British Airways set to enter day two of crippling pilot strike

A pilot strike at British Airways wiped out all but a handful of flights on Monday and is set to continue for a second day in the absence of talks between the union and management over a pay dispute. The unit of IAG SA is preparing to cancel almost all of its Tuesday timetable, amounting […]
  • Bloomberg News
  • September 9, 2019

Balpa offers to halt strikes if BA negotiates on new proposal

The British Airways Pilot Association (Balpa) may call off proposed strikes set for next week, Sept. 9 and 10, if British Airways resumes negotiations on a new proposal submitted by the union to BA’s CEO, Alex Cruz. It is not clear what the new proposal entails, and Balpa has not yet responded to a request […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • September 6, 2019

DB and Lufthansa reach settlement over price-fixing saga

The long running air cargo price-fixing cartel edged closer to resolution this week, as Deutsche Bahn and Lufthansa reached an undisclosed settlement for the carrier’s alleged participation in a price-fixing cartel that operated between 1999-2006.   When Deutsche Bahn first filed the claim to German courts in 2013, it sought more than US$1.5 billion in damages from 11 carriers that had been found guilty by the U.S. […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 28, 2019

Cargolux signs labor agreements with unions LCGB, OGBL

Today, after a year of negotiations, Cargolux signed two new collective work agreements (CWAs) with unions LCGB and OGBL that will cover more than 1,300 employees at the airline.  One agreement extends from Dec. 1, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2019. The second will begin with the new year and extend through the end of 2022.   New terms dictate a 6% salary increase for ground staff […]
  • Brianne Ledda
  • August 5, 2019

British Airways locked in negotiations to avert strike by pilots

British Airways is locked in talks with its pilot union in a last-ditch attempt to diffuse a dispute over pay and avoid a walkout by crew in the critical summer travel season. Management from the airline and representatives of the British Airlines Pilots Association, or Balpa, are meeting in London Friday at the U.K.’s state-backed […]
  • Bloomberg News
  • August 2, 2019

IAG Cargo launches online booking for pets

Putting a new spin on the emerging digital capacity-booking trend, IAG Cargo and its affiliate carrier, British Airways, are offering a new pet transportation service on its U.K.-based routes, which customers can use to book slots for their pets on the carrier’s flights via IAG Cargo’s website. The new offering is the result of a […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • February 5, 2019

British aviation groups generally applaud Heathrow decision

While the political questions about today’s vote on Heathrow’s third runway expansion is far from settled, most airfreight groups around Great Britain are applauding the decision – at least cautiously – as a victory for U.K. air cargo and world trade. “The decision to increase capacity at Heathrow is the right choice for the U.K. […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 25, 2016

IAG Cargo inaugurates London-Tehran service

Tehran’s re-integration into the global economy is driving demand for air cargo, said IAG Cargo, which today launched six flights per week to and from Iran. The route will be served by a British Airways 777-200 aircraft, with belly-hold capacity for six pallets and up to 20 tonnes of lift on each flight. IAG Cargo […]
  • Lewis King
  • September 1, 2016

Qatar Airways raises stake in IAG – again

For the second time in less than a month, Qatar Airways Ltd. increased its stake in IAG SA, an airline holding group with a portfolio that includes British Airways, Iberia Airways and other prominent airlines. Qatar Airways’ move to bump its stake to 15.1 percent comes on the heels of a recent jump from 9.99 […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 18, 2016

IAG Cargo focuses on new year

Referencing 2015’s challenging market conditions, IAG Cargo reported just over €1 billion in cargo revenue for 2015, which was up 3.2 percent year-over-year. Yield was down 4 percent compared to 2014 while capacity was up 3 percent. “The airfreight industry experienced another challenging year with capacity exceeding demand,” said Willie Walsh, IAG’s CEO. “IAG Cargo […]
  • Staff Reports
  • February 29, 2016

LATAM, AA, IAG seek new partnership

LATAM, American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia are shaking things up for 2016. LATAM – the newly rebranded entity comprised of Chile’s LAN Airlines and Brazil’s TAM Lineas Aéreas S.A. – said it will apply for antitrust immunity with the U.S. Department of Transportation and the relevant authorities in South America to form a joint […]
  • Staff Reports
  • January 16, 2016

European General Court annuls EC cargo cartel fines

This may have been a stagnant year for cargo carriers, but at least nine of them may soon get a hefty Christmas present from the European General Court. In a rather surprising reversal, the court ruled against the European Commission on Wednesday, annulling nearly €800 million in fines that had been levied against the cargo […]
  • Randy Woods
  • December 16, 2015

Hoverboards banned on multiple carriers due to fire risk

One of the hottest gifts for this holiday season may be hotter than many consumers expect. Delta Air Lines, United Continental Holdings, American Airlines, British Airways and charter carrier Rectrix Aviation have banned the carriage of popular “hoverboard”motorized skateboard-like scooters after numerous reports that the lithium-ion batteries that power the toys are causing fires. A […]
  • Staff Reports
  • December 11, 2015
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