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Portugalia To Join SkyTeam As Associate Member  
User currently offlineJoost From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 3250 posts, RR: 4
Posted (9 years 12 months 3 days ago) and read 4249 times:

Source: http://www.luchtvaartnieuws.nl/news/?ID=14129 (in Dutch)

Portugalia has applied to become an associate member of SkyTeam. The planning is that it will join the alliance in 2008. Air France will be the sponsor airline.

Not totally unexpected, consdering the codeshares they already have with AF and KLM. Though, a nice addition to the alliance to capture the Portugese market.

It seems that after the bigger 'flag' carriers, now regional and smaller carriers are joing alliances one-by-one.

After reading several very positive reports about Portugalia, I think it's a good addition to the alliance.

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User currently offlineRAFVC10 From Spain, joined Sep 2005, 1980 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (9 years 12 months 3 days ago) and read 4231 times:
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Portugalia keeps a codeshare agreement with the spanish airline Air Europa to many cities in Spain.

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User currently offlineEddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 8225 posts, RR: 42
Reply 2, posted (9 years 12 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4201 times:

Good for SkyTeam! More options for SkyTeam passengers.

Why such a long time for their accession? I would have thought that a year would be more than enough.

Would it make sense for a Portugalia-Air Europa merger?

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User currently offlineAisak From Spain, joined Aug 2005, 801 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (9 years 12 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4126 times:

Great for Portugalia. Nice to see it coming after good cooperation among Portugalia, Air Europa and Air France

Quoting EddieDude (Reply 2):
Would it make sense for a Portugalia-Air Europa merger?

Not at all... They are good at their resp markets. And there's not very much to improve or "un-overlap". Portugalia runs a regional fleet and Air Europa is stuck like glue to the 737-800 for short-haul. Portugalia does not serve (consistently) Air Europa hubs so the current FFP and codeshare agreements seem nice.

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