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AF/KLM Spinetti: Could Help CO Get Slots At LHR  
User currently offlineScotron11 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 1178 posts, RR: 3
Posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 3778 times:

While warning that EU governments will probably turn down a US proposal on ownership and control, Jean-Cyril Spinetta, CEO AF/KLM said also he could help CO secure slots at LHR. CO has been one of the biggest opponents of ownership rule changes.

He also said failure to secure an open-skies deal would be a "disaster", and would likely trigger action by the EU Commission to unwind existing deals between member states and the US. These were deemed "illegal" by the European Court of Justice in 2002, but would have been superceded with an EU wide open-skies deal. AF has already made an informal offer to DL for slots at LHR.(FT)

Hopefully the EU/US come to some sort of agreement. This is ludicrious!

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User currently offlineHumberside From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 4914 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 3663 times:

Weren't CO, NW and DL part of the recent agreement between LHR and SkyTeam for use of Terminal 4, if there is EU-US open skies?


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User currently offlineJano From Slovakia, joined Jan 2004, 823 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 3531 times:

Quoting Humberside (Reply 1):
Weren't CO, NW and DL part of the recent agreement between LHR and SkyTeam for use of Terminal 4, if there is EU-US open skies?

There was a thread about this. Only NW and DL were part of that agreement.



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User currently offlineHumberside From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 4914 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3345 times:

Thats odd. I assume CO would serve T4 anyway?


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User currently offlineFlyCaledonian From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2048 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3225 times:

Quoting Humberside (Reply 3):
Thats odd. I assume CO would serve T4 anyway?

Only if they can get the LHR slots. If an Open Skies agreement goes through then KL has an agreement to provide some slots to NW, while AF has one to provide some slots to DL. Obviously BA would sacrifice some shorthaul flights to shift its IAH, ATL and DFW flights, and maybe even some to allow AA to move its LGW flights across. That would leave CO needing to acquire slots, at peak times, on the open market, one of the reasons it is suggested it opposes a deal that won't give it slots (Which every other new entrant airline at LHR has to buy).



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