Tuesday, 15 December 2009
Can BA Survive??
Huge amounts of media coverage of the "12 days of Christmas Strike by BA cabin crew".
Its on TV , in papers and huge amounts of conflict.
Wille Walsh threatens legal action ..........see here
Multiple news reports about union negotiations, 9 months in the offing, pilots pay cuts, terms and conditions..........basically lots of you said this, no you said that.
Whether Unite and its 13,500 cabin crew have pressed their own nuclear button will become clear within a few weeks.
At the very least BA and its staff are staring into the abyss. A 12 day strike will cause irreparable damage to the airline's reputation and lost passengers may never return.
Neither side comes out of this well. Willie Walsh does not seem to have appreciated the seething resentment of his staff. His belligerence towards union leaders who were desperate to avoid holding a strike ballot exacerbated the situation.
But the unions should remember that in the current climate no airline is safe, not even major flag carriers.
Nobody thought Sabena and Swissair would disappear, they did. The same could happen to BA.
But looking at BA.........do we want to keep it???
I mean I fly a lot and will basically fly anyone before I fly BA.........with the exception of O'leary and his shitty Ryan Air despite the ticket price.
But looking at its finances............last year the airline lost £400M.........that was a net operating loss.
This year it is on target for twice that..........an £800M loss.
So in 2 years we have a £1.2 Billion loss.
Are we the tax payer at some point expected to cover this cost?
We cant afford it.
Just let it go i'd say.................you can not make a silk purse from a sow's ear!!!!