Worldwide Consolidated Airways Group S.A., normally shortened to IAG, is an Anglo-Spanish multinational airline holding firm with its registered workplace in Madrid, Spain, and its operational headquarters in London, England. It was fashioned in January 2011 after a merger settlement between British Airways and Iberia, the flag carriers of the UK and Spain respectively, when British Airways and Iberia turned 100% owned subsidiaries of IAG. As a result of British Airways was the bigger firm, its shareholders got 55% of the shares within the new, merged firm.[4][5][6][7]

Since its creation, IAG has expanded its portfolio of operations and types by buying different airways – BMI (2011), Vueling (2012), Aer Lingus (2015) and Air Europa (anticipated to be accomplished in 2020). The Group additionally owns the Stage model and Avios, the IAG rewards programme.

The corporate is listed on the London Inventory Change and the Madrid Inventory Change. It’s a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index and IBEX 35 Index.

Historical past[edit]

Iberia and British Airways plane tails, early 2010s

Creation of IAG as BA/Iberia holding firm[edit]

British Airways and Iberia signed a preliminary merger settlement in November 2009.[8][9][10] In April 2010, British Airways and Iberia signed a full merger settlement, with an supposed completion date of late 2010, topic to securing the mandatory regulatory approvals.[11][12] The merger between British Airways and Iberia was accomplished on 21 January 2011, and shares within the new holding firm IAG started buying and selling in London and Madrid on 24 January.[13][14][15]

On 6 October 2011, IAG created Iberia Specific, a brand new low-cost airline to function short- and medium-haul routes from IAG’s Madrid hub and supply switch feed onto Iberia’s longhaul community.[16][17] Iberia Specific started operations on 25 March 2012.[18][19]

Buy of BMI (2011)[edit]

On Four November 2011, IAG agreed in precept to amass British Midland Worldwide (BMI) from Lufthansa, in a deal which might enhance IAG’s share of slots at Heathrow airport from 45% to 54%.[20][21] On 22 December 2011, IAG agreed a binding take care of Lufthansa to amass BMI for £172.5 million.[22] On 30 March 2012, the acquisition was accepted, topic to the situation that the mixed group divest itself of 12 each day slots and lease two each day slots at Heathrow airport. The acquisition was accomplished on 20 April 2012, and the BMI fleet and routes have been built-in into the British Airways schedule all through 2012.[23]

Buy of Vueling, and creation of IAG Cargo (2012)[edit]

On Eight November 2012 IAG made a money tender supply to purchase Vueling, a Spanish low-cost airline based mostly in Barcelona. The supply was €7 per bizarre share of Vueling, with the entire price of acquisition anticipated to be €113m. It was funded from inside IAG sources.
The reported complete belongings of Vueling as of 30 September 2012 have been €805m and within the 9 months to 30 September 2012 it had generated earnings earlier than tax of €59m. An elevated supply of €9.25 was accepted by the Vueling board on 9 April 2013, and obtained majority shareholder approval on 23 April 2013. IAG took management of Vueling on 26 April 2013.[24][25]

In December 2012, IAG accomplished the merger of the cargo operations of British Airways, BMI and Iberia right into a single enterprise unit, IAG Cargo.[26][27]

Buy of Aer Lingus (2015)[edit]

In January 2015, IAG made a bid of €1.36 billion for Aer Lingus. This was anticipated to be accepted, after the rejection of two prior bids.[28] In Might 2015, the Irish authorities agreed to promote its stake in Aer Lingus to IAG,[29] as did the Aer Lingus board in late January 2015.[30] The takeover turned irreversible on 18 August 2015.[31]

Creation of LEVEL model[edit]

In March 2017 it was introduced {that a} new low price longhaul airline named LEVEL was to begin working from Barcelona in June 2017.[32]

On 29 December 2017, it was introduced that IAG purchased main components of defunct Austrian leisure airline Niki together with 15 Airbus A321 plane and site visitors rights in Düsseldorf, Munich, Vienna, Zürich and Palma de Mallorca.[33] It’s deliberate to determine a brand new Austrian subsidiary of Vueling as a substitute for Niki.[33]

Aborted Norwegian takeover, and group fleet orders[edit]

In April 2018, it was reported that IAG was contemplating a takeover of Norwegian, a low-budget competitor to the group,[34] nevertheless by early 2019 IAG had absolutely disposed of its stake in Norwegian.[35]

In June 2019, IAG signed a letter of intent to buy 200 Boeing 737 MAX plane regardless that on the time of the signing the 737 MAX was nonetheless grounded worldwide following the 2 deadly crashes seemingly attributable to the design of the MCAS system.[36] Aviation analysts have questioned IAG’s management in making such an order when the 737 MAX design remains to be being rectified. IAG CEO Willie Walsh, shrugged off the airplane’s unsure future. “We’re partnering with the Boeing model”, he stated. “That’s the model that I’m doing enterprise with. That’s the model that I’ve labored with for years. And it’s a model that I belief”.[37]

On the 2019 Paris Air Present IAG additionally agreed to buy 14 Airbus A321XLR plane, Eight for supply to Iberia and 6 to Aer Lingus, with choices for an additional 14 of the plane.[38]

Buy of Air Europa (2019)[edit]

In November 2019, IAG introduced that it deliberate to amass Air Europa from Globalia, for €1 billion. The deal, funded by exterior debt, is predicted to be accomplished within the second half of 2020, topic to regulatory approval.[39]

Company affairs[edit]

IAG present passenger fleet measurement (excluding cargo) – Might 2020


IAG is included as a Sociedad Anónima in Spain, the place the corporate board conferences are held, and is domiciled in Spain for tax functions.[40][41][42][43] IAG has a main itemizing on the London Inventory Change and has been a FTSE 100 constituent since 24 January 2011.[44][45] It has secondary listings on the Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia inventory exchanges,[46][47] and has been a constituent of the IBEX 35 index since 1 April 2011.[48]

Qatar Airways is a minority shareholder in IAG, having first invested in 2015, shopping for 9.99% of the corporate. Qatar has steadily elevated its shareholding since then, and held 25.1% of the shares as at February 2020.[49]

IAG’s operational headquarters, which controls the administration of each its British and Spanish subsidiaries, are on the Waterside constructing in Harmondsworth, Better London.[50]

Group construction[edit]

The construction of the principle working corporations is:[51][52]

A together with Stage France and Stage Austria.

Group enterprise traits[edit]

The important thing traits for the Worldwide Airways Group over latest years are proven under (as at yr ending December 31):

2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Group monetary traits
Turnover (€m) 16,339 18,117 18,675 20,170 20,350 22,567 22,972 24,406 25,506
Revenue earlier than tax (€m) 527 −997 227 828 1,801 2,362 2,493 3,487 2,275
Internet revenue (€m) 485 −923 147 1,003 1,516 1,952 2,009 2,897 1,715
Fundamental EPS (€ cents) 31.1 −51.0 6.6 48.2 73.5 93.0 95.8 142.7 86.4
Group operational traits
Variety of passengers (m) 51.7 54.6 67.2 77.3 88.3 100.7 104.8 112.9 118.3
Cargo carried (000s tonnes) 661 680 701 702 682
Variety of plane (operational)(at yr finish) 529 548 546 573 598
Notes/sources [55] [55] [55] [55] [3][55]

In 2012 it was reported that British Airways’ earnings had been worn out by Iberia’s losses, and that the Spanish airline was in a combat for its survival.[56] By 2013, Iberia had misplaced a billion euros, requiring IAG CEO Willie Walsh to defend the IAG merger.[57] After additional losses, IAG’s steadiness sheet was in deep deficit as Iberia fought low-cost competitors and a recession, and Walsh admitted that British Airways ought to maybe have postponed the merger, saying, “If I would identified the Spanish financial system was going to deteriorate to the dimensions that it did, we could have delayed the choice however finally I consider the merger is the suitable factor”.[58]
From 2014 on, Iberia returned to profitability, displaying Walsh’s predictions had been justified.[59]


Subsidiary airways[edit]

British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus, Vueling and LEVEL function below their separate model names.[60]

For particulars of the present plane operated by the group, see the fleet particulars for every of the principle working subsidiaries – Iberia, British Airways, Aer Lingus, and Vueling. Your complete firm serves round 200 locations.[60][61]

Group frequent-flyer programme[edit]

IAG operates the Avios frequent-flyer programme, which was created from the merger of the Air Miles, BA Miles, and Iberia Plus Factors schemes on 16 November 2011.[62] Avios factors are the frequent flyer forex of Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia, and LEVEL,[63] and will also be used for journey throughout the Oneworld alliance together with the likes of Vueling, LATAM, Finnair, and so on.[64] A restructure in 2015 meant that every one of IAG’s affiliated loyalty programmes which use Avios, together with Avios Journey Reward Programme, British Airways Govt Membership, and Iberia Plus, have been transferred to Avios Group, an IAG subsidiary.[54][65]

It was introduced in July 2018, that would near British Airways Govt Membership members, with all factors robotically transferred to British Airways.[66]


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