"It can be a fine line between survival and success, just as the blowtorch of a threatened existence provides a powerful motive to pursue ambitious goals.
Last month’s International Airlines Group (IAG)/British Airways move on bmi is only one more piece in the strategic kaleidoscope opening out in front of the Group Chairman, Willie Walsh. The world is his oyster at present. Answering a question following the bmi purchase announcement, Mr Walsh said that despite the uncertain economic environment that Europe’s politicians have created, this was a time of opportunity. His airline is well placed now to capitalise and, as bad news for others spells bargains in the marketplace, the time could well be ripe. In the process, London Heathrow Airport is firmly in the spotlight as Virgin Atlantic also remains a sale possibility. Yet for BA and all of its major rivals, the elephant in the room remains how to service shorthaul network connections profitably.
The “opportunity” for British Airways is not a modest one; it is to establish the carrier and Iberia as the world’s leading airline group. From British Airways’ precarious position just two years ago, as union pressures to preserve the status quo threatened to shut the airline down, the now-merged carrier is once again poised for greatness. 2012 will be a defining year for IAG........."