BA to cut 400 staff across its network

Voluntary redundancies will include the carrier’s long-haul destinations

British Airways is planning to cut 400 senior cabin crew, it was announced on Tuesday, but it has not been revealed how many staff will be laid off on the long-haul routes, which includes those to the Gulf.

A BA spokesman told the Press Association the airline had entered into a 90-day consultation with the Unite union about voluntary redundancies and stated that the cuts would apply to senior staff who worked exclusively on long-haul or short-haul routes.

"This is a purely voluntary scheme. We have no plans to make any compulsory redundancies," the spokesman said.

Unite, which represents a large portion of the 14,000 BA staff, expressed its “bitter disappointment” at the cutbacks, which take effect from March 2013.

“We will be working to ensure that BA keeps its promise of ‘no compulsory’ redundancies. Any attempts to force people wanting to continue working for BA out of a job will be resisted,” said Unite’s Oliver Richardson.

A BA spokesperson was not immediately available to confirm how the staff cuts would impact BA’s long-haul routes to the Gulf. The British flag carrier currently flies to Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Bahrain, Amman, Kuwait, Beirut, Muscat, Dammam, Jeddah and Riyadh.

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Posted by: RAH

Of course no impact to its Gulf routes. Cabin members will be cut but a minimum number of crew on board is mandated by the UK's Civil Aviation Authority. As long as BA remains with the legal minimal, it would have no impact whatsoever to its Gulf and worldwide routes. It may take a reduced crew to take 20 minutes longer to serve lunch to 350 passengers, but that is about it. Hardly an impact to worry about.

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