A US-based law firm has initiated a representative action before the UK High Court against British Airways on behalf of indirect and direct purchasers of air cargo services that suffered losses as a result of the airline’s role in a price-fixing cartel. In August 2007 British Airways and Korean Air Lines agreed to plead guilty to charges brought by US regulators and to pay US$300 million each for participation in the conspiracy in both the passenger and cargo sectors. The information uncovered during the proceedings in the United States contributed to the private action brought in the United Kingdom.

To date, three former executives of British Airways have been prosecuted under the criminal law in the United Kingdom for their roles in the cartel.