British Airlines Stewards and Stewardesses Association

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British Airlines Stewards and Stewardesses Association
HeadquartersHarlington, London
  • United Kingdom
c. 7,900
Key people
R R Beatty, Chair
AffiliationsUnite the Union
Trades Union Congress

The British Airlines Stewards and Stewardesses Association (BASSA) is a branch of the British trade union Unite. It exclusively represents Cabin Crew on Eurofleet and Worldwide fleets at London Heathrow airport.

Originally part of the Transport and General Workers' Union (TGWU), set-up after the Cabin Crew 89 breakaway, BASSA is now part of Unite the Union.[1] With an office at Heathrow Airport, it provides year-round 24 hour support, with a secure website service for members and an emergency number for operational issues. Membership has fallen from a high point of over 11,000 in 2009 to c. 8,000 due to staff leaving British Airways employment as a result of redundancy.

BASSA retains its position as one of the largest branches of any union within the UK. Unite directly represents British Airways' fast-growing new entrant Mixed Fleet employees, limiting the scope for increasing BASSA membership in future, because its constituent Worldwide and Eurofleets have not been able to recruit new crew since 2008.[2]

The current chair is Sean Beatty, a BA Cabin Services Director, who is also chair of a number of other local and international trade union related committees.

See also


  1. Marsh, Arthur and Smethurst, John B. Historical Directory of Trade Unions (Vol. 5) Abingdon: Routledge, 2016
  2. "BASSA About Us Membership Numbers". Unite the Union. Archived from the original on 19 October 2010. Retrieved 7 August 2010.

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