ORD Boy 2 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 303 posts, RR: 1 Posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3796 times:
Guys check this out
UPDATE 2-Alitalia in talks with Swissair, American-source
Sep 27 2000 5:58PM ET
ROME (Reuters) - Italian national carrier Alitalia is holding partnership talks with Swissair and U.S. carrier American Airlines, a company source said on Wednesday.
``Alitalia's aim is to link up with American Airlines, which after the collapse of talks with British Airways is looking for a European partner and which already has commercial agreements with Swissair,'' a company source told Reuters.
``(Swissair) is also another company with which Alitalia is in the process of negotiating,'' the source said. Swissair, which is a unit of SAirGroup, signed commercial accords with American Airlines in the summer.
``The negotiations are not at a final stage, but will need more time,'' the source cautioned.
Swissair declined to comment on the report, while American's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Donald Carty declined to confirm it.
``We don't really comment about those kinds of discussions,'' Carty told Reuters in San Jose, Calif. ``What Alitalia is saying is they are talking to everyone ... We are still in the early days of the formation of these international alliances. Anytime anyone wants to talk to us, American is ready to talk.''
Alitalia has been looking for a partner since a planned tie-up between Alitalia and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines collapsed earlier this year.
At the end of that deal, Alitalia declared it could not go it alone in the European airline industry. Its search for a partner has been at the center of media speculation and conflicting reports ever since.
Just last week, an Alitalia spokesman said the carrier was holding talks with both Air France and Swissair with a view of forging an alliance. An industry source said later Alitalia would choose between the two by the end of October.
But a deal with American Airlines, the world's second-biggest airline, and Swissair would effectively take Air France out of the picture.
Alitalia's executive have said in the past the company was looking for a partner both in Europe and in the United States, though did not specify any U.S. airline. In July, Alitalia denied a press report saying it was in talks with American Airlines.
As for Swissair, sources at the company first talked of negotiations between the Swiss and the Italian airlines in mid-June.
Alitalia Chief Executive Domenico Cempella this week held a series of meetings to discuss the company's industrial plan.
Alitalia said Cempella met on Wednesday with Cabinet Under-secretary Enrico Micheli for ``informal talks,'' but denied he saw Transport Minister Pierluigi Bersani to discuss international alliances.
Alitalia is 53-percent owned by the government and would therefore need its approval before striking an alliance.
I think SAir Group is gonna get in trouble with the EU this time because of the fact that SAir has holdings in two airlines in Italy already
Air Europe and Volaire
Chieftain From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3687 times:
I can't really see Alitalia as a feeder partner for AA in Europe. Firstly, the MXP (Milan Malpensa) "hub" is a ridiculous disaster...transferring planes there is a tragedy and the frequencies to major European business capitals are very poor indeed because AZ have split the flying between Rome and Milan which is an absolutely dumb thing to do.
I would think AZ's culture and piss-poor on-time performance leave a lot to be desired. Don't get me wrong...they are a great airline but I think the KLM disaster will put off any airline trying to link up with AZ.
Steman From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 1421 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3668 times:
I don't think Alitalia will form an alliance with Swissair. SAir group own a minority stake in two Italian carrier now merged, Volare Group, and Zurich is too close either to Malpensa and to Rome. The best partner in Europe for Alitalia is Air France and the best US partners are Delta and Continental.
Anyway, KLM didn't drop the alliance with AZ for delays in privatization and the Malpensa trouble but because the Dutch wanted to be dominant in the alliance and Alitalia didn't allowed it. Malpensa has solved almost all its problems and Alitalia is improving its service day by day.
In my opinion Alitalia is one of the best partner still available in Europe for the major alliances and it would fit best in SkyTeam.
Ricfredo From Italy, joined Apr 2000, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3655 times:
the failure of the BA-KLM agreement is opening new doors for Alitalia. D.Cempella is considering 3 opportunities: BA, Swissair and KLM. The Air France option is excluded at the moment because AF wants to create a new hub in Lyon. swissair is now the most probable partner but at the same time an alliance with Ba seems extremely interesting.
ZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5585 posts, RR: 34
Reply 4, posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3657 times:
Forget AZ and SR. There are many reasons. SR has enough European partners. AZ wouldn't fit at all to Qualiflyer. MPX is too close to Zurich. SAirGroup already has large stakes in two Italien airlines. AZ is still state owened, what SR doesn't like at all. etc. etc....
I think SR is not interested to go with AZ.
Sn330 From Belgium, joined Nov 2004, 16 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3626 times:
I would like to see it happen, but I doubt it will because of Milan's location. However, BA could start something with AZ. I also heard a rumor that Alitalia is considering joining the oneworld alliance and leaving Continental. What do you think the odds of that one are.
Mls737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3623 times:
It says in the article that AF is out of the picture if Alitalia can talk to both AA and SR. Well it looks to me that this journalist kinda forgot that AF has now an alliance with DL. I really don't think that AA/SR outweights DL/AF! Besides on a network complementarity basis DL/AF seems more suitable for Alitalia.
Blink182 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 5493 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3592 times:
I think AZ has chance of partnering with AA due to the "unnoficial brakeup" of AA and BA, I think if AZ were to hook-up with SR/AA, it would free up ZRH and GVE a little bit, but I just don't see AZ getting in with SR and AA, The only chance they really have with SR is with SR dropping Air Europe and Volare, AZ/AA still has a chance though since AA tends to be focusing on Europe expansion and the more European airlines AA can get, the better. Overall, I think AZ has a chance with AA but to get with SR, Volare and Air Europe would have to go, which I kinda hope they do since AZ is a big player in Europe and SR/AZ would be big.So I see AZ/AA but not AZ/SR.
sn330-I think AZ does have a chance with Oneworld due to the rumors that BA might leave because right now, BA is the odd link and Oneworld cannot afford to get rid of AA because they fill in a giant North American gap.If AZ does join, BA will leave.
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