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NWA Seeks Approval For Wider KLM Partnership  
User currently offlineSquirrel83 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 6 months 11 hours ago) and read 2044 times:

NWA seeks approval for wider KLM partnership

Northwest Airlines, which formed a joint venture with KLM more than a decade ago, is seeking antitrust immunity from the government for similar partnerships with Air France and other international carriers.

The immunity would allow Northwest to coordinate pricing, scheduling, seating inventory and other operations with its airline partners, helping the carrier to expand its international business.

If the application is approved, Rosia said, the connections of Northwest's hubs with its European partners could lead to more international flights out of the Twin Cities. She said destinations might include Paris, Rome or Milan.

http://www.startribune.com/stories/1405/5475412.html

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User currently offlineAvek00 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 4417 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (9 years 6 months 11 hours ago) and read 2033 times:

Basically, NW is applying to enter the SkyTeam Transatlantic Immunity agreement, as is KLM. Interestingly enough, CO has not applied to enter the SkyTeam ATI, and apparently has no plans for doing so in the near term.


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User currently offlineBigGSFO From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2951 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 9 hours ago) and read 1938 times:

Of course they are hoping for this to happen but watch the fur fly if AA/BA try to mount the same "transatlantic immunity" again.

User currently offlineN77014 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 4 hours ago) and read 1815 times:

Quoting BigGSFO (Reply 2):
Of course they are hoping for this to happen but watch the fur fly if AA/BA try to mount the same "transatlantic immunity" again.

First off, the US and Netherlands joined up in a open skies treaty prior to the EU commanding all negotiations on the issue. Also, AMS was never a slot restricted airport or subject to the restrictions that LHR was under to US carriers. As, such, it was a simpler matter of getting approval.


User currently offlineCommavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 11973 posts, RR: 62
Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 months 4 hours ago) and read 1803 times:

Quoting BigGSFO (Reply 2):
Of course they are hoping for this to happen but watch the fur fly if AA/BA try to mount the same "transatlantic immunity" again.

I doubt it. AA and BA know they have no shot whatsoever of getting ATI anytime soon. Until the US-EU treaty gets resolved (which probably won't be for another 10 years seeing as the EU can't even work at it's own treaties at the moment!) then AA and BA will promply apply for and get ATI.

It's unfortunate, though, because AA and BA could be a very effective competitive force across the Atlantic but they are handicapped by the fact that LHR is so restricted and has so little prospect for growth. The result, however, has been that the other ATI alliances (DL-AF/AZ, NW-KL, UA-LH, etc.) are just getting stronger and stronger and monopolizing more and more their respective markets.

Pretty soon, AA and BA's dominance on US-UK will pale in comparison to other alliances' dominance between the US and their respective European countries. (Hyperbole, obviously -- I know this won't happen -- just exaggerating to make a point!)


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