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Bits: Alex Cruz interview, Aer Lingus ‘to rejoin oneworld’, Oman Air to Manchester

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News in brief:

Interview with Alex Cruz, new CEO of British Airways

Business Traveller has a partial transcript of an interview Alex Cruz, the new BA CEO, gave this week.

It is worth a read, covering subjects such as free food on short haul, competition from Middle East carriers and the new A350 Club World product.

You can find the article here.

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Aer Lingus ‘to rejoin oneworld’

Whilst we are looking at airline CEO interviews, Stephen Kavanagh of Aer Lingus spoke with USA Today this week.

As well as promising even more routes to the US, he says that ‘ultimately’ the airline will rejoin the oneworld alliance alongside its siblings BA and Iberia.  The full article is here.

Oman Air

Oman Air to launch services from Manchester

Oman Air is planning to launch a new service from Manchester in April 2017.

The airline currently operates from Frankfurt, Munich, Milan, Paris and Zurich as well as the flagship London route.  This is part of major expansion plan by the airline which will see its fleet double to 70 aircraft by 2020.

As a sign of how serious it is, the airline is believed to have paid $75m to Kenya Airways for the pair of landing slots at Heathrow for its recently launched second daily London service.

Comments (29)

  • Londonbus says:

    If Mr Cruz wants to crank up premium – the first thing he could do is bring back those Gerberas n First and Club in the loos on Long Haul.

  • harry says:

    It’s very odd that you can’t combine HBO with ‘checked luggage’ fares when booking returns – you get the message ‘Cannot combine with outbound selection’.

    Why, BA?

    Easy to get round it by booking 2 single legs, but surely BA would be more helpful to passengers by letting them book what they want as a return.

    • Lady London says:

      + 1.
      actually makes them look like an LCC
      Agree with you harry, too, about the stickiness not just at peak times, but according to season. They’ve just programmed in a massive uplift – that is impossible to shift by any means – for flights with even slightly increased demand due seasonality. In the past few months I wanted to book 4 return shorthaul Europe trips on BA, but wasn’t quick enough for the massive seasonal uplift. So I didn’t book 2 of them at all and booked the other 2 with others.

  • Will says:

    I was about to get very excited about the Oman expansion but two major issues:

    1. The 787 is another sardine can show with only 31″ in economy and 3 on the sides so just another crushathon. At the moment the a330 reports to have 34″. Believe me 1″ even can make all the difference as I experienced yesterday on two slightly differently configured Sri Lankan a330s. So it’s a shame Oman has sold out.
    2. They don’t have any partnership with Amex here (UK) or in any major airline alliance. I note the Etihad partnership but sounds complicated.

    The business class looks outstanding and possibly the best in the skies? Perhaps raffles has some speculation about future partnerships or any tie ups with Amex?