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IAG reveals failed Aer Lingus bid

International Airlines Group (IAG) (London), the parent company of British Airways (Heathrow), Iberia (Madrid) and low cost carrier Vueling Airlines (Barcelona), has revealed that the board of Aer Lingus (Dublin) has rejected a potential takeover attempt.

IAG confirmed in a stock exchange disclosure it had “submitted a proposal” to make an offer for Aer Lingus, but it added that this was “rejected by the board of Aer Lingus.”

IAG added: “There can be no certainty that any further proposal or offer will be forthcoming. A further statement will be made if and when appropriate,”.

“The board has reviewed the Proposal and believes that it fundamentally undervalues Aer Lingus and its attractive prospects. Accordingly, the Proposal was rejected on 16 December 2014,” Aer Lingus said in a stock market disclosure. “Shareholders are strongly advised to take no action.”

This is not the first time Aer Lingus has been the target of a takeover bid. Irish competitor Ryanair (Dublin) has made several attempts to acquire its fellow Irish carrier, but each of these efforts has been blocked on competition grounds.

Last September, a UK Competition Commission (UKCC) investigation into these unsuccessful Ryanair bids revealed that Aer Lingus was looking to combine with another carrier in 2012 and has more recently explored a variety of merger and acquisition scenarios. They also revealed that several sets of talks relating to Aer Lingus acquiring, merging and forming strategic initiatives with other airlines.

Ryanair was ordered to sell its 29.8% stake in Aer Lingus down to 5% by the UKCC, partly based on concerns the shareholding could jeopardize Aer Lingus’ consolidation with other carriers. Ryanair responded by putting its entire stake up for sale, with certain conditions. More recently Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary has bemoaned a total lack of interest in the Aer Lingus stake.

O’Leary, speaking at the release of Ryanair’s first-quarter results this summer, said: “We’ve had depressingly received no interest in Aer Lingus stake, which has been up for sale for about 18 months.”

The takeover bid from IAG could have could have valued the Republic’s flag carrier at at least €1 billion, industry sources estimate. Earlier, Aer Lingus shares had jumped 14% after the Financial Times reported that IAG was considering a bid.

Reported by Assistant Editor Oliver Wilcock from Manchester.

Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. Aer Lingus A320-214 EI-DEN (msn 2432) approaches the runway in London (Heathrow).

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IAG reports a third quarter net profit of $751 million

International Airlines Group (IAG) (British Airways, Iberia, Iberia Express and Vueling Airlines) (London) reported a third quarter net profit of €598 million ($751 million) up 3.1% from €580 million ($728.4 million) in the same quarter a year ago.

The airline group issued this full statement:

NINE MONTHS RESULTS ANNOUNCEMENT

International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) presented Group consolidated results for the nine months to September 30, 2014.

IAG period highlights on results:

  • Third quarter operating profit €900 million (2013: €690 million) before exceptional items, €210 million better than last year
  • At constant currency, third quarter passenger unit revenue down 0.9 per cent and non-fuel unit costs down 4.5 per cent
  • Revenue for the quarter up 8.5 per cent to €5,866 million, up 6.9 per cent at constant currency
  • Fuel unit costs for the quarter down 7.5 per cent at constant currency
  • Operating profit for the nine months €1,130 million (2013: €657 million) before exceptional items, €473 million better than last year
  • Exceptional charge of €82 million for currency re-evaluation
  • Cash of €5,064 million at September 30, 2014, up €1,431 million on 2013 year end
  • Adjusted gearing down 4 points to 46 per centPerformance summary:

Nine months to September 30

Financial data € million

2014

2013

Higher / (lower)

Passenger revenue

13,435

12,299

9.2 %

Total revenue

15,155

14,113

7.4 %

Operating profit before exceptional items

1,130

657

Exceptional items

(82)

(309)

Operating profit after exceptional items

1,048

348

Profit after tax and exceptional items

694

77

Basic earnings per share (€ cents)

33.4

3.2

Operating figures

2014

2013

Higher / (lower)

Available seat kilometres (ASK million)

190,234

172,234

10.5 %

Revenue passenger kilometres (RPK million)

153,537

140,220

9.5 %

Seat factor (per cent)

80.7

81.4

(0.7pts)

Passenger revenue per RPK (€ cents)

8.75

8.77

(0.2)%

Passenger unit revenue per ASK (€ cents)

7.06

7.14

(1.1)%

Non-fuel unit costs per ASK (€ cents)

5.00

5.21

(4.0)%

€ million

At September 30,

At December 31,

Higher / (lower)

2014

2013

Cash and interest-bearing deposits

5,064

3,633

39.4 %

Adjusted net debt(1)

5,547

5,701

(2.7)%

Adjusted gearing(2)

46%

50%

(4pts)

(1) Adjusted net debt is net debt plus capitalised operating aircraft lease costs.
(2) Adjusted gearing is adjusted net debt, divided by adjusted net debt and adjusted equity.

Willie Walsh, IAG Chief Executive Officer, said:

“This quarter we are reporting an operating profit before exceptional items of €900 million. At constant currency, revenue was up 6.9 per cent with non-fuel unit costs down 4.5 per cent and fuel unit costs down 7.5 per cent.

“We continued to grow capacity efficiently and both our non-fuel and fuel unit cost performances were strong with the latter boosted by the introduction of new, more efficient aircraft into our fleet.

“British Airways made an operating profit of €607 million, compared to €477 million last year, and grew capacity while retaining its focus on cost control. Iberia’s operating profit increased to €162 million from €74 million last year highlighting its strong cost discipline combined with the continued benefits of restructuring. Vueling continued to grow, developing new bases in Italy and Belgium, with an operating profit of €140 million compared to €139 million last year.

“In the nine months, we made an operating profit of €1,130 million before exceptional items, up by €473 million from last year”.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Iberia improved its financial performance with labor stability which was one of the main drivers for a better financial performance of the group in the third quarter. Iberia’s Airbus A320-214 EC-MCS (msn 6244) taxies at Geneva in the new look.

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IAG has its best second quarter since 2007

International Airlines Group (IAG) (British Airways, Iberia and Vueling Airlines) (London) reported second quarter net income of €280 million ($376 million) up from €127 million ($170.5 million) net income for the same period a year ago. This is the best second quarter results since 2007.

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Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-336 ER G-BNWD (msn 24336) of British Airways arrives at Baltimore/Washington.

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IAG reduces its first quarter loss to $206.3 million

International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) (British Airways, Iberia and Vueling Airlines) (London) today (May 9, 2014) presented Group consolidated results for the first quarter and the three months to March 31, 2014.

IAG period highlights on results:

. First quarter operating loss €150 million ($206.3 million) (2013: operating loss of €278 million – $382.3 million) before exceptional items
. Revenue for the quarter up 6.7 per cent to €4,203 million, up 7.6 per cent at constant currency
. Non-fuel costs up 3.8 per cent, up 4.8 per cent at constant currency
. At constant currency, first quarter passenger unit revenue down 1.4 per cent (excluding Vueling down 0.5 per cent) and non-fuel unit costs down 6.2 per cent (excluding Vueling down 4.2 per cent)
. Fuel unit costs for the quarter down 8.9 per cent, 7.4 per cent at constant currency
. Cash of €4,004 million at March 31, 2014 was up €371 million on 2013 year end
. Adjusted gearing remains at 50 per cent

Willie Walsh, IAG Chief Executive Officer, said:

“We’re pleased that our quarterly operating loss has reduced significantly from €278 million last year to €150 million, especially as Vueling’s quarterly losses were not included last year as they weren’t in the Group. At constant currency, revenue was up 7.6 per cent and non-fuel costs rose 4.8 per cent.

“Iberia has almost halved its losses from quarter one last year with an operating loss of €111 million compared to €202 million. The airline continues to benefit from restructuring and these figures don’t reflect the impact of recent pay and productivity agreements which took effect in April. While the restructuring remains work in progress, Iberia is gradually resuming some routes including longhaul services to Santo Domingo and Montevideo.

“British Airways made an operating loss of €5 million in the quarter, compared to a €72 million operating loss in 2013. The airline has increased capacity within a controlled cost environment and benefited from the efficiency of its new Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 aircraft.

“Vueling made an operating loss of €30 million and has managed to keep its losses flat while growing capacity. The airline continues to grow with its main focus in southern Europe”.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. British Airways’ Airbus A380-841 G-XLEB (msn 121) approaches the runway at London’s Heathrow Airport.

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Vueling to add five seasonal flights this summer

Vueling Airlines (Barcelona) will add five seasonal new routes this summer, including twice-weekly Alicante-Santander (starting on June 20), twice-weekly Barcelona-Cluj (June 27), weekly Barcelona-Santa Cruz de la Palma (June 21), twice-weekly Barcelona-Tallinn (June 20) and Santiago de Compostela-Amsterdam (three flights per week) (June 21) per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 WL EC-LUO (msn 5530) with Sharklets approaches Brussels for landing.

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International Airlines Group returns to profitability for 2013

International Airlines Group (IAG) (British Airways, Iberia and Vueling Airlines) (London and Madrid) today (February 28, 2014) presented Group consolidated results for the year to December 31, 2013.

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IAG period highlights on results:

  • Fourth quarter operating profit €113 million (2012: operating loss of €40 million) before exceptional items
  • At constant currency and excluding Vueling and one-offs, fourth quarter passenger unit revenue up 2.7 per cent, and non-fuel unit

    costs down 2.7 per cent

  • Operating profit for the year to December 31, 2013 of €770 million (2012: operating loss of €23 million) before exceptional items
  • Revenue for the year up 3.1 per cent to €18,675 million and passenger unit revenue for the year up 0.6 per cent (3.7 per cent at constant currency)
  • Fuel costs for the year down 2.5 per cent to €5,951 million (2012: €6,101 million). Fuel unit costs down 5.0 per cent at constant currency
  • Non-fuel costs before exceptional items for year down 0.7 per cent at €11,954 million. Non-fuel unit costs down 5.6 per cent, down 2.7 per cent at constant currency
  • Cash of €3,633 million at December 31, 2013 was up €724 million on 2012 year end (December 2012: €2,909 million).
  • Adjusted gearing down 1 point to 50 per cent

Willie Walsh, IAG chief executive, said:

“In 2013, we strengthened the Group by acquiring Vueling, embarking on Iberia’s transformation and enhancing British Airways’ revenue performance. This has led to a strong financial recovery and return to profitability with a turnaround of nearly €800 million. Our operating profit was €770 million before exceptional items, with passenger revenue up 5.8 per cent and non-fuel costs down 0.7 per cent.

“British Airways continued its solid revenue performance this year and we’re seeing cost improvements, resulting in an operating profit of €762 million. This is the first full year that it’s benefited from the additional Heathrow slots and greater network flexibility created by bmi’s integration. Both the A380 and Boeing 787 were introduced into the airline’s fleet successfully. The new aircrafts’ economic and environmental performance has been excellent and customers love them.

“Iberia has made huge progress on cost control as its restructuring takes shape and great credit should be given to all those involved. It has reduced its losses in the year, reporting an operating loss of €166 million. The recent pay and productivity agreements between Iberia and its pilot and cabin crew unions are key to reducing the airline’s costs further and providing the foundation for profitable growth.

“Vueling is a great asset and provides a new cultural dimension to IAG. The airline reported an operating profit of €168 million from April 2013, when we acquired it, and expanded its network across continental Europe. To increase capacity while improving profit margins is a tremendous achievement and underlines Vueling’s value to the Group.

“We have shown strong financial management this year. Despite buying Vueling and increasing our capital expenditure, cash was up €724 million versus last year and adjusted gearing was down 1 point to 50 per cent.

“Quarter 4 saw an improved financial performance from all our airlines and we are reporting an operating profit of €113 million before exceptional items. Passenger revenue was up 4.0 per cent and non-fuel costs were down 4.1 per cent”.

Trading outlook:

In 2014 we expect to make steady progress towards our 2015 Group operating profit target of €1.8 billion, with relatively flat unit revenue growth, and margin expansion driven by falling unit costs.

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. Vueling has been a good buy for IAG. Formerly operated by Belle Air Europe, Airbus A320-214 EI-LIS (msn 3492) has been repainted at Southend.

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Vueling Airlines announces a new base in Rome, can Alitalia survive?

Vueling Airlines (Vueling.com) (Barcelona) is expanding operations in Italy (especially Rome).

The company will launch a new Rome (Fiumicino) base next summer season starting on April 2, 2014. Vueling will launch 22 new routes from Rome’s Fiumicino Airport throughout the summer. Vueling will  base eight Airbus aircraft at the airport. The new destinations from Rome include Alicante, Amsterdam, Athens, Bari, Berlin, Brindisi, Brussels, Catania, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Genoa, Lamezia Terme, Munich, Mykonos, Palermo, Prague, Rhodes, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Split, Thira (Santorini) and Turin.

Vueling is also adding new routes from Florence for the summer season.

Can Alitalia survive this new assault by lower cost Vueling and Ryanair?

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 EC-HTC (msn 1540) prepares to land in Nantes.

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Vueling to create a new base at Brussels with seven new routes

Vueling Airlines (Vueling.com)  (Barcelona) will open a new base in Brussels in May 2014. The airline stated it would launch seven new routes from BRU to Ibiza, Lisbon, Oporto, Palma de Mallorca, Rome, Santiago de Compostela and Venice bringing the Brussels total to 11 routes.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Vueling’s Airbus A320-214 EC-LVP (msn 5587) with Sharklets in the “Linking Europe” special scheme arrives at London Heathrow.

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IAG orders 30 Airbus A320ceo and 32 A320neo aircraft for Vueling Airlines

International Airlines Group (IAG) (London) has secured firm orders and options for up to 220 Airbus A320 family short-haul aircraft – up to 120 of these for its subsidiary Vueling Airlines (Barcelona). The new aircraft will enable the airline to replace some of its existing Airbus A320 fleet and expand its business.

The Vueling agreement comprises 62 firm orders – 30 A320ceo and 32 A320neo – plus 58 options. The firm orders will be delivered to Vueling between 2015 and 2020.

In addition, IAG has secured 100 A320neo options which could be used for any of the airlines in the Group – British Airways, Iberia or Vueling – for aircraft replacement requirements.

IAG chief executive, Willie Walsh, said: “Vueling has managed to successfully expand its business profitably by targeting both growth markets and those areas where weak competitors are reducing capacity. These new aircraft will enable Vueling to continue that expansion and replace some of its older fleet with modern, fuel efficient aircraft, leading to further unit cost reductions.

“The benefits that the merger brings to all our airlines are highlighted once again. In addition to the Vueling order, we have also been able to secure a further 100 A320neo options for all the airlines in the Group”.

The Vueling firm orders are subject to approval by IAG’s shareholders. This order will be reviewed alongside the recent IAG long-haul orders for Boeing 787s and Airbus A350s, at a shareholder meeting later this year.

Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured Airbus A320-232 EC-LVT (msn 5612) with Sharklets was handed over to Vueling on May 31, 2013.

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International Airlines Group loses $43.7 million in the first half, British Airways brings the new Airbus A380 to Frankfurt

British Airways (London) brought its new Airbus A380 to Frankfurt (above) on August 2 as the flag carrier continues to test out the new type on its short haul European routes before it is introduced on longer international routes.

In other news, parent International Airline Group (IAG) lost $43.7 million in the first half of 2013. However IAG had a good second quarter as it managed to cut losses at Iberia in the second quarter to $39.7 million. IAG has cut 1,700 jobs at Iberia (Madrid) and plans to cut another 1,700 by 2015.

IAG issued this financial statement:

International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) presented Group consolidated results for the six months to June 30, 2013.

IAG period highlights on results:

  • Second quarter operating profit €245 million (2012: loss €4 million) before exceptional items, based on strong passenger unit revenues and non-fuel unit cost improvements
  • Before Vueling at constant currency, second quarter passenger unit revenue up 4.8 per cent and non-fuel unit costs down 0.2 per cent
  • Operating loss for the half year €33 million (2012: loss €253 million) before exceptional items
  • Revenue for the half year up 2.1 per cent to €8,707 million including 1.7 per cent adverse currency impact
  • Passenger unit revenue for the half year up 2.8 per cent (4.6 per cent at constant currency), on capacity increase of 1.2 per cent
  • Fuel costs for the half year down 3.7 per cent to €2,864 million (2012: €2,973 million). Fuel unit costs down 4.7 per cent at constant currency
  • Non-fuel costs before exceptional items for the half year up 1.1 per cent at €5,876 million. Non-fuel unit costs down 0.2 per cent, up 0.9 per cent at constant currency
  • Cash €3,627 million at June 30, 2013, up €718 million including €549 million of Vueling cash
  • Adjusted gearing up 3 points to 54 per cent including Vueling

Willie Walsh also stated subsidiary Vueling Airlines (Barcelona) would be expanding again and would be taking on a larger role in intra-European routes. Higher-cost Iberia will be reducing its presence in Europe.

Copyright Photo: Bernhard Ross/AirlinersGallery.com. British Airways’ Airbus A380-841 G-XLEA (msn 095) taxies to the gate at Frankfurt.

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Vueling Airlines unveils its “Linking Europe” logojet contest winner

Vueling Airlines (Barcelona) on May 30 introduced its new “Linking Europe” logojet on this Airbus A320-214 EC-LVP (msn 5587). The unique livery was the result of a contest to design the logojet. Young designers and architects were invited to submit their designs in March. The winning team is Paolo Nazzari and Plarent Berhamaj.

The Fundació Mies van der Rohe joined with Vueling Airlines to launch the  professional career of the winning European students through this contest. The competition also celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Mies Award, Europe’s most important and prestigious architecture prize.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. EC-LVP taxies from the gate at Amsterdam in the special look.

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IAG seeks to delist Vueling Airlines

International Airlines Group-IAG (London) is seeking to delist Vueling Airlines (Barcelona) from the Spanish stock exchanges as it nears complete control. The IAG has issued this statement:

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International Airlines Group’s (IAG) subsidiary Vueling has called a general shareholders’ meeting on June 27, 2013 to approve the delisting of Vueling’s shares from the Spanish stock exchanges.

The delisting tender offer will be €9.25 per share. Vueling will be delisted from the Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid and Valencia stock exchanges upon successful completion of the offer.

Since April 26 2013, IAG Group has owned 90.51 per cent of Vueling. This follows a cash tender offer for the Vueling shares that were not already owned by IAG’s subsidiary Iberia which has a 45.85 per cent holding. Acceptance of the original cash tender offer of €9.25 euro per share was recommended by the Vueling board on April 9, 2013.

Vueling is a Spanish low cost carrier based in Barcelona. It will remain a standalone operating company within IAG with its chief executive Alex Cruz reporting into IAG chief executive Willie Walsh.

Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. A nice ramp portrait of  Airbus A319-112 EC-LRZ (msn 3700) at Zurich (click on the photo for the full-size view).

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Vueling Airlines’ board accepts IAG latest raised bid, won’t be merged with Iberia

Vueling Airlines‘ (Barcelona) board of directors has approved the latest bid by the International Airlines Group (IAG) (London) after IAG raised its bid for the remaining shares by 32 percent to €9.25 a share.

IAG CEO Willie Walsh also stated Vueling Airlines will remain a separate carrier and will not be merged with the higher cost and troubled Iberia (Madrid).

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Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss. Airbus A320-214 D-AXAS (msn 5533) with Sharklets at a snowy Hamburg (Finkenwerder) became EC-LVO when it was handed over on April 5.

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Vueling Airlines accepts its first Airbus A320 with Sharklets

Vueling Airlines (Vueling.com) (Barcelona) has taken delivery of its first A320 aircraft equipped with Sharklet fuel saving wing tip devices, becoming the first Spanish carrier to do so. Including this delivery, Vueling’s in-service fleet rises to 61 A320 Family aircraft

Sharklets are newly designed wing-tip devices that improve the aircraft’s aerodynamics and significantly cut the airline’s fuel burn and emissions by four per cent on longer sectors. Sharklets are an option on new-build A320 Family aircraft, and standard on all members of the NEO Family. They offer the flexibility to A320 Family operators of either adding around 100 nautical miles more range or allowing an increased payload capability of up to 450 kilograms.

Copyright Photo: Eurospot. The pictured A320-232 F-WWGD (msn 5530) became EC-LUO on delivery.

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Vueling Airlines’ board rejects the takeover offer by IAG

Vueling Airlines‘ (Barcelona) board has rejected the latest offer by the International Airlines Group (IAG) (London) to acquire the remaining shares in the low-fare airline. The board believes the IAG $148 million bid undervalues the company and is recommending that all stockholders reject the latest bid.

Read the full report from Bloomberg: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Airbus A320-232 EC-LQN (msn 2168) completes its final approach into London (Heathrow).

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IAG applies for a tender offer to acquire Vueling Airlines

International Airlines Group-IAG’s (London), the parent of British Airways (London) and Iberia (Madrid), through its subsidiary Veloz Holdco, has formally filed an application for Vueling Airlines (Barcelona) through a tender offer. IAG is seeking authorization from the National Securities Market Commission of Spain for the market offer. IAG plans to acquire 16.2 million shares of Vueling Airlines or 51.14 percent of the total shares, that it does not already own through subsidiary Iberia, which already controls 45.85 percent of the Vueling shares.

Read the full report from IAG: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Pedro Baptista. Vueling Airlines’ Airbus A319-112 EC-LRS (msn 3704) approaches Barcelona for landing.

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Vueling Airlines to add 28 new routes from Barcelona next summer

Vueling Airlines (Barcelona) is again increasing its route network at its home airport next summer. The low-fare airline issued the following statement:

Vueling in 2013 will for the fourth consecutive year, will expand operations at Barcelona’s El Prat Airport, where it plans to reach 100 direct destinations during the upcoming summer season. Highlights include new routes especially attractive to the business traveler as London-Gatwick, Frankfurt and Dusseldorf, as well as a significant increase in flights to new cities in Germany, France, Italy and Scandinavia.

In the last two seasons of summer, the company has launched a total of 45 new destinations that have made the second El Prat airport in Europe after Frankfurt, with greater flight of short and medium haul by your company dominant airline. The goal is that by 2014 Vueling Barcelona will become the European leader in this type of connections.

Of the 28 new routes planned for next summer IATA season, which begins in March 2013, highlights five never before operated from El Prat: Dresden (Germany), Rennes (France), Fez (Morocco), Rhodes and Kos (Greece ). The airline also added four new countries to its network: Gambia (Banjul), Finland (Helsinki), Bulgaria (Sofia) and Luxembourg.

Vueling, which already flies to London-Heathrow, starting in 2013 the route London-Gatwick Barcelona. It also launched routes to other European cities and North particularly attractive to business travelers and Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Dusseldorf, Turin and Casablanca. With this, the company responds to the demand for direct connections between Barcelona and different regions of interest to businesses. The goal is to reach Vueling end of 2013 to 50% of business travelers on its flights.

To meet this new offering, the airline will increase the number of aircraft based in El Prat from 34 to 43 and will include 500 new employees, including pilots, cabin crews and support personnel from different categories and specialties.

With this new momentum, Vueling consolidates its leadership position in El Prat, which currently has a market share of 30%, operating over 240 flights daily. Under this increased activity, Barcelona Vueling expects to attract a greater number of travelers who visited the city during the summer of 2012 on flights of the company, which was 4.7 million.

Besides Barcelona, ​​Vueling will also grow in most of its other operating bases. Next season, there will be more flights from Bilbao to Canaries, Greek Islands and the route to Berlin will operate from the beginning of the summer. From Malaga and Alicante, there will be more routes to France and Benelux.Baleares will increase capacity on some of its existing routes, such as Palma-Moscow spends three to five times a week. Paris Orly and Amsterdam increase capacity in existing flights. And finally, in Canary thinking times will improve the business traveler and the connection with northern Europe through the company’s hub in Barcelona.

Vueling renews communication code and presents a new class Excellence for the business traveler Vueling continues to work to improve services for the business traveler. This launches the new class to Excellence, a very competitive price, offers all the elements required by the passenger to fly with flexibility, convenience and speed. Different cabin seating, lounge access, preferential boarding, ergonomic head, snack on board, total flexibility changes and extra points loyalty plans of the company are some of the attributes of this rate.

All these developments are part of a significant change for the airline: a new communication code that aims to project maturity and current size of the company without sacrificing the innovative spirit that has always characterized the brand. The starting point of all the work of the company is its people.

All this is included in a brand new concept:

LOVE THE WAY YOU FLY

It is a concept that denotes quality international service and closeness and trust.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton. Airbus A320-211 EC-FQY (msn 356) completes its final approach.

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Vueling Airlines celebrates 50 million passengers

Vueling Airlines (Vueling.com) (Barcelona) has now flown over 50 million passengers. To celebrate this milestone, the airline previously asked for help in preparing its first ever mid-air photography exhibition named the Vueling Air Gallery.

Vueling has now decorated one of its Airbus A320s with a selection of winning Instagram photos of Vueling destinations submitted by its passengers.

The 50 photos were chosen by a panel of judges and became a part of the Vueling Air Gallery book, which will now travel to all the Vueling destinations on board this aircraft. Each winner received a free roundtrip flight to any Vueling destination from their nearest airport.

Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez. Airbus A320-214 EC-JZQ (msn 992) departs today from Palma de Mallorca with the word “¡gracias!” on the fuselage formed using the winning photos. “Thanks” is also displayed on the right side.
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Vueling Airlines cuts its first quarter loss to $21.3 million, will decorate an Airbus A320 with passenger photos

Vueling Airlines (Vueling.com) (Barcelona) improved on its first quarter results by reducing its net loss to $21.3 million, an improvement of over 28 percent according to Flightglobal.

In other news, the low-fare airline has now flown over 50 million passengers. To celebrate this milestone, the airline is asking for help in preparing the first ever mid-air photography exhibition named the Vueling Air Gallery.

Vueling is going to decorate one of its Airbus A320s with a selection of Instagram photos of Vueling destinations. The airline is asking its passengers to be a contributing photographer.

According to the airline, “But that’s not all… not only can you get one of your photographs up into the clouds but, if your photo is one of the 50 chosen by our panel of judges, you will form part of the Vueling Air Gallery book, which will travel to all the Vueling destinations on board that aircraft. Here comes the best bit… each one of those 50 winners will receive a return flight to any Vueling destination from their nearest airport!

Use Instagram to take a photograph of a Vueling destination or apply your favorite filter to one you already have. The photograph doesn’t just have to be of a Vueling destination, you can be in it too… but remember, it has to be an amazing picture!
Give your photograph a title that includes the name of the Vueling destination in the photograph and the hashtag #vuelingairgallery.”
Vueling has found another way to use Social Media to promote their airline.
Copyright Photo: Stefan Sjogren. The 2011 MTV logojet. This A320 could be the aircraft for the Vueling Air Gallery.
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Vueling Airlines adds additional capacity at Barcelona and Bilbao

Vueling Airlines (vueling.com) (Barcelona) in the wake of the Spanair failure, is adding extra capacity on 18 routes radiating from its Barcelona base.

In addition, the low-fare carrier intends to launch new routes from Bilbao to Lanzarote, Las Palmas and Tenerife (Norte) on March 25 per Airline Route.

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Routes from Bilbao:

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Vueling Airlines may make a bid for MALEV

Vueling Airlines (Barcelona) is interested in acquiring MALEV Hungarian Airlines (Budapest) according to a report by business weekly Figyelo. According to the article, Vueling has concluded negotiations with the National Development Ministry. A business plan will be presented to the Vueling board of directors next month.

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Vueling Airlines to add 23 routes from Barcelona

Vueling Airlines (vueling.com) (Barcelona) continues to expand. The low-fare airline is adding 23 new routes from Barcelona this summer season and also adding new aircraft, including one Airbus A319 and four A320s.

According to this CNA report, the new flights from BCN will become available gradually from March, depending on the destination, until the summer, when all 23 routes will be added. According to CNA, “the new routes represent a 17.5% increase in the number of destinations offered. 10 of the 23 new routes were not offered by any other airline.”

Some of the new destinations from BCN are: San Sebastian, Almeria and Lanzarote in Spain, Nuremberg, Split, Lourdes, Stavanger, Southampton, Edinburgh and Malmo.

Vueling is also increasing the frequency on some of the routes from Barcelona, including Milan, Moscow, Pisa, Tenerife, and Las Palmas.

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Vueling Airlines to launch Barcelona-Nuremberg seasonal service on June 22

Vueling Airlines (Barcelona) will start seasonal three-times-a-week service between the Barcelona hub and Nuremberg on June 22. It will end on September 17 and will be operated with Airbus A319s.

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Vueling Airlines to launch two new routes from Wales in June

Vueling Airlines (vueling.com) (Barcelona) following its decision last year to launch a Cardiff to Barcelona service from March, the low-fare airline is now adding three-times-a-week services from Cardiff to Alicante and Palma de Mallorca in June per this report by WalesOnline.

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Current routes from Palma de Mallorca:

 

Vueling Airlines records a $54.8 million net profit in the third quarter

Vueling Airlines (vueling.com) (Barcelona) reported a net profit of $54.8 million in the third quarter.

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Routes from Barcelona:

Vueling Airlines slips to a $35 million loss in the first quarter

Vueling Airlines (Barcelona) slipped to a $35 million loss in the first quarter according to ATW.

In January 2011,Vueling announced it would add a further nine aircraft to their fleet during 2011, including its first Airbus A319. Six Airbus A320s will be delivered between April and June 2011, while the remaining two A320s will be delivered by the end of 2011. The first A319 was delivered in April 2010. Those extra aircraft will be used in order to increase the Madrid base, with some destinations being added, including Warsaw and Bucharest-Otopeni.

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Vueling’s current routes from Madrid:

Vueling Airlines adds its first Airbus A319

Vueling Airlines (vueling.com) (Barcelona) has added its first Airbus A319.

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Vueling routes from the Barcelona hub:

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Vueling Airlines records a net profit of $62 million in 2010

Vueling Airlines (Vueling.com) (Barcelona) recorded a net profit of $62 million in 2010.

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Vueling Airlines to open an Amsterdam base

Vueling Airlines (Barcelona) will become the first foreign carrier to have a base at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. Vueling is increasing its presence at AMS by 35 percent in 2011. The expansion will include three new destinations – Alicante, Palma de Majorca and Zurich for a total of 10 routes radiating from AMS. Vueling’s new base will be its ninth base and the second international base after Toulouse.

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Vueling Airlines reports a first quarter loss of $8.4 million

Vueling Airlines (Vueling.com) (Barcelona) reported a first quarter net loss of $8.4 million.

Read the full report in ATW:

http://atwonline.com/news/story.html?storyID=20114

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. Vueling Airlines’ Airbus A320-214 EC-KKT (msn 3293) taxies past the camera at Palma de Mallorca.

Vueling A320 engine catches on fire at Orly

Vueling Airlines (Barcelona) had its Airbus A320-211 EC-ICQ (msn 199) involved in an incident yesterday at Paris (Orly). Passengers were evacuated after an engine caught on fire. Eight people were reported to be slightly injured according to Reuters.

News link:

www.reuters.com/article/companyNews/idUKL535639120090805

Vueling to use Facebook/Twitter to name aircraft

Vueling Airlines (Barcelona) is conducting an European contest on Facebook and Twitter to name five new Airbus A320s.

News link:

www.newstin.com/tag/us/135811914

Vueling posts a $4.1 million 2Q net profit

 

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www.shephard.co.uk/news/3424/vueling-completes-restructuring-reports-q2-operating-profit/

Vueling and Clickair to merge on July 9

 

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Vueling Airlines (Barcelona) and Clickair (Barcelona) will formally merge on July 9 creating a new Vueling with 35 Airbus A320s (17 from Vueling and 18 from Clickair). The Clickair name will be retired. The new Vueling will serve 46 destinations with a total of 92 routes.

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