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Portugalia Airlines To Join Sky Team?  
User currently offlineRicardoFG From Spain, joined Feb 2005, 678 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 11 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3141 times:

hey everyone,
it has been widely rumoured, and even casually mentioned on their own website that Portuguese carrier PORTUGALIA is planning on joining Sky Team in the very near future. They have just recently signed a codeshare agreement with AZ. I was wondering if NI plans to get any bigger, perhaps purchase some larger planes and try flying sked to some areas TAP doesnt cover...I know Portugal doesn't necessarily have the room or economy for two major airlines, however having flown NI in the past the service was outstanding, and everybody loves a little Star Alliance vs Sky Team competition. I'd love to see a NI 767 or 330 in YYZ one day...could it happen?? Your thoughts please

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User currently offlineHEGAN From Spain, joined Feb 2005, 211 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3115 times:

Doesn't Portugalia belong to TAP???

Some time ago, yes. If this is still right, the logical alliance for PGA would be Star.

If not, the best one is Sky Team: Oneworld has Iberia as its iberian player, and Star has TAP and Spanair. The only one without any carrier from Portugal or Spain is Sky Team, even if it seems that Air Europa will join in a future.

Agur,
HEGAN



HEGAN: Euskadiko Aeronautikako eta Espazioko Clusterra
User currently offlineWINGS From Portugal, joined May 2005, 2831 posts, RR: 67
Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3109 times:

Hi RicardoFG,
Im happy that you have decided to start this topic. I had intention on doing the same for a while.

If all goes well PGA should become part of Sky Team towards the end of the year. Negotiation between TAP and PGA broke off and both decide to go their seperate way. I always believed that it would have been in the best of intrest for both TAP and PGA to merge, providing a stronger network. As this has not been the case PGA will prove to be a peble in TAP´s shoe as they provide an outstanding service. One of the best in all of Europe.

In relaion to its fleeet PGA currently has the following,

FOKKER 100 (6)
EMBRAER 145 (8)
SAAB 2000 (2)
BEECHCRAFT 1900D (1)

The Fokkers are becoming quite old and the same can be said about its remaning fleet. I would expect PGA to offer larger capacity aircraft to battle head to head with TAP. I would not be surprised if they opted for the E190 as a Fokker replacement or even maybe A320/B737 members.

Regards,
Wings



Aviation Is A Passion.
User currently offlineN276AASTT From US Virgin Islands, joined Jan 2004, 620 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3092 times:

I agree that PGA would do well with A320/B737 types added to their fleet, but with the Fokkers that AA recently gave up, would PGA be in the market for those used aircraft?


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User currently offlineHEGAN From Spain, joined Feb 2005, 211 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3040 times:

I think that would be smarter to go for the ERJ-190/195.

The gap between the F100 and the 318/319 and 736/737 could be too big for having profitable flights. With smaller planes you could compete with TAP and wouldn't need to have so many massengers on each flight. In adition, the 195 is more economical, and it's also better to mantein.

Agur,
HEGAN



HEGAN: Euskadiko Aeronautikako eta Espazioko Clusterra
User currently offlineRicardoFG From Spain, joined Feb 2005, 678 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3034 times:

but could we see the day when PGA will go widebody?

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