TYCOON From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 371 posts, RR: 3 Reply 5, posted (7 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2598 times:
Kind of a strange question. All would depend on where my airline is based and what my route network looked like.
But I don't adhere to the comment of Star Alliance having stable airline members... they have lost a few either due to outright bankruptcy (ie Spanair) or to switching alliances (ie Mexicana and soon TAM)... Not sure all of the airlines in the alliance are economically sound. (You could make similar arguments around sound/unsound airlines in the other two alliances as well.)
As a passenger, I am high level elite member in all three alliances!
RyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 4053 posts, RR: 2 Reply 16, posted (7 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2393 times:
Quoting jetblue777 (Reply 10): UA is my favorite airline, and I know most people would disagree with me but I'm also a fan of US.
I agree, UA and US are my favorite US carriers.
Assuming I was launching an airline in Australia then I'm not sure ... My gut instinct is to say Star (unfortunately OW is taken!) to tie up with NZ and SQ. Unfortunately, though, VA have stolen those two. Nonetheless, I would probably still stick with Star because UA have a good network over SFO, LAX, and IAH which I could tap into TPAC (DL don't offer comparable connectivity from an airport I could reach from SYD), Avianca provides a sound LatAm presence (most importantly in Brazil), and Turkish and Lufthansa provide very good European coverage between them. SAA has the African market covered. And even if SQ don't want to play ball, there is still TG, OZ, CA, and NH in Asia.
In comparison SkyTeam gives me a weaker presence in LatAm outside of Argentina, no coverage of Africa or the Middle East, admittedly a very very good European operation in AMS, and - what amounts to - poor connectivity in the USA. With all respect to DL, I don't plan to compete with QF@DFW with their meagre LAX operation.
TYCOON From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 371 posts, RR: 3 Reply 19, posted (7 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2301 times:
Ryanairguru... where have you been??? in addition to having ME, SV and KQ in the alliance, Skyteam probably has the best covered network on the African continent out of Europe/USA with AF/KL/DL....