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British Airways’ flight attendants say “no” to the latest company offer

British Airways (London) is facing another round of strikes after its cabin crews, represented by Unite, rejected the latest company offer.

Read the full report from Reuters:

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Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. BA’s Boeing 747-436 G-CIVP (msn 28850) dressed in the Oneworld scheme climbs away from Heathrow Airport.

British Airways is forced to cancel around 40% of its long haul flights

British Airways (London) is entering its second day of a strike by its cabin crew (flight attendants).

Read the Business Week report:

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Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Is this a message to the strikers? BA has added a “Keeping the Flag Flying” banner to this Boeing 777-236 ER registered G-YMML (msn 30313). G-YMML is pictured on final approach at LHR on a warm May 24.

Unite gives its BA strike report but is willing for more talks

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. The BA strike has brought some unusual traffic to LHR. It is ironic that LCC Jet2's Boeing 737-330 G-CELK (msn 23530) with its "Friendly Low Fares" sub-titles would be flying a BA flight.

British Airways (London) endured a three-day Unite cabin crew strike this past weekend. BA has hired in a lot of aircraft from other carriers with their crews to operate some of the BA flights. The following aircraft are known to have been leased in the past three days:

SE-RHU, G-CELY, G-CGET, G-OJIB, G-CELK, G-STRP, PH-AHY, G-CELB,

G-POWD, PH-HZE, G-LSAG, CS-TFT, G-LSAA, G-ZAPX, CS-TLO, PH-HZD,

PH-HZK, CS-TLX, G-BPEJ, and G-STRW.

Yesterday union leaders called for renewed talks with the company to end the strike according to Reuters.

Read the full report:

www.reuters.com/article/idCNLDE62K09B20100321?rpc=44

Meanwhile while the company tried to remain positive, the union issued this report detailing the devastating affects of the strike:

“With 80 percent of cabin crew standing strong on the first day of the BA stoppage, Unite has issued an update of how the strike is biting so far, which reveals that BA’s much-vaunted contingencies plans are failing :

   - BA has managed to fly only one third of its normal scheduled
      departures;

    - BA's flagship terminal T5 is a ghost town as passengers stay away;

    - The first long haul BA flight out (10am) was to Abu Dhabi and crewed by
      6 pilots and 2 international cabin crew;

    - From 12.20pm until 2.30pm only 10 flights departed from Heathrow,
      normally there would be 50 during the same period; of the 10 which left,
      8 flights were chartered and only 2 were BA flights;

    - By lunchtime today, 85 BA planes were parked at Heathrow - consuming
      the maximum parking space allowed for BA aircraft;

    - 20 more planes had been moved to Cardiff to be parked, and a further 20
      flown to Shannon, in western Ireland, to sit out the strike;

    - By 2pm, only one flight to JFK airport had departed - normally there
      are five;

    - At Gatwick, one third of flights have failed to take off;

    - BA planes are taking off empty, save for cargo, as BA stretches
      efforts to make it seem it is functioning;

    - On average only 14 passengers are travelling on those flights which are
      taking off, far short of capacity;

    - Two strike-breaking chartered flights did not depart because of technical
      problems;

    - By mid-morning around 113 BA passengers had complained about the
      poor quality of food on-board the flights; and

    - There are reports of no food on in-bound flights from Germany and
      Italy."