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Article from BTNews 17 SEPTEMBER 2012

British Airways boss speaks

British Airways Chief Executive Keith Williams was the speaker at last week’s Aviation Club lunch at London’s Institute of Directors.  He gave an entertaining discourse noting that the acquisition of bmi, and its Heathrow slots, would cover the airline's immediate expansion plans.  As regards the future he was remarkably sanguine saying several times that 2015 and the Davies report would be the time to speak.

For the winter season 2012/2013 BA would offer 15% more seats and 20 new destinations.  These will include, regionally, Leeds-Bradford, Belfast and Dublin.

The first Boeing 787 is now due in May 2013, with three more by the end of the year.  July sees the arrival of the Airbus A380, and further aircraft in July, September and November.

Asked by BTNews about the London City transatlantic operation he said that BA was pleased with the route and indicated Boston as a possible further destination.  BA CityFlyer was hoping to attract more leisure traffic to its 22 London City routes.  Kevin Done, the former Financial Times correspondent, was another questioner focussing on the IAG – Iberia tie up, which he, Mr Done, said was not good for shareholders.  Mr Williams indicated changes in October, but said he was not privy to them. www.ba.com www.aviationclub.org.uk

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