| GEO Business|
| British Airways cabin crew start four-day strike|
| Updated at: 0913 PST, Saturday, March 27, 2010|
LONDON: British Airways (BA) cabin crew launched a four-day strike Saturday, the second wave of action in a week as part of a bitter, long-running dispute over pay and conditions.
BA has pledged that more than three-quarters of its passengers -- or over 180,000 out of 240,000 -- will still be able to travel as planned during the walkout, which follows a similar three-day action last week.
A further 18 percent of customers have been rebooked with other airlines, or have switched their travel dates to avoid the strike period, it said. BA chief executive Willie Walsh, who insists the company could fold in a decade unless the changes he wants take place, said the "vast majority" of staff were "pulling together to serve our customers and keep our flag flying".
"At the same time, I feel really sorry for those customers whose plans have been ruined by the Unite union's completely unjustified action," he added.