Not a good sign for their still unconfirmed MAX orders which were supposed to be based from LGW. They can’t go to LHR because MAX don’t do containerised freight. We’re the MAX ever meant to be allocated to BA? The letter of intent was for IAG, not BA. The MAX also doesn’t make sense for BA at the m...Jump to post
Blerg wrote:Can KL make it on their own or would they look for a new marriage candidate?
Unless competition regulators were prepared to waive it through, BA buying VS would only mean it would have to forfeit a lot of the LHR slots on overlapping routes to competitor airlines. Also don't forget there is huge personal animosity between Willie Walsh and Richard Branson. Willie wouldn't be ...Jump to post
Regarding Virgin using its LHR slots as security to raise finance, it has already done this: https://www.ft.com/content/40193024-9e8b-11e5-b45d-4812f209f861 Virgin Atlantic has become the first European airline to raise money by using its take-off and landing slots at Heathrow as collateral. The UK ...Jump to post
I suspect Virgin may get some form of support, but the Treasury will call the shots. "Optics" mean that Richard Branson will have to be seen to pay for this.
As a number of UK airlines are seeking state support, do not rule out some "blue sky thinking" from the Treasury.
At times like this, bloggers and journalists should stick to hard facts and not engage in unfounded speculation.
One lesson from this whole era is the importance of actual experts and not rewarding those who shout for clicks.
Airports have very little chance of getting any money back from the administrators once an airline goes into administration as there's whole hierarchy of creditors who need to be repaid first.
It's a familiar pattern of aircraft being impounded immediately before an airline goes into administration.
Would be amazed if this ever happened.
There are an awful lot of things that would have to be done before BA would start training pilots for MEL non-stop, not least negotiating an industrial agreement with its own pilots, which Qantas has not yet been able to do.
Doubt BA is going to be annoyed by this, let alone consider ending the AA JV or leaving Oneworld. QR owns 25% of IAG and QR already had extensive co-operation with BA. There’s already huge competition on US-India routes and BA offers many one-stop options to the US from India. It’s probably more wel...Jump to post
Just read on another forum. I’d say this is a BA/QR Joint Venture? ACCC receives application for authorisation from British Airways and Qatar Airways Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) received (16-Jan-2020) an application for authorisation from British Airways and Qatar Airways ...Jump to post
Flybe is asking for its Air Passenger Duty liability to be deferred for 3 years:
https://news.sky.com/story/cabinet-trio ... e-11908144
The consortium was meant to provide a £20m bridging loan and £80m of funding for investment. Even though the consortium had to wait until the European Commission approved the takeover before they could exercise any management control they have had plenty of time to plan what to do. It seems that Fly...Jump to post
The fact that the blogger's (who is known for pulling stunts to get attention and clicks) "source" says this will be with the 787 says this is more clickbait than anything else. BA does not have the spare aircraft and there's still plenty of room to grow at LHR. AA/BA are probably better o...Jump to post
It would be good to see Iberia expand and IAG claim that a larger combined network would also support more new destinations. But regulators are not going to buy the argument of needing to compete against AMS, CDG and FRA. Ultimately, there's nothing that UX does today and IB could not achieve throug...Jump to post
Alex Macheras has got to learn some self-restraint. Otherwise, one day it is really going to cost him.Jump to post
Simon Calder going for the most negative angle possible was probably a factor:
https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/ne ... 43031.html
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...Jump to post
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/
A shame BA didn’t try switching it to LHR with a 787.Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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.
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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.
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 ...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
You can never say never with IAG, but given BA effectively paid Flybe to take BA Connect off its hands, it’s highly unlikely.Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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 ...Jump to post
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...Jump to post