British Airways is a major player in the global aviation industry.
- Keith Williams (UK) - ceo
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PR Manager Grounded
An investigation by the U.K. government's Office and Fair Trading and the U.S. Department of Justice into allegations of price-fixing in the airline industry has resulted in British Airways (BA) suspending its head of communications, Iain Burns.  Burns later resigned. BA has also suspended commercial director, Martin George, who Burns reported to, after the government agencies were alerted by Virgin Atlantic of approaches to agree on fuel surcharges with other trans-Atlantic airlines. The Independent reports that BA is "seeking to distance its top management from the price-fixing investigation the airline is facing by pinning the blame on the unauthorised actions of individual executives."  A number of lawsuits against BA have already been filed.
- Julia Simpson, head of corporate communications
Other SourceWatch resources
- Mary Cowlett, "Prepared for anything? Crisis training is meant to prepare PROs for any situation. But how does it measure up in a real crisis?", PR Week, May 6 2005. (Sub req'd).
- Michael Harrison, "BA seeks to shift focus of price-fixing inquiry away from Walsh", The Independent, June 28, 2006.
- Hannah Marriott, "BA in limbo as allegations bite", PR Week, June 29, 2006. (Sub req'd).
- Hannah Marriott, "Media Analysis: Can BA save its reputation?", PR Week"", July 6, 2006.