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Integration begins as British Airways complete bmi purchase

Following completion today of the acquisition of bmi by British Airways‘ and Iberia owner IAG,  the plans for integration into BA is fully under way.

Consultation is currently under way with trade unions on the proposed integration of bmi into British Airways. Once the consultation is complete IAG  will provide further details about the future of bmi.

IAG is also working on a Diamond Club partnership and will communicate to members today.

Customers of bmi will have access to more destinations, better frequencies and more seats, according to IAG.

Keith Williams, British Airways’ CEO, said: “It’s business as usual for both bmi mainline and British Airways customers. We plan to operate bmi’s Heathrow summer schedule, so customers can continue to book with confidence.”

“We are proposing to integrate bmi into British Airways, subject to the outcome of a consultation with staff and unions, which began last week. We aim to make this transition as smooth as possible and we’ll keep customers up to date with our progress.”

“We’re already looking at options for exciting new destinations, particularly in Asia and we’re hoping to announce a new route soon.”

The latest information will be available on the British Airways and bmi websites during the transition.

From today bmi mainline flights will begin to be sold through British Airways, as well as through bmi.

Members of bmi’s frequent flyer programme, Diamond Club, will be communicated with today on British Airways’ plans for the scheme.

Virgin Atlantic continue to reject the purchase and are to launch a legal appeal against the acquisition of bmi from Lufthansa and demand that BA give up more slots at Heathrow.

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