British Airways creates trans-Atlantic shuttle service, faces another possible strike

British Airways (London), American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) and Iberia (Madrid) have announced they will deliver more benefits to customers as schedules are coordinated across the North Atlantic and more destinations are launched in summer 2011.

From March 27, American Airlines and British Airways will effectively create a transatlantic shuttle service between the top US-UK routes by aligning the timing on their schedules.

The biggest change is on the Heathrow – New York route. Previously, five of the 11 daily flights to New York left Heathrow at almost exactly the same time, leaving gaps of up to three hours between services.

Now flights will depart every hour, on the hour between 1pm and 8pm from Heathrow. There will also only be an hour and a half between morning departures at the most.

Chicago flights inbound to London previously had four flights departing the Windy City at similar times around 5pm and 8pm. Now the flights will be evenly spaced, departing at around 5pm, 6pm, 7pm and 8pm. The 9am and 9.45pm slots will remain as they were.

Two of the three flights to Miami from London clashed around 10am, and these have now been split to leave at 10am and 11am. The 1.30pm has moved to 1.35pm.

The joint business will also now give customers the chance to fly direct between New York (JFK) and Budapest starting from April 5, and between Chicago and Helsinki, both seven times a week on American Airlines from May 1.

British Airways will launch daily flights to San Diego from June 1, marking the airline’s return to the route after eight years. It offers a great variety of hotels in San Diego suitable for all ranges of budgets and tastes. Customers can save by booking a flight and hotel package for their San Diego holidays at the same time on ba.com plus benefit from a 24 hour in-resort support and expertly chosen hotels which adhere to stringent health and safety criteria.

The British carrier will also increase its services from Gatwick to Cancun from two to three a week from March 27 offering even more choice to customers wishing to take their holidays in Cancun.

Iberia is starting the only direct flight between Spain and California; flying between Madrid and Los Angeles three times a week from March 28, with an additional flight between July and September. Iberia will also launch new flights between Barcelona and Miami three times a week from March 29.

Meanwhile, BA is facing another possible threat of a strike by its cabin crew. Unite, the union representing British Airways cabin crew, said staff have voted to back more strike action at the airline, but didn’t give possible dates according to this article by the WSJ.

According to the WSJ, “The union said just under 10,000 crew were polled and some 83% of the 6,981 who returned valid voting papers supported strike action. This is the fourth official ballot in two years in which staff have voted to strike.”

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1 thought on “British Airways creates trans-Atlantic shuttle service, faces another possible strike

  1. Spanish Flyer

    Also, AAL will son start its second daily KMIA-LEMD flight, a flight that used to be operated by Iberia during the summer season with very high loads.
    It is clear that Iberia is running short of both airplanes and pilots, thus it has been forced to externalise a lot of its short/medium haul routes to LCC Vueling and Air Nostrum.
    It has also ceased its operation of the A340s on the Madrid-Canaries routes because it can not cope with the planned routes due to the lack of acfts.

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