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BA & IB Link Up On Flights  
User currently offlineScotron11 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 1178 posts, RR: 3
Posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2531 times:

BA & IB are combining their operations between LHR - MAD/BCN and will share all revenue and profits on both routes. The venture will come into effect Jan 01.

The two airlines have received antitrust immunity from the EU which allows them to "collude" legally.

Together they hold about 50% of the market from London to MAD/BCN with competition coming from BMI, Easyjet and Ryanair.

Maybe a "full merger" could be in the works.

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User currently offlineRichardw From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 3745 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2482 times:

The codeshare on these route has been with us for a while now, does this now go further than just buying an allocation on each other's flights?

User currently offlineBilly From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2000, 895 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2464 times:

The route becomes a joint venture between the two carriers. This is very much what happens between OSL, ARN and CPH to FRA between LH and SAS. So much for competition - this used to be called pooling until it was deemed illegal.

User currently offlineRichardw From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 3745 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2426 times:

So this means the price will be the same whichever airline's website you book through and the current allocation system will go, so they must be setting up a clever bit of software to handle this.

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