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British Airways Expected to Furlough 36,000 Workers

British Airways Expected to Furlough 36,000 Workers

British Airways is expected to announce that it will temporarily lay off 36,000 employees, although the timing of the announcement is not certain.
The news comes after the airline cancelled all flights from London Gatwick on Tuesday and, earlier, London City Airport.
The airline is reportedly negotiating the move with Unite, the British and Irish trade union that represents many of its employees. The two sides are said to be close to …

Coronavirus Update: Senator Tests Positive, German Chancellor Self-Isolates, Airlines Ask for $29 Billion Bailout

Coronavirus Update: Senator Tests Positive, German Chancellor Self-Isolates, Airlines Ask for $29 Billion Bailout

IN BRIEF
As the pandemic worsened in Italy and Spain, New York State reported some 15,000 cases of the coronavirus, nearly 5% of the global total.
Residents of five states that represent almost 25% of the country’s population, namely California, Connecticut, Illinois New Jersey, and New York, some 82 million people in total, are being asked to stay home as much as possible.  Non-essential businesses have been told to keep all employees …

Adieu Terminal City: The Future JFK is Coming Soon

Now that the plans to redevelop John F. Kennedy International Airport as a more interconnected airport have been somewhat finalized, it’s important to look back at the airport’s first redevelopment in the 1950s as Terminal City.
While the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which assumed control of the airport in 1947, originally envisioned one large 55-gate terminal.  Larger airlines were against the idea as it would not allow …

British Airways Club Europe Business Class London-Munich – Flight Review

Until I started flying more often on oneworld airlines, I didn’t fully appreciate what British Airways had to offer in its Club Europe business-class offering – plus. I was wary about Heathrow’s Terminal 5, a facility that, as FBT Editorial Director Jonathan Spira doesn’t hesitate to point out, became functionally obsolete not long after its opening.
Adding to the excitement of my trip was an e-mail the night before departure from …

British Airways 747 Flight Hits 825 MPH, Shatters Record for Fastest Subsonic Flight Between N.Y. and London

British Airways 747 Flight Hits 825 MPH, Shatters Record for Fastest Subsonic Flight Between N.Y. and London

A British Airways Boeing 747 broke a speed record and a record for the fastest ever subsonic flight between New York and London after it hit a ground speed of 825 mph (1,327 km/h) early Sunday morning.
British Airways Flight 112, which took off from John F. Kennedy International Airport at 6:48 p.m. Saturday, managed to hit that speed thanks to a major storm that was speeding towards the British Isles.  The …

American, Air Canada, BA, United, Lufthansa All Suspend Flights to China

American, Air Canada, BA, United, Lufthansa All Suspend Flights to China

As the coronavirus continued to vex Asia, more airlines announced they would cancel flights to China.
American Airlines said it would cancel flights from Los Angeles to Beijing and Shanghai from February 9 through March 27, 2020.
British Airways said it too would cancel flights to China, but didn’t specify a timeframe for resumption of service.
Air Canada, meanwhile, said it would suspend flights to and from China from January 30 through February …

As Coronavirus Cases Hit 6,000, U.S. Evacuates Citizens from Wuhan

As Coronavirus Cases Hit 6,000, U.S. Evacuates Citizens from Wuhan

Chinese officials confirmed on Wednesday that the number of reported cases of the coronavirus had hit 6,000 as new reports of the virus spreading to those who had not visited China.
The United States sent a charter plane to evacuate over 200 Americans, mostly diplomatic staff and businesspeople.  It landed in Anchorage shortly after 9:20 p.m. Tuesday evening, where all passengers underwent two medical screenings before being permitted to continue to …