Following on from our previous article, British Airways parent IAG has blinked first, increasing it’s offer price for Spanish low-cost carrier Vueling from 7 euros per share to 9.25 euros. At the same time however, IAG has also said that it is now happy to settle for a simple majority stake in the airline rather than the previous aim to hold at least 90% of the company. In response to the new offer, shares in Vuelling this week rose to 9.24 euros while IAG shares slid. All this comes in the same week as British Airways sister airline, Iberia, parted company with its CEO.
Reports from the US claim that British Airways is planning to close its Jacksonville call centre, letting go of 280 employees in the process. The call centre was chosen back in 2000 and had been expected to employ far more than its current 280 employees; it would appear that the huge growth in internet bookings since then have sealed the centre’s fate.
Engineering support firm Babcock have been named as a preferred bidder on £440 worth of contracts at Heathrow; the work includes maintenance of British Airways ground fleet at Heathrow with the contract set to cover a 5 year period.
Unconfirmed reports from Malaysia claim that officials from British Airways have been to the country to review facilities and services at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. British Airways stopped flying to the Malaysian capital in 2000 but, with Malaysian Airlines now part of one world, a return may well be on the cards next year.
Commencing 25th July, British Airways will be launching direct flights between London City Airport and the Spanish city of Granada. Located approximately 2hrs drive north from Malaga in southern Spain, Granada is primarily famous as being home to the superb Alhambra, one of the great European destinations in our humble opinion. The year-round service will be operated by Embraer 190 aircraft with fares starting from £85 one way.