LONDON: Threesomes are not to the taste of Iberia ceo Fernando Conte, or so he informed a meeting of the Aviation Club in London. Conte was, of course, referring to the revelation by British Airways' ceo Willie Walsh (pictured) that he is romancing Australian flag carrier Qantas whilst continuing to ogle Iberia.

Conte claims he was informed of BA's infidelity just one hour prior to BA's public announcement last week. He told the club – whose membership comprises those with a professional interest in the advancement of the civil aviation industry – that he will meet "pretty soon" to clarify the situation with Walsh.

"I don't have too much information about what has happened between BA and Qantas since August. I knew about it one hour before it was published, when Willie Walsh called me and informed me they were having discussions.

Conte said he regards it as "too complex" to pursue both deals. So will he be seeking solace in the arms of another international airline? Not yet awhile, apparently.

Iberia has stockpiled a 9.9% stake in BA in recent weeks to demonstrate its serious intent and ramp-up its negotiating muscle. BA currently owns a 13.2% stake in Iberia

Meantime, well-wishers are probably reminding the diminutive Walsh of the old nursery rhyme ...

    There were three in a bed and the little one said "Roll over, roll over"
    So they all rolled over and one fell out

    There were two in a bed and the little one said "Roll over, roll over"
    So they all rolled over and one fell out

    There was one in a bed and the little one said ...
    "I'm lonely."

Data sourced from Financial Times; additional content by WARC staff