BA executive heads to jail for price fixing
A former British Airways World Cargo executive has pleaded guilty to conspiring to fix prices of international shipments, the U.S. Justice Department announced Sept. 30.
British citizen Keith Packer, a former general manager for the airline’s cargo division, will serve eight months in jail and pay a $20,000 criminal fine.
One year ago, British Airways agreed to pay a $300 million penalty for its involvement in the scheme. Eight other airlines have also pleaded guilty and paid multi-million dollar fines.
In July 2008, Bruce McCaffrey, Qantas' former highest-ranking executive employed in the United States, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to serve six months in jail and pay a $20,000 criminal fine for fixing cargo rates to customers in the United States and elsewhere for international air shipments. An SAS Cargo Group executive in the United States pleaded guilty in August.