ZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5587 posts, RR: 33
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4277 times:
The alliance will be an interesting question. DL is in Skyteam, US in Star Alliance. Both alliances have other big US airlines: Star UA, Sky CO and NW. I rather see Star because Sky already has two US airlines.
PanAm330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2734 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4168 times:
Quoting ZRH (Reply 1): I rather see Star because Sky already has two US airlines.
You would rather see STAR, but I don't think that UA would be all too happy about it. If- and this is a gigantic if- the two companies get to the point of merging (are even allowed to merge), I see it as a SkyTeam airline, as DL was one of the founding members, whereas US just joined STAR within the past 2 or 3 years.
USPIT10L From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 3300 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4153 times:
I think Delta will stay in SkyTeam, especially if CO and UA decided to get together. It would cause a slight disadvantage to the former US Airways route network, as FRA was the most served city. Now that CDG would be the main hub, most of the FRA service would be dropped. I remember hearing rumors that US would start PHX-FRA service in 2007-08 once the certificates were merged.
Malexander131 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3917 times:
Would UA be unhappy, or would this new strong-hold on the domestic market mean UA shifts more focus towards their international (profit-making) flights? Another possibility- US gets STAR if the DL merger goes through, but UA makes it into SkyTeam if these rumors about CO pan out.
"It's the little room in the front of the plane where the pilots sit, but that's not important right now."
A330323X From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 3039 posts, RR: 40
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3899 times:
Quoting USPIT10L (Reply 4): Now that CDG would be the main hub, most of the FRA service would be dropped.
As CLT-FRA and PHL-FRA are *by far* the most profitable routes in the entire US Airways system, and have been so since before the Star Alliance even existed, I can say with complete confidence that they will not be dropped, regardless of which alliance the carrier happens to be in. For that matter, in a merged carrier, CLT-FRA and PHL-FRA would still be the most profitable and third most profitable transatlantic routes, respectively.
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Hjulicher From Liechtenstein, joined Feb 2005, 929 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3733 times:
I think it would be skyteam, since DL has the codeshare with AF. USairways isn't in a close code-share partnership with LH, it's more like what CO has in Skyteam. So, it would be more benefitial going into skyteam. This way, Skyteam would have basically the whole northeast covered, with NYC, EWR, PHL, ATL, MCO...