OCS flying high with British Airways

10 May 2024

British Airways boasts the UK’s second-largest fleet and passenger base and since 2013, OCS has been handling its soft service needs and providing laundry services to the company for more than 25 years. Following a competitive tender process, OCS originally secured the contract to deliver soft services such as porterage and front desk support to British Airways sites across the UK. Over the past decade, OCS has consistently been the chosen soft services provider, receiving multiple contract extensions.

For the laundry service provision, while the contract did go to market, it was the relationship with OCS built over two decades that stood the test of time. OCS emerged as the best option in terms of quality and commitment to British Airways, having made significant improvements to its laundry servicing site, which serves three other airlines, to boost its sustainability and provide environmentally friendly options for processing laundry.

For example, OCS installed a banding machine on their site which has facilitated a 50% reduction in plastic usage on BA’s headphones. Furthermore, OCS has taken extensive measures to provide an electric fleet and recover all the energy spent on heating the water used in the facility contributing to BA’s net zero targets. 

“We are proud of the partnership we have built with British Airways over the years and this latest extension is just further proof of the success of our active listening and stakeholder management. We look forward to continuing the good work with British Airways over these next five years as we continue to take on the mantle of upholding their exceptional services, said Daniel Dickson, chief executive officer UK & Ireland at OCS.

As for British Airways: “We have felt and seen the impact of OCS’s commitment to openness and transparency in their operations with us, resulting in consistent services across all our sites and creating good working environments for our teams. We look forward to continuing this nearly three-decade-old partnership and working with OCS to achieve greater heights in our responsibility to the environment and our people,’ said a spokesperson for the company.

The soft services partnership originated when British Airways opted to discontinue a total facilities management service provided by its previous vendor, with the aim of enhancing its services.

The most recent extension reflects the success of the enduring relationship between OCS account holders and the British Airways team, said OCS. "OCS’s commitment to effective communication involves ensuring that every serviced site has a designated key stakeholder, facilitating unhindered interaction between teams and colleagues at British Airways. Collaborative efforts have been pivotal in achieving the best outcomes for both OCS and British Airways, maintaining the health of the relationship. By attentively listening to the needs of the British Airways team and implementing additional measures where feasible, OCS has delivered cost-conscious and compliant services."

Embracing British Airways' goal to achieve carbon net zero by 2050, OCS has strategically incorporated measures in its soft service provisions to minimise environmental impact. Its comprehensive approach ensures that all facets of its mission are addressed, demonstrating their dedication to sustaining a positive and eco-conscious partnership, said OCS.


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