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Old November 24th, 2011, 04:37 PM   #401
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So, is Iberia actually allied with BA? I'm confiused!

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Old November 25th, 2011, 12:52 AM   #402
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So, is Iberia actually allied with BA? I'm confiused!
The merger of British Airways and Iberia resulted in the formation of International Airlines Group (IAG). Given the recent industry trends of "mega airlines," including Air France-KLM, United and Continental, Lufthansa and its group of airlines Swiss International, Austrian, etc., British Airways and Iberia saw the need to merge to streamline its services and compete with its European counterparts.
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Old January 12th, 2012, 04:02 AM   #403
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International Airlines Group sees traffic surge

International Airlines Group saw traffic measured in revenue passenger kilometres increase by 12.2 per cent in December 2011 when compared to the previous year.

Growth was led by British Airways, which accounted for nearly 70 per cent of passengers flown, while Spanish counterpart Iberia saw virtually static demand.

Capacity at IAG measured in available seat kilometres was up 11.5 per cent over the period.

Premium traffic at the group for the month grew by 13.6 per cent compared to the previous year, with 12.0 per cent growth in non-premium traffic.

Overall figures were positively impacted by the non-recurrence of poor weather in December last year.

This particularly affected British Airways.

In December, Iberia pilots’ union went on strike for two days, with the Spanish flag-carrier able to operate 68 and 64 per cent of its flights on December 18th and 29th respectively.

In other developments, IAG and Lufthansa recently reached a binding agreement for IAG to acquire bmi for £172.5 million in cash.

In the UK, rising Air Passenger Duty (APD) has led British Airways to reduce its recruitment levels in 2012.

It will now only create 400 extra jobs rather than the 800 previously planned.

Iberia has begun to recruit pilots for its new subsidiary Iberia Express with more than 1,600 applying so far.
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Old February 12th, 2012, 10:18 PM   #405
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Iberia moves to Terminal 5 at London Heathrow

The merger of Iberia and British Airways continues to deliver new advantages to the customers of both airlines, with the Spanish flag-carrier set to move to Terminal 5 at London Heathrow. Iberia passengers will depart and arrive at the new facility from March 25th.

The move will substantially improve connections between both airlines’ flight networks. The minimum connection time between Terminal 5 and Terminal 3, currently used by Iberia, is 90 minutes. After the move, it will drop to 60 minutes.

Since the merger between Iberia and British Airways, and the launch of their transatlantic joint business with American Airlines, the Spanish and British airlines have operated many flights under a code share agreement.

The move to Terminal 5 will strengthen these arrangements. Iberia customers will be able to enjoy Terminal 5’s world class facilities, including over 110 shops and restaurants.

At Terminal 5 Iberia passengers will be able to use any of the large number of check-in kiosks or bag drops. Business Class passengers will benefit from special check-in areas and fast-track security control procedures.

Iberia is using all communications channels to inform customers and travel agents of the change, including information pillars in Terminal 3.

Terminal 5, British Airways’ hub, opened in 2008 and has contributed to major gains in both punctuality and speed of luggage delivery.

Iberia and British Airways flights have been located together at Madrid Barajas Airport Terminal 4 since the facility opened in 2006, so from March 25th all Iberia and British Airways flights between their two hubs will leave from the same terminals, giving passengers a much smoother transfer experience between flights.
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Old February 13th, 2012, 01:42 AM   #406
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Still a shame Eastern European flights are still in T3
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BA to team up with Japan Airlines

International Airlines Group and Japan Airlines on Wednesday announced plans for a joint venture that would seek to maximise the profitability of routes between Europe and Japan.

JAL and British Airways, IAG’s UK subsidiary, want to create a partnership business that would co-ordinate flight schedules between Europe and Japan and share revenues. A number of airlines are forming joint ventures on their core routes because foreign ownership rules in many countries prohibit mergers between carriers.

Such partnerships are more important than the three global airline alliances – Oneworld, SkyTeam and Star – because the joint ventures can combine their schedules to provide more daily flights to lucrative business customers. The alliances are looser arrangements aimed at promoting code-sharing between the participating carriers.

However, the joint ventures have been subjected to intense scrutiny by regulators to determine whether they are adversely affecting passengers by limiting competitive pressure on ticket prices.

On Wednesday, JAL asked Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism for antitrust immunity so the airline can co-operate with BA on flights between Europe and Japan. IAG has also presented the joint venture plans to the European Commission.

BA and JAL are both members of the Oneworld alliance, and Willie Walsh, IAG’s chief executive, said: “We have very close links with JAL and look forward to enhancing that relationship further.

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Old February 29th, 2012, 12:13 AM   #408
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IAG's Willie Walsh targets emerging markets

Willie Walsh's plans to expand International Airlines Group (IAG) into lucrative emerging markets, such as Latin America, will dominate the carrier's annual results this week as it announces a doubling of operating profits.

The group, owner of British Airways and Spanish carrier Iberia, hopes to use the extra Heathrow take-off and landing-slots that will be gained through its proposed BMI takeover to accelerate growth into emerging markets.

Virgin Atlantic has lodged a complaint with the European Commission over the deal, which it argues will lead to an increase in fares on some domestic and European routes and reduce choice for travellers.

But Peter Hyde, analyst with Liberum Capital, expects the Commission to waive through the deal in mid-March, leaving Mr Walsh free to press ahead with international expansion plans.

IAG is also eyeing Portuguese carrier TAP, one of a host of state-owned companies Lisbon has earmarked for privatisation. TAP is seen as an attractive target for IAG given its exposure to Brazil.

Mr Walsh is expected to announce a full-year operating profit of €470m (£398m) for 2011 but he believes the company will hit €1.5bn operating profit by 2015, due to better than expected cost savings from the merger of BA and Iberia.
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Old February 29th, 2012, 03:56 PM   #409
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Old March 6th, 2012, 09:43 AM   #410
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With IAG purchasing BMI (subject to approval) BMI is selling LCC BmiBaby. Apparently a buyer has been found - but who is it, and why so secretive?

Reports suggest it is an EU carrier. Ryanair, EasyJet, GermanWings, Air Berlin, Lufthansa, AirFrance/KLM, SAS? Im not sure why this hasnt been announced yet.
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Old March 7th, 2012, 05:34 PM   #411
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I assume with a buyer, bmibaby will have its name changed.
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Old March 24th, 2012, 02:51 PM   #413
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One of four A320's to be operated by Iberia's new low cost subsidiary starting operations on March 25th.


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Old March 30th, 2012, 10:00 AM   #414
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I was passing by LAX today, along Imperial Highway on the El Segundo side. There's a viewing area where the airport can be viewed from the south. I was surprised to find a BA777 landing and parking at Tom Bradly Terminal. Usually all of the daily BA flights to LAX out of the UK have been 744s. Is this just seasonal or is it the possible exit of the BA 744s from the LHR-LAX-LHR dailies in favor of an all out BA777?



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With the new summer schedule BA changed the route from the 744 to a 77W.

It could be permanent, it could be just the summer. But the capacity of both planes is almost the same, therefor it's not a seasonal capacity adjustment.
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British Airways eyes Asian routes after owner IAG given green light to buy bmi

International Airlines Group plans to use some of the 42 extra Heathrow slots gained from its takeover of bmi to increase British Airways' exposure to Asia, after the deal was approved by the European Commission.

The EC gave IAG, which owns BA and Iberia, the green light on Friday after the aviation giant agreed to give up four more pairs of take-off and landing slots than the 10 originally put on the negotiating table.

Among the 14 pairs of slots relinquished are seven that have to be used to operate routes between Heathrow and Scotland. The extra slots will be passed to a trustee appointed by the EC before being auctioned off to rival carriers.

Virgin Atlantic, which challenged the £172.5m takeover, is expected to compete for the Heathrow slots when they are eventually put on the market. Willie Walsh, chief executive of IAG, said talks will now commence with unions over job losses at bmi, which currently has a workforce of 2,600.

He said the deal would secure "the maximum number of jobs possible in the company" but he warned: "I make no secret of the fact that there will inevitably be some redundancies".

IAG hopes to complete the deal by April 20 but the structure and price could yet change if Lufthansa does not succeed in selling the bmibaby and bmi Regional divisions.

Lufthansa had signalled it would shut loss-making bmi had the acquisition not received EC approval. IAG will operate bmi's summer schedule but Mr Walsh said he then intends to use the slots to expand BA's long-haul network, including flights to parts of Asia where the flagship carrier does not currently serve.

Friday night's decision from the EC avoided the possibility of a lengthy "phase two" investigation, although the takeover could still be delayed if Sir Richard Branson's Virgin decides to pursue an appeal.

A spokesman for Virgin said: "We are very concerned that a deal of such significance has been waved through with very little regard for the flying public. The last-minute remedies offered this week by British Airways were not shared with the industry and they have not been subject to a detailed assessment.

"We find it incredible that something of this importance, that will affect the aviation landscape for decades to come could be pushed through without being scrutinised robustly through the very process set out by the competition authorities."

Virgin, which has only 3.5pc of Heathrow slots compared with the 51pc share that will be dominated by an enlarged IAG, would not comment on whether it would mount an appeal.

The spokesman said the carrier would "review all available options". As part of negotiations with the EC, IAG has also agreed to allow rival airlines, including Virgin, to buy seats on BA's short and mid-haul routes to enable their long-haul passengers to transfer to other destinations within the UK and Europe.

Although this kind of agreement is already fairly standard within the industry, it will force IAG to open it out to Virgin for the first time. Seats will be sold on "normal commercial terms".

However, in a side swipe at his rival, Mr Walsh said: "Quite honestly I think it must be almost humiliating for Branson and Virgin to have to rely on the British Airways network to feed traffic into their operations at Heathrow. It clearly demonstrates the Virgin business model is not sustainable without the help of competitors."
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I would love BA to launch flights from LHR to BOG. But i guess they would prefer to get hold of the 787 before doing it. The route needs to be served I believe.
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Yep, BA definitely needs to expand its network into South America.
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