Mozart From Luxembourg, joined Aug 2003, 2008 posts, RR: 14 Posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2698 times:
In the press release announcing their forthcoming membership on May 31, 2003, they mentioned it would be "in the next 9 to 12 months". Any news? Or has Star lost interest in US given its economic woes?
Haveric From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1247 posts, RR: 5 Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2628 times:
US is still planning on entering Star later this spring / summer. There is no indication that they won't join Star. Their most recent press release acknowleged that they are planning on painting planes in the Star livery...
KKMolokai From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 760 posts, RR: 3 Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2573 times:
I'd think they (USAirways) would be too busy preparing for ch.7, than worrying about joining an alliance. What advantage (for anyone) would this provide? Possibly a few more agonizing months of hardship. A few more months of labor disputes and uncertainty. Sounds like a winner!
We are the people of American Airlines. And we know why you fly.
ConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2374 times:
AC, UA and US all have had such drama financially speaking,
That aint the half of it...
RG had its flagship aircraft seized, then cancelled outstanding orders
NH cant turn an int'l profit
NZ aint in the best shape, but doing better
UA, no comment
US, refer to previous comment
AC is limping along with its government crutch
Fuffla From Australia, joined Feb 2004, 399 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2323 times:
When you think about it though, a lot of major airlines have had some bad times in the past years. Most US carriers after Sept. 11, Most Asian carriers after SARS, etc. It is not just the airlines in the Star Alliance. But even after all of these tourism problems, the airlines are still recording profits, you just have to wait and see with an airline, anything can change their financial status at any given moment. It only seems like Star Alliance airlines are doing it tough because the have major airlines that mainly fly to the US and Asia and surrounding areas.
Motorhussy From New Zealand, joined Mar 2000, 2750 posts, RR: 10 Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2199 times:
This came in my recent Airpoints update from NZ:
Air New Zealand is a member of the Star Alliance, made up of 15 member airlines from around the world. On 31 March this year one of those airlines, Mexicana, is leaving the Star Alliance. The good news is that they will remain an Airpoints programme partner. So although you won’t earn Status Credits or have your Air New Zealand or Star Alliance status recognised, you’ll still be able to earn and use your Airpoints on Mexicana flights.
As one airline leaves, another one arrives and in the next few months, US Airways will be joining the Star Alliance. So look forward to being able to earn and redeem Airpoints and Status Credits with yet another member of the Star Alliance network.
Mozart From Luxembourg, joined Aug 2003, 2008 posts, RR: 14 Reply 14, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1979 times:
Ah yes, and don't forget about SAS which has trouble of its own, also Austrian, and so is Thai (less dramatic though). In a nutshell, the only more or less healthy carriers in Star are LH (so so...) and SQ.
Is SA almost bankrupt as well or what criteria do they fulfill to become a member?
Haveric From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1247 posts, RR: 5 Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1931 times:
People here love to dance on the grave of a company that, last I checked, was not even in bankruptcy! (unlike UA or AC!). Relax people. We all know US is having tough times, but they've been pushing forward a lot longer than some of the "experts" on this website have predicted...