From the department of flying-high:
British Airways has been flying airliners from Britain to North America this month without a single passenger aboard because of a cabin crew shortage, the airline said on Wednesday.I find this absolutely incredible. I read just the other day about airlines in the US who are using lighter tea-trolleys for their cabin crew to use in order to save a few million dollars on fuel costs. Flying empty passenger jets half-way around the world is not my idea of conserving energy. It's not my idea of good business practice either.
One environmental group sharply criticised the "phantom" BA flights, saying they indicate once again how indifferent the aviation sector can be to the world's battle against global warming.
Since November 1, about one BA flight a day from Britain to the United States or Canada has left Heathrow or Gatwick airport carrying only pilots and cargo because of a cabin crew shortage, BA spokesman Tony Cane said.
The empty flights allowed BA to pick up passengers in North America who have reservations to fly to Britain, he said.