British Airways

British Airways plane hits Johannesburg airport office building

The wing of the British Airway's plane after it sliced into the two-storey airport building. Photo: SCMP

A British Airways airplane carrying 202  people struck an office building at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International  Airport with its wing while taxiing for take-off Sunday, injuring four, aviation authorities said.

Tuesday, 24 December, 2013, 8:52am

Qantas, British Airways headphones linked to Chinese prison labour

Qantas and Emirates (left) airlines were named in a report on the manufacturing of disposable economy-class earphones. Photo: Reuters

Australian flag carrier Qantas launched an investigation on Wednesday into claims it purchased headphones made in a Chinese jail where inmates who miss production targets are reportedly beaten and held in solitary confinement.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

I can fly - but bring your own mop: Cathay vs British Airways

CX831 JFK to Hong Kong - grubby business class toilet.

It's not often you get the chance to compare Cathay Pacific and British Airways head to head, as it were. I have to admit that after years of being bossed about on planes by matronly BA air hostesses I have always preferred Cathay's gentler approach. Leg one - Hong Kong to London in business class went well.

12 Apr 2013 - 1:25pm 2 comments

Outrageous sexism in the People's Daily

Smoother rides promised.

We were slightly saddened to come across the People's Daily Online piece headlined, "Beautiful female journalists at two sessions", which then had links showing 17, albeit comely, female journalists engaged in covering the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and the National People's Congress. It's hard to know what the message was here.

7 Mar 2013 - 6:12am 1 comment

Travellers' checks

Law of the jungle

29 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

In for the long stretch

Singapore Airline's new first-class bed, part of a drive by Asian airlines, including Cathay Pacific, to improve their hardware and continue to attract passengers willing to pay a premium to travel in greater comfort. Photo: Jean Leprini

Today's battle in the air is at the front end of the aircraft, as airlines upgrade their premium offers to sell more profitable seats, says Andrea Li.

30 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

With Qantas out, BA adds third HK-London flight

British Airways will launch a third daily flight between Hong Kong and London in March, in a move that will replenish some of the capacity lost when the Australian airline Qantas withdraws from the route.

24 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

A class of their own

AIR TRAVEL began as the preserve of the privileged few. The democratisation of flying in recent decades has been brought about by an explosion in discount, budget airlines. Yet the apparently relentless rise of no-frills hasn't been the only story in air travel.

7 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Airlines face soaring claims over fuel fix

Top Asian and western airlines, including Cathay Pacific Airways, Singapore Airlines Cargo and Korean Airlines, will face further pressure from global criminal and civil action over allegations they colluded to fix fuel surcharges on air cargo shipments between 2000 and 2006.

21 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Travellers' checks

Double delight

10 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

BA adds its voice to chorus calling for third runway

British Airways chairman Martin Broughton says Hong Kong could lose passenger and cargo traffic to rival cities if it does not build a third runway.

He said he was 'surprised that consultation has been held back' on the development of the third runway.

30 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

London lawyers want Asian firms to sue over airline cartel

Lawyers from a London law firm plan to visit China and other Asian countries in the next few months to encourage manufacturers and suppliers caught in a global airfreight cartel to sue airlines for compensation.

30 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Airlines fear losing business as UK ups tax

The tax may bite harder than the cold. After Britain raised by 55 per cent the departure tax payable by passengers flying to the Asia-Pacific region, airlines plying the profitable Hong Kong-London route fear they will lose a chunk of their leisure and transit passengers to other European destinations.

10 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Airlines brace for damages claims after EU ruling

The Euro799 million (HK$8.49 billion) fine imposed last week on 11 airlines, including Cathay Pacific Airways, Singapore Airlines and British Airways, for antitrust offences in Europe may be just part of the penalty.

15 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Editor's choice - Air

Dream machine

6 Aug 2010 - 12:00am