Entries in Heathrow (17)

Tuesday
May222012

Nine BMI routes get BA numbers as integration proceeds

British Midland International routes flown between London's Heathrow Airport (IATA: LHR; ICAO: EGLL) and nine European and African destinations will acquire British Airways flight numbers tomorrow, as part of the integration process first announced late last year.  The nine routes affected will be those flown between Heathrow, and the BMI destinations of Agadir, Morocco; Basel, Switzerland; Bergen, Norway; Casablanca, Morocco; Hanover, Germany; Marrakech, Morocco; Nice, France; Stavanger, Norway; and Vienna, Austria.  According to British Airways, all departure and arrival terminals at Heathrow will remain the same, as will estimated departure and arrival times.

On April 19 this year, International Consolidated Airlines Group, led by former British Airways CEO Willie Walsh, bought BMI from Lufthansa.  BMI withdrew its membership in the Star Alliance last month.  British Airways is part of the Oneworld airline alliance.

Also, Virgin Atlantic will launch a four times weekly non-stop round-trip route between Heathrow and Vancouver International Airport (IATA; YVR; ICAO: CYVR) Thursday.  The route will operate in both directions on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.  According to results returned by the search engine on Virgin Atlantic's website, the route will be operated with the Airbus A340-300.  The flight is approximately ten hours long in both directions.

related story

BA and Iberia respective shareholders both approve merger (Nobember 29, 2010)

original stories

bmi flights changing to BA flight numbers (British Airways)

BMI to be 'integrated quickly' into British Airways (Airport Watch UK)

Virgin Atlantic Launch Flights to Vancouver (Virgin Atlantic)

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Saturday
Dec182010

London Gatwick suspends flights due to heavy snow, others delayed

One of the larger snowfalls western Europe has seen in a long time forced Greater London's Gatwick Airport (IATA: LGW; ICAO: EGKK) to close its runway, suspending all flights in to or out of the facility indefinitely.  The airport's website currently notes that British Airways, which uses the facility as a hub, has cancelled all "domestic and European" Gatwick flights today (coming and going) between the hours of 10:00 in the morning and 5:00 in the afternoon, local time.

The airport's website asks passengers with plans to travel through Gatwick soon, to check with their operating airline for details on the delay or cancellation of their flight.  The BBC reported that "regulations require [Gatwick] to suspend flights if snow lies thicker than 3cm on the ground."  Up to 20 centimeters of snow (8 inches) is forecast for some places in and near London, according to the BBC.

Greater London's busiest airport, Heathrow (IATA: LHR; ICAO: EGLL), also expects that it might have to suspend flights because of the weather, according to Yahoo News.  In addition, other airports throughout northwestern Continental Europe are faced with cancellations and delays due to snow.

original stories

Heavy snow hits air travel, roads across Europe (Yahoo News)

Heavy snowfall closes runway at Gatwick Airport (BBC)

Thursday
Sep232010

British Airways resolves Iberia merger concern over deficit

Earlier today the largest airline based in Spain, Iberia Airlines, cleared another obstacle to its anticipated merger with British Airways (BA).  Iberia announced that it was happy with British Airways' plan for dealing with its 3.7 billion GBP pension deficit (4.36 billion EUR; 5.8 billion USD).  The United Kingdom's highest-profile airline showed Iberia how it plans to put 330 million GBP (388.55 million EUR; 517.67 million USD) annually into pension funds for the next sixteen years.

The anticipated merger would unite the two airlines under the same holding company, called International Airlines Group.  However, each of the two airlines would retain its long-established logos and branding schemes.  British Airways CEO Willie Walsh would become CEO of International Airlines Group, while Iberia CEO Antonio Vasquez Romero would become Chairman of the Board.  The holding company's operational headquarters would be in London, and its corporate headquarters would be in Madrid.  Iberia claims the merger will allow visitors from Europe to obtain inexpensive airfare to Central America.  The website www.beatthebrochure.com reports that the merger will make available "a vast array of services offering cheap flights" between destinations all over the globe.

British Airways was formed in 1974 with the merger of the British Overseas Airways Corporation and British European Airways.  It is the United Kingdom’s highest-profile airline, and is headquartered very near its main hub Heathrow Airport (IATA: LHR; ICAO: EGLL) in the London borough of Hillingdon.  British Airways flies a fleet of 237 aircraft to destinations on all six permanently inhabited continents, and also maintains a hub at Gatwick Airport (IATA: LGW; ICAO: EGKK) southeast of London.

Iberia Airlines is the Spanish flag carrier, and was founded in 1927.  It is based in the national capital of Madrid.  Iberia maintains its largest hub at Barajas Airport in Madrid (IATA: MAD; ICAO: LEMD).  Spain's second-largest city Barcelona is a focus city for the airline.  Iberia flies 116 aircraft to 120 destinations in Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, and South America.

related stories

DOT grants anti-trust immunity to BA-Iberia-AA alliance (July 22, 2010)

BA-Iberia merger approved by the EU (July 14, 2010)

original story (www.beatthebrochure.com)

Monday
Aug022010

British Airways and cabin crew union adjourn without agreement

A new attempt at negotiations, hosted by the Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS), and involving representatives from British Airways and Unite, the union representing British Airways’ cabin crew workers, adjourned without agreement today.  According to the BBC, no progress has been made in the negotiations.  However, a British Airways spokesperson said there are plans to meet again next week.

Over the period of April 2010 to June 2010 inclusive, during which Unite staged 22 days of industrial action, British Airways recently reported a loss of 164 million GBP (198 million EUR; 259 million USD).

The Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service is a Crown non-departmental public body of the Government of the United Kingdom.  It is based in London, but has eleven ancillary offices throughout the island of Great Britain.  British Airways was founded in 1974, from the merger of the British Overseas Airways Corporation and British European Airways.  It is headquartered in the borough of Hillingdon in London.  Its largest hub is Heathrow International Airport (IATA: LHR; ICAO: EGLL).  Unite is a British and Irish trade union formed in 2007 with the merger of Amicus the Union, and the Transport and General Workers’ Union.

related stories

BA links CEO’s bonus to ending labor disputes (June 10, 2010)

Unite says it will strike through summer if demands not met (June 9, 2010)

British Airways will expand its immediate-term flight schedule (June 4, 2010)

British Airways will expand its immediate-term flight schedule (May 26, 2010)

Unite the Union begins strike series against British Airways (May 24, 2010)

The Unite strikes against British Airways are back on (May 21, 2010)

Unite is barred from going forward with BA strike action (May 18, 2010)

British Airways has released its contingency plan for the first strike (May 15, 2010)

British Airways and cabin crew union are trying to avert strikes (May 12, 2010)

original stories

Fresh BA cabin crew dispute talks adjourn (BBC)

Q&A: What's the BA dispute about? (BBC)

Friday
Jun182010

United Airlines and Jet Airways agree to codeshare

Air travelers between the United States and India will enjoy smoother connections between flights on United Airlines and Jet Airways, beginning June 30.  Starting today, travelers on one or the other (or both) of these airlines will be able to book certain flights on each airline through the other airline.

Jet Airways will put its code (9W) onto the United Airlines flights between Heathrow Airport in London (IATA: LHR; ICAO: EGLL) and the United hubs of Chicago-O’Hare International (IATA: ORD; ICAO: KORD), Denver International (IATA: DEN; ICAO: KDEN), Los Angeles International (IATA: LAX; ICAO: KLAX), San Francisco International (IATA: SFO; ICAO: KSFO), and Washington-Dulles International (IATA: IAD; ICAO: KIAD).

Moreover, United Airlines will put its code (UA) onto three international routes flown by Jet Airways.  Those are the Jet Airways flights between (1) Heathrow and Mumbai-Shivaji International (IATA: BOM; ICAO: VABB); between (2) Hong Kong International (IATA: HKG; ICAO: VHHH) and Mumbai Shivaji International; and between (3) Hong Kong International and Delhi-Gandhi International (IATA: DEL; ICAO: VIDP).  United Airways will also put its code onto five Jet Airways routes flown domestically within India.

United Airlines traces its origins to 1926, and a company called Boeing Air Transport.  It is based in Chicago, and its main hub is at O’Hare International.  Jet Airways commenced operations in 1993.  It flies to 67 destinations both within India, and internationally.  Its main hub is at Mumbai-Shivaji International.

related stories

Malév and Etihad sign a codeshare deal (June 9, 2010)

The United-Continental merger is not yet a sure thing (May 19, 2010)

Two airlines looking for awards in Hamburg next week made a deal (May 12, 2010)

United and Continental will probably merge (May 3, 2010)

original story (Business Standard)