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Virgin 3 and Speedbird 1 lifting off Heathrow's runway's at the same time. (Photo: James Oates @speedbird_uk)

British Airways and Virgin Atlantic Synchronize Departures to Celebrate U.S. Reopening

More than 600 days after the U..S.'s travel ban was introduced aimed to reduce the spread of coronavirus infections, arch-rivals British Airways and Virgin Atlantic momentarily put rivalries aside as both airlines departed from London Heathrow to New York's John F. Kennedy Airport, symbolizing the end of restrictions on travel to the U.S. At 8:50 a.m."Speedbird One" and "Virgin Three" both lined up on runway 27L and 27R respectively at the same time, and on the countdown from Heathrow Tower,…

British Airways Marches On With Its Staff And Cost Reduction…

After reaching a deal with its pilots securing a 20% pay cut during the COVID-19 crisis, an 8% average pay reduction in the long-term and 270 redundancies, British Airways is pushing ahead with its plan to change the terms and conditions for more than 10,000 among cabin crew, engineers and…

British Airways Proposes Domestic and International Flight Schedule for July

British Airways has filed plans this week to expand domestic and international flights commercial passenger operations in July. Routesonline reports that the U.K. carrier will recommence services from London Heathrow to eight key domestic markets during the month including Edinburgh (20 weekly), Belfast City (14 weekly) and Manchester (14 weekly).…

British Airways Starts Codeshare with Royal Air Maroc

British Airways and Royal Air Maroc have announced a new codeshare agreement which will allow new routes across Morocco including Casablanca and Agadir.  It will also give customers more flight flexibility between London Heathrow and Marrakesh. Casablanca also serves as an ideal hub for connections onto other Royal Air Maroc…

Airlines Continue to Cancel China Flights

Following a change in advice from the United Kingdom's Foreign Office regarding the outbreak of Coronavirus, British Airways has canceled all flights to China. The Foreign Office warned against all but essential travel to the country which resulted in BA suspending the daily flights from London to Beijing (PKX) and…

Undisclosed Number of British Airways Flights Disrupted By IT Issue

British Airways was affected on Wednesday night by an undisclosed ‘technical issue’ which resulted in a disruption to the airline’s schedule with flight delays and cancellations. A statement from the airline said: "Our teams are working hard to resolve a technical issue which is affecting some of our flights, and…

Malaysia Airlines Inks Codeshare Agreement with British Airways

Malaysia Airlines announced a codeshare flight agreement with British Airways to open new UK and European destinations. According to the new arrangement, Malaysia Airlines will extend its services to Manchester, Newcastle, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast starting from Oct. 9. Subject to regulatory approval, the flag carrier will also codeshare…

The Sun May Set on British Airways Operations as Pilot…

For the first time in British Airways history, 3,900 pilots have gone on strike that started at midnight, September 9, after months of meetings and negotiations between airline and union broke down over pay and conditions. The 48-hour walkout by pilots has resulted in at least 1,700 flights being canceled…

Trip Report: Flying First Class in Seat 1A on a…

There is undoubtedly something special about flying on a Boeing 747. In one sense, it’s like taking a ride on a piece of history as the jet is not only aesthetically pleasing but also an emblem of ingenuity. The Queen of the Skies, as the aircraft is affectionately known, is…

British Airways Pilots Begin Ballot on Possible Industrial Action Affecting…

The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA), the union which represents roughly 90 percent of British Airways pilots, has commenced balloting its members on possible industrial action over wage negotiations. The move comes after talks between the airline and the BALPA, Unite and GMB unions representing pilots, cabin crew and ground…