Virgin Atlantic pilots threaten more airline strikes
Hey you! Yes you, the savvy and astute traveller!
You're not going to be caught out by the threat of possible strike action by flying with British Airways, are you? That's why you've booked with Virgin Atlantic, to guarantee you're plans won't be the victim of union or management politics.
Clever you! Unless Virgin Atlantic flights are threatened with potential strike action, too. Bollocks.
In a bid to send you into a Bruce Banner-style apoplectic rage of ages, the Mail on Sunday reports that the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) are claiming Virgin Atlantic is attempting to reduce their annual entitlement of days off, from 120 days to 106. 106 days still sounds exceptionally generous, but since pilots are in charge of a 600mph metal missile full of aviation fuel, it's difficult to make a call on it.
According to the newspaper, management and union representatives are due to begin negotiations this week. The nightmare scenario would be for both BA and Virgin to find themselves at the mercy of the unions and have their Autumn schedules unravelled by strike action at the same time. That's incredibly unlikely to occur (and even if it does, there are still plenty of options for transatlantic and longhaul flights) but let's see if any hysteria breaks out amongst the media to that effect.