British Airways transforms its IT function by consolidating UK service centers for global support

Client Name

British Airways

British Airways Plc (BA), a subsidiary of International Consolidated Airlines Group S.A., is the UK's largest international scheduled airline, flying to nearly 600 destinations around the world. With more than 100 years of service, BA operates an international scheduled airline route network offering scheduled passenger services and air cargo transportation. The company also delivers aircraft maintenance, airline marketing, package holidays and insurance services. It employees more than 30,000 people across the globe

Business Challenges

British Airways (IAG Group) saw a rapid increase in call volumes and with high staff turnover opened a new service center in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. This large facility known as the Information Technology Centre (ITSC) is a 24×7 operation due to the nature of airport operations and is the single point of contact for all inbound IT issues from around the world. The ITSC team supports over 140,000 users. The core challenge was how to resource this critical operation with the right skills, particularly the core Service Desk, improve talent attrition and bring disparate teams together across Heathrow and the new Newcastle site. Also, to reduce the administrative overhead involved in managing this large resource pool so British Airways sought a partner who could address these requirements.

Our Solution

Akkodis delivered a fixed price managed service with full responsibility for provision of over 50 skilled people into the Service Desk team and some other niche IT Projects including video conferencing, infrastructure and applications. We introduced a hybrid model of IT specialist support and all of the people necessary to deliver that service who are based in customer premises and work seamlessly with other technical teams and business units. We took away the administrative burden of managing recruitment process, talent turnover and operational service delivery. We provided a training manager to develop our people keeping their service and technical knowledge up to date. Our services portfolio included:
  • 24/7 support over 150 airports across the world
  • 1st line support for over 800 applications
  • Over 26,000 user contacts per month
  • Deep expertise and knowledge of technology and airline processes
  • Preferred supplier for IT roles in Heathrow Waterside Head Offices
  • Knowledge base management to drive continuous improvement
  • 250 self-service kiosks supervision.


We helped British Airways to consolidate its service centers in the UK for Global support and provide specialist skills into their IT function with low talent turnover and a reliable fixed price model. Our approach was for the Akkodis team to be part of the British Airways ecosystem with specialist knowledge built up over time on airline systems and business processes in a fast and challenging environment to deliver the level of service expected. We reduced overall cost for the service and eliminated the significant management involved with this large team allowing British Airways to continue transforming its IT function as part of the IAG Group.
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