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
Source: https://twitter.com/AlexInAir/status/993132805658902528 Latest: #UAE’s @EtihadAirways are tipped to be making an announcement soon, to cancel airliner aircraft Etihad currently on order, defer deliveries/reduce future orders It’s as management try to overcome the $2 billion loss the Abu Dha...Jump to post
The Virgin Atlantic brand is still very strong in the UK. Certainly much more so than US airline brands. Sir Richard Branson has not done much in public for Virgin Atlantic for quite some time. Clearly, Sir Richard disembarking an inaugural flight with a half-dressed model in his arms is long out of...Jump to post
IAG will keep the Norwegian brand. A strong brand in a region where IAG is relatively weak is exactly what IAG would be looking for. As for winding up Norwegian at LGW, I wouldn't be so sure. IAG does not favour one brand over the other. If BA wants to take over Norwegian's slots at LGW it will have...Jump to post
I suspect IAG will, as it did with Aer Lingus, make certain commitments to keep the Norwegian brand and its offices in Oslo.
The big question is Gatwick. There’s a huge prize and IAG would not want anyone else, in particular easyJet, getting Norwegian’s slots.
If precedent is anything to go by IAG would have to offer slots to new entrants on overlapping routes such as LGW-JFK. If IAG does buy Norwegian it would transform IAG’s presence at LGW. Norwegian has about 40 departures a day at LGW and you can be confident IAG would not want easyJet to get those s...Jump to post
A complete surprise. IAG must be expecting a) a very good price and b) significant group synergies to take out costs. However, I still struggle to understand why IAG would want to take on Norwegian’s debts. Willie Walsh has been very clear he doesn’t see Norwegian’s growth strategy as sustainable. I...Jump to post
Norwegian announced at the time of the investor update that they are conducting a strategic review of Norwegian Reward: https://media.norwegian.com/uk/#/pressreleases/norwegian-updates-market-and-raises-new-equity-2453774 And yes, Air Canada did sell their programme and they are now going to relaunc...Jump to post
Alex is now being called out for buying followers on Instagram, which he denies:
https://twitter.com/pauls_trips/status/ ... 5687496705
IAG has reported an operating profit of €3,015m for 2017. All IAG group airlines reported an increase in profitability, notably Iberia and Vueling. Looking through the slide presentation LEVEL is clearly set for significant growth: http://phx.corporate-ir.net/External.File?item=UGFyZW50SUQ9Mzk5MDI4f...Jump to post
From experience of other industries, people generally do not begrudge others trying to earn an honest living. If there is a groundswell of questioning/criticism it is for a reason. My advice to Alex (which funnily enough could apply anywhere) would be: - Don’t block people who question you on Twitte...Jump to post
He was actually criticised by BALPA for giving media commentary on a plane crash last year. He also caused a lot of upset for Monarch staff with some of his tweets before the airline went into administration. If he called himself an enthusiast, then fair enough. And with profile comes responsibility...Jump to post
An analyst is someone who produces reports based on extensive original research. I’ve never seen him do any such thing. As has been mentioned he will block anyone on Twitter who questions what he does. There is a lot of embellishment of what he does. For example, claiming he is meeting with an airli...Jump to post
Some of the stories are quite old. I think the JNB incident happened a long time ago. There have always been incidents down route. It's just sometimes they don't get leaked to newspapers... It also has to be said that, although it's a very small downward trend, today's younger generation in London a...Jump to post
A couple of weeks ago Virgin Atlantic ran a promotion giving away 50 pairs of economy tickets to Miami at London’s Waterloo train station. Virgin are now offering a reward seat sale for LHR-MIA for mid February - March: https://www.virginatlantic.com/gb/en/flying-club/miles/spend-miles/reward-seat-s...Jump to post
Here is the presentation for investors:
https://www.norwegian.com/globalassets/ ... tation.pdf
Not an expert on numbers, but it looks like they are hugely exposed to a rise in the fuel price.
Heathrow Airport’s Twitter feed is reporting a serious incident involving two ground vehicles at Terminal 5:
https://mobile.twitter.com/HeathrowAirp ... 2606106624
The last update from IAG late last year was that it was securing regulatory clearance for EI to join the AA/BA joint-venture, but nothing has been announced since.Jump to post