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British Airways starts Airbus A320neo operations

First Airbus A320neo for British Airways, delivered on April 10, 2018

British Airways on April 15 put its first Airbus A320neo (G-TTNA) into revenue service on the London (Heathrow) – Lisbon route.

The new type will also fly to Budapest, Madrid and Warsaw from LHR this summer season according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: British Airways Airbus A320-251N WL F-WWIV (G-TTNA) (msn 8108) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 941328.

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British Airways releases gender pay gap figures for 2018

British Airways has released its Gender Pay Gap figures. The airline’s statistics show that the median hourly pay difference between men and women is 10 percent, compared to the national average of 18.1 percent*.

The airline’s median bonus pay difference is -19 percent, which, using this calculation, means that the bonus pay gap favours women.

Of British Airways’ workforce 46 percent of employees are female and 54 per cent are male.  The airline employs women in many areas that traditionally have been male-dominated, including pilots, engineering and roles within the ramp team, such as baggage handling and aircraft loading.

British Airways recognises there is more work to do on gender pay balance; one area of focus is its pilots, who attract high levels of pay and are overwhelmingly male.  When pilots are excluded from the calculations, the pay gap favours women by one per cent.

British Airways has been recruiting female pilots for more than 30 years and the percentage of female flight crew at the airline is six per cent, double the national average of around three to four per cent. The airline recognises that there is a gender imbalance within its pilot community and is working to address this in part through greater visibility of its female pilots to inspire the next generation.

British Airways employees including female pilots visit schools, colleges and recruitment events to inspire girls and women to take up a career in aviation, and to enter roles in engineering and flight operations. Female role models are used in recruitment campaigns and media activity. The airline will continue to recruit female managers into a new mentoring programme.

Earlier this month, to celebrate International Women’s Day, British Airways invited school girls to take part in an all-female operated flight, highlighting the airline’s female flight planners, ground staff, baggage handlers, flight dispatchers, engineers and pilots. More than 60 British Airways female staff took part in the event. The video can be watched here.

British Airways confirmed that pay for the majority of its workforce, including pilots, cabin crew, engineers, airport workers and call handlers is collectively agreed, so therefore men and women receive the same pay for these roles.

Maria da Cunha, British Airways’ Director of People and Legal said: “We are pleased with the progress that we are making in encouraging diversity within our organisation, but we’re not complacent – we know that there is work to do to encourage more women into STEM roles, and specifically into our pilot community. We are fully committed to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of the customers we serve and to promote an inclusive and collaborative culture.”

The full report can be read here.

*Source: Office for National Statistics

  • Equal pay is when men and women performing equal work receive equal pay, as set out in the Equality Act 2010.
  • Gender pay gap refers to the difference between men’s and women’s average earnings across the organisation, expressed as a percentage of men’s earnings. The gender pay gap in the UK is 18.1 percent.
  • All colleagues at British Airways are enrolled into the organisation’s corporate bonus scheme. The median bonus pay gap (-19 percent) favours women.
  • British Airways has four subsidiaries which employ more than 250 people – BA Cityflyer, British Airways Holidays, British Airways Maintenance, Cardiff (BAMC) and Gatwick Ground Services. These will be reporting their figures separately, but when these figures are added to British Airways’ figures, the median hourly pay gap drops from 10 per cent to nine percent.

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British Airways operates an “Aerobility Aurora” flight to view the Northern Lights

Picture by: Stuart Bailey

British Airways on February 24 hosted a special Aerobility Aurora flight last to view the northern lights at 30,000 feet. Aerobility supporters, volunteers and British Airways crew enjoyed a spectacular evening hosted by Tim Peake.

The British astronaut joined 142 lucky stargazers on the Aerobility Aurora flight that took off from Gatwick and headed North to take in the natural light display.

Picture by: Stuart Bailey

Starwatchers started the day at Gatwick airport, where they heard from Aurora expert and BBC The Sky At Night presenter Pete Lawrence before enjoying a special guest lecture from Tim Peake. At sunset they boarded the A320 aircraft and headed to 61 degrees North to the coast of the Shetland Isles, in the hope of witnessing the celestial spectacle.

As customers prepared for the evening’s events and adjusted their eyes to the night sky, Pete Lawrence entertained those on board with a running commentary over the PA system throughout the flight, pointing out star constellations as well as the glowing light formation visible through the aircraft windows.

Aerobility is a charity that gives people with a disability the chance to fly, and all proceeds from the evening will be used to support aviation based opportunities for disabled young people, disabled adults and wounded soldiers. In attendance was Mike Miller-Smith MBE, CEO of the charity, British Airways senior first officer and Aerobility Chairman Shona Bowman and first officer and Aerobility Trustee Andy Robins.

Captain Ian Mills, who operated the flight, said: “To be able to view the Northern Lights while supporting such a great charity is a great experience. British Airways is incredibly proud to be able to support this special charter flight and we are delighted that we’ve played a part in helping raise money for a fantastic cause.”

Mike Miller-Smith MBE, CEO of Aerobility, said: “The Aerobility Aurora flight required a huge amount of hard work and planning, and with the help of British Airways, tonight has been a great success. Aerobility supporters and the British Airways crew have been fantastic.”

In 2012 Mike delivered a speech at a British Airways pilot forum about passengers with reduced mobility and had a profound impact on many of the attendees. From here, his involvement with the airline grew and in 2013 British Airways recognised Aerobility as one of its supported charities. The airline donates tickets and flight simulator experiences to help people with a disability experience the magic of flying.

“Love is in the Air” on British Airways

British Airways Picture by: Stuart Bailey

British Airways has made this announcement:

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, British Airways is adding a romantic touch to its inflight entertainment with the introduction of a new category – Love is in the Air.

Running until the end of February, the category plays host to a collection of films, TV shows and audio programs, all with a romantic theme.

This includes classics like When Harry Met Sally, Chocolat and Love Me Tender, as well as more recent releases like Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.

As part of its extensive range of TV shows, British Airways is also adding some love-themed episodes from famous series, including Friends – The One with Candy Hearts, Modern Family – Do You Believe in Magic, and select episodes of Sex and the City.

Finally, the Valentine’s Day range is complemented by poems and excepts from the likes of William Shakespeare, Robert Burns, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Jane Eyre, Thomas Hardy, William Wordsworth, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and David Herbert Lawrence, while actor Michael Sheen reads: A Lover’s Gift from Him to Her.

Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ director of brand and customer experience, said: “We’re always looking at ways that we can enhance our extensive range of films, TV shows, documentaries and audiobooks. So, whether customers are in a relationship, looking for love, or happily single, we hope they enjoy the category and look forward to welcoming them on board.”

In August, British Airways released a #BAMagic video of a proposal on board. The airline’s latest #BAMagic story, to be released in the run up to Valentine’s Day, will follow the story of a separate, money-can’t-buy proposal in a very special location.

Customers who fly with British Airways on long-haul flights have free access to over 1,000 hours of films, top TV shows and audio programmes via their personal seatback screen. This includes the very latest Hollywood blockbusters, TV box sets and music provided by British Airways’ High Life entertainment.

The updates come as part of wider changes by the airline for long-haul economy customers. Last month it was announced they will receive a renewed food offering on board including, on longer flights, a full second meal, as part of the airline’s £4.5 billion investment for customers over the next five years.

The Love is in the Air category is available on the majority of the airline’s inflight entertainment systems (approximately two-thirds of the long-haul fleet inflight entertainment systems). Other systems will have a subset of the content.

Full content on the Love is in the Air category:

MOVIES

Silver Linings Playbook
When Harry Met Sally
Chocolat
Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool
Home Again
Love Me Tender
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

TV SHOWS

Dina
First Dates S3: Episode 7
New Girl S6: Ep16 operation Bobcat
Big Bang Theory S3: Ep15 The Large Hadron Collision
Friends S1: Ep Ep14 The One With Candy Hearts
Arrested Development S1: Ep12 The Marta Complex
Man With A Plan S1: Ep13 Valentine’s Day
Modern Family S8: Ep12 Do You Believe In Magic
Sex and the City S6: Eps 19+20

AUDIO

Poems and excerpts from William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, Robert Burns, Puccini, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Jane Eyre, Thomas Hardy, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Butler Yeats, Alfred Tennyson, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, David Herbert Lawrence.

Actor Michael Sheen reads: “A Lover’s Gift From Him To Her”

Poems and excerpts from The Bible, Puccini, Katherine Mansfield, Emily Bronte, Byron, Charlotte Bronte, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce.

Audiobooks: Reading – The Music Shop- a love story and journey through music, is written, adapted and read by Rachel Joyce.

Photo: British Airways.

Wi-Fi taking off on board British Airways

British Airways has made this announcement:

British Airways has started powering some of its long-haul aircraft with high-speed Wi-Fi, with its first three connected aircraft now in service.  The airline will connect 118 of its long haul aircraft over the next two years.

Customers will be advised of the availability of Wi-Fi when they board a connected aircraft allowing them to browse and stream from the comfort of their seat.

Using the latest generation technology, British Airways will provide high-speed bandwidth to customers, with internet being available approximately 10 minutes after take-off when the aircraft has passed 10,000ft. The portal will work with the latest operating systems from Apple, Android and Windows, allowing customers to connect on a variety of devices.

To celebrate the launch, British Airways is partnering with Visa to connect customers on board the first Wi-Fi enabled flights. For a limited time, customers will be able to connect to high speed Wi-Fi and enjoy an hour of free browsing and streaming, courtesy of Visa.

Customers can choose from two paid-for Wi-Fi packages including the ‘Browse’ package, which supports internet surfing, social media and WhatsApp, or the ‘Stream’ package, which supports streaming of music and entertainment, from the very best online content services, including Netflix*. The packages are available to purchase for one hour, four hours or the full flight.

Staying connected is important to our customers who want to be able to work, browse and stream in the air. They can now look forward to enjoying the latest generation Wi-Fi across our long haul fleet over the next two years.”

British Airways has launched its multi-million pound investment plan to benefit its customers with a focus on excellence in the premium cabins and more choice and quality for all.

Six hundred million pounds will be spent on Club World with an emphasis on improved catering and sleep, and a new seat in the future. At Heathrow a First Wing check-in area with direct security and lounge access has launched, and lounges around the airline’s network are to be revamped and improved. The Club Europe cabin has also been introduced on UK domestic services and all customers can look forward to the latest generation Wi-Fi across British Airways’ long-haul and short-haul fleets over the next two years.

Prices for the Browse package begin from £4.99 and Stream from £7.99.

* Netflix allows customers to pick from Hollywood movies, top TV shows, documentaries, independent films, stand-up comedy, a wide range of kids titles and the latest new Netflix’s Original such as Bright or Altered Carbon.

Top Photo: British Airways.

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Below Copyright Photo: British Airways Boeing 747-436 G-BYGG (msn 28859) LHR (SPA). Image: 929324.

British Airways Boeing 747-436 G-BYGG (msn 28859) LHR (SPA). Image: 929324.

Bloomberg: British Airways is in negotiations with Airbus for more A380s

British Airways Airbus A380-841 G-XLED (msn 144) LHR (SPA). Image: 940743.

British Airways, according to a report by Bloomberg, is currently in talks with Airbus for a new order for additional A380s.

BA currently operates an even dozen of the widebody type.

Copyright Photo: British Airways Airbus A380-841 G-XLED (msn 144) LHR (SPA). Image: 940743.

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British Airways will launch new World Traveller menus on January 17

British Airways Boeing 777-336 ER G-STBI (msn 43702) LHR (SPA). Image: 926790.

British Airways is announcing a multi-million pound investment in its World Traveller (long-haul economy cabin) catering, introducing an exciting and expanded new menu, which provides more quantity and quality to both meals and great snacking options throughout the flight.

Options now include:

·       Pretzels with the welcome drink

·       Four-course meal with starter, main, dessert, cheese and biscuits, accompanied by a bread roll and bottle of water

·       Second meal or substantial snack depending on the length of the flight

·       Regional meal options served according to destination

·       Magnum ice-creams

·       Tuck box with chocolates and crisps

·       Hot breakfast on longer overnight flights

·       Graze movie-snack box on longer* flights

·       Complimentary drinks from the bar

Previously customers travelling in the cabin were served a complimentary snack, a three-course-meal or a light meal, depending on the time and length of their flight as well as a complimentary bar service of hot and cold drinks.

The new catering arrives from January 17, and the menus that will change every six months.

Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ director of brand and customer experience, said: “Our customers tell us that when they’re taking a long-haul flight, great food and beverages make a real difference to them. It’s a huge driver of customer satisfaction so we want to make sure we deliver a great experience. With this multi-million pound investment we’ve focused on introducing more quantity and quality to the catering, delivering tasty meals and great snacking options throughout the flight.

“Our new four-course main meal has been developed by our team of chefs to be full of flavour at 35,000ft and we’ve created regional options depending on the route. The second meal option is either a tasty sandwich or a more substantial pizza wrap, both served with additional snacks, depending on the length of the flight.”

“Our customers have also told us they want to be able to save some items for later in the flight, so we’ve replaced the water cup with a bottle of Highland Spring on the first meal, and added Graze snack boxes on our longest flights. We’re also offering Magnum ice-creams on daylight flights from London and a Tuck Box on inbound and overnight flights.”

The airline’s customers will be welcomed with pretzels and a drink. Once they are settled in, they will be served a four-course meal such as a starter of couscous salad, followed by a main course of chicken casserole with an ale sauce, colcannon mash and seasonal vegetables, or a vegetarian tomato, farfalle and vegetable dish. Dessert will be a Pots & Co salted caramel and chocolate mousse, followed by biscuits and cheese. The meal will be accompanied by a bread roll and a bottle of Highland Spring water.

On the shorter daylight long-haul flights to destinations such as New York and Dubai, fliers will also receive a sandwich such as egg and cress with a chocolate or Nutri-Grain bar. Those on longer daylight flights to destinations such as Cape Town and Hong Kong will receive a hot meal, such as a pizza wrap or a regional option, with a pot of pasta, a chocolate brownie and a drink as well as a smokehouse BBQ crunch Graze movie-snack box. A hot English breakfast will also be served on these longer flights that operate overnight.

Customers on daylight flights from London will be offered a range of Magnum ice-creams, while those on night flights will be offered a tuck-box with options such as Dairy Milk Buttons, Twix, Kit-Kats and Mini Cheddars, which will also be available in the galley for them to help themselves to.

The airline is also serving regional main meal options around its network, such as chicken in spicy cheng du sauce on flights to and from to China, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea, kathrikai milagu seeragam and channa dal on flights to and from Chennai, Hyderabad and Mumbai and acchari veg and dal palak on flights to and from Bangalore and Delhi. On flights to the Middle East (Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia,) customers can enjoy chicken in spicy Arabic sauce.

Regional breakfasts will also be served including Chicken Congee for Far Eastern routes and an Indian option featuring: Idli Shanna, Sambhar, upma and dosa.

The popular meal options for customers with special dietary requirements will continue to be available to book on ba.com/managemybooking more than 24 hours ahead of their flight departing.

Travellers looking for a special treat can also pre-order meals on flights from Heathrow up to 24-hours before their flight. Options include a Gourmet Dining meal for £18.00, Taste of Britain and Taste of the Far East for £16.00 and a Great British Breakfast, a Healthy Choice meal or a Vegetarian Kitchen option all for £15.00.

British Airways is investing £4.5 billion for customers over the next five years, covering the installation of the best quality WiFi and power in every seat, fitting 128 long-haul aircraft with new interiors and taking delivery of 72 new aircraft. The airline is also investing £600m specifically in Club World, including outstanding catering and luxurious White Company bedding – plus, from 2019, a new seat with direct aisle access. This year British Airways will start services to six new routes including Nashville and The Seychelles.

*The airline’s longest flights serve: Bangkok, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Chennai, Hong Kong, Hyderabad, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, Las Vegas, Lima, Los Angeles, Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico City, Narita, Oakland, Phoenix, Rio de Janeiro, San Jose (California), San Jose (Costa Rica), Santiago, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo (Haneda and Narita).

The first flight with the new catering on January 17 will be the BA117 from London Heathrow to New York JFK departing at 8.25 am.

Top Copyright Photo (other by British Airways): British Airways Boeing 777-336 ER G-STBI (msn 43702) LHR (SPA). Image: 926790.

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