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International Airlines Group

International Consolidated Airlines Group, S.A.
Type Sociedad Anónima
Traded as LSE: IAG
Founded January 2011[1]
Founders British Airways Iberia
Headquarters London, United Kingdom (Head office)
Madrid, Spain
(Registered office)
Area served Worldwide
Key people Antonio Vázquez

Willie Walsh
Services Passenger air transport services
Air freight services
Revenue 18,675 million (2013)[3]
Operating income €770 million (2013)[3]
Profit €147 million (2013)[3]
Employees 60,089 (2013)[3]
Subsidiaries British Airways
IAG Cargo
Website .com.iairgroupwww

International Consolidated Airlines Group, S.A. (IAG) is a British-Spanish multinational airline holding company headquartered in London, United Kingdom and with its registered office in Madrid, Spain. It was formed in January 2011 by the merger of British Airways and Iberia, the flag carrier airlines of the United Kingdom and Spain.[4][5] It is the seventh-largest airline company in the world (and third-largest based in Europe) measured by 2010 revenues.[6]

IAG has a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange and has been a FTSE 100 constituent since 24 January 2011.[7][8] It has secondary listings on the Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia stock exchanges,[9][10] and has been a constituent of the IBEX 35 index since 1 April 2011.[11]

British Airways, Iberia and Vueling operate under their separate brand names.[12]


Iberia and British Airways announced their merger in November 2009.

British Airways and Iberia signed a preliminary merger agreement in November 2009.[13][14][15] In April 2010, British Airways and Iberia signed a full merger agreement, with an intended completion date of late 2010, subject to securing the necessary regulatory approvals.[16][17] The merger between British Airways and Iberia was completed on 21 January 2011, and shares in IAG began trading in London and Madrid on 24 January.[18][19][20]

In March 2011, IAG agreed to purchase eight Airbus A330-300 aircraft and to take options on eight more, to be used for Iberia's longhaul fleet.[21] On 6 October 2011, IAG created Iberia Express, a new low-cost airline to operate short- and medium-haul routes from IAG's Madrid hub and provide transfer feed onto Iberia's longhaul network.[22][23] Iberia Express began operations on 25 March 2012.[24][25]

On 4 November 2011, IAG agreed in principle to acquire British Midland International (BMI) from Lufthansa for an undisclosed sum, in a deal which would increase IAG's share of slots at Heathrow airport from 45% to 54%.[26][27] On 22 December 2011, IAG agreed a binding deal with Lufthansa to acquire BMI for £172.5 million.[28] On 30 March 2012, the purchase of BMI was approved, subject to the condition that the combined group divest itself of 12 daily slots and lease two daily slots at Heathrow airport. The acquisition was completed on 20 April 2012, and the BMI fleet and routes will be integrated into the British Airways schedule by the end of 2012.[29]

On 8 November 2012 International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) made a cash tender offer to buy 100 per cent of Vueling, the Spanish low-cost airline based in Barcelona. IAG's subsidiary Iberia currently owns 45.85% of Vueling and the Iberia board has agreed not to tender the offer. This means that Iberia would retain its existing shareholding in Vueling with IAG if successful gaining the remaining 54.15%. The offer, was €7 per ordinary share of Vueling with the total cost of acquiring the 54.15% anticipated to be €113m. It will be funded using internal IAG resources. The reported total assets of Vueling as of 30 September 2012 were €805m and in the nine months to 30 September 2012 it generated profits before tax of €59m. An application for authorisation of the offer, was submitted to the Comisión Nacional del Mercardo de Valores (CNMV). After getting the go-ahead from the CNMV, the offer was launched to Vueling's shareholders in the first quarter of 2013 and, Vueling has recommend its shareholders reject the offer. The offer will be subject to a minimum acceptance condition of 90% of the voting rights of the Vueling shares not already owned by Iberia. It is not subject to regulatory approval by the European Commission. The board of IAG improved its offer for Vueling to €9.25 on 27 March 2013.[30] This offer was accepted by the Vueling board on 9 April 2013 and received majority shareholder approval on 23 April 2013. IAG will assume control of Vueling on 26 April 2013.[31][32]

In December 2012, IAG completed the merger of the cargo operations of British Airways, BMI and Iberia into a single business unit, IAG Cargo.[33][34]

In April 2013, IAG confirmed the conversion of options to acquire 18 Boeing 787 Dreamliners into firm orders, in a deal worth around US$4.5 billion.[35][36] The aircraft are planned to replace some of British Airway's fleet of Boeing 747s between 2017 and 2021.[35]

On 16 October 2013, Iberia unveiled a new livery to be used from the end of November 2013.[37]

At the Farnborough Airshow 2014, IAG converted the options for 20 Airbus A320neo aircraft into firm orders which are currently intended to replace 21 shorthaul British Airways aircraft.[38]

Corporate affairs

Structure and headquarters

IAG is incorporated in Spain as a Sociedad Anónima, its board meetings are held in Madrid and its tax domicile is in Spain.[39][40][41][42] IAG has a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange and has been a FTSE 100 constituent since 24 January 2011.[7] It has secondary listings on the Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia stock exchanges.[9]

IAG has its operational headquarters, which controls the management of both its Spanish and British subsidiaries, at 2 World Business Centre on the property of London Heathrow Airport in the London Borough of Hillingdon.[43][44]

A British Airways Boeing 787-8
An Iberia Airbus A340-600
A Vueling Airbus A320-200
An Air Nostrum (Iberia Regional) Bombardier CRJ1000

Divisions, subsidiaries and franchises

The structure of the main operating companies is:

Minority shareholdings

Major shareholders

Shareholder Holding[47]
Europacific Growth Fund 5.261%
Capital Research and Management Company 5.049%
Templeton Global Advisors Limited 5.011%
BlackRock 4.934%
Legal and General Group plc 3.226%
Lansdowne Developed Markets Master Fund Ltd 1.269%

Financial results

Year Ended Passengers Flown Turnover (€m) Profit/Loss Before Tax (€m) Net Profit/Loss (€m) Basic EPS (€ cents)
31 December 2011 51,687,000 16,339 527 485 31.1
31 December 2012 54,600,000 18,117 (997) (923) (51.0)
31 December 2013 67,224,000 18,675 227 147 6.6


IAG has around 415 aircraft and serves around 200 destinations.[48][12]


As of 17 January 2014, IAG had a total of 412 aircraft with 150 aircraft on order and in excess of 110 options. The most popular type operated is the Airbus A320 series, with a combined fleet of 226 aircraft.[48]

For details of the current aircraft operated by the group, see the fleet details for each of the main operating subsidiaries - British Airways, Iberia and Vueling.


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External links

  • Official website
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