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Old August 9th, 2011, 12:19 AM   #381
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Those photos are in Madrid's airport right?
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Those photos are in Madrid's airport right?
http://pic.feeyo.com/posts/394/3946947.html

Yes, the above set is from Madrid.
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A friend of mine is going to fly from MAD to BCN with IB (so "el Puente Aereo") on Sunday evening. He asked me if economy class travellers could enter Goya Lounge paying a fee or if this lounge is only for J-class travellers and OW frequent flyers!

Do someone know more, please?

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Old October 26th, 2011, 05:08 PM   #387
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British Airways has announced that it is to launch a new route from London Gatwick to the southern French city of Nice, on the Côte d'Azur.

The service will run from 25th March and there will be three flights per day. The move means that the national carrier will be competing directly with the low-cost airline easyJet who already operate the same route.

The resumed service, which ran from Gatwick up until March 2008 will leave the capital each day at 0740, 1305 and 1920 and will touch down in the south of France at 1040, 1605 and 2220 local time respectively. The return times are 0705, 1125 and 1650 landing at 0805, 1225 and 1750 back in London. Lead in prices stand at around £100 return, all taxes included.

BA already serves Nice with multiple daily flights from London Heathrow, where British Midland also operates the same route, and London City
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Old October 26th, 2011, 05:17 PM   #388
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Ryanair says BA most likely Aer Lingus buyer

British Airways would be the most likely buyer of the Irish government's 25 percent stake in Aer Lingus (AERL.I), the Irish airline's largest shareholder Ryanair (RYA.I) said on Thursday.

BA, which formed the International Airlines Group (ICAG.L) (ICAG.MC) when it merged with Spain's Iberia last year, has not expressed interest in buying the Aer Lingus stake, which the Irish government is considering selling.

"It is far more likely that there will be a trade buyer. I think the obvious trade buyer would be BA or IAG," Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary told journalists at the company's annual general meeting.

Aer Lingus on Wednesday warned the government against selling its stake to a larger rival, saying this could undermine its business model by damaging current partnerships and driving up costs.

O'Leary, whose company owns 29 percent of Aer Lingus, said the stake could sell at up to 1 euro per share, a strong premium over the current price of 68 cents per share. Aer Lingus' share price was up 4.4 percent at 1400 GMT, while the broader Irish market was up 0.6 percent.

Ryanair says it will consider selling its 29 percent stake if it can secure a good price.

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Old October 26th, 2011, 08:37 PM   #389
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Inside British Airways' New Home at London-Gatwick's North Terminal

It may not have opened with the fanfare that accompanied the opening of Heathrow Terminal 5, but British Airways has just unveiled its new hub at London-Gatwick Airport, in the North Terminal.

According to Business Traveller, the airline promises a faster check-in experience by not allowing staff to sit down, plus they'll have self check-in kiosks and the requisite dedicated check-in space for premium passengers.

The terminal opened 14 October, and we happened to fly out from it four days earlier. First impressions of the unfinished product: very impressive. There are check-in kiosks as you come up the escalator to departures, then another line in front of the check in desks, and we waited about eight seconds before reaching bag drop.

The premium check-in is actually rather foxy-looking, and right by the separate premium security channel, so if you’re flying Club Europe or World, it’ll be an incredibly easy, and even sexy, journey through to departures.

Half the area was boarded up when we went through, so we’re not sure what was behind the hoardings (extra check-in desks?) but as it was, we were really impressed; it's awesome stuff, and a huge upgrade for Gatwick. It’s up there for ease with Heathrow’s T5, and they’ve even jazzed up the outside entrance, where you come in from the shuttle.

Speaking of the shuttle, that’s a drawback of being in the North Terminal; public transport arrives at the South, after which there’s a walk and a shuttle to the North, meaning you have to add about 10-15 minutes onto your transfer time.

But our only criticism was that the woman at bag drop had the typical BA stony-faced sour look that we’ve come to know and dread from British Airways staff. Other than asking for our passports, she didn’t actually speak a word to us throughout the check-in process until we asked her a question, as we left. Not so jolly.
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Old November 3rd, 2011, 01:39 PM   #390
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IAG in ‘detailed talks’ to buy BMI

International Airlines Group has emerged as frontrunner to buy BMI British Midland, Lufthansa’s loss-making UK subsidiary. IAG - parent of British Airways and Iberia - has entered “detailed talks” with Lufthansa and could conclude an outline deal to purchase BMI this month, which may then need regulatory approval, said people familiar with the situation.

They added Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic was still in discussions with Lufthansa about buying BMI, but IAG had shown “greater interest” and was now regarded as the frontrunner to purchase the German airline’s UK subsidiary.

BA is keen to buy BMI’s valuable take-off and landing slots at Heathrow to expand the UK flag carrier's operations at the capacity-constrained airport. Andrew Lobbenberg, analyst at RBS, estimated BMI’s assets to be worth £392m, adding that most of the value was concentrated in the Heathrow slots.

He said BA could use BMI’s Heathrow slots to support new long-haul flights to developing markets including China and India. Lufthansa, IAG and Virgin declined to comment.

Regulators - most likely at the European Commission - may want to scrutinise any BMI deal between Lufthansa and IAG because it could increase BA’s share of Heathrow slots from 42 per cent to 51 per cent. BMI is the second largest holder of Heathrow slots after BA.

Talks between Lufthansa and IAG are partly expected to focus on how to fix the deficit in BMI’s pension scheme. Lufthansa last year estimated BMI’s pension deficit to be £180m at March 1. In September the British Airline Pilots Association called on the government to ensure that Lufthansa did not “walk away” from its pension responsibilities at BMI.

BMI also has a low cost-carrier - called BMI Baby - that BA is unlikely to be interested in.

Lufthansa is seeking to sell BMI less than three years after securing control of the UK airline. At the German airline’s third quarter results last week, Lufthansa said BMI recorded an operating loss of €154m in the nine months to September 30. During the same period last year, BMI reported a loss of €90m.

Lufthansa is in separate talks with a UK investor group that wants to buy BMI’s regional business. The group is led by Graeme Ross and Ian Woodley, who founded an Aberdeen-based regional airline bought by BMI in 1996.
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Old November 4th, 2011, 01:43 PM   #391
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Lufthansa to sell Britain's BMI to BA owner

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On Friday November 4, 2011, 5:50 am

BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's biggest airline Lufthansa said Friday it plans to sell its loss-making British Midland subsidiary, which has been hit this year by turmoil in North Africa, to the owner of international rival British Airways.

Lufthansa and BA's owner -- International Consolidated Airlines Group PLC, or IAG -- said they had reached an agreement in principle. No financial details were disclosed but the deal does require regulatory approval and will likely face stiff opposition from rivals, such as Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic, which also made a bid for BMI.
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Officially from Lufthansa Group.

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Lufthansa and IAG reach agreement in principle on the sale of British Midland Ltd.
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Deutsche Lufthansa AG (Lufthansa) and International Consolidated Airlines Group S.A. (IAG) have today reached an agreement in principle on the sale of British Midland Ltd (BMI) to IAG.

The sale and closing of the deal remain subject to conditions including a binding purchase agreement, further due diligence and regulatory clearances. It is envisaged that the purchase agreement will be signed in the coming weeks and the aim is for the transaction to be completed in the first quarter of 2012.
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I think it's definitely a loss as BMI will most likely be absorbed into BA. I was originally hoping Virgin would consider acquiring BMI and use it to gain entry into Star Alliance.
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BA must be rubbing hands for getting those much needed slots at LHR.
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British Airways owner IAG to buy bmi

British Airways owner International Airlines Group has pledged to target booming Asian destinations from Heathrow airport if it pulls off the acquisition of rival bmi.

Willie Walsh, IAG chief executive, rejected concerns that the deal will put a fares squeeze on consumers as he promised to use bmi's takeoff and landing slots as bridgeheads to cities in China, Korea, Vietnam and Indonesia. The Asia-Pacific region has become the financial powerhouse of the aviation industry but Walsh and Heathrow owner BAA have long complained that the airport's growth constraints are preventing the development of new routes.

"We don't fly to places like Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam. There are a lot of destinations in Asia that are booming," he said, adding that building links with Asian cities was "absolutely critical" for the UK economy and IAG's long-haul business. "The potential growth in Asia is way in excess of anything we will see around Europe."

This week the new transport secretary, Justine Greening, confirmed that a third runway will not be built at Heathrow, with Labour sealing the project's fate by announcing its opposition too.

Virgin Atlantic, a long-term suitor of bmi and BA's arch competitor on US routes, immediately raised concerns about the deal between BA's parent International Airlines Group and bmi owner Lufthansa. If IAG, the product of a merger between BA and Spain's Iberia, clinches the takeover it will increase its share of Heathrow takeoff and landing slots from about 45% to 53%.

IAG and Lufthansa confirmed that they had reached "an agreement in principle" to sell bmi, a loss-making carrier whose main asset is its Heathrow slot portfolio. The airline recently reported an operating loss of €154m (£133m) for the first nine months of the year, which helped persuade Lufthansa to offload an airline it acquired in a £223m deal two years ago. The airlines said the deal remained subject to regulatory clearance – with competition authorities in Brussels already notified – but they hoped for a swift conclusion early next year. "It is envisaged that the purchase agreement will be signed in the coming weeks and the aim is for the transaction to be completed in the first quarter of 2012."

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British Airways Lands New Cargo Plane at Hartsfield

British Airways World Cargo has made Atlanta one of the first stops for a new plane that will boost efficiency on its cargo routes.

The airline, whose Atlanta route brings an estimated $18 million economic impact to the city, landed the Boeing 747-8F at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Nov. 10. Hailed as the next generation of cargo freighter, the plane carries 16 percent more cargo and uses 17 percent less fuel than its predecessor, the Boeing 747-400.

British Airways is the first airline to land the new plane at Hartsfield. The Boeing 747-8F received operational approval earlier this year, according to an airport news release.

Hartsfield handled 17 percent more cargo in 2010 than the previous year, outpacing the North American average of 13.2 percent as global trade rebounded after the 2009 recession.

Through August of this year, cargo had increased 2 percent over the same period in 2010.
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British Airways introduces Boeing 747-400 and special winter fares to Kuwait's winter schedule

British Airways has introduced a Boeing 747-400 aircraft on its Kuwait route for the winter schedule along with some great sale fares for its Kuwait customers travelling to the UK, Europe, USA and Canada this winter.

With a daily flight from Kuwait International Airport to London Heathrow, British Airways continues to offer Kuwait travellers the best in-air experience.

The Boeing 747 aircraft serving the London-Kuwait-London route will offer a choice of four cabins that includes 14 suites on the airline's flagship First cabin; 52 fully flat-bed seats in Club World business class on the main deck and the upper deck; 36 seats in World Traveller Plus, the premium economy cabin and 235 seats in the World Traveller, economy cabin.

Paolo De Renzis, Regional Commercial Manager Middle East said: More and more people from Kuwait are travelling for tourism, business, and education, and British Airways has increased capacity by 49% this winter, by introducing the Boeing 747. This aircraft features spacious cabins, Audio-Visual On Demand and a family friendly environment with select children's entertainment options.

"The move is a re-affirmation of the long-term commitment of serving our loyal customers in Kuwait and reinforcing the brand as the preferred carrier of choice for travel into the UK or for transiting to other destinations in the extensive British Airways network."

British Airways is also offering travellers flying from Kuwait discounted fares that are available until 05 December for travel until 31 March 2012. Travellers can soak in a cultural feast at various destinations while enjoying the convenience of British Airways wide ranging network of destinations as they arrive, depart and transfer through Terminal 5 - the airlines' state of the art terminal at London Heathrow.

The special all-inclusive fares to London during this period are available at ba.com. Other great fares are available to Europe and North America.

All details of British Airways' Kuwait - London services is available online at ba.com where customers can book, pay and check-in online for their flights.
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BA mulls new MRO hangars in South Wales

British Airways Engineering is searching for additional space for its airframe heavy maintenance operations in South Wales.

The company said it is "exploring a number of options to increase capacity" due to the volume of work scheduled to place at the Welsh site in 2012.

Media reports have linked the MRO business with a military airfield at nearby St Athan, currently home to the UK Defence Aircraft Repair Agency, whose backlog of work runs out next year. BA declined to comment on a potential move for the site.

BA Engineering's sister company, Iberia Maintenance, has previously ruled out any large expansion of its airframe maintenance operations in Western Europe due to cost pressures.

However, as BA has ordered Airbus A380s, it may follow the lead of its European rivals, Air France and Lufthansa, who built new hangars for the double-deck aircraft at Paris Charles de Gaulle and Frankfurt International airports.

Another option for BA would be to outsource some maintenance work on its existing fleet, for example to Iberia Maintenance, and thus free-up spare capacity at the Cardiff base.
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BA prepares for arrival of Airbus A380 at Heathrow

British Airways has completed the latest phase of a redevelopment project at its engineering base at London Heathrow in preparation for the arrival of a new fleet of Airbus A380s in 2013.

The carrier's aircraft hangars are large enough to accommodate the Boeing 747 but are being adjusted in order to house the A380 and its larger tailfin.

One of the new features of the structures is a 24-tonne roof 'eyebrow' that was lifted into place as workers raised the height of the entrance to one of the buildings.

The hangars were built in the early 1950s and gained listed status from English Heritage in 1995.

Vance Williamson, head of property services for British Airways, said: 'This is an important step in converting our hangars ready for our new aircraft arriving in 2013. It could also allow British Airways to provide maintenance solutions to other A380 customers at Heathrow.'

He went on to reveal that the modifications are part of a wider plan designed to ensure that the airline's Heathrow engineering base remains a 'world-class' maintenance facility able to accommodate the latest aircraft.
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