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
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.
Since Twitter has been removing dubious accounts from follower numbers, Alex’s followers have gone down by 20% in a day.Jump to post
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
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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.Jump to post
Ryanair is denying it has approach Norwegian:
https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-norwe ... KKCN1IP274
a350lover wrote:Norwegian says nothing about this new bid.
Does silence mean they are maybe considering their options?
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...Jump to post
DL will be the single largest shareholder, when AF-KLM eventually acquires a 31% stake on completion.Jump to post
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...Jump to post