British Airways' big sell-off: Champagne flutes and trolleys
23/11/2020 | news | business | 578
The airline is selling thousands of items, including memorabilia from its retired 747 aircraft.
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23/11/2020 14:07:19 12 21
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Why is there an HYS on this ? Who cares.
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23/11/2020 14:11:41 28 3
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So you can comment on something you don't want to comment on.
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23/11/2020 14:12:29 9 2
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You obviously do by commenting yourself!
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23/11/2020 14:12:51 8 2
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Well, you obviously do.
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DJ
23/11/2020 14:19:45 6 2
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Thus proving that you care enough to comment.
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23/11/2020 16:37:07 1 0
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That is exactly why BA is not a British airline its owned by foreign Billionaires who can afford to purchase the shares at such a price when once privatised!!
In the same way that Ryanair is owned and controlled by the ROI and the EU governments!!
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23/11/2020 16:40:55 0 0
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Also for the same reason that Ryanair etc, cannot under EU regulations about repayment of failed flights afford to repay customers ergo O'Leary and Ryanair, plus Ryanair carries no extra fuel for go-arounds!!
We are now coming into land.

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23/11/2020 14:22:07 14 3
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Lol, that's brilliant!
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23/11/2020 14:21:37 4 3
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They do not look as nice since they wore trousers : )
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23/11/2020 15:00:58 2 2
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An old joke that still makes us laugh!
Bound to cause some woke devotees offence. But then it seems part of following woke agendas causes the sense of humour gene to switch off.
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23/11/2020 15:03:38 1 1
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Forgiving the sexist language, and there were never any seat belts in the toilets...@)
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23/11/2020 14:08:53 2 3
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Is this a glimpse into the future ?
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23/11/2020 14:08:54 37 5
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Can they send it to me by Air Mail?
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23/11/2020 19:35:45 1 0
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Drone will do it.
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24/11/2020 08:28:07 0 0
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I doubt it.
"Why is there an HYS on this ? Who cares."

Who cares what anybody posts on any of the HYS on here ? Do you seriously think it changes anything ? You are able to comment on this or not as you choose.
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23/11/2020 14:10:12 431 17
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I've managed to get a vintage 1983 Chicken Kiev with Dauphinoise Potatoes and Petit Pois.

Every bit as tasty as it was in1983.
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23/11/2020 14:59:26 45 7
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always preferred parmentier potatoes myself. them and the frozen smiley faces.
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23/11/2020 16:05:20 7 8
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BA is not nor ever was once privatised BRITISH, exactly more of your Kiev and French style of Potatoes, So these shareholders can carry the can, by coughing up the monney to keep their airline going!!.
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23/11/2020 17:14:26 1 1
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But it was NOT tasty in 1983, or in any year since
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23/11/2020 17:31:12 8 0
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Miss the cold stare and condescending manner food served in economy.
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23/11/2020 18:22:47 3 0
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You were lucky. They were right out of chicken again .......

in bucket class,. I had to get a Kentucky bucket upon landing.
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23/11/2020 18:29:17 3 0
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Better eat it soon or it will be past its "best before" date.
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23/11/2020 18:45:40 1 0
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I used to love the cheese and biscuits, and the little orange juice carton. The bread roll was great too. The main course was usually a bit dodgy but any port in a storm!
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23/11/2020 19:39:30 1 0
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??????????
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23/11/2020 19:48:47 3 0
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That wasn't vintage, that's as fresh as you get today!
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23/11/2020 14:11:28 1 3
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Ooh, a fire sale. Where can I buy?
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23/11/2020 14:11:34 158 4
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Brian Adams, Brenda Asquith, Bernard Armstrong, Belinda Atkins, now's your chance to snap up some fancy monogrammed dinnerwear cheaply.
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23/11/2020 14:22:52 102 5
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Alternatively you could start an airline called B'stard Airlines after buying up all the BA marked stuff but you might get sued for having a business model too similar to British Airways.
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23/11/2020 14:23:02 7 2
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Or you could just give them Bugger All
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23/11/2020 14:28:23 1 1
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Add to that Bosco Albert of the A Team fame.

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23/11/2020 15:14:16 1 1
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B*ggar All, Shurely?
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23/11/2020 16:13:29 3 0
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Ben Affleck, Buzz Aldrin, Bud Abbott ??
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23/11/2020 14:07:19 12 21
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Why is there an HYS on this ? Who cares.
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23/11/2020 14:11:41 28 3
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So you can comment on something you don't want to comment on.
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23/11/2020 14:49:18 0 7
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And what do YOU have to say about this FASCINATING topic ?
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23/11/2020 14:11:45 104 8
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BA sold off their customer services division to Ryanair years ago.
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23/11/2020 17:16:27 21 4
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Did BA ever have a customer services division? News to me.
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23/11/2020 18:20:36 2 0
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Given how awful Ryanair customer service is (I think they follow the example of their boss - recall the recent horrid Radio 5 interview where he was nothing but obnoxious and rude).....I doubt they would have purchased any customer service pretense.
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23/11/2020 14:11:50 27 9
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Bizarre as it may seem , I think there is more interest in this story than in the low life of our leading politicians.
First Class long haul always was a treat and something BA did with understated refinement.
In many ways it is a signal of a bygone age.
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23/11/2020 14:15:00 40 5
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You're right.

Just like good manners, morals and scruples.
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23/11/2020 14:19:05 7 1
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Still not a patch on Imperial Airways. Flying from 1924 to 1939, their London- Cape Town service took 10 days, alighting every evening at way stations, where gentlemen and ladies were requested to "Dress for dinner".
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24/11/2020 00:22:10 1 1
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Service so understated they missed it entirely. A bygone age before SE Asian airlines showed us what service should be like.
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23/11/2020 14:07:19 12 21
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Why is there an HYS on this ? Who cares.
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23/11/2020 14:12:29 9 2
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You obviously do by commenting yourself!
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23/11/2020 14:49:40 0 4
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And what do YOU have to say about this FASCINATING topic ?
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23/11/2020 14:12:41 8 7
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I wonder what we can 'have your say' on. That the auction isn't real? That the auction is real? That it's a bowl? That it's not a bowl?
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23/11/2020 14:07:19 12 21
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Why is there an HYS on this ? Who cares.
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23/11/2020 14:12:51 8 2
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Well, you obviously do.
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23/11/2020 14:12:55 118 8
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Good chance for my uncle Dave to sell the stuff he's nicked from BA over the years!
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23/11/2020 16:02:27 37 0
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I assume he's finished all the miniatures.
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23/11/2020 14:08:45 9 7
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Just what I want for Christmas - some manky-arsed bedding from an airline.
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23/11/2020 14:13:55 9 6
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More to the point is what has happened to all the profit from last year? Bonus & share payments probably. After all the staff could have been furloughed & as we know a number have also been made redundant (but would this use all the profits?) Who knows.
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23/11/2020 14:20:51 19 3
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It does state in the article that they lost 5.1bn and only made 1.6bn last year, even if they had saved every penny, they would still be screwed. As to where it is , in a lot of peoples pension funds. Shareholders are not just fat cats, joe public is hugely invested and would be wise to remember this.
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23/11/2020 14:14:31 195 44
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When a company feels the need to own a £1m+ piece of art, its hard to feel sorry when things go downhill for them.
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23/11/2020 14:18:01 119 11
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Depends whether they realistically believe that it'll rise in value. If so its a fairly shrewd move. Most artworks that sell at auction for >£1m are bought as investments and in the majority of cases they're pretty shrewd investments (because other investors want to do the same driving the price up and up). Also £1m is peanuts compared to the cost of an airliner.
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23/11/2020 14:31:26 6 4
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One million pounds for a piece of art is chickenfeed.
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23/11/2020 14:56:58 1 1
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To be fair, the former IAG CEO Willie Walsh was known to hate this sort of extravagance and the staff used to hide the artworks whenever he was around the building.
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23/11/2020 15:04:31 1 4
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Was that downhill, like into a mountain or just a steady decline?
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CT
23/11/2020 15:05:00 9 1
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I know of Charities that hold onto expensive art, that they have been donated to them. They serve as a 'war chest' for when times are very hard.

Nothing wrong with that.
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23/11/2020 16:21:21 5 0
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... a good investment would customer service ... its amazing what returns that will bring you
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23/11/2020 16:35:38 3 0
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It depends what they paid for it when they bought it. If it only cost 100k in 1982 (when it was painted) it could be a pretty shrewd investment.
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23/11/2020 14:11:50 27 9
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Bizarre as it may seem , I think there is more interest in this story than in the low life of our leading politicians.
First Class long haul always was a treat and something BA did with understated refinement.
In many ways it is a signal of a bygone age.
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23/11/2020 14:15:00 40 5
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You're right.

Just like good manners, morals and scruples.
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23/11/2020 14:15:11 4 4
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Dear-o-dear, a bit chavvy...
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24/11/2020 09:27:17 0 0
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Steady - thats copyright!
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testing
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testing 2
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23/11/2020 14:15:19 15 4
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Can I use some of my left-over Air Miles from 1997?
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23/11/2020 14:15:28 20 4
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Stick me down for a whole 747 if you can deliver
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23/11/2020 14:16:03 26 27
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Can't wait to see a similar sale of BBC items. It would mean that it had started to reduce the bloated over paid staff.
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23/11/2020 14:22:48 16 19
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Why do the Baby Boomers object to people earning a decent living ? After all Baby Boomers are the last generation to retire < 60 with generous final salary benefits.

They kick off about paying £150 TV license but expect everyone else to work for minimum wages.
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23/11/2020 20:18:48 0 0
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Yes, but would you want to buy one? Mind you, you could put Pym and Kuhnssberg either side of the mantlepiece.
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23/11/2020 14:16:33 2 3
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Out of stock.
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23/11/2020 14:17:35 82 3
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747 please, can collect!
How about a 737-max with automatic anti stalling? free delivery through your roof Removed
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23/11/2020 18:37:51 2 0
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They've all been scrapped. Too late I'm afraid.

Where I live in Spain, a partially scrapped BA 747's cockpit spontaneously combusted today. A bit like BA itself!
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23/11/2020 19:46:34 2 0
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You'd need to bring a lot of sacks to collect. lol
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23/11/2020 14:14:31 195 44
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When a company feels the need to own a £1m+ piece of art, its hard to feel sorry when things go downhill for them.
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23/11/2020 14:18:01 119 11
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Depends whether they realistically believe that it'll rise in value. If so its a fairly shrewd move. Most artworks that sell at auction for >£1m are bought as investments and in the majority of cases they're pretty shrewd investments (because other investors want to do the same driving the price up and up). Also £1m is peanuts compared to the cost of an airliner.
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23/11/2020 14:29:57 12 6
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Of course, they could instead have put the cost of that investment towards their underfunded pension liabilities. Drop in the ocean perhaps, but it doesn't feel right that they have money to invest in artwork (i.e. illiquid) but not to meet pre-existing obligations/commitments.
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23/11/2020 15:11:30 0 3
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Ha! Peanuts.
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23/11/2020 16:59:19 5 0
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So an airline should speculate in unconnected markets? Gold? Bitcoin? Vintage cars? Shares in AiM companies?
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23/11/2020 18:55:38 0 0
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Make sure the peanuts are within their best before dates.
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24/11/2020 01:01:38 0 0
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And most of it absolute trash. Art my ar@e
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23/11/2020 14:12:19 3 3
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Their is a market for Everything i suppose.
As long as whatever you buy doesn’t get lost in transit why not?!.
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23/11/2020 14:20:20 8 5
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There*
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23/11/2020 14:13:24 280 14
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I've ordered the toilet cubicle, maybe now I can emulate a mile high club experience..
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23/11/2020 14:26:28 53 9
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Bloody great idea Ben what could go wrong.......and you could probably formulate a good chat up line to entice candidates into your cubicle.
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Ooh, Matron!
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Feeling flush with your cash.
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a solo mile high experience?
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23/11/2020 17:09:46 4 1
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Ben, only go for the B747 rear toilets, they had far more space, choice of position!
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23/11/2020 18:25:51 3 0
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The only good thing about the toilet cubicle is the vacuum extraction flush........ Now that is something to aim for...
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23/11/2020 19:40:46 1 0
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It’d be great if you used it for smoking in !
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23/11/2020 20:05:19 2 1
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Oh happy memories.... I joined the club back in 2003; Solo Aviators Division.
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24/11/2020 00:07:20 1 0
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Such a shame they never cleaned them. Not even in business class. Disgusting.
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23/11/2020 14:18:38 54 5
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Not much of a bargain. You can get 4 Denby pasta bowls for the same price.
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23/11/2020 19:43:40 11 0
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... and they'd be brand new.
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23/11/2020 14:11:50 27 9
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Bizarre as it may seem , I think there is more interest in this story than in the low life of our leading politicians.
First Class long haul always was a treat and something BA did with understated refinement.
In many ways it is a signal of a bygone age.
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23/11/2020 14:19:05 7 1
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Still not a patch on Imperial Airways. Flying from 1924 to 1939, their London- Cape Town service took 10 days, alighting every evening at way stations, where gentlemen and ladies were requested to "Dress for dinner".
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23/11/2020 14:19:26 69 13
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Christ as if we really needed even more crap
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23/11/2020 14:07:19 12 21
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Why is there an HYS on this ? Who cares.
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DJ
23/11/2020 14:19:45 6 2
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Thus proving that you care enough to comment.
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23/11/2020 14:12:19 3 3
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Their is a market for Everything i suppose.
As long as whatever you buy doesn’t get lost in transit why not?!.
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23/11/2020 14:20:20 8 5
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There*
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23/11/2020 14:13:55 9 6
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More to the point is what has happened to all the profit from last year? Bonus & share payments probably. After all the staff could have been furloughed & as we know a number have also been made redundant (but would this use all the profits?) Who knows.
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23/11/2020 14:20:51 19 3
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It does state in the article that they lost 5.1bn and only made 1.6bn last year, even if they had saved every penny, they would still be screwed. As to where it is , in a lot of peoples pension funds. Shareholders are not just fat cats, joe public is hugely invested and would be wise to remember this.
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23/11/2020 14:42:39 5 1
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Shhh, you can't interrupt peoples rants about evil sharehloders with facts!
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23/11/2020 19:57:08 0 0
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Spot on unfortunately Joe Public are not always very wise
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23/11/2020 14:21:19 17 8
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2nd hand tat from a 2nd rate airline. On the plus side, it may save some junk from going to landfill.
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23/11/2020 14:21:59 34 3
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Have to say this is a bit of light relief and novel item, rather than doom &, gloom to frighten you. Good luck with it - a differing way to recycle albeit you have to buy. Good for children playing air planes or useful for staycation picnics
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23/11/2020 18:44:55 8 16
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So the major stories of the day bbc doesn't allow comments. Yet ukpublic pay bbc tax!
We are now coming into land.

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23/11/2020 14:22:07 14 3
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Lol, that's brilliant!
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23/11/2020 14:22:15 33 9
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If you have an aircraft that routinely arrives on time I will bid for that.
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23/11/2020 14:22:23 220 24
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How the mighty have fallen, once BA were reverred by all other airlines but after ten years of a cost cutting Chairman and CEO, they are now on a par with Easy Jet!
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23/11/2020 14:32:20 247 20
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Very unfair to Easyjet
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23/11/2020 15:34:59 6 12
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What do you expect them to do? Keep offering expensive seats that nobody buys? They need to compete with the budget airlines since that's what people want, especially on short haul.
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23/11/2020 15:40:52 12 2
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EasyJet are miles ahead. Try getting a refund off BA or changing your tickets to a different date.
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23/11/2020 16:29:29 9 0
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That is jingoistic mythology. BA was only considered that in British newspapers using their usual language of British exceptionalism. BA was noted elsewhere as mid level quality.
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23/11/2020 16:35:57 4 12
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As a Retired employee of BA your comments are not needed! BA and a lot of the airlines are going through a period in their history that no one could ever have foreseen. They will be great again one day, you will see!
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23/11/2020 16:38:46 11 1
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Remember that BA advert taking the p*ss out of airlines that charged for inflight meals? Now they're selling pots and pans. Deary me. Even Ryanair must be giggling.
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23/11/2020 16:43:34 5 1
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BA and Easyjet are only comparable on Shorthaul destinations. I'd say there's not a lot of difference. However if you travel BA Longhaul in any of the three premium cabins you will get a very different, and better, experience.
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23/11/2020 16:50:17 7 0
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I beg to differ; EasyJet is now better than BA (I speak from experience of both).
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23/11/2020 18:18:09 0 0
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Not on price
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23/11/2020 19:02:47 4 0
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The difference being Easyjet have always advertised themselves as a low cost, no frills, budget airline and they do it very well - BA always advertised themselves as being a 'cut above' - shame they didn't stick to it
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23/11/2020 19:44:00 4 0
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Except Easyjet have got it right.
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23/11/2020 22:03:51 2 0
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No - they are below Easy Jet because Easy Jet often exceed customer's expectations while BA frequently dissapoint their customers
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Can't wait to see a similar sale of BBC items. It would mean that it had started to reduce the bloated over paid staff.
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23/11/2020 14:22:48 16 19
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Why do the Baby Boomers object to people earning a decent living ? After all Baby Boomers are the last generation to retire < 60 with generous final salary benefits.

They kick off about paying £150 TV license but expect everyone else to work for minimum wages.
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23/11/2020 14:29:46 6 9
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I'm a baby boomer and I couldn't agree more with your comment, they're a pain in the rear, moan moan moan about the good old days, they were rubbish. Thank you young people, us boomers have let you down, Brexit, planet, climate, housing costs antibiotics no longer working, huge national debt, SORRY, thats what we should be saying
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23/11/2020 14:31:17 4 7
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I can only assume it's because they don't want anybody to experience anything like the privilege they've had throughout their lives, where living standards 'miraculously' increased four-fold. One wonders how they became the most cynical people in the country?
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23/11/2020 14:36:31 11 1
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Not all us boomers object to people earning a decent living, and I don't expect everyone else to work for minimum wage, or complain about the TV Licence, but I'm sure that won't stop you ranting, will it?
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23/11/2020 14:11:34 158 4
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Brian Adams, Brenda Asquith, Bernard Armstrong, Belinda Atkins, now's your chance to snap up some fancy monogrammed dinnerwear cheaply.
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Alternatively you could start an airline called B'stard Airlines after buying up all the BA marked stuff but you might get sued for having a business model too similar to British Airways.
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23/11/2020 18:41:25 0 0
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Surely Ryan Air have already copied that idea bar the name?
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23/11/2020 19:17:11 1 0
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You should be on The Apprentice, the candidates there were just as clueless thinking up the name for an airline :-)
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23/11/2020 14:21:37 4 3
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They do not look as nice since they wore trousers : )
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Brian Adams, Brenda Asquith, Bernard Armstrong, Belinda Atkins, now's your chance to snap up some fancy monogrammed dinnerwear cheaply.
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23/11/2020 14:23:02 7 2
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Or you could just give them Bugger All
Get we get a mincrowave sent to no 10? BoJo needs it for his oven-ready deal. Removed
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get we get?
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23/11/2020 14:23:39 12 1
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I only feel obliged to comment on the sale of airmeal trays because Bazookajoe, Thomas Rance and their ilk haven’t deemed the HYS comments on here so far worthy of their sarcasm... yet.

So here goes - airmeal trays - love ‘em. I’ll have a set!
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23/11/2020 19:19:19 5 0
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It's nice because you can compartmentalise your food...

All you need for the full effect is AC blowing in your face and some screaming kids ;)
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get we get?
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23/11/2020 14:26:08 2 3
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Does paragraph 2 of this story read: 'cash-strapped airliner' or "trash-strapped"?
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I've ordered the toilet cubicle, maybe now I can emulate a mile high club experience..
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23/11/2020 14:26:28 53 9
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Bloody great idea Ben what could go wrong.......and you could probably formulate a good chat up line to entice candidates into your cubicle.
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23/11/2020 15:02:01 20 1
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and then be really naughty and smoke a cigarette afterwards
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23/11/2020 16:05:36 5 1
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How about do you come here often? - just asking for a friend.
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23/11/2020 14:26:47 10 4
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Surely it would be better if the executives didn’t take their bonuses and took pay cuts to help those less fortunate than themselves down the food chain at BA?
Sorry, stupid of me, it’ll never happen...
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23/11/2020 14:26:50 1 1
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what about all those mini champagne bottles? They for sale (unopened of course)? I'll have a few.
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23/11/2020 14:26:06 3 3
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sell air fungas!
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23/11/2020 14:27:37 13 4
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Look out for the uniforms on ebay soon...?? ??
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Brian Adams, Brenda Asquith, Bernard Armstrong, Belinda Atkins, now's your chance to snap up some fancy monogrammed dinnerwear cheaply.
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23/11/2020 14:28:23 1 1
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Add to that Bosco Albert of the A Team fame.

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23/11/2020 14:29:02 4 4
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Desperate..........
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23/11/2020 14:29:08 244 23
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BA have over the last few years managed to drag themselves from an elite airline to budget status with a never ending round of cut backs.... They cannot blame all of this on Covid...
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23/11/2020 15:01:52 268 11
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Quite correct. The now ex-BA CEO had a low-cost carrier background, and it showed. He used to argue that scrapping free food and drink on short-haul flights was fine because research showed that passengers were interested solely in the lowest possible fares. He was one of these people who knew the cost of everything and the value of nothing.
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23/11/2020 15:33:00 14 24
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What exactly do you expect them to do? They have to compete with the budget airlines that most people flock to.
Air travel, especially short haul, is not glamorous any more. Just a means of getting from A to B safely.
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23/11/2020 16:06:43 11 3
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NO they the management are stuck with foreign shareholders that want a never ending cash cow called British Airways!!
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23/11/2020 16:19:25 18 2
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... the worst thing they ever did was to become a subsidiary ... as a flag carrier it is reasonable to give them preferential slots ... but as a budget airline owned by a foreign corporation they should be treated the same as Ryanair ...
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23/11/2020 16:19:55 14 2
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It's called the 'race to the bottom'. Price is all that matters nowadays, standards have evaporated.

As long as we can get our flight to chav land for unlimited cocktails from 9am, who cares.

If you fancy a chuckle check out The Macc Lads - Torremolinos
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23/11/2020 16:20:48 8 0
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Used to work there, management on the new IAG contracts now earn significantly less than in the same position anywhere else in the industry, why people continued to apply to work there (back when people weren't just taking every job going due to covid) is beyond my comprehension. Alex Cruz's BA was a trainwreck, and Sean Doyle should have just been given the job in the first place.
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23/11/2020 17:27:25 1 0
bbc
They only had one elite class bye the way of Concord the rest was economy flying .
550
24/11/2020 00:30:21 1 0
bbc
Actually the exact opposite, with £1.6bn profit last year.
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23/11/2020 14:29:16 23 6
bbc
These items are worth BA.
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23/11/2020 14:22:48 16 19
bbc
Why do the Baby Boomers object to people earning a decent living ? After all Baby Boomers are the last generation to retire < 60 with generous final salary benefits.

They kick off about paying £150 TV license but expect everyone else to work for minimum wages.
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23/11/2020 14:29:46 6 9
bbc
I'm a baby boomer and I couldn't agree more with your comment, they're a pain in the rear, moan moan moan about the good old days, they were rubbish. Thank you young people, us boomers have let you down, Brexit, planet, climate, housing costs antibiotics no longer working, huge national debt, SORRY, thats what we should be saying
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23/11/2020 14:18:01 119 11
bbc
Depends whether they realistically believe that it'll rise in value. If so its a fairly shrewd move. Most artworks that sell at auction for >£1m are bought as investments and in the majority of cases they're pretty shrewd investments (because other investors want to do the same driving the price up and up). Also £1m is peanuts compared to the cost of an airliner.
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VoR
23/11/2020 14:29:57 12 6
bbc
Of course, they could instead have put the cost of that investment towards their underfunded pension liabilities. Drop in the ocean perhaps, but it doesn't feel right that they have money to invest in artwork (i.e. illiquid) but not to meet pre-existing obligations/commitments.
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23/11/2020 14:46:23 9 2
bbc
Thats my point. If a £1M artwork becomes a £2 or £10m artwork when its sold it COULD help plug their pension pot. Pension pots are invested in things that (hopefully) rise in value, whether property, shares or artworks. Its not a daft thing to do if the artwork is realistically going to increase in value.
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23/11/2020 14:30:40 5 10
bbc
The Automatic Pilot from 'Airplane' might be useful for what's left of the negotiations with EU. Princess Nut Nuts could inflate it.
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23/11/2020 14:31:16 5 5
bbc
Typical BA - the IT's knackered. Not enough server capacity so the website barely functions!
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23/11/2020 14:14:31 195 44
bbc
When a company feels the need to own a £1m+ piece of art, its hard to feel sorry when things go downhill for them.
61
23/11/2020 14:31:26 6 4
bbc
One million pounds for a piece of art is chickenfeed.
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23/11/2020 14:22:48 16 19
bbc
Why do the Baby Boomers object to people earning a decent living ? After all Baby Boomers are the last generation to retire < 60 with generous final salary benefits.

They kick off about paying £150 TV license but expect everyone else to work for minimum wages.
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23/11/2020 14:31:17 4 7
bbc
I can only assume it's because they don't want anybody to experience anything like the privilege they've had throughout their lives, where living standards 'miraculously' increased four-fold. One wonders how they became the most cynical people in the country?
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23/11/2020 14:22:23 220 24
bbc
How the mighty have fallen, once BA were reverred by all other airlines but after ten years of a cost cutting Chairman and CEO, they are now on a par with Easy Jet!
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23/11/2020 14:32:20 247 20
bbc
Very unfair to Easyjet
530
23/11/2020 23:07:09 0 1
bbc
At least BA get you there unlike Easyjet who cancel your flight and try and keep your money speaking from experience.
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23/11/2020 14:31:50 27 5
bbc
Does anyone know where and when the auction will be? Is the full list of items online? As I'll sadly never fly on a 747, I'd love to see if could own a small trinket that has. Much better than seeing it all go to landfill :)
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23/11/2020 14:43:50 26 1
bbc
They never tell you what you really want to know, do they? Such an obvious question in such an article.

Wonder if I could get a captain’s seat....?
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23/11/2020 15:09:38 1 1
bbc
It's all for sale on whatabuy.co.uk. selling out fast though.
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BBC
23/11/2020 16:37:45 0 0
bbc
Hi. Have you had a reply yet, please?
388
23/11/2020 18:58:48 0 0
bbc
Peter many airlines still fly 747s, so for the next few years at least you should be able to fly on one if you're really keen!
65
23/11/2020 14:34:14 42 7
bbc
I ordered a recipe book, but only got a microwave instruction leaflet
76
23/11/2020 14:39:59 35 3
bbc
I ordered a 747, but only got a rude reply.
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sp
23/11/2020 14:49:25 2 1
bbc
great comment, made me and the wife laugh
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23/11/2020 14:35:24 5 2
bbc
I think it's a great idea! Recycle and reuse where possible. A great example of thinking out the box.
There is a UK company who make keychains from actual BA aircraft parts. They make their commemorative pieces in the shape of the Tailfins.
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23/11/2020 20:05:31 1 0
bbc
Yeh, they're in Cheltenham. Good little outfit.
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23/11/2020 14:22:48 16 19
bbc
Why do the Baby Boomers object to people earning a decent living ? After all Baby Boomers are the last generation to retire < 60 with generous final salary benefits.

They kick off about paying £150 TV license but expect everyone else to work for minimum wages.
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23/11/2020 14:36:31 11 1
bbc
Not all us boomers object to people earning a decent living, and I don't expect everyone else to work for minimum wage, or complain about the TV Licence, but I'm sure that won't stop you ranting, will it?
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23/11/2020 18:34:48 0 0
bbc
you call that a rant ? just a mild grumble in my book.
68
23/11/2020 14:36:53 60 16
bbc
This is only news because it's BA, all airlines sell off stock and components that relate to a type of aircraft they no longer operate. Qantas are doing the same with their 747's. However I feel sorry for the people on here who take a Schadenfreude delight in what may be worrying times for airline employees
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Jon
23/11/2020 14:40:06 20 2
bbc
Exactly, is the same as Disney World selling signs from attractions, or furniture from hotels. Most hospitality companies will sell stuff thats still good to use
195
23/11/2020 15:44:34 7 4
bbc
Only because BA have treated people with such disdain this year and for some years before. Artificially manipulating their web site to prevent cash refunds, Vouchers issued when non were requested, cut back, poor service, dirty planes and on and on. If you treat people badly on the way up don't be surprised when the laugh at you on the way down.
392
23/11/2020 18:59:50 0 0
bbc
Worrying times ? ... that was last year. lol
546
24/11/2020 00:16:16 0 0
bbc
Perhaps it shows how much people dislike BA and their employees, who were always too bothered to provide any service. Ryanair are glowing by comparison.
69
23/11/2020 14:37:31 1 6
bbc
I used to nick teaspoons in Business Class from airlines all over the world and have quite a collection, including a few airlines that don't exist any more (PanAm, Olympic, Sabena). Maybe I can find out if they're worth anything now!
82
23/11/2020 14:44:36 2 2
bbc
Used spoons ? Scrap merchant mate.
129
23/11/2020 15:00:21 1 3
bbc
Why did you include your address on your post? The police will now come knocking :-(
70
23/11/2020 14:37:39 3 1
bbc
How much for the fuselage?
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23/11/2020 14:34:30 2 1
bbc
Bought some of BA products at Wellsbourne market weeks ago, and it was cheap.
72
23/11/2020 14:35:25 11 4
bbc
What a sad state of affairs.The one time premier iconic fleet reduced to selling bric a brac.
73
23/11/2020 14:37:57 15 6
bbc
This does not inspire confidence for potential travellers.

BA were becoming a bunch of skinflints with charging for seat reservations in business class and sandwiches on short haul flights so perhaps karma is real.
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23/11/2020 14:39:48 7 5
bbc
Of all the things worthy of HYS comments.............
196
23/11/2020 15:45:25 3 2
bbc
Well, you obviously thought it was worth commenting, didn't you?
75
23/11/2020 14:39:57 10 7
bbc
Note to future 2021 self: avoid BA for any sort of travel, it's bound to be second rate and poor quality.
65
23/11/2020 14:34:14 42 7
bbc
I ordered a recipe book, but only got a microwave instruction leaflet
76
23/11/2020 14:39:59 35 3
bbc
I ordered a 747, but only got a rude reply.
77
23/11/2020 14:40:53 6 8
bbc
Their business class is the biggest rip off you’ll experience. Herded into the cabin like cattle, facing each other in seats, shocking service etc. And still more expensive than most other carriers with vastly better soft and hard products. Just like a BHS/Debenhams this relic is stuck in the past.
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23/11/2020 14:20:51 19 3
bbc
It does state in the article that they lost 5.1bn and only made 1.6bn last year, even if they had saved every penny, they would still be screwed. As to where it is , in a lot of peoples pension funds. Shareholders are not just fat cats, joe public is hugely invested and would be wise to remember this.
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23/11/2020 14:42:39 5 1
bbc
Shhh, you can't interrupt peoples rants about evil sharehloders with facts!
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23/11/2020 14:42:49 3 3
bbc
They started going downhill when they scrapped business class on the shuttle and when compo drinks were ceased. They just became another airline who flew to/from the metropolis. In 10 years time, they may not even be a topic for discussion.
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pTc
23/11/2020 14:43:06 4 4
bbc
Why would anybody want to buy some second hand BA tat?
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23/11/2020 14:31:50 27 5
bbc
Does anyone know where and when the auction will be? Is the full list of items online? As I'll sadly never fly on a 747, I'd love to see if could own a small trinket that has. Much better than seeing it all go to landfill :)
81
23/11/2020 14:43:50 26 1
bbc
They never tell you what you really want to know, do they? Such an obvious question in such an article.

Wonder if I could get a captain’s seat....?
69
23/11/2020 14:37:31 1 6
bbc
I used to nick teaspoons in Business Class from airlines all over the world and have quite a collection, including a few airlines that don't exist any more (PanAm, Olympic, Sabena). Maybe I can find out if they're worth anything now!
82
23/11/2020 14:44:36 2 2
bbc
Used spoons ? Scrap merchant mate.
83
23/11/2020 14:44:51 1 2
bbc
"... a hot towel (available cold)?... "

Love it
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23/11/2020 14:44:59 3 2
bbc
I love how BA try to put a positive spin on things by saying they are 'delighted to be able to offer...' when in actual fact they are selling off their assets to try and keep their heads above water. The sale of the artwork tells it all.
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JD
23/11/2020 14:45:01 2 2
bbc
The real theft happened 2years ago with all the cash via dividends ripped out the company. A tragic end to BA. Pensions will be next in line.
86
23/11/2020 14:45:11 9 4
bbc
If it's anything like the way luggage is handled, expect it to arrive bashed in & broken....
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jez
23/11/2020 14:45:11 3 4
bbc
When you have bought you items at the auction, they will arrive late and broken at your destination. Someone pass me the sick bag
68
23/11/2020 14:36:53 60 16
bbc
This is only news because it's BA, all airlines sell off stock and components that relate to a type of aircraft they no longer operate. Qantas are doing the same with their 747's. However I feel sorry for the people on here who take a Schadenfreude delight in what may be worrying times for airline employees
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Jon
23/11/2020 14:40:06 20 2
bbc
Exactly, is the same as Disney World selling signs from attractions, or furniture from hotels. Most hospitality companies will sell stuff thats still good to use
166
23/11/2020 15:27:22 3 1
bbc
It's not correct to say this is a first for BA. I have some very useful small rectangular dishes that BA sold off many, many years ago.
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Tim
24/11/2020 11:40:31 0 0
bbc
I don't know. It all sounds a bit 'Mickey Mouse' to me...
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01
23/11/2020 14:41:40 8 2
bbc
Once BA start flying again, we'll be asked to bring our own crockery and cutlery.
110
23/11/2020 14:51:32 4 2
bbc
and it'll be included in your luggage allowance!
567
24/11/2020 08:38:46 1 0
bbc
only if it's made of plastic.
90
23/11/2020 14:42:07 3 2
bbc
How do you join in the auction?
138
23/11/2020 15:07:10 2 1
bbc
You can purchase the items on What about.co.uk but the website is so busy it keeps giving errors. Not much left by the way!
139
23/11/2020 15:07:48 0 1
bbc
Whatabuy.co.uk
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23/11/2020 14:45:29 21 9
bbc
'British' in name only - worlds favourite airline is a dim distant past. Now it's neither a quality airline or a low cost - just a rip off with poor service . Don't fly BA - it's rubbish
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23/11/2020 14:45:43 3 2
bbc
The move comes months after BA decided to auction some of its precious artwork hanging in offices and airport lounges, including a £1m-plus work by Bridget Riley.
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I know these expensive artworks can be an investment, but why would you hang one in an airport lounge?
93
23/11/2020 14:45:46 2 2
bbc
'ere where's me washboard?
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VoR
23/11/2020 14:29:57 12 6
bbc
Of course, they could instead have put the cost of that investment towards their underfunded pension liabilities. Drop in the ocean perhaps, but it doesn't feel right that they have money to invest in artwork (i.e. illiquid) but not to meet pre-existing obligations/commitments.
94
23/11/2020 14:46:23 9 2
bbc
Thats my point. If a £1M artwork becomes a £2 or £10m artwork when its sold it COULD help plug their pension pot. Pension pots are invested in things that (hopefully) rise in value, whether property, shares or artworks. Its not a daft thing to do if the artwork is realistically going to increase in value.
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23/11/2020 14:46:30 3 2
bbc
The link to WHATABUY.CO.UK is given in British Traveller. Just googled it. The link is not available. Funny that.
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no
23/11/2020 14:46:49 5 6
bbc
Pointless HYS
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23/11/2020 14:49:26 10 2
bbc
Pointless HYS comment
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23/11/2020 14:49:41 5 1
bbc
so, you've used the HYS to point out to the world that it's pointless. right. well done.
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Jon
23/11/2020 14:50:13 4 1
bbc
You don't see the irony in your comment?
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01
bbc
Removed
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23/11/2020 14:47:43 2 4
bbc
If I buy this, I'll be able to provide myself (at home) with the correct standard of service for Business/First never fully delivered by BA. I can pretend I'm flying with a real flag carrier.

What an amazing opportunity for this crockery & cutlery to realise its true potential.
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al
23/11/2020 14:48:42 3 4
bbc
You can also buy a mini Boeing 747 plane and toilet and flush the Boeing down the toilet. If that's not enough there was special edition toilet paper with Boeing written on it, but looks like government has been wiping up with Boeing. Do you remember when we had an British airline and went abroad for holidays. Who wants to pay above cost price for a pasta bowl.
120
23/11/2020 14:56:59 6 1
bbc
Easyjet is more or less British (more so thaan BA) and Loganair certainly is! TBH though I don't give a damn who owns it if its punctual, safe and comfortable.
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bbc
How much for a stewardess? Removed
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23/11/2020 14:52:38 2 1
bbc
Damn it, Steve! I was about to ask that...

Do you want to go halves and share one?