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Hope for Europe's small "flagship" airlines

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In the face of competition from Gulf-based carriers and European budget carriers, it's been hard times for the familiar "national" airlines of Europe. Some, such as Sabena and Swissair have gone under, re-emerging in other forms; some, such as...
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Aer Lingus may become part of British Air/Iberia group

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International Air Group, the parent of British Air and Iberia, has made an offer to buy Aer Lingus, now owned 30% by RyanAir and 25% by the Irish government, and unlike two previous offers, the board of the Irish flag carrier has agreed to consider...
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British Air Avios: The rich will get richer and...

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British Airways announced major changes in its Avios loyalty currency, which it shares with Iberia. While it comes dressed up in more guaranteed award seats, and lower off-season redemption prices, the big impact is that passengers in the cheapest...
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Qatar now biggest investor in BritishAir/Iberia

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BritishAir's parent company, International Airlines Group, has a new investor, Qatar Airways, which has bought 10% of the company and says it's maybe interested in more. EU rules limit non-European investors to a maximum of 49%.   IAG, which is...
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Is merger the way to profit for European airlines?

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A number of industry consultants and some airline executives believe that Europe's airlines, including numbers of its "flag" national carriers, need to consolidate to grow (or reach) profits.   They point to the experience in the U.S., where...
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EU Commission gives OK for Aer Lingus takeover

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The European Commission today cleared the last barrier for the sale of Ireland's Aer Lingus to British Airways' holding company, International Airlines Group. The deal already had approval from Aer Lingus's board, the Irish government and Ryanair,...
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Ryanair takes on the online travel sites

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Ryanair has proposed that airlines take the offensive against online travel sites and price comparison sites, such as Expedia, Opodo, Kayak, etc.; he believes they "shouldn't exist" and "make no sense." He's written to four other big European carriers...
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British Air parent makes new route connections

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International Air Group makes some moves to drum up new traffic on both Atlantic and Pacific routes.
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