Aer Lingus says yes to the higher IAG Bid: What are the stumbling blocks?

Aer Lingus Airbus A330-300 - Image, Economy Class and Beyond

There's been a lot of press over Aer Lingus considering a takeover by International Airlines Group - owner of British Airways and Iberia - with the most recent bid valuing the airline at €1.3 billion - and the airline accepting it today (27th January 2015). Aer Lingus Airbus A330 at Chicago O'Hare - Image, Economy Class and Beyond. So Aer Lingus has finally said yes … [Read more...]

IAG to firm up more 787’s

International Airlines Group - the owners of British Airways and Iberia is planning to convert the 18 options it has for Boeing 787 aircraft into orders. The 787's will be used in part to replace existing Boeing 747-400 aircraft in the British Airways fleet. Deliveries are scheduled from 2017 to 2021. Currently, IAG has orders for 24 787's - split into eight 787-8's and … [Read more...]

4500 jobs to go at Iberia

It seems IAG's patience with Iberia is running out quickly, as it announced today a sharpening of the job axe. Up to 4500 positions are up for the cut, along with five long haul aircraft and 20 shorthaual aircraft to be removed for the Iberia mainline fleet (156 planes down to 131 planes). This will also reduce Iberia's routes by 15%, to focus on the profitable routes. … [Read more...]

IAG takes a very hard look at Vueling – considering takeover

For International Airlines Group, it's been a rather good year getting control of British Midland Airways in the United Kingdom. However, in Spain things have been a bit more fraught. The setting up of Iberia Express has caused a lot of friction between the management and the pilots and cabin crew. Well it looks like the management are looking for a way out - and its … [Read more...]

The last day: British Midland International


For those of us who watch the skies, the sight of the White and Blue whale will soon disappear from the sky on bigger birds as British Midland Internationals Operating Certificate expires today. BMI Airbus A320 at London Heathrow A short potted history: The Early Years bmi began life in 1938 as Air Schools Ltd, specialising in RAF pilot training In 1949, the … [Read more...]

BMI Regional prepares for life on its own


Earlier this year, Sector Aviation Holdings successfully purchased BMI Regional from IAG as part of the breakup of British Midland Airways. Today, the airline has annouced its first new routes and will operate the two new routes as well as the current ones: Bristol and Aberdeen, Manchester and Antwerp. The new routes will commence on 29th October and will operate … [Read more...]

Bye Bye (BMI) Baby….


It's getting close to closing time for the Low Cost Carrier offshoot of BMI - BMI Baby. With the final flights set for the 9th September (Sunday this week), they've put a little ditty out on their website: BMI Baby was create out of the spare Boeing 737's BMI mainline had leftover after mainline switched to Airbus operations. Based out of different airport during its … [Read more...]

IAG turns in a loss

International Airlines Group (BA/Iberia/BMI) is having a bad time of it - loosing €390m  ($476m; £306m) loss for the six months to the end of June. This is especially bad as the group turned in a €39 million pre-tax profit in the same period in 2011. Revenue increased in the period by10% to €8.5bn vs €7.8bn in the same timeframe. Whilst revenue has been up, costs has also … [Read more...]

IAG completes sale of BMI Regional

Lets have a good news story to end the day on. International Airlines Group has completed the sale of BMI Regional to Sector Aviation Holdings.  This move should go some way to saving the 330 jobs that are at BMI regional. The completed sale price of £8 million has been approved by the CAA, and thus Sector Aviation Holdings are in business. BMI Regional operate a fleet … [Read more...]