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DO YOU SHARE BA'S EVIDENT ENTHUSIASM FOR A TIE-UP WITH IBERIA?

<strong>DOUGLAS MCNEILL </strong>ASTAIRE SECURITIES<br />&ldquo;It&rsquo;s very hard to read the smoke signals which are coming from these talks, which seem to be changing colour every five minutes. Discussions have been going on for over a year, now, but it&rsquo;s not necessarily a bad thing. If they are still talking, there must be a deal to be done. Time will tell. It would be foolish to predict deadlines, though.&rdquo;<br /><strong><br />TONY SHEPARD </strong>CHARLES STANLEY<br />&ldquo;Management changes at Iberia, the industry slump, and BA&rsquo;s pension deficit have all slowed down these talks. <br />A deal between the two is likely, but we will need to see a significant recovery in the economy, and a string of numbers to prove that, before any announcement is made. Both parties seem positive.&rdquo;<br /><strong><br />JUSTIN URQUHART-STEWART </strong>7IM<br />&ldquo;Walsh spends more time talking about his potential tie-up with Iberia than most people go on holiday in the Costa Brava. I think now is the time for the merger to happen before the upturn in the industry. Sentiment changes on a sixpence. Both airlines are desperate and want the partnership to happen.&rdquo;