Aer Lingus set to rejoin Oneworld as part of BA take-over

By David Flynn , January 28 2015
Aer Lingus set to rejoin Oneworld as part of BA take-over

Qantas will pick up a new partner if Ireland's Aer Lingus rejoins the Oneworld alliance following a £1 billion (A$1.9 billion) takeover by British Airways parent International Airlines Group.

IAG's billion-pound play has been given the thumbs-up by the Aer Lingus board, although the proposal will also need approval from shareholders Ryanair and the Irish Government, which together hold 55% of the Dublin-based carrier.

Aer Lingus would run as a separate business with its own brand, management and operations, IAG maintains, and in addition to signing up to Oneworld – which Aer Lingus left in March 2007 – the airline would also become part of BA's trans-Atlantic joint venture with American Airlines.

Aer Lingus operates in the space between a low-cost carrier and a more traditional full service airline, similar to Airberlin, although this year it will begin upgrading its twin-aisle Airbus A330 jets which fly between Dublin and the USA to a new business class with fully lie-flat seats.

Based on the Vantage Suite created by Thompson Aero Seating, the seats are similar to what you’ll now find on JetBlue in the United States and also share some design DNA with the new Qantas Business Suite.

The unique 2-2-1 layout means that most passengers will have direct aisle access, although they'll all enjoy AC and USB power outlets plus free wi-fi.

The seats transform into a fully-flat two-metre bed.

Read more: Aer Lingus to upgrade its Airbus A330 business class seats, service

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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

18 May 2011

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The prodigal son returns?

Will Michael O'Leary acquiesce?

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Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

08 Aug 2012

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All the enterprise value is in the LHR slots.... will see what terms the Irish Govt & UK/EU regulators place on IAG.

Yes. How did Aer Lingus get so many slots at Heathrow in the first place? It's rediculous.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Mar 2014

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Well to be fair...the DUB/LON is the busiest international flight pair in the world (i think). The smallest A/C they fly into LHR is the A319 while KL often fly F70s E90s, LH CRJs, so they dont waste LHR slots with regional jets.

Lufthansa - Miles & More

29 Jul 2014

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Only other airline to do this from LHR is SAS with mainly a320 and 738 service

30 Aug 2013

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As in the worlds busiest air route? No its not, it's not even in the top 10 of European only routes (its no 14)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World's_busiest_passenger_air_routes

If they need more capacity on this route why not upguage aircraft size?

01 Aug 2012

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Slots at LHR are so precious that airlines would rather fly too many (or even half-empty aircraft) aircraft to keep those slots. Use them or lose them.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

19 Feb 2014

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I cannot see Ryanair approving this whatsoever, even though I can't really think of any decent merit as to why.

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Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

08 Aug 2012

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Ryanair has a time limit to reduce their ownership from 30% to 25%, due to UK competition concerns..

So.. this offer is in the money for them & having a forced sell-down in a overpriced asset means some deal will be struck..  Its IAG's to lose.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

19 Mar 2014

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How is IAG owning British Airways, Aer Lingus, BMI and Iberia not a competition concern?

03 Nov 2014

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Any ideas on timeframe?

07 Oct 2012

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Wouldn't hold your breath on this one. I don't see either Ryanair or the Irish Gov selling to IAG. Though its probably in Aer Lingus best interests.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

12 Jul 2014

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Given the debt of the Irish Government, I see it going to what is a good offer.

I won't be in too much of a hurry to see this change.

Although I'm a fan of oneworld, fares ex-DUB is one of the most competitive because of Aer Lingus' increasingly superior product.

When Aer Lingus returns to the fold, I'm sure there would be an upward fare realingment and/or reduction of service by AA.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

23 Oct 2013

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"Qantas will pick up a new partner if Ireland's Aer Lingus..."

I thought Qantas already has a partnership with EI to earn points and book on classic awards

All this will mean is that status will be included in the bundle


Lufthansa - Miles & More

29 Jul 2014

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This could be Good for QF and CX pax to connect to Ireland but that is it they fly no where you cant get to from Lhr or any other EU ports ( CX only) Let the rubish Aer Lingus flights return to some main EU cities save a stop just go from LHR

30 Aug 2013

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'Aer Lingus operates in the space between a low-cost carrier and a more traditional full service airline, similar to Airberlin'

So I guess the same as VA?

30 Aug 2013

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Why does Ryanair own Aer Lingus? Wouldnt that be like Jetstar owning Qantas?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 May 2012

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Ryanair's stake in Aer Lingus is a failed attempt at growing beyond a LCC and establishing a monopoly in the Dublin market.

Their increase in Aer Lingus ownership was halted by EU Anti-Competition courts last year.


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