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It's Official: IAG Is Up And Running  
User currently offlineTalaier From Spain, joined May 2008, 490 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3564 times:

From now on, mere formalities and stock flotation in Madrid and London on January 2011. BA and IB now make Europe's third biggest airline.

http://grupo.iberia.es/portal/site/g...060d69c210VgnVCM200000940216ac____

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User currently offlineWROORD From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 956 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3047 times:

I wonder if they will run it similar to AF/KLM or eventually will make it more unified as one company. Not sure how the operations will be handled with the headquarters being in Madrid and CEO based in London?

User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7534 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (3 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2948 times:

Quoting WROORD (Reply 1):
Not sure how the operations will be handled with the headquarters being in Madrid and CEO based in London?

Operations (and the CEO) will be based in London from 21 January. IAG HQ (and Chairman) will be based in Madrid just under 800 miles away.

This is far from an unusual situation. For example many American corporations have a not dissimilar geography. Consider Boeing. Its HQ is in Chicago, over 1,700 miles from its significant operations at PAE and BFI. Nor is this a unique situation in the airline world. Air Berlin's registered company office is in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, England. Its operational HQ is in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, Berlin, Germany about 600 miles away.


User currently offlineTalaier From Spain, joined May 2008, 490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2394 times:

The Madrid-thing is just to balance out the deal, although given that IB and BA will operate as separate entities both companies do keep part of their power.

The interesting thing will be who is next in line to join in. My bet is Finnair.


User currently offliner2rho From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 2630 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (3 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2156 times:

There's lots of talk about the financial merger but so far no concrete practical measures have been announced by IAG (route coordination, new routes, merging FF programs, network structure after AA-BA-IB ATI approval, etc, etc). Not much coordination happening here, let alone sinergies ...

User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7534 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (3 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2108 times:

Quoting r2rho (Reply 4):
There's lots of talk about the financial merger but so far no concrete practical measures have been announced by IAG (route coordination, new routes, merging FF programs, network structure after AA-BA-IB ATI approval, etc, etc). Not much coordination happening here, let alone sinergies ...

A lot has happened.

For example all BA and IB flights between BCN and LHR have been operated by BA metal since the end of last March.

Another example is the flight timing coordination between LHR and MAD. As an illustration the first departures to MAD for both BA and IB used to be at 0800 and, if I remember correctly, 0810. Then there was no other flight to MAD for over three hours. Now there are departures from LHR at 0620 (IB3169), 0725 (IB3161), 0815 (BA456), 0950 (BA458) and 1055 (IB3163). So three poorly spaced flights have been replaced by 5 well spaced flights.


User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7534 posts, RR: 17
Reply 6, posted (3 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2038 times:

Quoting r2rho (Reply 4):
There's lots of talk about the financial merger but so far no concrete practical measures have been announced by IAG (route coordination, new routes, merging FF programs, network structure after AA-BA-IB ATI approval, etc, etc). Not much coordination happening here, let alone sinergies ...

Here you can read about the integration of the BA FF programme that was effectyive on 1 October:

http://www.britishairways.com/cms/gl...l/pdfs/Frequent_Flyer_Benefits.pdf

New routes will be implemented on 1 April. So far LAX-MAD, SAN-LHR, JFK-BUD and 0RD-HEL have been announced to be effective on that date with a promise of more to be announced.

A significant expansion of code share routes also occurred on 1 October.


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