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LH/Star Looking For US Partner, In Case UA Failed  
User currently offlineBigo747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3591 times:

During a press conference on Thursday, Lufthansa said that if bankrupted United Airlines collapse and shut down, the airline and the Star Alliance will look for another US partner.

However, Lufthansa Chief Executive Officer Juergen Weber believes United will survive. The company decided not to support UA financially last month, because UA is making progress with it's financial status. UA's flight in Germany are now handled by LH, which saves UA some money.

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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3499 times:

The big question is, what airline would it be? US Airways is in as bad of shape as United, Northwest and Continental are rumored to be joining Skyteam, Southwest would never join an alliance, America West could be a potential new Star member if United folds, Alaska doesn't have the extensive nationwide network needed to support Star operations (but could if they pick up some of the pieces of a folded United), American and Delta are too entrenched in they respective alliances to bolt, or even ATA could be a potential member as well. If United were to fold, whoever picks up some of United's pieces could become their replacement in the Star Alliance, so it could be an airline that is currently somewhat under the radar, or maybe even a mix of several airlines working to hammer together a route network for Star if United were to fold.

User currently offlineUdo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3477 times:

I wouldn't rule out American, their membership in oneworld is not very satisfying. As long as there's no full alliance with BA, AA would probably jump off if Star really needs them.
US Airways is another option now that they seem to recover, however their poor presence in the West may be a problem.
Alaska and America West are too small and West Coast orientated only. Low cost carriers are no choice because their whole structure does not support cooperation with other airlines.


User currently offlineUal777contrail From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3456 times:

I would bet if UNITED folded, LUFTHANSA would be the big guy and they would get a few little ones to fill the gap.

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User currently offlineUsairways85 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 3813 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3385 times:

US is already going to join Star probably no later than the summer, so that will help however US isn't in too good of a situation to be a big financial boost to Star. If AA and BA don't have a full aliance like they want then AA's interest in One World is questionable since AA and BA are clearly the largest carriers in it. NW and CO are most likely goin to join SkyTeam since they already plan to code-share with Delta.

User currently offline747firstclass From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3268 times:

It would most definetly be AA. Only thing stopping them would be a US/UK openskies so that they can have antitrust immunity and cooperate with BA like they would like too.

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