British Airways eyes more Madrid flights

British Airways eyes more Madrid flights
British Airways has pledged to continue operating direct flights from London to South America following its tie-up with Iberia, but it admitted Madrid may become a new hub for flights to the region. Speaking at the Advantage conference, British Airways head of UK & Ireland sales and marketing Richard Tams said it made sense for the airline to offer more flights from Madrid which, unlike Heathrow, was not slot-constrained. “We are still going to be able to support direct services to main points in Latin America,” he said, “but we have an opportunity to expand our Latin...
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British Airways will sponsor London 2012 Olympics for the first time

British Airways has this week unveiled multi-million pound plans to publicly promote its sponsorship of London 2012 for the first time. The airline’s backing of the Olympics is its biggest ever sponsorship, and the new campaign marks the stepping up of the visibility of the companies backing London 2012. As work by construction groups in Stratford slows down, the business focus for London 2012 is switching increasingly to the commercial partners signed up by Locog, the organiser. The sponsorship deals have already raised around £670m for Olympic organisers, just short of the...
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Losses shrink but British Airways boss warns of higher air fares

Willie Walsh, boss of British Airways-owner International Airlines Group, today warned passengers they further fare rises as the industry suffers from the high oil price. The cost of crude has dramatically dropped over the past week, but airlines buy much of their fuel six or more months in advance. Walsh pointed out that IAG’s fuel bill was almost a third higher in the first three months of this year than last, at €1.1 billion (£976,000). “Fuel is our single biggest cost and it’s a big challenge for the whole airline industry,” he said. “Everybody’s feeling the...
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British Airways will inaugurate a new route between London and San Diego

British Airways will inaugurate a new route between London and San Diego
Starting on June 1, British Airways will inaugurate a new route between London and San Diego, offering the only daily flight between Europe and Southern California’s leading vacation destination. Guests from across the pond are invited to check-in to the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina, unwind from the long flight and take advantage of great deals including: “Sunshine on Sale” — Guests are rewarded with a complimentary third night’s stay when they book two nights through the package. “San Diego Sea World Package” — Full breakfast for two in the...
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British Airways Increases Flights to Rio de Janeiro

British Airways Increases Flights to Rio de Janeiro
British Airways is increasing its services to Brazil by doubling its weekly frequency to Rio de Janeiro from three to six flights. Flights to Rio de Janeiro will now depart Heathrow for Rio every day, except Mondays. The departure time remains at 12.15pm, landing in Rio at 9.55pm local time. The flight will continue to be served by a three class B777, enabling customers to choose from World Traveler (economy), World Traveler Plus (premier economy) and the airline’s fully flat beds in Club World (business class). Neil Cottrell, British Airways’ head of network planning, said: “We are...
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British Airways striker sacked after ‘he threatened to poison pilot’ in YouTube rant

A British Airways employee was sacked after he threatened to poison a strike-breaking pilot’s food, an employment tribunal heard. Bryan Benning also allegedly posted abusive messages about other BA strike-breakers on YouTube, including sinister threats saying he knew ‘car and other details of scabs.’ He allegedly said that strike-breakers were hated by cabin crew, who thought pilots were just ‘glorified bus drivers’. The employment tribunal panel heard how senior BA officials traced the YouTube messages about last years’s strike back to Mr Benning. They intercepted...
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