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Willie Walsh ‘not involved’ in BA’s computer crisis [Subscription]

The chief executive of IAG, whose subsidiary British Airways is still suffering from its bank holiday IT meltdown, has said that he could not get involved in the clean-up of the fiasco but would have handled things differently to Alex Cruz, the man he appointed as its chief executive.

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  • Willie Walsh: 'I think some of the criticism of BA has been unfair'The chief of British Airways parent IAG on the airline’s IT meltdown, keeping the brand relevant – and his ‘Slasher’ nicknameThe frustrating thing for Willie Walsh is that, outside the airline industry, many people still think he is the direct boss of British Airways. In fact, he is the chief executive of IAG – its parent company – and the man who can sack the boss of BA. But, despite mounting public opinion, he is not minded to do so ... yet.It has been a busy couple of weeks for Walsh, since the bank holiday weekend meltdown of BA’s computer systems – evidently the result of a slip by a tech...
  • Let's expose everyday climate denial. Here's howTrump’s climate stance is blatant and extreme but just as damaging is the daily denial that goes unchallenged, from airport expansion to pub patio heaters. A first step to change is to call it out #DailyClimateDenialYou know things are bad when it takes Donald Trump pulling the US out of the Paris agreement for climate change to be discussed during the UK election. His climate denial is of the extreme and obvious variety: pages were removed from the Environmental Protection Agency website explaining its causes and consequences when he came into office.Equally if not more damaging, however, is ...
  • London Bridge: more arrests as police tell how terrorists wanted to use truckTrio who killed eight people tried unsuccessfully to hire 7.5-tonne lorry hours before attackThe three terrorists who struck London Bridge last Saturday tried to hire a 7.5-tonne lorry on the morning of the attack to kill even more people and inflict a bigger atrocity on Britain.Early on Saturday morning police investigating the attack made raids in east London and arrested two more people on suspicion of terror offences, bringing the number being held to seven. A 27-year-old man was detained at a house in Ilford and a 28-year-old man at a house in Barking. Continue reading...

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  • Bridgestone and FirstGroup announce global fleet partnershipTransport operator FirstGroup has signed a $110 million, five-year deal with tyre supplier Bridgestone. The deal is FirstGroup’s first international procurement agreement for direct goods or services, and is also the largest commercial fleet contract in Bridgestone’s history. The contract will see Bridgestone, the world’s largest tyre manufacturer, supplying tyres to more than 60,000 of FirstGroup’s buses and coaches in the USA, Canada and the UK. As part of the agreement Bridgestone will provide tyres for all of FirstGroup’s vehicles in the UK and around 80% of...

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  • RMT demands immediate halt to DOO plans in light of hung ParliamentRail union RMT has called for an immediate halt to the implementation of driver-only operated (DOO) and driver-controlled operation (DCO) services on the network as a result of today’s hung Parliament announcement, which suggests the Tory policy may lose considerable support. Speaking...
  • Greater Anglia reveals mock-up of new Stadler FLIRT trains Mock-ups of Greater Anglia’s new trains being built by Stadler have today been revealed by the operator. Just a day after Greater Anglia announced that its refurbished Class 321 rolling stock was ready to enter passenger service, it has now also unveiled mock-ups of its new fleet of...

  • RMT demands post-election rethink over DCO The RMT has demanded an immediate halt to the conversion of train services to driver-controlled operation, dubbing it �a political policy driven by the Tory Party�. Conservatives are now coming to terms with the fact that they lost their 17-seat majority in the General Election, and that a hung parliament lies ahead. Mick Cash of the RMT has taken the overnight results as his cue to call for a rethink of plans to introduce driver-controlled operation on Merseyrail and Northern. He will also be calling for a reassessment on Southern.

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  • US support for shipping's carbon goals in questionPresident Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change has raised the stakes for upcoming carbon reduction negotiations from the shipping sector.

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  • Campaigners make case for Borders rail to Carlisle The Campaign for Borders Rail has published a report setting out the case for reinstating the former Waverley line all the way to Carlisle.In 2015 part of the route, closed in 1969, reopened to...
  • Train test delays see Crossrail launch date missed The introduction of Crossrail trains has been delayed with the first of the new sets yet to enter passenger service.MTR Crossrail, which operates the TfL Rail branded service between Shenfield and...
  • Gas bio-buses ready for introduction in Nottingham Nottingham City Transport is preparing to roll out a fleet of gas buses in the city.Working with Scania, Alexander Dennis and Roadgas the bus operator will this month introduces a fleet of 53 bio...

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