Scotron11 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 1276 posts, RR: 3 Posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 4930 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 These were deemed "illegal" by the European Court of Justice in 2002, but would have been superceded with an EU wide open-skies deal.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!
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).