More strikes and the England team choose to fly with Virgin
June 2nd, 2010 by elisa

It’s the fourth day of the British Airways cabin crew strike today as Unite and the airline are still unable to come to an agreement over jobs, pay and working conditions.

If an agreement isn’t reached pretty soon then a further 5 day strike is due to start on Saturday – the third block of industrial action so far.

BA said it was prepared for the next period of walk-outs and plans to fly more than 75% of customers who have booked flights. As the World Cup starts next week, it has promised customers that it expects to operate all flights to South Africa. Despite this promise the England World Cup squad have opted to fly to Johannesburg with rival Virgin Atlantic.

A specially chartered plane leaves Heathrow this evening and will arrive tomorrow morning ready for the kick-off of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

In true Virgin style, the airline has customised the in-flight entertainment to include football-themed programmes to “entertain and hopefully inspire” the players. The on-board menu has also been tailored to manager Fabio Capello’s strict dietary specifications.

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