September 10 2013

British Airways and Unite, Britain’s biggest union, have agreed a groundbreaking recognition deal with British Airways (BA) for the airline’s mixed fleet cabin crew.

British Airways Cabin Crew

British Airways Cabin Crew

Unite have announced that a deal agreed between Unite general secretary Len McCluskey and British Airways chief executive Keith Williams covers terms and conditions ” …including pay, holidays and hours of work for all new and future cabin crew at British Airways working on European and worldwide routes.”

Mixed fleet cabin crew fly to destinations including Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, Las Vegas, Tokyo, Hamburg and Manchester. There are approximately 2,000 mixed fleet cabin crew operating out of Heathrow.

Unite general secretary, Len McCluskey, said:”I’m delighted that Unite and British Airways have agreed this groundbreaking recognition deal for BA’s mixed fleet. The union and the company worked positively together to put the finishing touches to the agreement.”

“Cabin crew have already seen the benefits of the recognition deal including a substantial increase in holiday pay entitlement. It’s no surprise that the union has already recruited over half of the mixed fleet cabin crew and Unite will continue to encourage crew to join to ensure workers have a voice within the mixed fleet.”

So hopefully smoother waters ahead…

As at 1st October British Airways Executive Club members and Qatar Privilege Club members will be able to redeem miles on each other’s flights. BA has said: “Qatar Airways will become a full member of oneworld®with effect from Wednesday 30 October 2013, adding one of the world’s fastest growing and most highly rated airlines to the world’s leading quality airline alliance.

Qatar Airways Aircraft

One of just seven carriers worldwide rated five-star by the Skytrax airline quality agency and the organisation’s Airline of the Year 2011 and 2012 and runner-up 2013, Qatar Airways is the only one of the “Gulf Big Three” carriers slated to join any of the global airline alliances.