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EU Mergers Coming To The US  
User currently offlineATLAaron From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1029 posts, RR: 3
Posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4207 times:

There was just an article on Yahoo the other day discussing the US is moving quickly toward allowing foreign investment in US airlines. It went on to discuss how for the first time it would allow European airlines and US airlines to merge and specifically went on to mention CO as a takeover target.

I am surprised we have not discussed this more on here than we have. Instead we have talked about UA and CO merging and etc. I think there is much more likelihood of seeing us lose several of our famed US airlines to the Europeans (although they may still operate under US names).

The article also went on to mention a merger between United and Lufthansa because of their close working relationship.

Who do you guys think could and WILL possibly marry with a European airline? I personally could see AA and BA first. IMHO the airline would continue operating under both brand names.

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User currently offlineTimboflier215 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 1347 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4203 times:

Quoting ATLAaron (Thread starter):
lose several of our famed US airlines to the Europeans

I wouldn't see it like that. If it helps the US airlines to become stronger, it can only be a good thing. As for BA/AA, severaly competition hurdles, espeically over trans-atlantic flying, would need to be passed before they could merge.

User currently offlineKFLLCFII From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3433 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4203 times:

Virgin + Virgin America  Big grin  duck 

"About the only way to look at it, just a pity you are not POTUS KFLLCFII, seems as if we would all be better off."
User currently offlineLijnden From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 590 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3911 times:
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Are the brits opening up LHR? If not, nothing will happen!

Possible mergers are:

Air France-KLM with DL, CO and NW
Lufthansa-Swiss with UAL and USAir
BA with AA

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User currently offlineUAL777UK From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 3356 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3888 times:

I certainly can see a financial tie up with UA/LH, Tilton has made no secret at UA he wants to see foreign investment in US airlines raised significantly more than than the 25% thats already here.

User currently offlineStarGoldLHR From Heard and McDonald Islands, joined Feb 2004, 1529 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3792 times:

European airlines arent going to buy into a US airline unless they are allowed to control it.

Afterall what says they fudge it up as they have been doing then all the EU is doing is bunging cash to bundled american airlines so they can fudge along a bit more.

Dont forget European airlines dont have to buy american. South America is still an untapped market for the majors..

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