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British Airways announces world’s first green fuel plant location in Essex

BA will commit to buy 50,000 tonnes of jet fuel made from converted waste as part of GreenSky project

British Airways says the GreenSky fuel plant in Thurrock will be the world’s first to convert landfill waste into jet fuel.
The project to supply British Airways with jet fuel from processed landfill waste moved a step forward now a location has been found for the GreenSky fuel plant, in Thurrock, Essex.The plant will be operated by Solena fuels.

BA said the facility would be the world’s first to convert landfill waste into jet fuel.

Willie Walsh, chief executive of British Airways’ parent company IAG, said: “We are always striving to reduce our impact on climate change and this first-of-its-kind project marks a significant step for the aviation industry. The sustainable jet fuel produced each year will be enough to power our flights from London City Airport twice over with carbon savings the equivalent of taking 150,000 cars off the road.”

From 30 March 2014, British Airways flights to Tel Aviv will operate from London Heathrow Terminal 5.

From 26 October 2014, British Airways flights to Belfast City and Dublin will operate from London Heathrow Terminal 5.

From 26 October 2014, British Airways flights to Barcelona will operate from London Heathrow Terminal 3.

British Airways has teamed up with HBO to offer HBO programmes on long-haul flights

With programmes such as Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, True Blood, Girls, True Detective, Looking and Curb Your Enthusiasm to be shown.

Game of Thrones

a pivotal moment in the first series

BA announced “We’re excited to be the first airline in the UK to have a dedicated HBO channel, offering more entertainment options than ever before.”

BA is aware of the trend for ‘binge-watching’ on flights, with customers viewing back-to-back episodes of a TV series to keep up to date or simply catch up. Binge-watching or “gorging” is a phenomenon also recently acknowledged by Netfix which allows its customers to view as much content as they can deal with.

In addition to the series some movies will be shown.

The Small Claims Court ruled in favour of a pensioner in the Airways Pension Scheme (APS) against British Airways (BA) to awarding damages to the pensioner after the scheme downgraded inflation protection.

The default judgement was made after the airline failed to issue a defence against the pensioner.

Around 50 pensioners have filed cases with the court seeking compensation after the APS changed its inflation protection from the retail prices index (RPI) to the consumer (CPI) in 2011.

BA changed the inflation protection the scheme provided when all civil service pensions moved to the CPI from RPI. British Airways said this was appropriate given the APS was set up before the airline’s privatisation.

The pensioners’ case is that the move to CPI backtracks on an agreement made in 1984 when pensioners refused the chance to move to the New Airways Pension Scheme (NAPS), in return for RPI protection.

So now, after BA failed to submit a defence or secure an extension on the 4 November deadline, the Court issued a default claim to Ian Fullalove, one of the first pensioners to make a claim.

The Court ordered BA to pay Fullalove a sum of £1,200 to cover losses resulting from the switch to CPI increases from 2011 to date.

The airline had sent a request to Fullalove and other claimants via its lawyers seeking for a 28-day extension to the deadline.

In its letter, the law firm said airline required more time to create its defence.

However, the Airline only gave a 36-hour deadline to reply and reportedly said if a response to the request was not received in this time scale, BA would seek an extension from the court directly, passing on all costs of this request to the pensioners, which totalled £1,160.

The Telegraph reports that BA is now applying to have Captain Fullerlove’s claim set aside, and that BA has said it “will defend that claim alongside all other claims”.

News sources are reporting on a man who is 500lb who is currently delayed in the U.S. after visiting in order to obtain treatment for a hormone disorder. It is reported that BA, which flew him to the U.S. has refused to fly him home because of his size and his medical needs.

Kevin Chenais, aged 22, flew from France on BA to be treated at the world famous Mayo Clinic.

Mr Chenais and his parents are now staying at a hotel close to Chicago Airport, paid for by BA, and are now planning to catch a train to New York and then to return home on the Queen Mary II.

A BA spokesman said: ‘We will always try to accommodate someone if it’s possible and safe to do so.

‘Our customer service team worked diligently to find a solution and have exhausted all options.

‘Unfortunately it is not possible to safely accommodate the customer on any of our aircraft and the family has been offered a full refund.

‘The British Airways team has been in regular contact with the family, providing guidance and support as well as exploring other options for travel. BA has also provided hotel accommodation throughout.’