When Percy Pigs fly
British Airways has jettisoned its free meals on short-haul flights for economy passengers.
Instead flyers will have to pay for Marks & Spencer snacks and sandwiches if they want a mid-air meal.
The deal with M&S comes six months after Alex Cruz took over as chief executive, having previously run its low-cost Spanish sister airline Vueling. It is part of a series of changes to BA’s short-haul flights, including ne interiors and a simplified fare structure.
Cruz said the new menu “breaks the mould and sets a new standard in short-haul catering”.
Dear @British_Airways Making me buy my food on board is NOT an upgrade…— Neil Spalding (@Spalders) September 29, 2016
The only way is Essex
Upmarket clothing and homeware retailer John Lewis was the first store to open at the new Bond Street development in Chelmsford today.
“Today marks a very exciting time for John Lewis and we’re delighted to open the doors to our first shop in Essex,” said branch manager Laura Rawston who cut the opening ribbon.
“It’s one of our most modern shops to date and brings together the very best of John Lewis’ products and services.”
It was a big deal for the residents of Chelmsford too.
Buzzing for the grand opening of John Lewis. Been in the queue since 3am #chelmsford— Tom Clarke (@essextc) September 29, 2016
Chelmsford was clearly the place to be with a celebrity guest rumoured to be making an appearance…
Hello everyone! I'm looking forward to visiting the new John Lewis store in Chelmsford tomorrow. Can't wait for a scone and cup of tea!— Daphne (@DaphneEgghead) September 28, 2016
Getting to the Hinkley Point
The UK government and French energy giant EDF are set to sign the key contract for the £18mln development of the Hinkley Point nuclear power plant.
EDF boss Jean-Bernard Levy will meet with high-ranking UK officials, as well as France and China at a private ceremony in London.
It will be the UK’s first new nuclear plant in decades.
It is the second attempt at finalising a deal after Prime Minister Theresa May announced in July that she need more time to review the deal.
The Department for Business is expected to confirm the signing on Twitter later today.
Shares in outsourcing firm Capita (LON:CPI) plunged 30% after it warned profit would be hit by one-off costs after it was late to implement new IT systems for the congestion charge.
The group - with operates the London traffic fee – also blamed Brexit for a slowdown in other parts of its business as clients delayed-decision making until after the vote.
Shares were trading as low as 668.5p in early trading, the worst one-day drop to date.
Profit warning from Capita has pushed shares down over 20%. Looks like a 'perfect storm' has been brewing.— Kate Hanaghan (@katehanaghan) September 29, 2016
To top it off, the group also revealed there was risk of litigation following a dispute with the Co-op Bank relating to mortgage processing.
Capita threatens to sue its client Co-op Bank over mortgage outsourcing contract. "They don't want to pay us," CEO Andy Parker says.— Michael Bow (@SignorBow) September 29, 2016