Everything is pretty much on standstill as mentioned above until the conflict with cabin crew (FAs and pilots) is over. There was a compulsory arbitrage on the conflict in June which IB
is trying to modify in the courts. The final ruling is due after the summer (Sept./Oct.). Once that ruling is out the arbitrage,in whatever form it comes out, is definitive and cannot be changed nor appealed. This will then settle the new cost structure of the airline and establish IBEx standing within the group. Currently IBEx pilots and IB
pilots need to be on the same boat, with pilots starting in IBEx and moving up to IB
mainline throughout the years.
As per what I've heard from insiders, there are rumours of a massive redundancy scheme after such ruling, which will essentially dismiss pretty much most of IB
's legacy staff (along with their salaries). I would imagine this depends on how favourable the ruling comes out for IB
but in any case it will be tough. Given IB
has been running losses for a few months, Spanish law would allow IB
to dismiss them at a very attractive cost. IAG
wants the unions out and IBEx to take over a larger share of short haul routes and move the existing short haul staff over to long haul positions at a lower cost under new salary conditions. As brave as this might sound, the market is not short of FAs and pilots after Spanair's demise and the ability to build up a new labour force in a short period of time is pretty much at hand. Everything is still very much on the works though.
Aside from this, there have been a couple of new route announcements in Africa (Accra and Nouakchott) as well as IBEx's expansion. Given this, I would not rule out a couple of extra long haul destinations. Cabin upgrades and 330s are due in for rollout next year.