Leviticus From New Zealand, joined Oct 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1806 times:
I have been thinking about this for some times now, yes they are rather small (so is MEA by the way) but have a somewhat important and exclusive route network to Eastern European destinations. Here are the reasons why I think that some kind of extended co-operation will take place if not a full membership in a couple of years.
1. Great connections with Alitalia, extended code and routeshare agreements.
2. Several years of codesharing together with Delta to many North and South American destinations (you can redeem FF miles on Delta flights when the ticket is bought trough a MALEV agency).
3. Promises of renewed co-operations with CSA.
4. Code and routesharing with KLM to many destinations, you get KLM miles for flights on MALEV and vice versa.
5. Malev have destinations on their route map that the others don't, Tirana for instance. (Not like everyone would like to spend their summer holidays in Albania but anyway).
Alespesl From Czech Republic, joined Jan 2004, 582 posts, RR: 2 Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1745 times:
I think it would not be a good idea. Czech Airlines (OK) has an extensive route network to central and eastern Europe and still expanding (i.e. Krakow, Samara, Baku or Yerevan). Also OK has code-sharing with Delta now on all flights from US to Czech Republic and beyond to easern Europe. Therefore it would not be a great idea for Malev to join.
Two great players in central Europe with many connections to Eastern Europe are OK and OS, maybe little bit LO.
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Gte439u From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 360 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1658 times:
How about a merger between Malev and CSA?
Eastern Europe is a region that is growing quickly but has yet to reach the same economic status of Western Europe, and, consequently, air traffic is much lighter. Malev and CSA could combine their resources to build a strong, Eastern European based airline. Moreover, the narrow-body fleets are similar at both carriers.
However, problems would certainly arise when route consolidation began. Clearly, neither BUD nor PRG would want to lose its status as a hub, many routes would have to be duplicated. Possibly, savings could be achieved by focusing all long-haul flights from just one city (probably PRG).