British Airways

Willie Walsh to Retire as CEO of British Airways’ Parent IAG

Willie Walsh to Retire as CEO of British Airways’ Parent IAG

British Airways parent International Airlines Group announced that Willie Walsh will step down as CEO after 15 years at the company.  The new chief executive at IAG will be Luis Gallego, currently CEO of Iberia, Líneas Aéreas de España, which is also an IAG subsidiary.
The changeover will occur in March of this year.
Mr. Walsh is a former pilot and has spent his entire career in the airline industry.  He was …

British Airways Offers 30% Bonus on Avios Purchases

British Airways Offers 30% Bonus on Avios Purchases

British Airways Executive Club announced a 30% bonus on purchases of Avios, the frequent-flyer program’s currency.
The purchase must be made through the BA Executive Club’s website.
Avios points are extremely cost effective when redeemed for short-haul flights on both American Airlines and British Airways, although the cost of an award flight will increase if there are multiple segments as the cost of a ticket with multiple segments is based on the …

American Airlines and British Airways Start Construction on Expanded Terminal at JFK

American Airlines and British Airways Start Construction on Expanded Terminal at JFK

Eleven months after American Airlines, British Airways, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced a $344 million plan to expand Terminal 8 at John F. Kennedy International Airport, which is operated by American, and relocate BA to Terminal 8 from Terminal 7, its current home, the two airlines announced the start of construction on the project.
The airlines, which have a joint-venture agreement for transatlantic flights, offer …

British Airways to Launch 787-10 Dreamliner with Non-Stop Service from London to Atlanta

British Airways to Launch 787-10 Dreamliner with Non-Stop Service from London to Atlanta

British Airways announced that the first route for its new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner aircraft will be London-Atlanta.
The Dreamliner service will commence next February; the airline expects to take delivery of its first 787-10 Dreamliners in January.
“The delivery of our first 787-10 aircraft marks another significant milestone in our £6.5bn customer investment plan,” said BA CEO Alex Cruz.
The high-tech aircraft will feature a four-class cabin.  The airline will equip the plane …

Former British Airways Executive Indicted in $5 Million JFK Procurement Scandal

Former British Airways Executive Indicted in $5 Million JFK Procurement Scandal

A former British Airways executive who was responsible for the airlines’ operations in the Americas took more than $5 million in bribes to award ground service business at the airline’s New York hub, the New York Attorney General’s Office said in a statement announcing the indictment on Tuesday.
Steven Clark, who was with British Airways for over 30 years and serving most recently as senior vice president for customer service and …

British Airways Executive Club Offering Up to 16 Avios Per Dollar for the Holidays

British Airways Executive Club Offering Up to 16 Avios Per Dollar for the Holidays

British Airways is offering double, triple, and 3.5 times the normal amount of Avios points awarded in purchases made through its Executive Club frequent-flyer e-store.  This translates in some establishments offering as many as 16 Avios per dollar spent and 15 Avios per pound.
In the United States, Selfridges & Co. is offering 16 Avios per dollar spent, double the normal amount.  Both Neiman Marcus and the White Store are offering …

British Airways Reinstates Some Flights After Pilots Union Cancels Next Friday’s Strike

British Airways Reinstates Some Flights After Pilots Union Cancels Next Friday’s Strike

British Airways said it was reinstating more than half of its normal flight schedule for September 27 after pilots at the airline called off a threatened strike.
The British Airline Pilots Association called off the planned job action following a two-day strike last week.
That strike “demonstrated the anger and resolve of pilots,” the union said in a statement, adding that that it’s “now time for a period of reflection before the …