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BMI/IAG Merger - Up To 1200 Jobs To Go

Thu Apr 12, 2012 1:04 pm

Just flashed up as breaking news on the BBC.

As a result of the merger with IAG up to 1200 jobs are to be cut as part of the merger of BMI into IAG.

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RE: BMI/IAG Merger - Up To 1200 Jobs To Go

Thu Apr 12, 2012 1:14 pm

Jobs to go as part of the integration of both airlines.

Redundancies consist primarily of those located at Donnington Hall in Derbyshire. The Head office of BMI.

From BA.com Press Release:

"The consultation proposes the full integration of bmi mainline into British Airways securing approximately 1,500 jobs. The integration proposals could result in up to 1,200 redundancies."

http://press.ba.com/?p=2247

Small piece from the Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012...over-bmi-job-losses_n_1420317.html

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Thu Apr 12, 2012 1:21 pm

Sad to hear that but we knew it would happen. Wish the affected all the best in finding another job its very sad to see .
 
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Thu Apr 12, 2012 1:28 pm

Agree - I think it was inevitable. As BA said in their statement, BMI would have gone to the wall in its current state and job losses were always on the cards. I find it particularly sad that staff at Donnington Hall will lose their jobs - I have fond memories of that place from years and years back.

But, progress has no room for nostalgia and it's the bottom line that counts. The press release also mentions the sale of BMI regional and BMI Baby are ongoing. Wonder who would buy them?
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Thu Apr 12, 2012 1:38 pm

Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
Sad to hear that but we knew it would happen. Wish the affected all the best in finding another job its very sad to see .

I truly am sorry to hear that some great people will be let go, the Pre Travel Support team, the Diamond Club team, etc. These people were truly diamonds and I am saddened that they have gotten bought up in this.

However, there is quite a lot of information in that press release
- Ground Staff (only above wing, as below wing has already been contracted to Menzies) will be kept at T1. Presumably these will serve current ground handling contracts and/or the BA presence at T1.
- At least some, if not the majority of the BD aircraft will be retained for the medium/long term.
- Some current BD destinations will be retained
- There will be a major schedule overhaul for the combined company, probably over the winter 12/13 and summer13 schedules.
- Customer facing airport roles are relatively safe.
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Thu Apr 12, 2012 1:38 pm

Quoting btblue (Reply 3):
But, progress has no room for nostalgia and it's the bottom line that counts. The press release also mentions the sale of BMI regional and BMI Baby are ongoing. Wonder who would buy them?

I'd guess flyBE and EasyJet are likely puchasers.
 
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Thu Apr 12, 2012 1:45 pm

I don't know if this has been posted.

We've received internal communications today that BD will be leaving *A, effective 31MAY12.

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Thu Apr 12, 2012 2:09 pm

It's such a shame, but it's better than the whole of BMI going bust and the majority of people losing their jobs, at least we will see most of the front line staff keeping their jobs.

My thoughts are with the office staff that are facing redundancies.
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Thu Apr 12, 2012 2:17 pm

Quoting scouseflyer (Reply 5):
I'd guess flyBE and EasyJet are likely puchasers.

I'd say that's extremely doubtful. But we shall see.  
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Thu Apr 12, 2012 2:20 pm

I noticed that 1,100 cabin crew, pilots and engineers at Heathrow as well as 400 passenger service roles in T1 have been secured which is a plus.

Also they have stated that they will be looking to add potential working opportunities in the Midlands. This includes Rolls-Royce. They are also looking to create more jobs at their engineering facility at GLA from Jan 2014, when the contract for BD aircraft heavy maintenance outside of the UK expires.

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RE: BMI/IAG Merger - Up To 1200 Jobs To Go

Thu Apr 12, 2012 2:42 pm

Quoting BrianDromey (Reply 4):

Indeed Brian pre travel support were often my last resort and usually came up trumps.
 
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Thu Apr 12, 2012 2:43 pm

We all knew it was going to happen.
I’d rather lose 1,200 jobs and save 1,500 than lose them all with an airline going bust, ceasing all ops and leaving a lot of passengers in the lurch.
Kudos to IAG/BA for coming up with an action plan that saves more jobs than it loses.

So, they’re keeping the BD aircraft for the medium term. I wonder if they’ll repaint them into BA colours, or put a BA /IAG sticker beside the doors?
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Thu Apr 12, 2012 4:47 pm

I can't really understand why Jet2 would not be interested in BMIBaby, the major factor being the same aircraft type for smooth integration into the fleet perhaps....
 
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Thu Apr 12, 2012 5:02 pm

Quoting btblue (Thread starter):
As a result of the merger with IAG up to 1200 jobs are to be cut as part of the merger of BMI into IAG.

Well this is a total shocker (sarcasm)

How much downsizing will occur as a result of this merger, as in, fleet reductions and destinations cut?

One can only see this coming with a merger, which, again, I highly question the necessity of in a global competition-based economy.
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Thu Apr 12, 2012 5:11 pm

Quoting abrown532 (Reply 12):

I can't really understand why Jet2 would not be interested in BMIBaby, the major factor being the same aircraft type for smooth integration into the fleet perhaps....

I do expect LS to be interested in WW. This gives them decent access to BHX & BHD. With a few seasonals from EMA, it would make sense that they may want to grow their presence there.

I can't see U2 bothered too much with WW, but stranger things have happened. Also same for BE.

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Thu Apr 12, 2012 5:33 pm

Quoting garpd (Reply 11):
So, they’re keeping the BD aircraft for the medium term. I wonder if they’ll repaint them into BA colours, or put a BA /IAG sticker beside the doors?

On the BA Website - Press Release, it says they will be re-painting the BMI aircraft into full BA LIvery.
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Thu Apr 12, 2012 6:04 pm

Quoting virgincrew (Reply 15):

On the BA Website - Press Release, it says they will be re-painting the BMI aircraft into full BA LIvery.

Will look awesome:


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Thu Apr 12, 2012 6:07 pm

Quoting garpd (Reply 16):
Will look awesome:

Dream on.
BA is not going to fly the A330 after the end of the summer schedule.
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Thu Apr 12, 2012 7:16 pm

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 13):
How much downsizing will occur as a result of this merger, as in, fleet reductions and destinations cut?

One can only see this coming with a merger, which, again, I highly question the necessity of in a global competition-based economy.

The only downsizing that will occur is the forcible handover of 14 daily slot pairs to competitor airlines, hopefully they will take up some of the spare staff.

The takeover is all about aquiring scarce LHR slots, why would IAG then want to reduce their flying programme and lose the slots back into the pool ?

As slots are gradually utilised for longer routes, the destination count, fleet numbers and crew employed should rise. BD had a lot of short haul flying with planes completing 6 sectors or so each day, long haul planes rarely complete more than 2 sectors daily, on the longer routes only one.
 
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Thu Apr 12, 2012 7:25 pm

I have to agree that while it is sad to see so many jobs go it is better than seeing all of them go.

What I do find interesting is that the most recent issue of 'network' on the Star Alliance website listed total BD employees as 3811. No disrepect to the staff involved, but if nearly a third of the total staff were in Head Office it does seem that BD may have been a bit 'top heavy' which cannot have helped their financial state ?

Does anyone have an idea on what a typical frontline/head office ratio is for an airline BD's size ?
 
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RE: BMI/IAG Merger - Up To 1200 Jobs To Go

Thu Apr 12, 2012 7:31 pm

Well job cuts are inevitable, I'm sure many would be offered new jobs with LH or another airline. I'm glad the cabin crew, pilots and ground staff will be kept. Like many have said, it's better than losing 3000+ jobs and a whole company going bust.

A bit of irony, I wonder what will happen to the BD Lounge at LHR - it used to be BA's domestic lounge (from what I've been told) nothing like going full circle eh!
 
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Thu Apr 12, 2012 7:58 pm

On a side matter, does IAG actually acquire Donington Hall as part of the deal? I wonder what they'll do with the estate?
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Thu Apr 12, 2012 8:03 pm

Quoting FlyCaledonian (Reply 21):

Sell it I would guess? There is no need for it to remain on the IAG books?

Also, its a very strange place to have a HQ don't you think?
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Thu Apr 12, 2012 8:21 pm

Quoting garpd (Reply 16):
Will look awesome:

Agree. I never thought we were going to see a BA A330.

Quoting Tristarsteve (Reply 17):
BA is not going to fly the A330 after the end of the summer schedule.

You are normally well informed on BA matters, but what a shame.
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Thu Apr 12, 2012 8:50 pm

Quoting garpd (Reply 16):

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Thu Apr 12, 2012 9:27 pm

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 24):
- As much as I'd love to see an A330 in BA colours, it's just not going to happen

IIRC the 2 x A330's are leased so I'd imagine they'll go back to the leaser or perhaps into IB who have cockpit commonality with the A340???

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Thu Apr 12, 2012 10:05 pm

A further knock on effect is the handler Menzies, will this continue or will BA take over the handling in house?
 
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Thu Apr 12, 2012 11:46 pm

Quoting Bongodog1964 (Reply 18):
The only downsizing that will occur is the forcible handover of 14 daily slot pairs to competitor airlines, hopefully they will take up some of the spare staff.

I suspect that anyone working for bmi at Donington and the regional airports feels very downsized tonight. I know that's not what you mean but we shouldn't forget there are real people involved here. And as the slot pairs are at LHR and the staff are based near Derby and in the regions I can't see them being prime candidates for any jobs, can you?

Quoting lhr380 (Reply 22):
Also, its a very strange place to have a HQ don't you think?

Hint: bmi originally stood for British MIDLAND Airways. Castle Donington is in the heart of the (East) MIDLANDS. It's as close to EMA as Waterside is to LHR. And it's set in a fabulous location and has a real presence (at least it did when I was last there!)

Apologies for my slightly bitter tone.......

# yes it was inevitable
# yes it's better to save 1500 jobs than lose all 2700

.....but I can't help but feel for all the guys and girls at Donington Hall, EMA and the other regional airports. They and their families now face a difficult and uncertain time as UK airlines continue to migrate (despite horrendous infrastructure constraints) towards the overcrowded, expensive south-east corner of the country.

As for Donington Hall, it would be great if BA / IAG got creative and used it for something (like developing an multi-functional aerospace industry training campus for everything from Pilots to HR to Engineering, after all there is an airport next door and the Midlands has considerable aerospace and engineering heritage) but they are so London-centric I can't see it happening. I suspect the commercial estate agents will be crawling all over the place at the weekend.........

Best wishes to the 1500, being ex-BA myself I hope it works out for you but we mustn't forget these are sad times for many outside LHR.
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Fri Apr 13, 2012 12:29 am

Quoting Tristarsteve (Reply 17):
But all the A32x will join the BA operation.

Full circle for some of the ex BMED fleet.

Quoting 757ops (Reply 26):
A further knock on effect is the handler Menzies, will this continue or will BA take over the handling in house?

In "unrelated" news they've just been awarded BA below wing handling at LGW. I believe customer service staff in T1 are going to BA.
 
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Fri Apr 13, 2012 12:45 am

Quoting skipness1E (Reply 28):

Full circle for some of the ex BMED fleet.

Have they had their original BA seats replaced since their "last" merger?
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Fri Apr 13, 2012 12:56 am

Quoting tonystan (Reply 29):
Have they had their original BA seats replaced since their "last" merger?

I believe so. Oh well.
 
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Fri Apr 13, 2012 1:15 am

Quoting skipness1E (Reply 30):
I believe so. Oh well.

OOPS...I flew over in an old "club" cradle seat from LHR the other day but it was actually one of the post BMI merger deliveries plus it had been upgraded with the new cabin scheme so not sure if it was too different from the BMED days.
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Fri Apr 13, 2012 1:27 am

Hang on, I misread your post, I believe they have the seats as were, just changed the decour!
 
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Fri Apr 13, 2012 1:34 am

Quoting skipness1E (Reply 32):
Hang on, I misread your post, I believe they have the seats as were, just changed the decour!

Ah ok!

Curious to find out if BA will retain the longhaul cabins on these airbuses or revert them to the full Euro product. I personally think BA should now consider refurbishing the 7 or so EF 767s into a longhaul config and place them the new ME routes operate previously by BMI!

Just me thinking out loud!
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Fri Apr 13, 2012 2:49 am

Quoting Tristarsteve (Reply 17):
BA is not going to fly the A330 after the end of the summer schedule.

Do you think they will be parked until the leases expire?
 
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Fri Apr 13, 2012 8:03 am

Quoting skipness1E (Reply 28):
Full circle for some of the ex BMED fleet.

Indeed on the flights I took to BEY / AMM you could see the old BA seats with just new covers on them .

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Fri Apr 13, 2012 9:57 am

Quoting OA260 (Reply 36):

When I flew to DME in February I really enjoyed the refreshed cabin- very smart and nicely coordinated with napkin rings, menus etc and the flock wallpaper on the divider between Y&J.

Quoting tonystan (Reply 33):
767s into a longhaul config and place them the new ME routes operate previously by BMI!

I think this would be a fantastic idea. The 767s would suit the passenger loads and length of these services.
BMI's services to Khartoum and Adis Ababa could operate as flights in their own rights without re fuelling in Beirut.

Quoting tonystan (Reply 33):
if BA will retain the longhaul cabins on these airbuses or revert them to the full Euro product

I would be extremely surprised if they operated Euro configured A321/A320s on 5/6 hour services to the Middle East.
They would be competing directly against national carriers that offer a far superior business and economy class product compared to a BA short haul configured aircraft.. unless they absorb BMI's A32s fleet and use it for their European operations and use their long haul fleet on key Middle Eastern routes they inherited from bmi. (767/777 & 747)

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Fri Apr 13, 2012 10:08 am

Sad to see what has happened to BD and expecially sad to see people losing jobs, particularly in this day and age but this is the best of a bad situation. If BA had not stepped in god only knows what the situation would be like as it seems no one else was going to step in, not even VS with all its huffing and puffing.

I had some great flights with BD and I wish all staff, employed or not the very best for the future.
 
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Fri Apr 13, 2012 10:21 am

Quoting ual777uk (Reply 38):
I had some great flights with BD and I wish all staff, employed or not the very best for the future.

Me too. Absolutely fantastic cabin crew, a real asset to BMI that set them apart from their competitors.
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Fri Apr 13, 2012 10:26 am

Does anyone know if the staff at Donington Hall had been offered any early retirement packages before IAG decided to pull the plug? Why are BA not sharing in the pain of layoffs? There's definitely some brutality to this. In the UA/CO and DL/NW mergers, staff were laid off in both cities. Many people willing to relocate were able to secure positions at the new headquarters. I know this is not a merger of equals, but I'm not convinced that those that worked at Donington Hall weren't just as talented as those at BA, just not as fortunate.
 
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Fri Apr 13, 2012 10:46 am

Quoting usdcaguy (Reply 40):
Does anyone know if the staff at Donington Hall had been offered any early retirement packages before IAG decided to pull the plug? Why are BA not sharing in the pain of layoffs?

As far as functions like marketing, sales, revenue management, and IT go, to be blunt, BA has absolutely nothing to learn from bmi as it was pretty woeful at all of these. bmi as a business is, apart from the LHR slots, essentially worthless. If it wasn’t for Lufthansa pumping money in to it, bmi would be have gone bankrupt years ago.

There is no need to maintain the separate head office function at Castle Donnington and it’s the closure of this and other bases outside of LHR that is the main reason for the redundancies. At a head office level everything will be taken over by BA. In the UK you can only make somebody redundant when the actual role they do has become redundant - hence in part why bmi is bearing the brunt of the layoffs.

Also, there are redundancies at BA as head office functions between BA and Iberia are merged into IAG.

[Edited 2012-04-13 03:49:51]

[Edited 2012-04-13 03:58:07]
 
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Fri Apr 13, 2012 12:02 pm

Quoting usdcaguy (Reply 40):
but I'm not convinced that those that worked at Donington Hall weren't just as talented as those at BA, just not as fortunate.

Dont get me wrong, Im sure there where many many talanted folk working in customer services and other departments but BMIs marketing and management was a joke and Im pretty sure all these positions are based there. I mean they are not losing all that money for nothing!
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RE: BMI/IAG Merger - Up To 1200 Jobs To Go

Fri Apr 13, 2012 12:43 pm

Quoting fruitbat (Reply 27):
Quoting Bongodog1964 (Reply 18):
The only downsizing that will occur is the forcible handover of 14 daily slot pairs to competitor airlines, hopefully they will take up some of the spare staff.

I suspect that anyone working for bmi at Donington and the regional airports feels very downsized tonight. I know that's not what you mean but we shouldn't forget there are real people involved here. And as the slot pairs are at LHR and the staff are based near Derby and in the regions I can't see them being prime candidates for any jobs, can you?

My post was in reply to a statement that IAG would soon be axing routes and planes and downsizing the operation, which is as far from the truth as you are likely to get. I do however appreciate that this is terrible news to the staff at Donington, who long ago lost any control they might have over the airlines future.

Quoting usdcaguy (Reply 40):
Does anyone know if the staff at Donington Hall had been offered any early retirement packages before IAG decided to pull the plug? Why are BA not sharing in the pain of layoffs? There's definitely some brutality to this. In the UA/CO and DL/NW mergers, staff were laid off in both cities. Many people willing to relocate were able to secure positions at the new headquarters. I know this is not a merger of equals, but I'm not convinced that those that worked at Donington Hall weren't just as talented as those at BA, just not as fortunate.

This is not a merger in any sense of the word, its a takeover of an ailing minnow by the largest local competitor. IAG simply have no need of Donington, whose location may have once made sense, but hasn't for many years. Having the head office so far from the centre of the airlines operations will certainly have not helped the overall performance of BD, I wonder if some of the head office staff have ever seen a BD plane ?

Though there has been no mention of any previous staff retirements/redundancies at Donington, I would imagine there must have been as the BD operation now is significantly smaller than it was when LH took control. If there hasn't been, they must have offices full of staff with nothing to do.
 
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RE: BMI/IAG Merger - Up To 1200 Jobs To Go

Fri Apr 13, 2012 1:01 pm

Quoting raffik (Reply 37):
I would be extremely surprised if they operated Euro configured A321/A320s on 5/6 hour services to the Middle East.
They would be competing directly against national carriers that offer a far superior business and economy class product compared to a BA short haul configured aircraft.. unless they absorb BMI's A32s fleet and use it for their European operations and use their long haul fleet on key Middle Eastern routes they inherited from bmi. (767/777 & 747)

Youre right which I why I suggested BA should consider reconfiguring the EF 767s for WW instead and place them on these routes. Would be in my opinion a better use of their assets although I appreciate that the 767s are important for Cargo on europes.
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RE: BMI/IAG Merger - Up To 1200 Jobs To Go

Fri Apr 13, 2012 1:21 pm

Quoting usdcaguy (Reply 40):
I know this is not a merger of equals, but I'm not convinced that those that worked at Donington Hall weren't just as talented as those at BA, just not as fortunate.

Indeed your right and any suggestion of the contrary would be very wrong. The problem was and this is the experience over my decade of dealing with them is that they could only deal with the tools that were given to them. Management often made stupid policies and decisions. The professional admin/DC staff had to clean up the mess afterwards often including mistakes by their useless Indian call centre. Believe me you dreaded calling to do a redemption. I was once asked for the code for Belfast City . ! Just need to read other forums to hear the tales, some you couldnt make up .   Booked and confirmed flights that were never ticketed and people turned up at airports with no bookings was a frequent issue and happened to me on a few times before I got wise and always checked my booking on checkmytrip until I saw ticket numbers in the booking.

I actually felt sorry for the guys at Donnington Hall they saved BMI's face on many a time.
 
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RE: BMI/IAG Merger - Up To 1200 Jobs To Go

Fri Apr 13, 2012 2:48 pm

Quoting raffik (Reply 37):

Would be nice but the loads to KRT/ADD couldn't fill a combined service let alone stand alone with 763 aadl there just isn't a big enough market there
 
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RE: BMI/IAG Merger - Up To 1200 Jobs To Go

Fri Apr 13, 2012 3:05 pm

Quoting 757ops (Reply 46):

Would be nice but the loads to KRT/ADD couldn't fill a combined service let alone stand alone with 763 aadl there just isn't a big enough market there

BA wont be maintaining any routes that are not paying their way and if the ADD/KRT route is a weak one then it may very well be dropped! There are a number of routes I imagine will be dropped that I could easily speculate at right now and I would put both of those on that list....perhaps replaced with something more exciting such as a Seoul or Xiamen!
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RE: BMI/IAG Merger - Up To 1200 Jobs To Go

Fri Apr 13, 2012 3:32 pm

Yep, I imagine that a few destinations will be quickly dropped. I don't think BA will continue with Khartoum or Adis Ababa and I also suspect Amman could be chopped. I would be surprised if they didn't keep Beirut. I fly that regularly and it is always busy. It operates double daily 3 times per week also. A 767 service would be ideal and would compete nicely with MEA's A330 on the route to London
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RE: BMI/IAG Merger - Up To 1200 Jobs To Go

Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:58 pm

If BA can cut 1,200 jobs from the bd operation, whilst maintaining the bd revenue base, they would be very happy. If they can enhance revenues by optimizing the network, and eliminating competition, that's where the rationale behind acquiring the company comes from.

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Took India about a year to understand that Ireland didn't have a postcode, yet they still ask for a address and postcode when they can see the card details in front of them.
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