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British Airways’ Parent Loses Control of Austrian Airline Niki After Court Ruling

British Airways’ Parent Loses Control of Austrian Airline Niki After Court Ruling

British Airways’ parent IAG won’t be assuming control over Austrian airline Niki after all. An Austrian court ruled that former owner Niki Lauda had put forward the best bid.
Lauda will assume ownership via a private company, Laudamotion GmbH.
“Niki was always my heart and soul,” the former Formula One champion told reporters, after the news was announced.
The move came only after only a German court had awarded IAG control and two …

Shades of Ada Quonsett: Stowaway Flies on BA from Chicago to London

While Ada Quonsett merely tried to fly from Chicago to Rome on the fictitious Trans Global Airlines in the movie “Airport,” her real-life counterpart, Marilyn Hartman, made it from Chicago to London last week.
Like Mrs. Quonsett, Ms. Hartman was a habitual stowaway and trespasser who has flown from San Jose to Los Angeles and from the Twin Cities to Jacksonville. She was apparently a regular at Chicago O’Hare International Airport …

British Airways to Introduce Group Boarding Process in January

British Airways to Introduce Group Boarding Process in January

British Airways will implement a new boarding process later this month, the airline said.
The change was announced in November 2017 with a planned start date of mid December but BA postpone the change to lessen the likelihood of confusion during the busy holiday travel period.
Passengers will be assigned one of five groups, although there will be variances based on whether the flight is long-haul or short-haul.
“This method has been used …

IAG to Acquire Austrian Airline Niki for €20 Million

IAG to Acquire Austrian Airline Niki for €20 Million

British Airways parent International Airline Group said late Friday it plans to acquire Austrian carrier Niki for €20 million ($24 million) and provide as much as €16.5 million in liquidity.
The purchase will be made by a newly formed Austrian subsidiary of IAG’s Spanish low-cost carrier, Vueling, and the reconstituted Niki will operate separately from Vueling, at least at the beginning. IAG plans to rehire approximately 740 former Niki employees as …

Austrian Airline Niki Likely to be Acquired by British Airways’ Parent IAG

Austrian Airline Niki Likely to be Acquired by British Airways’ Parent IAG

British Airways’ parent International Airlines Group is likely to acquire Austrian airline Niki, sources said on Thursday.
Niki filed for bankruptcy protection after German carrier Lufthansa withdrew its offer to acquire the former subsidiary of Air Berlin after the acquisition was rejected by the European Commission as anti-competitive.
“IAG is the last remaining bidder and is still negotiating now,” an individual close to the negotiations told German news agency DPA. IAG had …

Air Canada, British Airways to Offer New Destinations from Toronto Pearson

Air Canada, British Airways to Offer New Destinations from Toronto Pearson

Several airlines including Air Canada and British Airways plan to offer new service from Toronto Pearson International Airport starting next summer.
Air Canada said that it plans to begin service from the airport to Providence, Rhode Island; Omaha, Nebraska; Nanaimo and Kamloops, British Colombia; and Buenos Aires, Argentina. The carrier will also operate new routes to Europe, including flights to Bucharest, Romania; Zagreb, Croatia; Porto, Portugal; and Shannon, Ireland.
British Airways will …

The Sisyphean Task of Designing a Faster and Better Boarding Process

The holy grail for airlines is to speed up boarding. Unlike deplaning, which tends to be fairly orderly albeit slow, boarding is an intrinsically slow process, somewhat akin to herding cats. With people traveling together who cannot be separated for even several moments, language barriers, people running late, people focusing on their mobile devices instead of getting seated, much about the boarding process will never change. In addition, for some …