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Do/Can Multi-national Airlines Exist?  
User currently offlineLehpron From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 7028 posts, RR: 21
Posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3332 times:

Let us say that a bunch of countries wanted a single carrier, if it has not already been done, are there benefits?


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User currently offlineCanyonBlue From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3318 times:

Yes, Look at SAS. Norway, Denmark and Sweden all in one air carrier.



User currently offline777gk From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1641 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3304 times:

I believe SAS is owned by/represents several Scandinavian governments, and as a multinational carrier they have always done fairly well, considering they are one of the oldest airlines still in operation today. They hit some tough times recently, but seem to be on the upswing at this point. In addition, I think there are several multinational carriers in the Pacific (Polynesian?) as well as Grupo TACA, if you consider them as a single entity. I think consolidation across national borders is the trend of the future, and it is already beginning to develop in Europe, probably the ideal proving ground for such an experiment.

User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3303 times:

Air Afrique is an other example but I think they don't exist any longer.

Patrick


User currently offlineL-1011-500 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 368 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3258 times:

There have been other multi-national carriers in the past that are no longer operating for either financial or other reasons.

Air Afrique was a carrier representing 11 African nations: Benin, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, and Togo. Created in 1961, they were liquidated in early 2002 after years of financial mismanagement.

A new carrier, AfricaOne, was recently created to fill the void left by Air Afrique.

MSA (Malaysia Singapore Airlines) was another airline of the past that was created to serve both (duh) Malaysia and Singapore.

Can't think of any others.

L-1011-500


User currently offlineCopaair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3215 times:

Well, if you count the LAN group as one airline, you have LAN Chile, LAN Peru, LAN Ecuador, and LAN Dominicana. Gulf Air is the national carrier for 3 of the arab countries, but I cant remember which ones.

-Copa


User currently offlineWgw2707 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1197 posts, RR: 34
Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3190 times:

Northwest, though primarily a US carrier, operates a hub at Tokyo Narita and flies A320s to Asian destinations-seems to me rather unusual. I presume they are competing with the Japanese airlines.

-WGW


User currently offlineDeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3788 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3154 times:

Well, if you count the LAN group as one airline, you have LAN Chile, LAN Peru, LAN Ecuador, and LAN Dominicana.

Could the same be said for Grupo Taca, or is that just a Latin American alliance like SkyTeam?

DeltaRules



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User currently offlineTango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3806 posts, RR: 29
Reply 8, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3129 times:

Another truly multinational airlines was East African Airways (EAA), jointly owned by Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The venture collapsed toward the end of 1976. EAA was among the few airlines to operate the Vickers/BAC VC-10; for shorter and regional flights, EAA had DC-9-30s and F-27s. By 1977, the goverment of Kenya had formed Kenya Airways to fill the void left by the failed EAA on the NBO-LHR longhaul route as well regional and domestic routes.

User currently offlineWorldperks From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3065 times:

Varig Brasilian Airlines has recently taken over Pluna Airlines of Uruguay.

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Does the national flag carrier of one nation taking over the national flag carrier of another nation count in this thread?  Smile



User currently offlineKQ777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 125 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3044 times:

Gulf Air is the joint flag carrier of the UAE, Bahrain, and Oman.

User currently offlineKavanagh From Chile, joined Nov 2000, 127 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (11 years 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3028 times:

yes.... why not?
chilean LAN group (LAN CHILE, LAN PERU, LAN ECUADOR, LAN DOMINICANA, and very soon LAN ARGENTINA) its an example, like Scandinavian Air System, SAS, or central american TACA group as well.....


User currently offlineLan_Fanatic From Chile, joined Sep 2001, 1071 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (11 years 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2940 times:

Actually, Lan's case is different. LanChile has created its subsidiaries. SAS and TACA were created by the union of a group of airlines.


By the way, Kavanagh...are you sure about LanArgentina? What have you read or listened about it? Will they create a new airline or are they going to buy an existing airline?


User currently offlineKavanagh From Chile, joined Nov 2000, 127 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (11 years 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2901 times:

hey lan_fanatic, the idea of Lan Argentina is old. Just remember Aerolineas Argentinas last crisis (2001), when many people in the industry talk about Lan would take over Aerolineas/Austral. Anyway, what i read was than LanChile will be a leading partner of argentinean goverment in the creation of a new airline, LAFA (lineas aereas federales argentinas or something like that). This new airline try to save both, LAPA and Southern Wind. nothing official yet, but certainly a real chance.

User currently offlineTurbulence From Spain, joined Nov 1999, 963 posts, RR: 20
Reply 14, posted (11 years 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2866 times:

The same thing for VASP and LAB. And I am pretty sure thre's a third comapny, but unable at this moment to remember it.


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User currently offlineJetdeltamsy From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2987 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (11 years 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2884 times:

is one example of a multi-national carrier. sweden, norway and finland i believe.


Tired of airline bankruptcies....EA/PA/TW and finally DL.
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