British Airways PLC confirmed that talks have been held with Swiss International Air Lines Ltd over the possibility of the Swiss airline joining the BA-led OneWorld alliance.
Earlier today, 'Swiss' shares were suspended on the SWX Swiss Exchange until tomorrow at 2.00 pm at the airline's request.
Weekend press reports suggested the airline's board is meeting today to make a final decision over a possible alliance.
"We've been having discussions with Swiss for quite some time about possible commercial agreements but we cannot comment on the suspension of their shares," a BA spokeswoman told AFX News.
The other option said to be under consideration by the 'Swiss' board is the possibility of joining the Star Alliance, of which Lufthansa AG is a member.
BA's interest in 'Swiss' is understood to have arisen as a result of pressure from OneWorld partner American Airlines, which is said to be concerned about recent negotiations between 'Swiss' and Lufthansa.
747firstclass From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (9 years 8 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2350 times:
It would seem to me that there are the same problems facing a BA/Swiss merger as there was with a BA/KL merger.
Problem is that BA does not have an opesnkies with the US and Swiss has said that ws a problem in times past. Swiss would lose the ability to do things it can do now if it got taken over by BA.
With a takeover by LH those issues do not come into play.
On the other hand there may be enough pressure by AA for BA to do something drastic to keep from losing ground to other alliances. ZRH would give BA a place to move some long haul flights etc. so that slots at LHR can be opeend up for an eventual openskies and an AA/BA anti trust immunity.
So I think this Swiss deal is to close to call which alliance it will join. Though I give a slight edge to Star Alliance. It is interesting that they are dropping the IAD-ZRH flight. We shall see.
CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (9 years 8 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2222 times:
I think we've seen a "lot of noise" about the possibility of SWISS beeing absorved by LH when infact it doesn't look that clear. I know that now AF and KL are getting together the bigger airlines want to find out their partners too in Europe, of course we're not talking about small airlines like TAP, Aer Lingus or others but medium to large airlines like SWISS, Alitalia, Iberia etc. I think because SWISS already have a strong code-share with AA and BA also is in the same aliance with AA it's almost clear that SWISS could actually joint BA instead of LH, we'll but it looks clear to me that BA is closer than LH, and if we want to compare BA is way better than LH!!!
CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (9 years 8 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2102 times:
OK, it's bet time!!! I'll personally cook a swiss fondu ( with true emmenthal and gruyere & kirch ) to anyone that wants to come buy by place in Lisbon/Portugal if SWISS doens't go to ONE WORLD!!! I'll do it portuguese style, with portuguese bread but also with peeled shrimp!
Teahan From Belgium, joined Nov 1999, 5264 posts, RR: 63 Reply 11, posted (9 years 8 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2069 times:
What about this.
IF they do join Star Alliance, I'll add you to my RU list (unless you have some better suggestion?) . If on the other hand, they join OneWorld, you cannot make a single post about Singapore Airlines (or Singapore Airlines Ltd., or Singapore Airlines, A Member of Star Alliance or whatever other names you like to call them) for one whole month.
Goodbye SR-LX MD-11 / 6th of March 1991 to the 31st of October 2004
ZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5540 posts, RR: 40 Reply 13, posted (9 years 8 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1953 times:
CV990: Like you I hope, bet and pray for Oneworld.
BTW don't ever put Emmental cheese into a fondue. This is ugly and really the wrong one
(for fondue: Gruyere, Raclette, Vacherin fribourgois and perhaps Appenzeller)
CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 14, posted (9 years 8 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1925 times:
It's good to have some fondue clues in the middle of what aliance SWISS will join! Well about the Emmental I got that from a swiss, but I understand fondue change from canton to canton! I tried already the Appenzeller once ( actually when I return to Portugal this December I stop by Herisau so I hope to have another one.... ) and the Vacherin Fribourgois, both very good, the Appenzeller was more active but tasty, the Vacherin was more soft but also very, very good. Now one question to a connaiseur, can I use Tilziter on the fondue too? Because that cheese is just fantastic, and you have to agree the OLD Emmental just plain with bred is awsome right?
Well I wait your feedback and we'll celebrate both when SWISS joint the One World!
ZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5540 posts, RR: 40 Reply 16, posted (9 years 8 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1872 times:
Sorry guys I have to answer CV990 although it is of topic, but I don't have his e-mail. @CV990: yes you could use Tilsiter. The problem with Emmentaler is that this cheese makes strong strings and it is not nice to eat.
Sorry again guys, but CV990, you could write me an e-mail and we can discuss without bothering the other members You find my address in my profile.
CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 20, posted (9 years 8 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1718 times:
I'm starting to be anxious here due to the fondue!!! ZRH I'll contact you asap ok?
Now if SWISS pulled out of IAD they still have North Atlantic routes competing with BA, does that mean that SWISS will have to give up of all their routes and maintain only JFK both from ZRH and GVA? I think there's still space for SWISS to keep some of their routes like LAX, Montreal, MIA right?
Regards and I'm seeing the fondue in the end of the tunnel already!!!
Businessflyer From Singapore, joined Aug 2001, 288 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (9 years 8 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1639 times:
The Financial Times is reporting that Swiss is set to join OneWorld. BA is not going to take an equity stake in Swiss but will buy a significant number of Swiss's slots at Heathrow giving Swiss an immediate cash injection...