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British Airways plans cuts at Gatwick, merger with Malaysian Airlines? – Bangalore Aviation

British Airways plans cuts at Gatwick, merger with Malaysian Airlines?

As per a Bloomberg article, in the face of continuing declines in global air travel,

British Airways Plc, Europe’s third- largest airline, will cut more than 100 jobs at London’s Gatwick airport as it reduces services there by 15 percent from mid-2009.

The number of aircraft based at the airport will be reduced to 37 from 41, the Harmondsworth, England-based airline said today in an e-mailed statement. The cuts to ground operations staffing will be on a voluntary basis, according to the statement.

The story also refers to the ongoing merger discussions between British Airways and fellow OneWorld partner Qantas.

In parallel I read about a PTI report about Malaysian Airlines seeking global partnerships. As per the report

Malaysia’s national carrier, Malaysia Airlines (MAS), is seeking partners to grow further but has not commented on reports that it is seeking a merger with British Airways and Australia’s Qantas. “We are in talks with a number of airlines on collaborating and creating synergies for growth. This ranges from Joint Ventures and code shares to interlining partnerships. For example, we have signed a memorandum of understanding with Qantas on a joint venture on maintenance, repair and overhaul,” Idris Jala, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, MAS said in a statement day before yesterday.

In Malaysian, Qantas will get access to the lucrative ASEAN, and intra-Asian routes, and will fulfill it’s goals of becoming a truly global carrier. A Malaysian merger or partnership with also give the behemoth base level access to the ultra-large and very under-utilised Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). KLIA does have the potential to become a formidable competitor to Singapore’s Changi Airport, a purpose for which former Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohammed championed its mammoth construction. It just needs the right amount of traffic, the amount a global carrier British Airways-Qantas-Malaysian will give.

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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