Thursday, 20 May 2010


So the BA strike is on, after all?

Who cares? There are plenty of other airlines; some offer better service at keener prices. I and my firm stopped using BA sometime late last year. By way of example, one of my business partners is on his way to a major international trade marks conference tomorrow, and even the prospect of him not being able to fly out was something that we simply could not tolerate. We could see that BA were in for a lengthy dispute, and kept well clear when booking.

I'm not sure whether it's BA or Unite who have the death wish. The dispute is too old and too arcane for any outsider to fathom it. Not that it matters - BA has now lost the trust of its customers and will die, either slowly or quickly. Then, Unite's members will either be unemployed or on lower salaries elsewhere.


  1. I can't understand BA. They go to court to try to stop Unite from going on strike, and they win on what is, IMHO, a silly technicality. If they don't like their employees from going on strike, why not just tell them than anyone who does go on strike will be sacked, and then do it? It seems a lot more straightforward and honest to me.

  2. "I'm not sure whether it's BA or Unite who have the death wish."

    There's a psychiatric condition isn't there? Folie a deux?

    I think they have it.

  3. I went with BMI for the first time on my recent holiday (because they were the only suitable option) and was pleasantly surprised.

  4. Its worse than it looks. See CU's post on the age of the aircraft and the Iberian merger.

  5. Nice to see the staff doing management's job for them.

    At least it is not crash and burn, just ground and mince.

  6. The other advantage flying to the US on a US carrier is that maybe 10% of the passengers are non-American compared with possibly 90% on a BA flight. Thus it is usually a far shorter queue at immigration!