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Old 17th Dec 2002, 07:03
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Any news from BACX

Any one wishing to share the info revealed this morning at the big meeting, please do so here ......
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....or hear it first on the radio/tv

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Story on Reuters...

LONDON, Dec 17 (Reuters) - British Airways Plc said on Tuesday it would cut 21 routes from its regional network by March, as Europe's largest airline focuses on winning back business travellers and taking on no-frills airlines.
The company, which had already cut regional routes this year, also said its regional carrier, British Airways CitiExpress, would launch three new routes from London City Airport in the southeast of London.
The new services will be aimed at the business traveller, traditionally a British Airways stalwart and a category hard hit in the recent economic downturn and post-September 11, 2001, fall-off in air travel.
British Airways and other full-cost airlines are also facing stiff competition from no-frills carriers such as EasyJet Plc <EZJ.L> and Ireland's Ryanair <RYA.I>.
Among the services to be withdrawn are Cardiff to Brussels, Aberdeen, Belfast, Jersey and Paris, and Leeds-Bradford to Dublin, Aberdeen, Bristol, Southampton, Isle of Man and Gatwick, British Airways said.
BA also said it had agreed in principle to transfer 12 planes to Eastern Airways, an independently-owned niche regional airline.
The route cuts and transfers would likely cause "a minimum of job losses", a spokeswoman for the company said, although the exact number had not yet been decided.
"Our aim is to get people jobs", she said.
Launch of the three new services to Glasgow, Frankfurt and Paris Charles de Gaulle would augment existing services out of Gatwick, the carrier said.

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Unhappy NCL Base to close

BACX will close NCL base March 2003 - it was strongly rumoured, but now confirmed.
Management are to hold a meeting at NCL today.

All to do with FSS ( Future Size & shape ), although the FSS of NCL is looking all Orange and 737 shaped.

Eastern Airlines to continue the NCL - BHX, ABZ & Southampton route.

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Old 17th Dec 2002, 08:23
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BA axes domestic routes (Tue)

British Airways has announced plans to stop 21 regional routes and withdraw completely from Leeds-Bradford and Cardiff airports.

BA will also cut services to and from Bristol, Birmingham, Newcastle, Southampton and Gatwick.

BBC 0845 Tuesday
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Full press release on media section of www.ba.com. Will ba be renamed London Airways?
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Old 17th Dec 2002, 09:43
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More here..

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/2582669.stm

David Evans, BA general manager UK business, said: "The proposed withdrawal of services from Cardiff and Leeds-Bradford has been a tough decision to take. "But it was crucial to underpin the rest of the operation as we move forward.

"Due to redeployment opportunities within the company and the proposed transfer of some employees to eastern we hope the overall impact on job numbers will be minimised.
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How will all the Im people get to LHR????
 
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I really can't understand how BA think they will be successful with 146s on London City to Glasgow. Scot Airways couldn't manage it with 30-seat Dornier 328s, despite the synergy of having Edinburgh and Dundee to London City routes.
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On the Shuttle, just like they always did.
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Will the LBA crews be re-based at Manchester??

Or made redundant?? I hope not the latter - It's a dreadful experience.

Best of luck guys/gals.
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BACX spokesman interviewed on local news this lunchtime at Cardiff Wales airport, when asked about how the people of south Wales would be served said that they would still be able to get to flights close by at Bristol and Birmingham. respectively
1 1/2 and 2 hours drive away.

I am very sorry for all the people who will have to relocate or lose their jobs because of this, we will be sorry to see you go !!!
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The LGW-PLH/nqt routes seem to have survived as there is no mention of them-is BACX keeping Dash 8's for this route?
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Typical BA.....the press release is headed: "London City route launch adds to regional network" as if this is great news for all concerned.

Only when you read further down do they get to the bad news, but still phrased in a nice innocent manner so as not to upset the City too much.

My sympathies to all concerned who have now had their lives thrown into turmoil the week before Xmas. Been there....not nice.

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Review

What is needed is an underpinning overarching strategic review
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Hope the navigational cock up was the reporter's and not BA's. London City is in East London, not South East. Up the 'ammers!
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Do I count correctly that ABZ has lost five routes? Does BA serve anywhere other than LHR and MAN from ABZ now?
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Yes the two PLH based Dash-8's are staying.

Of the two CWL Embraers, one is going to BRS, the other to EDI. Plus extra RJ's bring the total to 16.

I guess one bit of good news is that they finally sorted out the RJ industrial issues too.

Hope it all works out ok for everyone.
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Are you sure that they have sorted out the RJ industrial issues?

If they have, then it is news to me and I fly the RJ. BALPA have not mentioned it on their web site and as I understood it the Scope issue would only be sorted after the pay deal has been agreed. The votes on the pay will be in on the 6th Jan. Can't see the industrial issues being sorted for some time. I would be pleased to be corrected on this!!

As a previous contributor commented, I will be surprised if BA make a go of the LCY - GLA route. Loads were always light for Scotairways.

I used to fly into LCY a lot, but does anybody know if there are any issues with regard to getting the RJ100 into LCY. ie load restrictions etc

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Balpa have been keeping there heads down about this one even though there were fully aware.Rumour has it the new pay deal was wrapped up yesterday.(Nice 20% rises for mainline crews)

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