Gemuser From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5455 posts, RR: 6 Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2105 times:
The oldest airline alliance still in existance is that between Qantas and British Airways/BOAC/Imperial Airways. Born 1934, still going on today. The details have changed, but the basic alliance has never wavered.
Tango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3777 posts, RR: 30 Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1993 times:
Though technically not an alliance SAS - Scandinavian Airlines System was formed in 1946 (decades before airline alliances as we know them today were invented) by the national airlines of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Had it happened 50 years later, my guess is that the three airlines would have achieved essentially the same result but by an alliance rather than a merger.
Iflewrepublic From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 537 posts, RR: 3 Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1965 times:
In reference to what people have already said, and to clarify what another member wrote, I bring you this. You can also find it at www.nwa.com, where it mentions the alliance has been around since 1991.
"Pioneering a New Global Alliance"
"If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then the face on the Northwest/KLM alliance has been blushing for years. Not only was the Northwest/KLM alliance the first airline alliance in the world, ours is the most deeply integrated. The Northwest/KLM alliance coordinates schedules, prices and capacity under an Open Skies agreement between the United States and The Netherlands. What this means for you is convenience. Prior to the implementation of the Alliance, travelers would often have to deboard multiple planes, recheck luggage, and keep track of several tickets to reach a single destination. Now, a flight from Boston to Bangkok is as simple as one ticket, one luggage check-in, one trip. Truly Northwest and KLM have formed a global joint venture unlike anything the world has seen before. As Air Transport World wrote in 1997, 'Northwest and KLM have transformed the very structure of the airline industry.'"
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Eric From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1952 times:
are you a scando?
i do believe star-alliance is one of the first "modern" alliances, in the way earning points and redeeming miles across airlines. sas started their alliance in '88 with continental, quickly incorporating the companies it bought into the alliance. it would not have been the first either in gemuser's way, but one of the other first "modern" ones,
Gemuser From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5455 posts, RR: 6 Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1906 times:
There is nothing in that quote that QF/BA werent doing in the 1930's. In fact a whole heap of airlines were doing that by the 1940/50/60 including QF/BA/IA/SA/CP/TE/(NZ)/MSA(/SQ/MH), commonly called the old empire alliance, and it still has a certain validity today.
QF/BA still the winner for oldest airline alliance.
Texan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4241 posts, RR: 53 Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1617 times:
The oldest one that I know of in terms of year started, although it lasted for only about one year, was the codeshare agreement between American Airlines and the Graf Zepellin Hindenberg in 1936-7. Don't know much about the operation, though, is there anybody out there who has more information on this?
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