Singapore_Air From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 5193 times:
Singapore Airlines Limited - a Member of Star Alliance - for the moment, and Deutsche Lufthansa A.G., (the latter) has announced the end of codesharing between FRA and NYC of LH flights.
"Frankfurt remains our continental hub in Europe and we shall continue to code-share on Lufthansa services out of Frankfurt to a number of points in Europe," said a spokesman for Singapore Airlines Limited.
German business weekly "WirtschaftsWoche" said there were "growing tensions" in Star Alliance.
Well this is very interesting. One should note that (previously it seems) ties between the two Members of Star Alliance have been very strong and Lufthansa has announced the startup of flights to the capital city of Malaysia.
EddieDude From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 4996 times:
First MX completely terminates its code sharing relationship with UA (and exits Star Alliance as a result), and now Singapore and LH put an end to their FRA-JFK agreement. I wonder if more airlines will be leaving Star Alliance soon.
Copenhagenboy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 4553 times:
You are all overreacting, beginning or ending a codeshare is NOT the same as going or leaving an alliance. 2 or 3 years ago SAS and Thai ended their codeshare CPH-BKK without speculations about if one of the airlines would leave STAR of that reason. It was even "worser" because SAS and Thai have historical very tight relations. Eg. SAS was one of the founder of Thai.
Singapore_Air From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 4302 times:
'We of course want to continue our good cooperation with Singapore Airlines,' Ms Kraft of Lufthansa said.
The agreement's termination emerged from 'growing tensions' in the Star Alliance, the world's biggest airline grouping, German newspaper WirtschaftsWoche reported earlier, citing unidentified executives. Thai Airways International, another Star member, had wanted a similar accord with Lufthansa, which the German carrier resisted, the magazine said.
Udo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 4179 times:
Not good news for Star. There have always been rumours that there are tensions between Thai and SIA. Both airlines haven't had any code share agreements yet, though there would be many opportunities. Thai serves several destinations in Asia/Middle East which SIA doesn't, SIA serves several Australian/Oceanian markets which Thai doesn't. However, no code sharing.
SIA has also been the only airline in Star without aircraft painted in Star colors (besides ANZ)...seems to be a small detail...but it might show their critical attitude towards the alliance.
But where should they go? oneworld with strong direct competitors such as Cathay and Qantas?
SkyTeam would give them an exclusive status in South East Asia, so it is an option.
Asianguy767 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 4071 times:
Perhaps the reason SQ n LH have ended codeshare on LH's JFK flights is that SQ doesnt feed any traffic to LH flights to JFK? If anything SQ is one which prefers to either operate its own equipment everywhere or have other partners code share on its flights.
Johnnybgoode From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3587 times:
no need to rush into speculation. on the one hand, this could be a natural and sound development of their relationship, on the other hand this could certainly be some way of trying to put pressure on the other partner. both parties are businesses and foremost, acting in their own interest. but this does not necessarily mean that SQ is any way unhappy with Star.
some weeks ago, LH put pressure on AC to resume debt payments (that were suspended under bankruptcy protection) and announced they might eventually terminate the partnership with AC. needless to say that LH had no real interest in severing ties with AC, but still they needed to put pressure on AC (LH needed to protect the interests of its shareholders).
so just in case this might really be a way of SQ to "complain" (if it was them to terminate this part of the c/s), perhaps it is because LH gave a lot of valuable slots to AI so that they can operate lots of flights to the USA from FRA. LH has never made any moves to give comparable concessions to SQ (yes, i know that they always wanted to route most US services via LHR).
nonetheless, when SQ opened up ORD, they opted for AMS as stopover point instead of MUC because of some concerns that LH aired. so now that LH gives away "gifts" to AI, SQ might be angry about that. just my thoughts...