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Alex Macheras
Aviation Analyst. Frequent Flyer. Broadcasting News on . Gulf-Times Columnist. On Channel4
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Alex Macheras 13h
Replying to @khalid606
What a mess...inshallah your new flights will be smooth & away from the expected disruption. 🙏🏽
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Alex Macheras 14h
Replying to @khalid606
😩 have they sorted anything since?
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Alex Macheras 14h
When BA strikes meet its recently infamous IT issues = Customers received emails saying their flights would run as normal - hours after being told the flights had been cancelled and would need rebooking immediately 😬
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Alex Macheras 14h
A ‘maintenance mishap’ in Dubai, UAE today — an Emirates A380 is now severely damaged after the nose fell off of support jacks and came crashing to the ground.
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Alex Macheras 15h
I’m broadcasting live on now, discussing the upcoming British Airways strike.
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Alex Macheras 15h
Replying to @Matomato203
I don’t personally employ any pilots, Matthew — but feel free to share your thoughts with the airline 🤷🏽‍♂️
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Alex Macheras 15h
Unfort flights are also being cancelled on dates around the strike days (in addition to the strike days) given BA’s vast operation. It’s physically impossible to have BA’s fleet parked on the ground at LHR/LGW at any one time, and so flights are being cxd to ease up schedule.
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Alex Macheras 15h
I’m afraid I don’t, however all customers who are affected by the were emailed within 12 hours — so if there’s no email, your upcoming travel with BA should be business as usual.
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Alex Macheras 15h
Larger aircraft will consolidate multiple flight frequencies, wet-leasing agreements with other airlines are being secured — but given the size of British Airways’ vast operation...there won’t be many airborne speedbirds, that’s for sure.
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Alex Macheras 15h
All customers who are affected were emailed within 12 hours of yesterday’s announcement.
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Alex Macheras 15h
Replying to @AlexInAir
• There have been over 38,000 customer calls in last 24 hours — but you only need to speak to BA for rebooking on other airlines/complicated itineraries/avios etc If you have a flight only BA booking London-Geneva, for example: this can be changed online.
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Alex Macheras 16h
BA strike update: • Vast amount of cancellations are are being made to flights on, or around 9, 10, 27 Sept strike days — the airline has an obligation to rebook you (even on a competitor airline). • BA tell me they’re receiving 9x higher than normal call rate, hence delays
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Alex Macheras 16h
Not entirely accurate (but you were not on either of the calls, so fair enough). It wasn’t a ‘listening-in conf call with lots of people’ (à la earnings call, for example) — but rather, a CEO group call with just 5 of us - followed by one-on-ones with Alex Cruz.
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Alex Macheras Aug 24
Replying to @AlexInAir
Important: British Airways can rebook any of your flights (free of charge) if your flight is between 8th-13th September or 26th-28th September. (It’s not just for strike days)
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Alex Macheras Aug 23
Replying to @AlexInAir
Alex Cruz, BA CEO says during our call: “all negotiations were not successful, the union refused our ‘incredible’ deal & BA is now focused on rescheduling - ahead of 3 days of potentially severe flight disruption”
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Alex Macheras Aug 23
British Airways pilot strikes will take place on September 9th, 10th and 27th — BA flights on all other dates should be business as usual ✈️
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Alex Macheras Aug 23
Replying to @Alkan_1986
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Alex Macheras Aug 23
Scroll down further on the thread ⬇️
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Alex Macheras Aug 23
Replying to @AlexInAir
BALPA say: “no prospect of any further meaningful talks, we have no choice but to call this action” They add: “A day of strike action will cost BA around £40m. Three days will cost in the region of £120m. The gap between BA’s position and BALPA’s position is about £5m”
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Alex Macheras Aug 23
Unfort (for BA and their passengers) all of the negotiations, high court case, & appeal have failed. The strike is now 100% confirmed for September 9th, 10th and 27th, involving 90% of BA pilots.
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