Intl Con Airline Grp (IAG) - Iberia's transformation plan
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International Cons Airlines Group
09 November 2012
IBERIA'S TRANSFORMATION PLAN
A comprehensive plan to save Iberia after record losses and return it to
profitability was announced today by International Airlines Group (IAG).
Iberia's transformation plan will introduce permanent structural change across
all areas of the business with the aim of stemming losses and returning the
Spanish airline to profitability.
Transformation Plan Highlights:
· Stem Iberia's cash losses by mid-2013;
· Turnaround in profitability of at least €600 million from 2012 levels
to align Iberia with IAG's target return on capital of 12 per cent by 2015;
· Network capacity cut by 15 per cent in 2013 to focus on profitable
· Downsizing its fleet by 25 aircraft - five long haul and 20 short haul.
· Reduction of 4,500 jobs to safeguard around 15,500 posts across the
airline. This is in line with capacity cuts and improved productivity across
· New commercial initiatives to boost unit revenues including increased
ancillary sales and website redesign.
· Discontinue non-profitable third party maintenance and retain
profitable ground handling services outside Madrid.
· The transformation will be funded from Iberia's internal resources
In the short term the transformation will focus on stemming the losses and
creating a profitable route network. This will include suspending loss making
routes and frequencies and ensuring there is effective feed for profitable
long haul flights.
As well as halting Iberia's financial decline we will establish a viable
business that can grow profitably in the long term. Short and medium haul
operations will be transformed to compete effectively with low cost carriers
who have successfully established themselves in Iberia's home market. The plan
will see comprehensive productivity improvements and the introduction of
permanent salary adjustments to achieve a competitive and flexible cost base.
Iberia has many advantages. It has an excellent geographical position to serve
Latin America, along with historical ties; a strong brand and the ability to
grow long term at it hub.
A deadline of January 31, 2013 has been set to reach agreement with the
unions. If agreement is not reached, deeper cuts and a more radical reduction
in the size and scale of Iberia's operations will take place to secure the
natural long haul traffic flows at Madrid and safeguard the company's future.
Rafael Sánchez-Lozano, Iberia's chief executive, said: "Iberia is in fight for
survival. It is unprofitable in all its markets. We have to take tough
decisions now to save the company and return it to profitability. Unless we
take radical action to introduce permanent structural change the future for
the airline is bleak. However this plan gives us a platform to turn the
business around and grow.
"The Spanish and European economic crisis has impacted on Iberia, but its
problems are systemic and pre-date the country's current difficulties. The
company is burning €1.7 million every day. Iberia has to modernise and adapt
to the new competitive environment as its cost base is significantly higher
than its main competitors in Spain and Latin America.
"Time is not on our side. We have set a deadline of January 31, 2013 to reach
agreement with our trade unions. We enter those negotiations in good faith. If
we do not reach consensus we will have to take more radical action which will
lead to greater reductions in capacity and jobs".
Willie Walsh, IAG's chief executive said: "We want Iberia to be strong and
successful. For too long the narrow self interest of the few has damaged the
long term future for the many. We will not hesitate to take the necessary
steps to protect the interests of our shareholders, our customers and our
"This turnaround plan is critical for Iberia and for the future of Spain. A
strong and profitable Iberia can create jobs and boost tourism, a key driver
in Spain's economic recovery".
November 9, 2012
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