London — British Airways (BA) is in talks with its union about a plan to suspend about 32,000 staff, a person familiar with the situation said, marking one of the industry’s most dramatic moves yet to survive the coronavirus pandemic.

Having already agreed a 50% pay cut for its pilots, the British national carrier is now nearing agreement on a deal to suspend about 80% of its cabin and ground crew, engineers and office staff to see it through the worst crisis in its history...

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