Tekelberry From United States of America, joined May 2003, 1459 posts, RR: 4 Posted (12 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1978 times:
Why hasn't Alaska joined an alliance yet? If they were to join an alliance, which one would it be? I'm guessing oneworld because of their extensive partnerships with other oneworld airlines, including American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, LanChile, and Qantas. That's most of oneworld right there....
Searpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4348 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1900 times:
But at the same time, Alaska's closest, most extensive and longest alliance has been with Northwest, and about four years ago it was expanded to include Continental and KLM.
But all that aside, Alaska has made it clear that they prefer to go it alone, making strategic alliances with individual carriers that provide direct benefit. In fact several years ago, one of the top execs of the company referred to AS as the 'whore of airline alliances', in reference to the multiple relationships that cross most alliance boundaries. While anything is possible in this industry, I think for the time being you'll see AS (and Horizon) continue on their present course, picking and choosing their partners to complement and strengthen their network.
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Doug_or From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3499 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1881 times:
I'd agree. AS does very well with their current setup. they seem to have a large number of code shares across alliances that serve them well. QX would appear to do especialy well with this, acting as a feeder for OneWorld, Hawaiian, Northwest, and Continental at SEA and PDX.
Tango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3811 posts, RR: 26
Reply 4, posted (12 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1821 times:
Another term that has been used to describe Alaska and Horizon in regard to their partnerships (not alliances!) with other airlines is "the Switzerland of the industry" referring to their neutrality from alliances which would limit or preclude potentially profitable opportunities for codeshares and frequent flyer reciprocity with airlines outside the alliance.