GSTBA From UK - England, joined Apr 2010, 399 posts, RR: 1 Posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 11634 times:
The following short report was published on the Wall Street Journal Website on Thursday
The board of Spanish airline Iberia is planning to approve Tuesday the launch of a low-cost air carrier for short and medium-haul flights, reports El Pais in its Thursday Internet edition, citing sources familiar with the operation.
Two days later, the board of International Consolidated Airlines Group SA (IAG.LN, IAG.MC), the company formed through the merger of Iberia and British Airways, will have to ratify the decision, the paper adds.
VV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 6617 posts, RR: 17 Reply 2, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 11256 times:
Quoting buyantukhaa (Reply 1): And Vueling? It seems they already have what they want, so what's the point?
My recollection - right or wrong - is that the IB interest in VY is a minority interest. That is they are the biggest shareholder but own - I think - 45 per cent of VY's equity. So perhaps they want an LCC that they control but VY's other shareholders are not willing to let them take a controlling interest.
GSTBA From UK - England, joined Apr 2010, 399 posts, RR: 1 Reply 3, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 11017 times:
Quoting VV701 (Reply 2): My recollection - right or wrong - is that the IB interest in VY is a minority interest. That is they are the biggest shareholder but own - I think - 45 per cent of VY's equity. So perhaps they want an LCC that they control but VY's other shareholders are not willing to let them take a controlling interest.
You are correct IB only holds a minority stake in VY of 45.85%
From what I can gather from the El Pais article the board will announce the plans on the 4th. The new carrier will focus on short to medium haul routes from IB's base in MAD. As many as 37 A320 family aircraft will be transferred from the IB fleet to the new airline.
downtown273 From Spain, joined Aug 2005, 263 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 10932 times:
Quoting buyantukhaa (Reply 1): And Vueling? It seems they already have what they want, so what's the point?
Exactly. Vueling first focused on BCN and IB dropped all mainline BCN flights (except MAD-BCN of course). Then, with the expansion, Vueling started to operate some of Iberia's MAD flights, for example MAD-AGP, MAD-VLC, etc. Fair point, they probably are cheaper to operate (crew costs) and they still serve as feeders as they codeshare VY/IB.
But now, if they create their own low cost for say, domestic flights, what's the point? They've already given their market to VY in many routes. So probably the new low-cost's biggest competitor will be Vueling - the airline they've been working on for the last few years.
I want to believe that there is some good strategy behind this and the routes might not overlap?
LHRFlyer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2010, 740 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 10871 times:
I don't think this is a new LCC.
What IB is doing, and has been considered for some time, is setting up a separate company (with a lower costbase) to operate some short haul flights. The aircraft, brand and product will be the same. It's just the operating model (employee contracts, working practices) behind it will be different.
acelanzarote From Spain, joined Nov 2005, 781 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 10579 times:
Iberia have already transfered quiet a few few A320´s and even a A319 to Vueling so if they are transfering more to this new set up, will they have any left! At this rate the A321 will be the smallest plane in the fleet....
from the Island with sun and great photo's.. Why not visit Lanzarote
downtown273 From Spain, joined Aug 2005, 263 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 10168 times:
Quoting Cabincrewifly (Reply 12): It would be brilliant if they flew to more places in Ireand eg Cork and Shannon
I'd like to see them here in BFS... On hang on, they'd probably charge £400 for BFS-MAD-BFS so I'd still most likely fly BFS-LPL-MAD return on easyJet/Ryanair for £100
Now being serious, Iberia have surrendered themselves to low-cost airlines. UK/Ireland-Spain is full of LCC (easyJet, Ryanair, Monarch, Jet2, Thomson, Thomas...). No way they'll compete on that. I think it's a bit sad the fact that Iberia hasn't been able to take anything of the UK/Ireland-Spain market. I fly many weekends to Malaga, and there are probably around 50 flights a day to the UK & Ireland. None of them operated by a Spanish airline.
mainMAN From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 2064 posts, RR: 6 Reply 14, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 9998 times:
Does anyone know why Vueling are stopping MAD - AGP from the end of October? I need to get between the two cities in June, and the only alternative is a 07.20 Spanair flight, IB for an incredible 140 euro or the train for 90 euro.
LHRFlyer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2010, 740 posts, RR: 1 Reply 18, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 9742 times:
Quoting vincewy (Reply 17):
Another prime example of waste (time, money, and resources). Why bother? Their intra-European operations are already LCC (except Moscow and Istanbul) that they're best off just keeping one IB brand.
As already stated, the Iberia brand will remain. There will be no new brand.
IB short haul may be LCC in service but I suspect it isn't in terms of cost base.
taichen From Spain, joined Jul 2001, 209 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 8503 times:
At one point, Iberia was the first "legacy" Euroepan airline to intoduce a BOB menu. Swiss , Austrian and IIRC KLM (?) followed suit, but backtracked later.
Then came Clickair : a BCN-based low cost owned by Iberia, which took all BCN operations save the MAD-BCN leg and some other domestic flights, plus some international ones. It was more or less an "updated" version of the Aviaco subsidiary, using the older A320 in the Iberia flights and going LCC all the way. Clickair codeshared with IB, but did not carry pets, UMs, etc, which was a major concern for many Spanish passengers who depended on Iberia. (that is, not because they were fond of IB, but because there were little or no alternatives)
Clickair was an ultimate failure, and it eventually merged with Vueling, and the "new" Vueling was born : Vueling is now an airline where IB has a (not-so-minor) share, it is well tied with IB (all VY flights codeshare with IB) and again VY flies all IB traffic, plus some other routes. Still, Iberia does not proactively sell VY as its own product, even if many IB flights are VY codeshares. Also, vueling uses the Iberia logo from time to time on their marketing product (mostly because of the Iberia Plus frequent flyer scheme)
Iberia European and short haul product is almost 100% low cost, and even then IB is not happy, claims it is not making money, and started tallking some years ago about an "IB Express" low cost for domestic and European flights. After the BA/ IB merger, there were rumors saying than IB would eventually become BA's low cost brtand in Europe and fly from LGW as well. (?!).
At any rate, VY has taken some further IBeria A320 and operated many other Iberia domestic flights, and at he same time Air Nostrum, the regional affiliate, is now operating some CRJ 1000 and flying many other domestic legs. Iberia is shrinking by the month and someytimes I think it is just a longjhaul airline which sells tickets for two domestic /european airlines : high-priced ( offering business class and a very average economy) Air Nostrum and LCC-alike (offering some fake business class services à la Easyjet) Vueling. Still, in the last weeks Iberia has withdrawn the Vueling codeshare in some airports and is still flying those flights with its own brand / metal.
So, what would be next ? Honestly, I think very few people have a clue. Everytime I check iberia.com is a new surprise for me, honestly.
laca773 From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3744 posts, RR: 2 Reply 22, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 8221 times:
It seems even with the BA-IB merger, IB is a lost soul and can not find itself. I was hoping with this merger, BA would set a solid foundation for IB and their mainline short/medium haul flights would be improved. No such luck. It seems now Vueling doesn't do it for them, so let's start another mediocre LCC to take over all domestic and European markets and we'll try and improve original IB mainline longhaul product and image.
DLD9S From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 247 posts, RR: 0 Reply 23, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 7810 times:
How can you get much more LCC than IB in economy on short and medium haul? Short of hawking smokeless cigarettes, a 'business" class and getting AAdvantage miles (a whopping 250 for a 1,300 mile flight), I don't see much difference between true IB and U2 or FR. The pitch is tight, you don't even get a free glass of water or cup of coffee, and the service is blah at best.
ju068 From Serbia, joined Aug 2009, 2579 posts, RR: 6 Reply 24, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 7679 times:
Quoting vincewy (Reply 17): Another prime example of waste (time, money, and resources). Why bother? Their intra-European operations are already LCC (except Moscow and Istanbul) that they're best off just keeping one IB brand.
Can someone please tell me what's the difference with Moscow and Istanbul, and why are these two different.
25 GSTBA: I think that IB is looking at this all wrong. FR ,VY etc may offer low fares but there extra charges soon mount up. There is still the market for a ai
26 rutankrd: No YOU are getting it WRONG like many on these forums that confuse LCC with Low (Complex) Fares operators. Again IBERIA are NOT starting another comp
27 vincewy: Not sure at this point but for those 2 flights out of MAD, you get hot meals just like their long hauls. Even their long haul flights are approaching
28 taichen: Moscow, Istanbul (and some others, such as Warsaw or Athens, IIRC just get meals and such because they arelonger flights. On the other hand, Clickair
29 caribillo: AFAIK the decision about creating a LCC has been already taken. We're talking about reducing costs here, not about modifying the service/image perceiv
30 smi0006: I actually think this is a good step and something that is being mirrored around the world. Reduced labour costs. No one looses jobs, however all new
31 caribillo: Not sure about the happiness of the unions. Ground staff and F/A unions have accepted in their Labour Agreements to be tranfered to a new company in
32 Babybus: Hang on a minute, Iberia once had an LCC airline called Viva in the 80s. That didn't last very long. Spain, and France, might benefit from having less
33 taichen: Sort of LCC "avant la lettre", yes. Viva air was Iberia's charter airline at first, then it became a full-service airline that flew on behalf of IB,
34 Talaier: Its IAG's way of avoiding a hard fight against the unions like the one suffered in BA. Instead of re-organising the staff, they just create another c
35 icaro: MAD-LIM is a 12 hours flight and you get a hot meal, a sandwich and a light meal before landing, plus any drink you want during the flight. How of a
36 r2rho: Only a handful of people on this thread understand what is going on here... you first need to differentiate between: 1) low cost base 2) no-frills ser
37 r2rho: It's official. The new low cost-base 100% owned subsidiary has been launched and will be called Iberia Express. Based in MAD, it will start operations
38 spantax: This opens the promissing and exciting perspective of a lot of entertaining and well-deserved "Bashing Iberia and Iberia Express" threads
39 JJJ: Easy, they will fly with IB flight numbers and booking will be through IB mainline, à la YW. I am sure the livery and uniforms will involve adding a
40 downtown273: Will all Iberia Express' flights be from/to MAD? Iberia centralized all its operations in MAD (and then decentralized some to BCN, i.e. BCN-MIA). All
41 nostrum: I would like to see a merger of Iberia Express and Vueling. From my point of view it seems it could benefit Iberia Express future since the Iberia bra
42 rutankrd: Can you NO GET THIS surely you can read/understand. There are NOT two LCC brands. Iberia Express is just like BA Gatwick ops or Team Alitalia . ITS a
43 nostrum: Thanks for explaining; but the caps and comment were unnecessary, not to say rude. I suppose that's an update since as far as I read on some Spanish
44 blackwidow: Unlike BA Gatwick then... - You get free drink and food onboard, BA self handling (high cost), and BA engineering (with a hanger)...... But I get you
45 SXI899: Don't sweat it too much, it's a common misconception. Simply put, a low-cost carrier (LCCs) is one where the operating costs are lower than other sim
46 kelual: It looks like to get a free drink and a sandwich makes the difference between being a low cost airline or not. I guess from this point of view United
47 r2rho: For the time being it seems yes, and my guess is for the future as well. I can imagine IB Express progressively taking over all IB short-haul ops at
48 FoxDelta: For now, eventually I fear that IB management will come and say "Hey, long range isn't doing that well, let's start transfering our worst performing