Thankfully, many of those pilots are now also leaving BA to move on to better things. I know as many people who work(ed) for BA as I do Norwegian, and believe me, it’s not those at Norwegian that are running for the door right now.
There have been about a dozen pilots leave BA over the past year or so before retirement and they've jist about all been foreign nationals returning home such as some Dutch pilots who applied to KLM because they started recruiting for the first time in nearly a decade. One other that I know of went to China, now deeply regrets it. I know of no pilots that have left BA to join Norwegian. I know of plenty that left Norwegian to join BA - the current BACC chairman being one of them. I think your facts might need a little realignment!
As a self-appointed champion of labour relations, how do you explain the pathetic cabin crew contracts at your own airline? Cabin crew at Norwegian, both short and long haul, are paid more than both BA mixed fleet and LGW base. How do you explain recruiting over 200 experienced cabin crew on “world class” contracts, making them wait a year for a start date and then a month before starting telling them they’ll be paid £7k less and have to accept a normal mixed fleet contract? I’m sure that made them really think they’re “moving onto something better”.
Pathetic cabin crew contracts at BA? Worldwide and Eurofleet have arguably the best T&Cs of any cabin crew in the world!
As for Mixed Fleet and Gatwick, I've flown with plenty that were ex-easyJet, Norwegian, Virgin etc and all have said they earn more at BA, especially now short haul BoB comes with commission for crew. It's not just pay - LGW crew get complimentary breakfast downroute, they're all part of bonus schemes, pension contributions at BA are higher than easyJet and Norwegian, they get to bid for their work and have much better roster stability. Norwegian don't even have a crew report centre at Gatwick - they brief in the Costa Coffee in Atlantic House in a desperate measure to save money! But as you've spoken to someone on a short haul flight once I suppose you're an expert?!
Or, like most BA pilots I come across, do you not care about those on the other side of the FD door?
Now you're really demonstrating your ignorance. BASSA has no hotel agreement with BA. If it wasn't for BALPA and pilots cabin crew would be staying in far worse hotels. They wouldn't get exec. lounge access or room upgrades for CSMs/CSDs, they wouldn't get a whole variety of discounts and complimentary items downroute. It's because of pilots that the Mixed Fleet attendance policies were amended in their favour. It's because of pilots that the All Colleague Bonus is being enhanced from 2020 going forwards. It's because of pilots that many routes that don't require a bunk actually have one and is provisioned with bedding. It's because of pilots that their poscab entitlement isn't always World Traveller and often Club World. It's because of pilots that the company is starting an electric vehicle salary sacrifice scheme that will benefit all employees. It's because of pilots that BA even came up with the OneTeam initiative. Not sure you've come across any BA pilots...
Once again, you’re blaming Norwegian for your own airline’s declining T&Cs, as well as those declining across the industry. The simple fact is that your union’s embarrassing capitulation last year, which set a precedent for all airlines that the pilot workforce will crumble if you apply enough pressure, has done far more damage to the state of the industry than Norwegian ever have.
Sure Norwegian put pressure on our T&Cs, especially when a load of their pilots keep applying to join us. What you perceive was a capitulation isn't perceived that way in Waterside. Most BA managers thought we'd never walk out - we grounded the airline for 2 days. Now behind the scenes a lot is happening - there have already been internal personnel changes; the COO has been replaced as has the Director of People. There are already changes being made to a variety of policies and agreements. Not sure that equates with damaging the state of the industry but as you must get the regular updates from the BACC I guess you know it all?!
Back to the original topic, I wouldn't predict the end of Norwegian just yet. They've come up with several methods of raising cash that can only go on for so long but they have a few more avenues to explore before it's game over.