Have to agree with PM
Brussels would be a good acquisition target for BA
, especially being profitable. Advantages too of large BAe 146/Avro RJ
fleet which BA
CitiExpress also operate, and a combined order for replacement could be feasible.
Don't rule out Aer Lingus - BA
would probably love those Heathrow slots, though I'm not saying that's the only reason to acquire EI
bmi would never get past the regulators, if only for the issue of Heathrow slots which BA
would have to dispose of. Plus, can't really see Sir Michael selling out to BA
, seeing as he remains BD
's majority shareholder (50% plus one share).
As for acquiring Alitalia or Malev I think BA
will want to stay clear of loss making carriers after its experiences with Deutsche BA
and TAT/Air Liberte.
On a merger front IB
would have to be favourite, but maybe AY
would be included in there two. Finnair is slowly building HEL
as a credible hub for Asia, and coupled with BA
's Middle East/African/North Atlantic operations at LHR
's Latin American operation at MAD
you'd have a powerful three-hub carrier without the complications of AF
-KL (Having to split operations between CDG
) and LH
where its FRA
hubs dominate CPH
(OS) and ZRH
(LX - though will soon be a Lufthansa hub too).
Until EU-US Open Skies is sorted out I don't think BA
will even entertain a merger with a US carrier, and probably the US aviation industry needs to improve financially anyway too. As for Asian carriers, QF
is an outside chance, while CX
seems to be leaning towards CA
and possibly KA
(Involving Swire Group and CAAC).
The death today of BA
President Emeritus, and former Chairman, Lord King of Wartnaby, has reminded me how he pursued plans for BA
to acquire or merge at various points with United, Continental, KLM and Sabena, all ultimately unsuccessful.