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Bits: A380s to Iberia and Aer Lingus?, Qatar Airways raises stake in IAG

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News in brief:

Aer Lingus and Iberia to be A380 customers?

In this interesting article, Willie Walsh – Chief Executive of BA’s parent IAG – says that he is considering A380 aircraft for both Iberia and, as a one-off, Aer Lingus.

The last of the 12 aircraft ordered for British Airways will arrive next month and, back in January, Walsh also spoke of adding another 5-6 to the BA fleet.

Malaysia Airlines was looking to offload its A380 fleet of six aircraft.  These come with the Rolls-Royce engines which IAG is insisting upon in order to match the existing fleet.  This deal is now apparently off the table with Malaysia deciding to hold on to the planes.

Amazingly, Emirates is already planning to sell it first batch of A380s as being ‘too old’ but these are primarily GE / Pratt & Whitney powered.  Five early Singapore Airlines A380 aircraft with Rolls-Royce engines may also become available soon if, as is believed, Singapore does not renew their lease.

BA A380

Qatar Airways raises its stake in IAG

Qatar Airways announced yesterday that it has raised its stake in IAG, parent of British Airways, to 12%.

The airline had held 9.99% of IAG since last January.  Under European Union law, Qatar Airways is not allowed to buy more than 49.99% of IAG although there is no sign at the moment that it is interested in going that far.

Some commentators believe that Qatar is looking for ‘open skies’ slots in order to launch additional routes to the US and that Heathrow would be an obvious stopping point if BA can be persuaded to help out.

Comments (51)

  • John Wallace says:

    O/T. Whilst you are talking about CC . I am fairly new to generating avios via credit cards . I did take out a lloyds dual card 18 months ago and are still using for a very low amount of avios each month. Although I do spend 1K per month. I have read the curve discussions and think I understand the concept . So, my question is if YOU were going to apply for another Amex would it be BA PP or Amex Gold / Plat ? . Who has the best sign up deals at the moment ??? . Then I would need to open Curve also to ensure Amex can be used everywhere ??

    Thanks for the help !

    • Johnnycl says:

      Check out the April Credit Cards tab at the top of the page for the current offers. Personally I would go for the BA card now due to the extra points offer then move on to Amex Gold for a free 20k points in a couple of months.

    • mark2 says:

      IMO it depends whether you are going to aim for a 241. Remember that BAPP has a £195 annual fee including the first year. The sign up is about the same. Of course you can have the other once you have met the spend requirement.

      • Genghis says:

        To add to what’s already been said, depending where you want to go, a 241 is only good to go for if you already (or will) have a stack of avios

  • John Wallace says:

    Johnny / Mark

    Appreciate the advice . I think I will do that and as you say keep my options open for the Amex Gold later . thanks again

  • mark2 says:

    On A380, I notice that BA flights to Vancouver are currently on A380 according to the timetable but in October it changes to 747. Has anyone got any idea why, other than that I shall be flying after that date?