IAG in Chinese codeshare talks; Delta eyes CSeries

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By admin April 8, 2016 17:26

IAG in Chinese codeshare talks; Delta eyes CSeries

International Consolidated Airlines Group is in formal talks with China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines concerning a proposed codesharing deal on flights between Europe and China for British Airways. IAG chief Willie Walsh has stated that since there is no domestic Chinese carrier in the Oneworld alliance, a codeshare outside of the alliance makes sense for BA. Walsh hopes a codeshare agreement can be completed this year but has ruled out any possible acquisitions for IAG in Asia or in Europe to boost connections to Asia, preferring a more organic growth strategy for the region.

BA flies to twice daily to Hong Kong from London Heathrow Airport and also operates daily services to Beijing, 10 weekly flights to Shanghai and five weekly services to Chengdu.

Meanwhile, Delta Air Lines has revealed this week that it is in talks to order between 50 and 100 smaller narrowbodies, which include the C Series. Delta is phasing out 120 older, 50-seat regional aircraft and plans to upgauge to larger 100-seat plus narrowbody aircraft.

Ed Bastian told the audience at the JPMorgan investor conference that Delta needs smaller narrowbody planes in the same category as the 110-130-seat CSeries: “to replace the 120 MD-80s that need to be retired over the next five years.”

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By admin April 8, 2016 17:26