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British Airways plane checked after 'technical issues'

A British Airways plane is being checked after its crew had to make two unscheduled landings in three days.

The British Airways plane suffered technical issues on two flights in three days. Credit: PA Wire

On Friday, the Boeing 777, flying from Heathrow Airport to Boston, USA, made an unscheduled stop at Shannon Airport due to a "suspected technical issue".

The same aircraft, carrying 220 passengers, had to be diverted to Shannon on its journey from Seattle to Heathrow on Sunday morning following a "minor technical issue".

The passengers were later flown to their destination on a replacement flight, while the plane was inspected.

A BA spokeswoman said: "Safety is always our first priority, and the aircraft diverted purely as a precaution."

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BA launches pet-only TV channel for passengers

British Airways is to introduce an in-flight entertainment channel featuring cute cats and dogs.

The Paws & Relax channel, featuring cartoons as well as cats and dogs playing, is being launched on long-haul flights next month.

It is the latest unique launch from BA in recent months, after a new genre of "Slow TV", showing an unedited seven-hour Norwegian train journey, was introduced in July.

The in-flight show Paws and Relax features cats and dogs. Credit: PA
The channel will only be available on long-haul flights. Credit: PA
A British Airways air hostess holds a Staffordshire mix puppy at the launch of new 'Paws & Relax' channel. Credit: PA Wire

British Airways to stop flying in Iraq airspace

British Airways will no longer fly over Iraq. Credit: PA

British Airways has decided to stop flying over war-torn Iraq.

The decision came after America's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today issued a Notice to Airmen (Notam) "restricting US operators from flying in the airspace above Iraq due to the hazardous situation created by the armed conflict".

Another UK carrier, Virgin Atlantic Airways, had already stopped flying over Iraq, while other airlines which are bypassing the troubled Middle East country include Air France and Dubai-based Emirates.

BA had been continuing to use Iraqi airspace in recent days while reviewing its position on a daily basis.

BA uses Iraq airspace to reach such destinations as Dubai and Doha in Oman.

BA suspends Sierra Leone and Liberia flights over Ebola

British Airways has offered customers with bookings to Sierra Leone and Liberia to rebook their flights or request a full refund. Credit: Tim Ockenden/PA Wire

British Airways has temporarily suspended all flights to Sierra Leone and Liberia due to the Ebola outbreak.

The airline confirmed all its flights to and from the respective capitals of Freetown and Monrovia have been suspended until August 31 because of the "deteriorating public health situation" in both countries.

The safety of our customers, crew and ground teams is always our top priority and we will keep the route under constant review in the coming weeks.

Customers with tickets on those routes are being offered a range of options including a full refund and the ability to rebook their flights to a later date.

– British Airways spokesperson

BA boss: We fly over Iraq because we consider it safe

British Airways' boss said the airline will continue to fly over Iraq, despite other European firms diverting their planes amid heightened fears following the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

Willie Walsh, chief executive of BA's owners International Airlines Group, told the Financial Times (£) he considered the airspace safe.

British Airways chief Willie Walsh said airline will continue to fly over Iraq. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

"We fly over Iraq because we consider it safe - if we thought Iraq was unsafe we would not fly over Iraq," he said.

BA had decided not to fly over Ukraine prior to the MH17 crisis.

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BA sued over claims pilot assaulted orphanage girls

Simon Wood pictured during a visit to an orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya in 1999. Credit: PA

British Airways is to be sued for damages over claims one of its pilots sexually abused children in African schools and orphanages.

Lawyers representing 16 young girls and women who claim First Officer Simon Wood assaulted them said the airline bears responsibility because he carried out the alleged attacks while on stopovers.

An inquest is due to be held into the death of Wood, 54, who was struck by a train in August while awaiting a court appearance accused of indecently assaulting a young girl and making indecent images of children.

Law firm Leigh Day said Wood allegedly molested youngsters during stopovers in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania while flying for British Airways. Some of their clients are aged just eight.

Man sues BA after flying to Grenada, not Granada

British Airways offered around £220 per passenger in compensation. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive

An American dentist is suing British Airways after the airline sent him to Grenada rather than Granada.

Edward Gamson from North Bethesda, Maryland, was planning a quick stop off in the Spanish city ahead of a planned conference last September.

However, he ended up in the Caribbean and claims he didn't notice the error because his e-tickets did not mention the airport code or flight duration.

According to NBC News, Gamson says he asked the flight attendant twenty minutes into his journey from London why the flight was heading west, when he was told he was on his way to the West Indies.

BA offered him and his partner around £220 and 50,000 air miles. However, Gamson decided to sue, saying the cost of missed hotel, train and tour bookings had cost him more than $34,000 (£20,000).

The airline says it will not comment on the ongoing litigation, while the company's lawyers did not respond to NBC's calls for a response.

British Airways flight diverted as passenger gives birth

File photo dated of British Airway tailfins Credit: Tim Ockenden/PA Wire

A flight was forced to make an emergency landing after a passenger went into premature labour and gave birth on board.

The 30-year-old woman, who was 26 weeks into her pregnancy, was one of 296 passengers aboard the British Airways Boeing 777 which was flying from Nigeria to London.

The crew diverted to Palma in Majorca when the woman went into labour. BA crew helped medical staff based at the airport with the birth.

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