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by LHRFlyer
Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max
Replies: 344
Views: 43824

Re: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max

I doubt IAG has decided which airlines will receive the aircraft and will probably make them compete for them.

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by LHRFlyer
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to use all retro 747s on a domestic flight
Replies: 52
Views: 13920

Re: BA to use all retro 747s on a domestic flight

I think the point is some people may have booked these flights expecting a special celebration on board, rather than a standard domestic flight. Also, the statement from BA suggests it may have other plans for the weekend. Enthusiasts who have booked these flights may want to see what else BA has ye...

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by LHRFlyer
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to use all retro 747s on a domestic flight
Replies: 52
Views: 13920

Re: BA to use all retro 747s on a domestic flight

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BA is now offering refunds to passengers who booked these flights thinking they would be celebratory flights:

https://londonairtravel.com/2019/06/07/ ... hat-arent/

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by LHRFlyer
Fri Apr 26, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways cancels Fort Lauderdale service
Replies: 96
Views: 20587

Re: British Airways cancels Fort Lauderdale service

A shame BA didn’t try switching it to LHR with a 787.

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by LHRFlyer
Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe update
Replies: 111
Views: 21015

Re: Flybe update

Flybe has to remain operationally independent of the Connect Airways consortium until regulatory approval for the takeover is granted: In February 2019 Connect Airways acquired Flybe Limited (Flybe’s main trading company, including Flybe Aviation Services Limited) and Flybe.com Limited for considera...

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by LHRFlyer
Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic posts another annual loss for 2018
Replies: 47
Views: 8775

Re: Virgin Atlantic posts another annual loss for 2018

The problem is that BA operating in the same economic climate, also with 787 issues made 1.952 bn profit in 2018. We are presently at a point in the economic cycle of having had nearly a decade of consistent growth, yet VS is not profitable when its competitors both in the UK and the USA are genera...

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by LHRFlyer
Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Jetblue Announces Flights to London from JFK and BOS from 2021
Replies: 947
Views: 142047

Re: Jetblue “Save the Date” All Hands - April 10

06:50 is way too early for a transatlantic departure from London.

I’ve taken flights at around 8-9am and it’s terrible for jet lag on arrival.

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by LHRFlyer
Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FlyBmi ceases operations.
Replies: 149
Views: 24179

Re: Trouble at BMI?i

skipness1E wrote:
The sheer glee and self importance of Alex Macheras makes me sick


The same happened with Monarch. He was completely oblivious to how he much was upsetting staff with his tweets.

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by LHRFlyer
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BE being bought for £2.2m by a consortium including VS, Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital
Replies: 447
Views: 77769

Re: Updated: VS To Be Largest Shareholder In New Airline Group Comprising BE And RE

The shareholders get nothing, but at least this provides for an orderly transition.

A liquidation of the airline would be costly and messy and leave little for creditors.

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by LHRFlyer
Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BE being bought for £2.2m by a consortium including VS, Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital
Replies: 447
Views: 77769

Re: Sky News: Virgin Atlantic and Flybe in talks

Deal confirmed VIRGIN ATLANTIC TO LEAD A FLYBE TAKEOVER https://aviationanalyst.co.uk/2019/01/10/virgin-atlantic-in-talks-to-buy-flybe-analysis/ Extremely poor behaviour by the author of that article not to give Mark Kleinman of Sky News credit for breaking the story. This story by Sky has more sub...

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by LHRFlyer
Tue Dec 11, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RUMOUR: VS to re-launch BOM ‘19
Replies: 13
Views: 2475

Re: RUMOUR: VS to re-launch BOM ‘19

Would be surprising given that Virgin has previously cancelled this route twice before.

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by LHRFlyer
Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How do you think Norwegian could fit within the portfolio of airlines of IAG?
Replies: 31
Views: 4483

Re: How do you think Norwegian could fit within the portfolio of airlines of IAG?

To eliminate the brand and competition and spread the aircraft among the IAG airlines. I don't think IAG would eliminate the brand. Airlines with strong brand recognition outside IAG's home markets are very attractive to IAG. They would keep the name, albeit routes that overlap with other IAG airli...

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by LHRFlyer
Sun Nov 25, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BE being bought for £2.2m by a consortium including VS, Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital
Replies: 447
Views: 77769

Re: Sky News: Virgin Atlantic and Flybe in talks

I would treat Sunday newspaper stories citing "industry sources" with a heavy degree of scepticism.

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by LHRFlyer
Thu Nov 22, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BE being bought for £2.2m by a consortium including VS, Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital
Replies: 447
Views: 77769

Re: Sky News: Virgin Atlantic and Flybe in talks

Mark Kleinman’s track record on exclusives is excellent so there is something behind this.

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by LHRFlyer
Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe up for sale
Replies: 74
Views: 13599

Re: Flybe up for sale

I'm afraid I don't see IAG being interested. The brand simply isn't strong enough and there's nothing that BACF could not do already.

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by LHRFlyer
Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways A350-1000 with No First Class
Replies: 94
Views: 31192

Re: British Airways A350-1000 with No First Class

The first A350s are planned to replace the 52J 747s, so they will be on routes with softer premium demand.

The new CW seat is a completely new seat. Alex Cruz said there will be gate to gate IFE so it won’t be an evolution of the existing design where the monitor has to be stowed.

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by LHRFlyer
Sat Nov 03, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: British Airways - Big Aircraft Order soon
Replies: 248
Views: 61073

Re: Rumour: British Airways - Big Aircraft Order soon

It looks like BA is slowing down the retirement of the 747 over the next couple of years. There'll be five more 747s in service by 2020 than was planned last year. I guess this could allow some 777s to be cascaded to Gatwick. Alex Cruz said yesterday that pairing cities with LHR destinations worked ...

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by LHRFlyer
Fri Oct 26, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways in the race for the route LHR-SYD non stop?
Replies: 45
Views: 10172

Re: British Airways in the race for the route LHR-SYD non stop?

Willie Walsh has said that he’s not interested in Ultra Long-Haul as he doesn’t think passengers have the appetite for it. That said, he said that he admit to changing his mind about whether an unbundled long-haul economy product would work after seeing passenger responses to Norwegian. If Qantas pr...

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by LHRFlyer
Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to Start London Heathrow to Charleston, SC
Replies: 274
Views: 32909

Re: BA to Start London Heathrow to Charleston, SC

This will be an interesting route to watch. It’s a valid question whether there is scope to add more low frequency seasonal long-haul routes. Given what’s involved in setting up new long-haul outstations, I would have thought not, but BA clearly thinks otherwise. I guess it could be similar to the a...

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by LHRFlyer
Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe losses much greater than expected - shares tank.
Replies: 41
Views: 6798

Re: Flybe losses much greater than expected - shares tank.

You can never say never with IAG, but given BA effectively paid Flybe to take BA Connect off its hands, it’s highly unlikely.

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by LHRFlyer
Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air financial trouble?
Replies: 74
Views: 21208

Re: WOW Air financial trouble?

I personally don’t buy the idea that Iceland can be the equivalent of Dubai on North Atlantic routes. What Emirates did very well was: a) Provide new one-stop connections on routings that legacy airlines and alliances could only offer as two-stop connections. b) Provide a better in flight and connec...

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by LHRFlyer
Mon Oct 01, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Primera Air bankruptcy
Replies: 185
Views: 38420

Re: Primera Air bankruptcy

I feel sorry for the staff affected, but it was clear from its plans for next summer that it is was pursuing growth far too quickly.

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by LHRFlyer
Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why BA is expanding more flights/routes to US than Asia?
Replies: 49
Views: 7380

Re: Why BA is expanding more flights/routes to US than Asia?

To be fair, BA has added quite a few non-North American routes at Heathrow over the past few years: Durban, Kuala Lumpur, Santiago, Seoul and The Seychelles. But I think IAG as a whole is becoming very North Atlantic centric with growth at Aer Lingus, LEVEL and, of course, a possible bid for Norwegi...

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by LHRFlyer
Wed Aug 29, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Cityflyer adding four E190
Replies: 31
Views: 5296

Re: BA Cityflyer adding four E190

I have to admit to being surprised by this with a number of routes having been cancelled and The Elizabeth Line launching to Heathrow.

It’s a big vote of confidence for BACF at LCY.

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by LHRFlyer
Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's Going On In Nashville? - 2018
Replies: 2057
Views: 139184

Re: What's Going On In Nashville? - 2018

The CAA stats for June show that LHR-BNA is performing well, and ahead of LHR-MSY in terms of passenger numbers: http://www.caa.co.uk/uploadedFiles/CAA/Content/Standard_Content/Data_and_analysis/Datasets/Airport_stats/Airport_data_2018_06/Table_12_1_Intl_Air_Pax_Traffic_Route_Analysis.pdf 8,777 pass...

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by LHRFlyer
Sun Aug 05, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's Going On In Nashville? - 2018
Replies: 2057
Views: 139184

Re: What's Going On In Nashville? - 2018

Any indications of when it could be increased to daily and possibly upgauged to a 789? Nothing was said about aircraft or frequency changes, but Willie Walsh was clearly very enthusiastic about its performance. What specifically did he say? Any load factors he cited? I did take the flight recently ...

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by LHRFlyer
Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's Going On In Nashville? - 2018
Replies: 2057
Views: 139184

Re: What's Going On In Nashville? - 2018

At IAG's results presentation yesterday, Willie Walsh described the performance of LHR-BNA as "stunning". Any indications of when it could be increased to daily and possibly upgauged to a 789? Nothing was said about aircraft or frequency changes, but Willie Walsh was clearly very enthusia...

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by LHRFlyer
Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's Going On In Nashville? - 2018
Replies: 2057
Views: 139184

Re: What's Going On In Nashville? - 2018

At IAG's results presentation yesterday, Willie Walsh described the performance of LHR-BNA as "stunning".

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by LHRFlyer
Fri Jul 27, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Level's operational issues left 800 passengers stranded in YUL
Replies: 38
Views: 8704

Re: Level's operational issues left 800 passengers stranded in YUL

Isn’t LEVEL part of the AA/AY/BA/IB joint-venture by virtue of the fact their flights are operated by Iberia and the old OpenSkies AOC?

If so, there’s no excuse for not reaccommodating passengers on AA and BA.

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by LHRFlyer
Thu Jul 26, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA announces PIT-LHR
Replies: 157
Views: 19917

Re: BA announces PIT-LHR

Pleased to see this new route and look forward to trying it out.

I think we must be coming to the end shortly of new transatlantic routes for BA. Possibly 1-2 more new destinations but that must be it for now.

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by LHRFlyer
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's the story with this Alex Macheras 'aviation analyst' kid?
Replies: 63
Views: 15641

Re: What's the story with this Alex Macheras 'aviation analyst' kid?

Since Twitter has been removing dubious accounts from follower numbers, Alex’s followers have gone down by 20% in a day.

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by LHRFlyer
Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEVEL launching ORY-YUL today July 2nd.
Replies: 5
Views: 3100

Re: LEVEL launching ORY-YUL today July 2nd.

Has anyone managed to track LEVEL’s ORY flights?

I can’t see them on Flightradar24 or the ORY website.

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by LHRFlyer
Mon Jul 02, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEVEL launching ORY-YUL today July 2nd.
Replies: 5
Views: 3100

Re: LEVEL launching ORY-YUL today July 2nd.

http://www.iairgroup.com/phoenix.zhtml? ... ID=2356799
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IAG has also said today that there will be 3 aircraft at ORY and 4 aircraft at BCN in 2019:

http://www.iairgroup.com/phoenix.zhtml? ... ID=2356799

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by LHRFlyer
Thu Jun 28, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic drops Dubai
Replies: 121
Views: 20910

Re: Virgin Atlantic drops Dubai

I don’t see VS launching any new eastbound routes.

It takes a lot of investment to launch a new route and VS clearly seems focused on North America and tactically adding capacity where appropriate.

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by LHRFlyer
Sat Jun 23, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is there really a capacity problem at LHR?
Replies: 6
Views: 2266

Re: Is there really a capacity problem at LHR?

It's not so much capacity, but if you want to be competitive at LHR you need slots with timings that are attractive to business travellers. Its the slots with early morning arrival times that can command tens of millions of dollars in the secondary market. If LHR gets a third runway, I think the big...

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by LHRFlyer
Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Level to receive an A321 (ex Niki)?
Replies: 34
Views: 6774

Re: Level to receive an A321 (ex Niki)?

I understand it will be branded as LEVEL, but operated by Vueling Austria.

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by LHRFlyer
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does Flybe have a future?
Replies: 82
Views: 10581

Re: Does Flybe have a future?

BA turned against having franchises in the UK 10+ years ago when GB Airways was bought by easyJet. It terminated the Loganair franchise at the same time. BA effectively paid Flybe to take the old BA Connect regional operation off its hands. I certainly don't think IAG would be interested in buying t...

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by LHRFlyer
Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Willie Walsh: I would like BA to return to MEL
Replies: 53
Views: 7925

Re: Willie Walsh: I would like BA to return to MEL

To be honest, I'm sure BA has higher priorities than MEL and I was surprised to see Willie Walsh mention it. But you can never say never with BA. It has gone full circle in many ways over the past ten years or so. There's a long list of former BA destinations that have been reinstated in recent year...

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by LHRFlyer
Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Willie Walsh: I would like BA to return to MEL
Replies: 53
Views: 7925

Willie Walsh: I would like BA to return to MEL

Interesting comments from Willie Walsh at the CAPA summit this week commenting on BA and Australia: https://twitter.com/JournoDannyAero/status/1004160594134499328 Willie Walsh adds that BA almost considered exiting Australia after QF split. Now, in happier times, would love to expand to MEL too - bu...

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by LHRFlyer
Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Only a man can run an airline."
Replies: 137
Views: 11376

Re: "Only a man can run an airline."

Funnily enough, these comments have not been reported by some social media "analysts" who received many free flights and lavish hospitality from Qatar Airways.

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by LHRFlyer
Thu May 24, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA ends another African destination - June 2018
Replies: 57
Views: 11165

Re: BA ends another African destination - June 2018

If you look at the timetable the aircraft spends nearly 19 hours on the ground at LAD so it’s a poor route for aircraft utilisation.

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by LHRFlyer
Tue May 22, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: IAG to offload Norwegian Air stake after bids fail according to FT
Replies: 355
Views: 58747

Re: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian

a350lover wrote:
Norwegian says nothing about this new bid.

Does silence mean they are maybe considering their options?


It doesn’t need to unless IAG makes a formal takeover bid, which it hasn’t as IAG would announce it to the stock exchange if it had.

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by LHRFlyer
Tue May 22, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: IAG to offload Norwegian Air stake after bids fail according to FT
Replies: 355
Views: 58747

Re: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian

I may be proved wrong but I wouldn’t put too much weight on reports sourced from Expansion. It has been wrong about IAG many times in the past.

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by LHRFlyer
Wed May 16, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS to switch LAS to LHR in S19 ?
Replies: 36
Views: 6410

Re: VS to switch LAS to LHR in S19 ?

With CUN being dropped, I do wonder whether the Virgin Holidays Florida/Carribean operation may be sold by Delta.

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by LHRFlyer
Wed May 16, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS to switch LAS to LHR in S19 ?
Replies: 36
Views: 6410

Re: VS to switch LAS to LHR in S19 ?

VS now announced daily LHR LAS on 789 in addition to LGW. As well as a second additional daily LHR BOS. Virgin have confirmed the route is moving to LHR. https://www.ttgmedia.com/news/news/virgin-switches-vegas-flights-from-gatwick-to-heathrow-14199 Virgin don’t help matters by being cryptic in the...

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by LHRFlyer
Wed May 16, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF-KLM, Delta, Virgin Atlantic sign Trans-Atlantic Partnership
Replies: 20
Views: 4577

Re: AF-KLM, Delta, Virgin Atlantic sign Trans-Atlantic Partnership

DL will be the single largest shareholder, when AF-KLM eventually acquires a 31% stake on completion.

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by LHRFlyer
Tue May 15, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS to switch LAS to LHR in S19 ?
Replies: 36
Views: 6410

Re: VS to switch LAS to LHR in S19 ?

It has been rumoured on V-Flyer since the weekend. It was reportedly notified to Virgin staff late last week. There will also be a reduction in frequency on LAX and an extra flight to BOS, but nothing has been announced.

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by LHRFlyer
Sat May 12, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: IAG to offload Norwegian Air stake after bids fail according to FT
Replies: 355
Views: 58747

Re: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian

I can't see IAG wanting to buy part of Norwegian and not the brand. There's a lot of complexity behind Norwegian with multiple AOCs and debt. The brand is one of the strongest assets, particularly so because IAG is weak in Northern Europe. An airline with a strong brand name is exactly what IAG woul...

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