London: British Airways bosses may have to scrap lucrative flights amid growing complaints about cabin crew holding raucous parties at luxury hotels.
Topless air hostesses and champagne-fuelled pool parties have prompted a flood of protests about wild behaviour.
Now BA has warned its captains to control their crews during overnight stops – or the airline may be forced to abandon at least one route.
The problem is particularly acute on routes crewed by young recruits – so-called ‘mixed fleet’ which was at the heart of the recent BA industrial dispute.
“Mixed fleet crews are basically kids of 18 and 20 years old, in their first jobs on pretty low pay, who think it’s a wonderful life staying in posh hotels,” a newspaper quoted a BA source as saying.
“They pilfer champagne from the aircraft to drink in the crew hotels because buying their own drinks in a five-star hotel is too expensive.
“Then they run amok, holding wild room parties and going topless in the pool,” the source added.
Crews on long-haul flights to the Kenyan capital Nairobi have been told the route could become ‘financially unviable’ unless they rein in their behaviour.
BA flies thousands of passengers a month to Nairobi, and the route is worth millions of pounds.
But in an internal memo sent to BA captains recently, a manager warns: “We continue to receive complaints from our management team at our crew hotel in NBO [Nairobi] regarding the behaviour of some of our crews.
“In the current security environment, the current hotel is the only approved hotel available to us.
“Should they choose to terminate our contract, or elect not to renew it later this year, the route will become financially unviable.”
The note asks captains and senior flight attendants to ‘sensitively manage pool/room parties and any raucous crew behaviour’.