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Willie Walsh Still Apparently Keen On BA/QF Tie Up  
User currently offlineVHTJE From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2009, 468 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 4127 times:
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Bloomberg are reporting that WW said that BA could revive plans for a tie-up with QF using its merger with IB "as a template".

The report does not say why he said this; in fact it cites a few reasons why any merger shouldn't go ahead (political backlash in Australia, unequal financial positions of each airline, etc) plus adds the inevitable analyst's view.

Links to the story here:


And a copy of it on the Sydney Morning Herald website:


Why is WW so keen on a tie up with QF, given the obstacles?

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User currently offlineRj777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 2055 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 3958 times:

Well, technically, Australia is part British......

User currently offlineGemuser From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 6285 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week ago) and read 3827 times:

Quoting VHTJE (Thread starter):
Why is WW so keen on a tie up with QF, given the obstacles?

Qantas and BA/BOAC/Imperial Airways have had some sort of tie up with each other since the 1930s. This has included shareholding of up to 50% (thats why when the name changed from Q.A.N.T.A.S. it was to Qantas Empire Airways.) and various other agreements.

I fully expect that some sort of merger will take place in the future involving QF/BA/IB/AA. When, how who knows?


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User currently offlineJfk777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 9776 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week ago) and read 3815 times:
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A BA-Qantas merger would be a great Anglo-Aussie airline. With all the competition from the middle east airlines Qantas & BA ned to do something to retain the market share they have on the Kangaroo Route. A merger would make it a bigger company even if most of the efficiency are already in place since the two have had a joint venture for years.

The combination of Iberia, BA and Qantas would be a formidable combination. It would even be greater if AA were to joined them.

User currently offlineBeyondBristol From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2009, 60 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week ago) and read 3736 times:

For anyone interested, here is the full Financial Times interview. Quite an interesting read. Talks about the BA-IB deal, pension deficit, strike action, QF, etc.


I'll admit it...I'm a BA & VS cheerleader.
User currently offlineCpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 5058 posts, RR: 34
Reply 5, posted (6 years 6 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3698 times:

While BA/QF/IB would be a huge force to be reckoned with - I doubt it'll work. And wouldn't competition worries cause difficulties with getting approvals for that?

Also, does QF want the worries of BA's tricky financial situation?

Quoting VHTJE (Thread starter):

Why is WW so keen on a tie up with QF, given the obstacles?

Because QF is still very strong - and Jetstar is a formidable machine that could be rolled out quickly to other markets. A ready made LCC to deploy where needed.

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