A “groundbreaking” recognition deal has been agreed between British Airways and the Unite union which represents cabin crew.

The agreement covers the airline’s mixed fleet cabin crew – mainly young recruits hired on different terms after a bitter industrial dispute in 2010.

The deal covers terms and conditions including pay, holidays and hours of work for all new and future cabin crew at BA working on European and worldwide routes.

Mixed fleet cabin crew fly to destinations including Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, Las Vegas, Tokyo, Hamburg and Manchester.

There are approximately 2,000 mixed fleet cabin crew operating out of Heathrow.

BA describes mixed fleet cabin crew as those who fly to a combination of long and short-haul destinations.

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey, who has been leading the discussions with BA chief executive Keith Williams on behalf of the union, said:
”I’m delighted that Unite and British Airways have agreed this groundbreaking recognition deal for BA’s mixed fleet.

“The union and the company worked positively together to put the finishing touches to the agreement.

“Cabin crew have already seen the benefits of the recognition deal including a substantial increase in holiday pay entitlement.

“It’s no surprise that the union has already recruited over half of the mixed fleet cabin crew and Unite will continue to encourage crew to join to ensure workers have a voice within the mixed fleet.”