I can't see a source anywhere, but assuming this is true (and in the absence of any details like which parts of ground handling, as AA
has mx, ramp, ops and customer service staff) it is difficult to see the benefit, in particular to BA
gets a lot of staff off its books, granted. But BA
will have to offer all of them jobs under TUPE, so they will transfer from one airline to the other. Over time there may be some efficiency savings through attrition but BA
will have to pay them the same as AA
in the meantime. A lot of those employees have been there since TWA flew the routes, and I doubt many will leave in a hurry. It's not like they are being transferred over to a handling agent where there is less incentive to stay.
If true, it's a definately change in direction from AA
is viewed almost as a hub, and something of a flagship station. When AA
were slashing salaries in the early 2000's LHR
staff were left untouched (which possibly means they are relatively highly paid now.....) and they are a backup and diversion station for AA
's entire European operation.
They also do a fair bit of handling for other carriers, so that's an additional headache.
It may well be true, it's just difficult to see where AA
will save any money. They aren't in T5
, so it's not as if they can just be absorbed into BA
's operation there. I know they also operate from T3
, but AA
's operation is bigger than BA
's so they will still need a separate workforce. It's not as if BA
are going to do it for free, and their costs aren't much different to AA
Lastly, I'm assuming that this doesn't include AA
's sizeable engineering operation at LHR
. They offer support for all of AA
's European operations, and LHR
is the diversion/turnback airport for any European flights for that reason.
So long 701, it was nice knowing you.