View Full Version : BA and KLM resume merger talks!!

10th Jun 2001, 10:43
10/06/01 05:28

LONDON (Reuters) - British Airways and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines NV have resumed talks on a five billion pound merger that would create the world's third-largest airline, the Sunday Times reported.
BA Chief Executive Rod Eddington has contacted KLM President Leo van Wijk to restart negotiations that broke down last September, the newspaper said.

"We are in a preliminary discussion phase," the newspaper quoted a senior company source as saying. "We still want to do the deal... They are the logical partners for us whenever consolidation is permitted within Europe."

A BA spokeswoman would not comment on the reported talks, but confirmed the company was still interested in principal in a merger with KLM.

"We said we are interested in consolidation in Europe," she said. "The problem last time was an aero-political problem. If these problems could be resolved to our satisfaction, to KLM's, to everyone else's, then yes, we would want to do it. But it didn't happen last time."

KLM said last month in had not held talks with other airlines recently about potential alliances and had no immediate plans to do so.

BA abandoned nearly four months of talks on a possible takeover of KLM last September after KLM balked at losing its national identity to the much bigger carrier.

But the two airlines now believe they can rapidly agree the financial details of a merger, the Sunday Times said, adding that the BA board discussed a deal at a meeting last Friday.

The main reason for the failure of the previous talks was rooted in a byzantine set of international treaties drawn up half a century ago to govern flying rights across borders.

If KLM fell under British control, it would lose its rights as a Dutch airline, including the freedom to unlimited access to cities in the lucrative U.S. market.

10th Jun 2001, 12:59
Holly macaroni!

10th Jun 2001, 13:32
Today KLM.........
............tomorrow the World.

10th Jun 2001, 13:36
The latest on the BBC website is that 'KLM and BA are in general orientating discussions, nothing else. They are no talks of mergers going on.'

So what exactly are general orientating discussions when they are at home???

10th Jun 2001, 14:16
Well, this will be interesting........but I don't see what is in it for KLM.......

10th Jun 2001, 15:05
Yes very interesting, so again the question will be, what about KLMuk, BUZZ, KLM Cityhopper, Martinair, Trasavia?

I really cant see the EU allowing this. or for that the VNV.

10th Jun 2001, 15:09
Best swap the Theakstons for some Grolsh and start developing a liking for edam !

Je weit het noit

Tot zeins !

11th Jun 2001, 02:49
Not again... Please!


11th Jun 2001, 07:17
Any thought what a merger with BA and KLM would do to the alliance that KLM has with the US Pax Northwest Airline?

11th Jun 2001, 12:03
Anyone remember The continuing Story of Peyton Place? :rolleyes:

11th Jun 2001, 19:30
It would put me on the bottom of a very long seniority list.
So, no thanks. Guess the only one benefiting would be
KLM's CEO van Wijk if he gets a nice new job in London.