Virgin pilots reach a truce with the airline over pay

VIRGIN Atlantic pilots voted yesterday to accept a pay offer from the airline founded by Richard Branson, putting an end to the threat of strike action.

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (Balpa) said the deal had provided “some improvement on pay”, included a profit share scheme and a programme to review pilot lifestyle as well as a commitment on improving the way management and pilots work together.

Balpa’s general secretary Jim McAuslan said pilots who voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action in June “have now decided to settle this pay round with the future in mind”.

“Now we need to work together – management and association – to get Virgin back to the airline it once was,” he said in a statement yesterday.