April 9, 2010 3:00 am

How many pilots flying this plane?

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For all the noise about the synergies BA and Iberia can see from their merger, the new organisation will start off with a byzantine structure, not to mention three chief executives and three finance directors.

As the chief executive of International Airlines Group, Willie Walsh will move from his BA office at Waterside near Heathrow to a new office at an as yet undisclosed UK location. Spanish-speaking Mr Walsh will travel to Madrid for IAG board meetings of 14, presided over by chairman Antonio Vázquez .

Shifting into his seat as BA chief, finance director Keith Williams will provide a new target for Unite workers - they may have to swap their Willie masks for the visage of a less recognisable Mr Williams.

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