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Old 12th May 2018, 10:59
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Media: IAG checks bidding team with Ryanair for Norwegian

OSLO - The war of nerves around Norwegian goes into the next round - if the British Airways Group IAG attaches to take over the Norwegian price breaker, could CEO Willie Walsh get reinforcements on the boat: IAG is considering a joint bid with Ryanair according to media reports.
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Old 15th May 2018, 14:03
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I heard the same thing...
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Old 15th May 2018, 14:55
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Great, that's what we need.... more Ryanair.
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Old 15th May 2018, 15:23
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If that happens time to dust off the old CV..
Even more frustrating for the guys in FR that would solve a lot of O'Learys issues and any progress with the unions would go waaaay back.
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Old 15th May 2018, 16:29
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Given that anecdotally Norwegians T&Cs would appear to be worse than FRs and there seems to be a core of pilots who flip flop between these loco type carriers then perhaps it might well be a wake up call to them all to finally pull their fingers out, find an airline to build a career at and join a bleedin union and stick up for themselves for the betterment of us all. Then again maybe pigs will fly and these guys and gals will pop back to the sandpit/asia [insert region as appropriate] in search of another low tax break gig.
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Old 15th May 2018, 18:41
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Originally Posted by MCDU2 View Post
Given that anecdotally Norwegians T&Cs would appear to be worse than FRs and there seems to be a core of pilots who flip flop between these loco type carriers then perhaps it might well be a wake up call to them all to finally pull their fingers out, find an airline to build a career at and join a bleedin union and stick up for themselves for the betterment of us all. Then again maybe pigs will fly and these guys and gals will pop back to the sandpit/asia [insert region as appropriate] in search of another low tax break gig.
Iím sorry but they really arenít at all. Read between the lines on Ryanairís pay increases and it is a joke and Norwegian has better perks.

oh yeah.. there also isnít a financial value on respect from the person in ops calling you. I for one am extremely happy at Norwegian and going by the daily horror stories I hear from guys next to me who are ex FR Iíd sign on rather than go there. The people who are happy at FR have never been elsewhere and are suffering from Stockholm syndrome.
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Old 15th May 2018, 19:05
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Bad T&Cīs at Norwegian. Define bad? I made 123.000 pounds last year as a first year skipper, excluding pension... Is that really horrible? Yes we can do better in a few areas (and we are working on it), but to almost write it off as a place not to have a career is laughable and simply not true...

All i see are happy faces everyday overall. Miles away from what I experienced at "the harpe" and previous jobs I had.

(Ps. Sorry in advance for adding positivity on PPRuNe...)
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Old 16th May 2018, 06:11
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Why would IAG help Ryanair become a bigger competitor? it does not make any sense at all. If anything the idea would spur on other groups to buy Norwegian to avoid that hapening.
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Old 16th May 2018, 16:43
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BA absorbs NLH, and packages off the N-SH together with its own BA short haul for sale to Ryanair?
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Old 16th May 2018, 18:10
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BA has considerable experience in nobbling opposition. Not just Laker and VS in long haul but a whole slew of domestic UK carriers (Manx, Brymon, etc.) have been taken over and curbed/eliminated. It is was large corporates do - irrespective of the actual business. They do it in finance, vehicles, retail. If you cannot beat the opposition, the SOP is to eliminate them.
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Old 16th May 2018, 18:14
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Don't see an issue in it. It's just business.
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Old 16th May 2018, 18:15
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I think IAG if they were to buy NAS should keep the brand and operation and allow BA to stop competing in the LOCO market and get back to premium.
At the moment BA is trying to be loco and premium and failing. I used to travel a lot on BA in Euro Club and euro traveller and I'll now book with almost anyone else. In the back it is just a smidge better than Easy but not worth the extra cash the ticket is and recent Club trips have all been disappointing. In and of London I've suffered awful delays on BA. This would allow them to sort their house at and become an actual premium carrier and IAG could profit on LOCO from NAS.
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Old 16th May 2018, 18:15
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British Airways SH are not really comparable to Ryr as they are a premium brand,
BA is not buying Norwegian, IAG is . IAG already has 1 low cost airline that does compete head on with Ryanair, ie. Vueling.
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Good read about the state of the European industry to add some truth to most of the nonsense written above....

https://centreforaviation.com/insigh...hinking-417376
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Old 18th May 2018, 08:16
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Good read about the state of the European industry to add some truth to most of the nonsense written above....

https://centreforaviation.com/insigh...hinking-417376
I don't see why it is wanting to compare European SH with N America and claim that it is all still smaller than aviation in N America. Utterly irrelevant.
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That article is the biggest load of rubbarb I have read. Why is it implying the US model is best? We have stringent anti competition laws, the EU can and does block large mergers. Competition is a good thing, drives innovation, I do not see how or why having that US model is a good thing. Certainly all it would do from a wages point of view is drive them down!

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Good read about the state of the European industry to add some truth to most of the nonsense written above....

https://centreforaviation.com/insigh...hinking-417376
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Old 19th May 2018, 23:11
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ďIf IAG were to acquire Norwegian and its 3% share of seats in Europe, this would just take the expanded IAG to the top of the European ranking by seats, with a share of 12% (to be more precise, it would be 12.24% Ė very slightly ahead of Lufthansa Group's 12.17%).Ē

Some statistics and facts like the one above Iíve copied out are what you need. The article is full of them. Forget about the America comparison. Just read some stats. Very interesting in my opinion especially after reading lots of miss information above. Norwegian is tiny.
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Old 19th May 2018, 23:23
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Originally Posted by UAV689 View Post
That article is the biggest load of rubbarb I have read. Why is it implying the US model is best? We have stringent anti competition laws, the EU can and does block large mergers. Competition is a good thing, drives innovation, I do not see how or why having that US model is a good thing. Certainly all it would do from a wages point of view is drive them down!


You couldnít be more wrong. Profitability improves wages. Do you know how much the big American Airlines salary structures are? Their terms and conditions are streets ahead of Europe. Airlines in Europe are largely unprofitable so have to drive down terms and conditions to compete with each other on price.

Anyway I donít care what happens in America. I just wanted to put some facts into the conversation.
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