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BA creates 2,000 new jobs at Gatwick and Heathrow

Staff numbers at BA will top 20,000 Credit: ITV

British Airways will recruit a record 2,000 new workers at Heathrow and Gatwick this year as the airline takes delivery of new planes and flies to new destinations.

The company says it will employ 1,600 cabin crew and 350 pilots, and comes as record numbers fly out of the region's airports.

For the first time more than 40 million passengers flew out of Gatwick last year. At Heathrow it was 75 million.

It will bring staff numbers at BA to over 20,000 which is more than ever before in the history of the company.

The airline say the staff will be needed to help operate 13 new planes including Boeing 787s and Airbus A380s. They will train at a new facility at Heathrow.

The airline will fly to 13 new destinations.

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Passenger describes how flames engulfed a BA plane

The pilot of a BA flight which caught fire on a runway in Las Vegas has said he is "finished flying." Chris Henkey, from Burghfield, near Reading, arrived back in the UK today along with passengers who were on board. Tom Savvides reports with interviews from the pilot's partner Lenka Nevolna, passenger Stuart Scheinman and Chris Henkey's neighbours, Roger Beale and Jacqueline Wood.

Timelapse video shows Heathrow radar being removed

The radar next to Terminal 1 is removed Credit: NATS

The Heathrow skyline changed forever when one of its most iconic features – the orange and white radar next to Terminal 1 – was removed. NATS installed the radar in the early 1980s. It then remained operational and untouched until 1999 when the antenna was replaced. The radar provided en route and airport radar services until it was finally decommissioned two years ago and replaced by the new radar station in Bovingdon.

Heathrow baggage chaos at Terminal 5

Heathrow's Terminal 5 has had problems with baggage Credit: PA/File picture

Thousands of British Airways passengers have been forced to fly without their bags.

Problems with the baggage system in Heathrow's Terminal 5 has caused chaos.

In a statement Heathtrow said: "We experienced intermittent issues with the Terminal 5 baggage system between 26 and 29 June which caused some bags to be processed manually.

"Passengers can now check-in bags as normal.

"Manual processing led to some bags not making flights in time.

"While passengers are receiving bags all the time it will take several days to reunite all passengers with their bags.

"We are very sorry for the disruption passengers have experienced and we are working round the clock with airlines to reunite passengers with their bags as quickly as possible."

IT fault means BA passengers forced to fly without bags

Thousands of British Airways passengers have been forced to fly without their bags.

For several hours the baggage system in Heathrow's Terminal 5 has been out of operation because of an IT problem, according to the airline.

The problem is with the belts. Passengers have been able to check-in bags but they have not been able to process them. It means passengers are flying without luggage.

BA says the problem is now "just about" fixed. A spokesman apologised and said flights were not affected. Similar problems marked the opening of Terminal 5.

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World's largest commercial plane lands in UK

British Airways' A380 aircraft Credit: ITV Meridian

The largest commercial aircraft in the world has landed at Heathrow this morning.

The British Airways' A380 will later be moved to Manston in Kent where the aircraft will be based to undertake operations and crew training.

BA staff gathered to welcome new Airbus Credit: ITV Meridian

World's largest passenger plane set for Kent

A380 Airbus is arriving at Heathrow today Credit: ITV Meridian

The A380 superjumbo will arrive at Heathrow today before it travels to Kent for training.

British Airways will become the first airline to have an Airbus A380 and will send the aircraft to Manston, in Kent for crew and operations training before going into service,

The engines are powered by Rolls Royce and its wings were built in the UK, the double-decker plane will make its first commerical long-haul flight to LA in September.

Airbus president and chief executive Fabrice Bregie said: "It is a very proud moment for everyone at Airbus to see our A380 in the livery of British Airways."

A lesson in flying the new Airbus

Click video. The world's biggest commercial planes will soon be operating from Heathrow and the pilots responsible for flying them have begun training on multi-million pound simulators built in Crawley.

After two years of waiting British Airways will take delivery of their first "Superjumbo jets" next month. Our reporter Andy Dickenson was given a lesson in how to fly the new Airbus A380.

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