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User currently offlineDTW757 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1581 posts, RR: 4
Posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2463 times:

In another thread, this was mentioned.

since when did Northwest start working with others.

Which leads to my question; which is the oldest airline alliance? As far as I can remember, the NW/KL alliance is one of the oldest but I'm not real sure.


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User currently offlineTWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2443 times:

The NW/KL alliance is the oldest and the most integrated. Began 1993.


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User currently offlineGemuser From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5712 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2420 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.


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User currently offlineTango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3806 posts, RR: 29
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 2308 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.

User currently offlineIflewrepublic From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 537 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 2280 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.'"

Iflewrepublic



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User currently offlineEric From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 2267 times:

tango-bravo.

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,

eric


User currently offlineGemuser From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5712 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 2221 times:

Iflewrepublic

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.

Gemuser



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User currently offlineFlyingdutchboy From Netherlands, joined May 2000, 96 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 2164 times:

Thai Airways founding partnership with SAS in 1959 was one of the earliest airline alliances ever signed.

User currently offlineSCRAMJET From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 99 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 2073 times:

I think NW/AS was before even NW/KL, wasn't it?

User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 33
Reply 9, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 2044 times:

Whats about

Swissair / Delta Air Lines / Singapore Airlines?



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User currently offlineNWAFA From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1893 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 2011 times:

Hi Scramjet,

Actually the NW/AS deal came to bloom after NWA/KLM. NWA gave AS the LAX-SEA, LAX-PDX, SFO-SEA, SFO-PDX, SAN-SEA, SAN-PDX flying and then began "code sharing" on them.



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User currently offlineTexan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4280 posts, RR: 52
Reply 11, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 1932 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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