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Wed 17.03.10 22:24
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British Airways Cabin Crew Strike Info Summary


From 20MAR10 to 22MAR10, BA is chartering aircraft and crew from following 8 carriers on some of its European service (total 22 aircraft), when flights operated by these airlines, there will be variations of inflight service:

Air Finland
Arkefly
Astraeus
EuroAtlantic Airways
Jet2
Titan Airways
Transavia
Viking Airlines


British Airways’ Cabin Crew will be conducting Strike protest from 20MAR10 to 22MAR10, and 27MAR10 to 31MAR10.

Summary of the impact as follows.

* BA is not accepting reservations on BA operating flights for travel dates falls during the strike period
* BA Intends to operate 60% of the flight operating from 20MAR10 to 22MAR10
* At Heathrow, over 60% long-haul flights are planned to be operating and over 30% of short-haul service
* BA CityFlyer operation unaffected
* BA OpenSkies operation unaffected
* BA Long-haul flights to/from London Gatwick unaffected
* BA Short-haul flights to/from London Gatwick sees minor cancelations
* BA Codeshare service, or Franchise carrier operating service unaffected

Cancellations due to the strike is possible, but when flights are operating, flights are operating with minimal inflight service:

Inter-Continental service

* Hot meals, pre-ordered special meals, and kids meal are unavailable
* Limited number of Vegetarian meals offered
* Inflight duty-free service unavailable

* Flights under 9 hours sees meal served in seat
* Flights over 9 hours sees meal served with light snacks
* Bar service in the air and ground lounge sees increase selection of hot and cold beverage
* Snacks available at galley

* Refund on paid seat selection is possible if passenger failed to get preferred seat

Europe
Normal service level*

Domestic UK
Normal service level*


Source: airlineroutes

Wed 17.03.10 22:44
Jetliner707



British Airways Cabin Crew Strike Info Summary



Flybe Steps in with Extra Capacity to Assist Passengers Nervous their Flights will be Hit by Strike Action

Source: Flybe 16/03/2010

Flybe has stepped in by adding extra capacity on a number of key routes from both its London Gatwick and Southampton bases including those serving Aberdeen, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle to help keep people travelling confidently on the move now that it has become clear just what services British Airways will not be able to operate during upcoming staff strike action.

With the planned disruption now just days away, Flybe announces it will be operating 262 flights across 10 routes to and from London Gatwick including seven a day to Jersey; four a day to Newcastle and three a day to Aberdeen and Dusseldorf.

At Southampton, Flybe offers the choice of 288 flights across 27 routes that include five a day to Edinburgh and Glasgow; six a day to Manchester and offers multiple frequencies to Amsterdam, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Dusseldorf.

Flybe reports bookings are strong as nervous travellers used to travelling from Heathrow are deciding to forego any possibility of being left in the lurch and instead turning to book with Flybe either from alternative regional airports or from London Gatwick where Flybe carries more domestic passengers than any other airline.

Mike Rutter, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer, says: “Having been thrown into confusion about if, when, how and where their flights might be axed, frustrated passengers have been quick to take advantage of our commitment to ensure they will be able to travel. We’re continually monitoring the need of just where to increase frequency and capacity to satisfy demand.”

Flybe’s reputation as an airline always prepared to step up to the task of providing quality, affordable and reliable travel has been confirmed a number of times on the global stage most recently by being the only UK carrier to feature in the Forbes 2009 Top 10 on time arrival list of Global Major Carriers.

Adds Mr Rutter: “Passengers either directly impacted by the strike action, or concerned that they might be in the future, are now assured a reliable and great value alternative.”

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