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IAG to acquire Air Europa for €1 billion, Air Europa to be run by Iberia

International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) and Globalia are pleased to announce that definitive transaction agreements have been signed under which IAG’s wholly owned subsidiary, IB OPCO Holding S.L. (Iberia), has agreed to acquire the entire issued share capital of Air Europa for €1 billion to be satisfied in cash at Completion  and subject to a closing accounts adjustment.

Highlights

  • Transforms IAG’s Madrid hub into a true rival to Europe’s four largest hubs: Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London Heathrow and Paris Charles De Gaulle.
  • Re-establishes IAG as a leader in the highly attractive Europe to Latin America and Caribbean market.
  • Offers significant synergy potential in terms of cost and revenue.
  • EPS accretive in the first full year and accretive to IAG’s return on invested capital by the fourth year after Completion.
  • Completion is expected to take place in H2 2020 following receipt of relevant approvals.

Commenting on today’s announcement, Willie Walsh, Chief Executive of IAG, said:

“Acquiring Air Europa would add a new competitive, cost effective airline to IAG, consolidating Madrid as a leading European hub and resulting in IAG achieving South Atlantic leadership, therefore generating additional financial value for our shareholders.

IAG has a strong track record of successful acquisitions, most recently with the acquisition of Aer Lingus in 2015 and we are convinced Air Europa presents a strong strategic fit for the group.”

Javier Hidalgo, Chief Executive of Globalia, said:

“For Globalia, the incorporation of Air Europa to IAG implies the strengthening of the company’s present and future that will maintain the path followed by Air Europa in the last years. We are convinced that the incorporation of Air Europa to a group such as IAG, who over all these years has demonstrated its support to the development of airlines within the group and the Madrid hub, will be a success”.

Luis Gallego, Chief Executive of Iberia, said:

“This is of strategic importance for the Madrid hub, which in recent years has lagged behind other European hubs. Following this agreement, Madrid will be able to compete with other European hubs on equal terms with a better position on Europe to Latin America routes and the possibility to become a gateway between Asia and Latin America.”

Strategic rationale

Air Europa is one of the leading private airlines in Spain, operating scheduled domestic and international flights to 69 destinations, including European and long-haul routes to Latin America, the United States of America, the Caribbean and North Africa. In 2018, Air Europa generated revenue of €2.1 billion and an operating profit of €100 million. It carried 11.8 million passengers in 2018 and ended the year with a fleet of 66 aircraft.

The Board of IAG believes that the transaction would:

  • Increase the importance of IAG’s Madrid hub, transforming it into a true rival to Europe’s big four hubs: Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London Heathrow and Paris Charles De Gaulle;
  • Unlock further network growth opportunities and re-establish IAG’s South Atlantic leadership; and
  • Result in significant customer benefits through providing increased

The Air Europa brand will initially be retained and the company will remain as a standalone profit center within Iberia run by Iberia CEO Luis Gallego. The managements of IAG and Iberia anticipate opportunities to unlock value through the Acquisition across three key areas:

  • Integrating Air Europa into the existing Iberia hub structure at Madrid;
  • Creating commercial links between Air Europa and other IAG operating companies, in addition to inclusion into IAG’s joint businesses;
  • Integrating Air Europa onto the IAG platform of common services.

Synergies and financial impact

The Acquisition is expected to generate cost synergies across selling, general and administrative expenses, procurement, handling and distribution costs with full run-rate synergies to be achieved by 2025. IAG expects implementation costs to be phased over the same period.

In addition, the Acquisition is expected to generate significant revenue synergies by 2025, including:

  • Adding reciprocal intra-group codeshares across all connecting gateways;
  • Adjusting timings to maximise connectivity through the Madrid hub;
  • Aligning commercial policies and integrating sales forces in home markets;
  • Integrating Air Europa into existing IAG joint businesses; and
  • Integrating Air Europa into the Avios currency for loyalty.

The Acquisition is expected to be earnings accretive in the first full year following Completion and accretive to IAG’s return on invested capital within four years after Completion.

Financing and expected timetable

The Acquisition will be funded by external debt. After Completion, IAG’s net debt to EBITDA is expected to be 0.3 times higher as a result of the Acquisition compared to 1.2 times last reported at the end of Q3 2019.

Assuming satisfaction of all conditions to the Acquisition, Completion is expected to take place in 2H 2020.

IAG has agreed to pay Air Europa a break fee of €40 million in the event that the transaction fails to receive the necessary regulatory approvals and either party elects to terminate the transaction agreement.

The Acquisition constitutes a Class 2 transaction for the purposes of the UK Financial Conduct Authority’s Listing Rules and, as such, does not require IAG’s shareholders’ approval. The gross assets of Air Europa at 31 December 2018 were €901 million. The pre-tax profits attributable to Air Europa for the year ended 31 December 2018 were €67 million.

Steve Gunning

Chief Financial Officer

November 4, 2019

Air Europa aircraft photo gallery:

Air Europa Express is now operating its first Boeing 737-800

The first Boeing 737-800 operated by Air Europa Express

Air Europa Express has become a new operator of the Boeing 737-800. The pictured Boeing 737-85P EC-MPG is now being operated the lower cost carrier with the appropriate titles.

Air Europa Express (previously Aeronova) is a subsidiary of Globalia which is also the parent company of Air Europa but is a separate company.

Air Europa Express commenced operations on January 11, 2016 with two daily flights between Valencia and Madrid; and one daily flight between Valencia and Palma de Malorca.

Copyright Photo: Air Europa Express (2nd) Boeing 737-85P WL EC-MPG (msn 60586) FRA (Marcelo F. De Biasi). Image: 946238.

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Etihad Airways forges a new partnership with Air Europa

Etihad Airways Airbus A380-861 A6-APE (msn 191) LHR (Rob Skinkis). Image: 943662.

Etihad Airways has made this announcement:

Etihad Guest, the loyalty program for Etihad Airways, has announced a new partnership with Air Europa, enhancing the benefits for its members by allowing them to earn and spend Etihad Guest Miles when flying with the Spanish carrier.

The partnership allows members to also accumulate miles on codeshare flights operated and marketed by Etihad Airways in partnership with Air Europa. In addition, Etihad Guest members can redeem miles for tickets across the Air Europa network.

The agreement provides for greater cooperation between the airlines’ frequent flyer programs, Etihad Guest and SUMA, enabling passengers to earn and redeem miles reciprocally. In both cases, the number of miles earned will depend upon the class of travel flown.

Air Europa currently flies across Europe including holiday resorts in the Canary and Balearic Islands as well as long-haul services to the Americas and the Caribbean.

Top Copyright Photo: Etihad Airways Airbus A380-861 A6-APE (msn 191) LHR (Rob Skinkis). Image: 943662.

Etihad Airways aircraft slide show:

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Air France-KLM to finalize a joint venture with Air Europa for flights to Latin America

Air France-KLM and Air Europa intend to conclude a new joint venture agreement for their flights between Europe and Central and South America. This foreseen agreement will allow both to expand their offerings and enhance travel opportunities for their respective customers.

For many years, both Air France and KLM have had a fruitful cooperation with Air Europa. The current partnership consists mainly of successful codeshare agreements between and beyond Paris and Amsterdam on the one hand and Madrid on the other. Air France and Air Europa started their code share cooperation in 2003 and currently cover 21 code share routes within Europe. KLM and Air Europa have been collaborating since 2002 and now operate 19 code share routes within Europe. In 2007, Air Europa also joined the SkyTeam Alliance.

Air Europa Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner EC-MOM (msn 36419) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 937618.

Both parties are currently conducting an integral analysis of a deeper and expanded cooperation, aiming at a joint venture agreement between Air France-KLM and Air Europa between Europe and Central/South America to strengthen the joint offer to customers.

The complementarity of the respective networks from/to Central and South America will provide significant additional benefits for customers in the form of better connectivity, increased seat availability and a basis to launch new routes and direct flights between the two continents.

Air France-KLM and Air Europa are in the midst of carrying out an in-depth legal analysis of the terms of this possible future agreement in order to ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.

“The deepening of our cooperation with Air Europa through a joint venture will provide a strong foundation for us to work even closer together in order to enhance our offer on routes between Europe and Central / South America. We are striving to even increase and improve our current leading role on these markets and offer our joint customers more benefits together with our long term partner Air Europa” said Frédéric Gagey, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Air France-KLM.

“We are proud to be strengthening and expanding the successful relations we have with Air France-KLM and to be working together as part of the new cooperation project between Europe and Central and South America. We are convinced that this new alliance will provide great benefits for both airlines as well as considerable advantages for our customers,” said Javier Hidalgo, Chief Executive Officer of Globalia, parent company of Air Europa.

Copyright Photo: Air Europa Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner EC-MOM (msn 36419) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 937618.

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BOC Aviation announces new orders for three Boeing 787-9 aircraft

Air Europa' first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, named "J.J. Hidalgo"

BOC Aviation Limited is pleased to announce that it has agreed to purchase three new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners from Boeing, taking the total number of this aircraft model in the Company’s fleet or on order to 14.

 

All three aircraft have been placed on long-term leases with Air Europa, and are scheduled to be delivered to the airline in 2020.

 

Copyright Photo: Air Europa Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner EC-MSZ (msn 62171) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 941050.

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Air Europa takes delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Air Europa' first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, delivered February 16, 2018

Air Europa (Palma de Mallorca) on February 16, 2018 took delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, the pictured EC-MSZ (msn 62171) at Charleston, SC. The aircraft arrived at Madrid on February 17.

The carrier unveil the new addition to its employees and the press with a water cannon salute (above) at its Palma base on February 26, 2018. Javier Rodriguez was there to record the event and inspect the new airliner.

Air Europa' first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, delivered February 16, 2018

The 787-9 has a total of 333 seats with 30 in Business Class:

Business Class:

Economy Class:

EC-MSZ is named “JJ Hidalgo”, the president of Globalia, and will be assigned to the the Madrid – Buenos Aires route next month.

Air Europa' first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, named "J.J. Hidalgo"

14 more copies are due through 2022. The longer 787-9 joins the carrier’s existing fleet of 787-8 Dreamliners.

The 787 fleet will be based and maintained in Madrid.

The cockpit of EC-MSZ:

Cockpit of Air Europa' first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

All Copyright Photos by Javier Rodriguez.

Top Photo: Air Europa Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner EC-MSZ (msn 62171) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 941048.

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Air Europa to bring the Boeing 787 to São Paulo

Air Europa Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner EC-MOM (msn 36419) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 937618.

Air Europa now has eight Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners in service. The carrier is now extending the reach of the 787 fleet.

On March 25, 2018, the airline will assign the type to the daily London (Gatwick) – Madrid – São Paulo route.

Air Europa currently operates the 787 to Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Havana, Lima, Miami, Santo Domingo and Tel Aviv.

Copyright Photo: Air Europa Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner EC-MOM (msn 36419) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 937618.

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