British Airways and Iberia yesterday agreed to a "binding" MOU to merge under a single holding company that will be 55% controlled by BA shareholders and led by BA CEO Willie Walsh, paving the way for establishment of a third major European airline company by the end of 2010 that would have annual revenue of about €15 billion ($22.5 billion), a fleet of 419 aircraft and a route network comprising 205 destinations. The proposed new holding company, to be called TopCo, will be created ...

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