comment. If this is truly how the Pan Am cabin crew feel about their paying passengers then I, for one, have no wish to fly Pan Am. Whether first- class or coach-class chickens, I suggest that we would be "turkeys" to do so. GRAHAM C. MILLER South Pasadena
December 27, 1998
Regarding Nathan Kravetz's concerns about cabin crew and carry-on luggage ("Plane Panic," Letters, Nov. 15): If he finds it necessary to "drag" his bag down the aisle to his seat, then that bag is too heavy for a flight attendant to drag. He should consider checking his bag, or removing enough items so that it is manageable for him. Since when has the flight attendant had time for "partying" on board? The cabin crew is usually hard-pressed to finish the service before landing. If Kravetz has indeed had all of the bad luck that he describes happen to him, he needs to be doing something differently.
January 8, 2008 |
Virgin Atlantic Airways cabin crew called off strike actions over pay after the Unite union reached agreement with the British carrier controlled by billionaire Richard Branson. Two 48-hour strikes, planned for Wednesday and Jan. 16, have been canceled after a two-year pay deal was agreed upon, Virgin said. The deal includes a 4.8% pay increase in the first year and guarantees to keep pay in line with the retail price index in the second year, the airline said.
July 19, 1996
TWA released the names and some information about the four members of Flight 800's cockpit crew. Passenger and cabin crew lists have not yet been made available. * Capt. Steve Snyder of Stratford, Conn., hired in 1964. * Capt. Ralph Kevorkian of Garden Grove, Calif., hired in 1965. * Flight engineer Richard Campbell of Ridgefield, Conn., hired in 1966. * Flight engineer Olive Krick of St. Louis, hired in March. (Crick was observing Campbell as part of his training.