British Airways Mixed Fleet Strike Begins (July 1 – 16) & Qatar Airways Wet Lease Approved By CAA

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British Airways Mixed Fleet cabin crew begins their next strike on Saturday that lasts until July 16. The CAA has approved BA’s application to wet lease nine short-haul aircraft with crews from Qatar Airways to operate flights on their behalf during the strike.

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British Airways has, however, already canceled some long-haul flights during the strike and disruptions to short-haul flights can be expected even when Qatar Airways is operating some of the flights.

Le Club AccorHotels 500 Bonus Avios (Iberia, British Airways Or Avios UK) For Novotel & Mercure Stays July 1 – September 30, 2017

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Le Club AccorHotels has launched a bonus Avios campaign for Novotel and Mercure stays that are both booked and consumed between July 1 – September 30, 2017.

Le Club AccorHotels 500 Bonus Avios Novotel & Mercure Iberia, British Airways & Avios July 1 - September 30, 2017

Le Club AccorHotels members can earn 500 bonus Avios in Iberia Plus, British Airways Executive Club or Avios UK programs (see there are three different promotions they are running).

British Airways Executive Club Buy Avios 50% Bonus June 26 – 30, 2017

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British Airways Executive Club has launched an Avios sale that comes with 50% bonus for purchases made between June 26 – 30, 2017.

British Airways Executive Club Buy Avios 50 Percent Bonus June 26 - 30 2017

British Airways has capped the number of Avios that one can purchase any calendar year before any bonuses at 100,000.

British Airways Applies To Use Qatar Airways Wet Lease During Mixed Fleet Strike!

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British Airways is having yet another strike with its Mixed Fleet cabin crew between July 1 – 16, 2017, which the airline would not prefer paying a living wage.

Qatar Airways A320 British Airways Union Busting

Now, British Airways has applied for an exception from CAA to wet lease nine Airbus A320 aircraft with crews (both cockpit and cabin) from Qatar Airways for two month period including July 1 – 16, 2017, stating extraordinary circumstances.

Update On Reader Question: BA Mass Cancellation, Codeshare & EC 261/2004 Compensation?

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A LoyaltyLobby reader dropped me an email regarding the BA meltdown that happened couple of weeks back and where to send the compensation request when flying on codeshare that I covered here on earlier this week.

Reader Question Compensation For British Airways Service Issues

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British Airways Potential Mixed Fleet Strike July 1 – 16, 2017

British Airways trade union representing Mixed Fleet flight attendants have given the airline two weeks notice that they intend to strike for more than two weeks between July 1 – 16, 2017.BA Strikes

Mixed Fleet consists of around 2,900 flight attendants that work both on short and long-haul routes.

Reader Question: BA Mass Cancellation, Codeshare & EC 261/2004 Compensation?

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A LoyaltyLobby reader dropped me an email regarding the BA meltdown that happened couple of weeks back and where to send the compensation request when flying on codeshare.

Reader Question Compensation For British Airways Service Issues

Remember that you can always email us, send a message via Facebook or use Twitter and include photos too. We’ll try to cover Reader Questions & Comments here several times a week.

The Daily Mail: Worse Than Aeroflot – British Airways To Lose 4-Star Skytrax Rating!

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According to a news article in the British Daily Mail citing the CEO of Marketing Research firm Skytrax, British Airways is about to lose their 4 Star rating and now even compares unfavorably to airlines like Aeroflot.

Aeroflot, once synonym for horrible service and half day delays is now apparently the benchmark for the national carrier of the UK that is lead by former Vueling low cost CEO Alex Cruz.

Flight Review: BA Prem Economy BOS-LHR (incl T5 Arrivals Lounge)

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I had a chance to check out British Airways’ World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy) service last week on a flight from Boston to London due to a last minute pre-flight operational upgrade from my original Economy class booking.

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I had flown BA in both business and economy several times each over the last couple of years but this was my first flight in Premium Economy and I was interested to compare.

The Economist: “Britain needs a second flag-carrier”

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The Economist, the only magazine that I try to read every week, is now trying to make an argument that Britain needs a second flag carrier.

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The airline has tried to make a move from the full service to low to zero service model and has the former Vueling head (Spanish LCC also owned by the IAG) running it for the time being.

The Guardian: “For BA, a £100m compensation bill could be just the start“

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It is now a week from that disastrous British Airways “shut down” that was due to someone turning/plugging off device that grounded the airline for a day.

Now, the British press has started to ask tough questions as they should (in my opinion earlier). Has the cost cutting gone too far? Is the leadership competent? What is British Airways? Is there any difference between British Airways and so called low cost airlines?

British Airways Two Year Status Extension Due To Power Failure Disruption (Watch Out For Email)

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British Airways had embarrassing incident last weekend that ended up grounding its entire flight operations. Someone had inadvertently unplugged critical device that brought the entire system down (and apparently BA doesn’t believe in having proper back up plans in place such as UPSs).

BA Two Year Status Extensions

Now, the airline have been emailing its Executive Club members and offering to extend their status by two years due to this unfortunate incident.

British Airways Potential Mixed Fleet Strike June 16 – 19, 2017

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British Airways trade union representing Mixed Fleet flight attendants have given the airline two weeks notice that they intend to strike for four days starting on June 16, 2017.

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Mixed Fleet consists of around 2,900 flight attendants that work both on short and long-haul routes. Union and the airline have reached an agreement about the pay but not the benefits the airline has decided to withdraw from the flight attendants that participated to previous strikes.

Lounge Review: British Airways Boston Lounge

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I had a chance to check out British Airways’ new(ish) Boston lounge before my flight to London last week and was very impressed.

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BA moved its Boston lounge from the basement level (2nd floor) of Terminal E to the newly renovated top floor back in March, but this was my first visit since it opened.

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