Reply To: Alex on… fixed business cabins return to Europe

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I haven’t been overwhelmed with the rapidity of FvdP’s changes,either, but he is constrained by funding issues. Easy for the retirees to expect BA to turn on a dime, but few organisations the size of BA are capable of that, as anyone with any corporate experience would know.

As the costs released by the deployment of Mixed Fleet have come to be realised, these have been re-invested. At a time of rising fuel and other costs, as well as the arrival of the new fleet, there are still other constraints which have limited what he wants to do.

But I think he has a good medium term plan, and two years is not that long a time given the many tangible “quick wins” he’s brought about (e.g. iPads, improved catering budgets) and the cycles on which planning works. He’s started several longer term initiatives which are beginning to bear fruit.

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