A ray of hope for staff at BMI Regional as it looks like there may well be a buyer for the airline. Currently owned by IAG as part of its deal to buy BMI and Bmibaby earlier in the month, it was looking doubtful that either of the smaller airlines would get a buyer.
IAG made it clear that it did not intend to keep loss-making Bmibaby or Regional and intended to offload the airlines as soon as possible or close them down, causing many redundancies.
According to a BBC report however, the Aberdeen-based consortium, Granite Aviation, is said to be at an advanced stage of talks for BMI Regional for around £20 million.
BMI Regional is based in Aberdeen and currently employs more than 300 people.
In further news; speaking at the World Travel and Tourism Conference in Tokyo, IAG chief executive Willie Walsh said the airline could be looking to purchase no more than ten percent stake in JAL. There has been no formal contact so far, but he said if it went ahead it would be a way to cement a relationship.