Earlier this month most of the British Airways fleet was grounded as the majority of the airline's pilots took industrial action. A third day of action was planned for next Friday (September 27th) but, in a move that surprised most, the pilots called off that walkout earlier this week.
Up until now there hadn't been any signs that the third day of British Airways pilot walkouts (set for 27 September) wasn't going to go ahead and the airline had already started canceling flights ahead of time to try to limit its liabilities. It's fair to say that the relationship between the pilots and management couldn't really have become much worse...but now something has changed.
United Airlines has pushed through a sizeable number of service, schedule and aircraft changes over the past few days and the net result of these changes is that some of the airline's routes will cease to offer true Polaris Business Class (some just for a short period of time) while some will see it added.
The introduction of seasonal pricing finally came into effect at Marriott Bonvoy over the weekend but, now that we can see how it's going to work, it's safe to say that what we've been given isn't what most people were expecting.
With Virgin Atlantic launching its A350 on the London – New York JFK route earlier this week there’s been quite a bit of press coverage of the new aircraft but one tidbit of information that Virgin Atlantic’s PR team put out caught my eye – not all of Virgin’s A350s will be configured in the same way.
esterday was a big day for Virgin Atlantic as the airline launched its brand new Airbus A350 aircraft (complete with new cabins) on its London - New York (JFK) route. With British Airways not scheduled to operate an aircraft with its new Club Suite on its own London - New York route until late October, Virgin Atlantic has stolen a march on one of its biggest competitors.
With British Airways pilots set to walk out on strike in just 4 days' time (the first strike dates are 9 and 10 September) the union representing their interests has today said that its members would be prepared to call off the strike in British Airways management returns to the negotiating table.
Resort fees, destination fees, facility fees (call them what you will) have been around for some time but it’s only in the past year or two that they’ve really started getting out of hand. They started out as fees charged by actual resort properties (hence the original name of ‘resort fee’) to cover spurious extras like sun loungers, snorkel set rentals and in-room water, but have now spread to properties of all types and are nothing more than a new way to rip off guests.
Although British Airways has now scheduled a couple of reconfigured 777 aircraft (complete with its new Business Class cabin) to operate between London and New York later this year, Virgin Atlantic has managed to steal a march on its competitor by scheduling its first four A350 aircraft to serve the New York market....and it's stolen a march in another US market too.
Hawaiian Airlines has announced that it will be launching a new non-stop between Las Vegas and Hawaii from later this year and, to celebrate the new route, the airline is offering special promotional fares for bookings made by 14 August (today!)