Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Iberia, Vueling and IAG (continued...)

By the way, to clarify, my previous article was motivated by this piece on the FT that points towards IAG using Vueling to cover most of Iberia's short-haul network...

It makes sense on paper, but Iberia's unions have an agreement with the company that prevents Vueling from flying little more than a few routes out of Madrid...this adds to an already very tense labour situation at the Spanish flag carrier.

Monday, 28 January 2013

Vueling taking over Iberia's network?...not so easy...

  Too close for comfort

The more details that emerge of IAG's plans for Iberia, the closer we get to the scenario anticipated in this blog a few months ago (and see also this other post).

Why create a low cost carrier from scratch when you already have one in-house?

It would make sense for IAG (and British Airways) to roll out the Vueling brand across all of Iberia's short haul network...but it won't be easy: there are labour agreements in place whose purpose is to prevent exactly this from brace for more industrial turbulence on its way!

(Translation: I would check the industrial action calendar before booking any flight with Iberia in the coming months!)

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Starbrook Airlines: spotted at a Moscow supermarket!

A while ago I wrote a post about my discovery of Starbrook Airlines...don't worry if you haven't heard of it or never seen one of its planes at an airport, because Starbrook Airlines only exists in chocolate!

Well, the news are...I finally managed to locate it in a real bricks-and-mortar Moscow!

So, if you happen to be in the Russian capital, you can get Starbrook Airline chocolate with its nice vintage aviation-themed packaging for the equivalent of 3.8 euro at Перекресток supermarket...