It is no secret that the Oneworld alliance could unravel as fast as it was sewn together in 1998. British Airways
and American Airlines really can't work together on their
North Atlantic flights and so the issue of their alliance is
not will it work but when will it end.
BA is or was in talks with Delta about joining Skyteam,
whose members include Air France, Delta, Aeromexico,
Korean Air, and now CSA.
Delta would give BA the type of US access it had been
hoping to get out of American Airlines but couldn't and
would be powerful partnership. What about Air France,
though? BA is Europe's biggest airline. Air France is the
third biggest, just behind Lufthansa. First of all, would
the EC regulators allow this? Could AF and BA create
a meaningful partnership? Wouldn't trying to link the
LHR, LGW, and CDG hubs be a little unfair? BA would
certainly gain from Aeromexico's Latin American
presence. Korean Air isn't really an issue here, as is
So, what are the chances that BA would really be
joining Skyteam and what type of partnership could
it create with Air France?
BA is a terrific airline with a great product and is
despite its on-going battle to restore its bottom
line, it is a worthy partner. Delta is also a good
airline with a cutting edge approach to building
and preserving market share and this would be
a very powerful alliance.
Air France would, in my mind, be the spoiler
here. BA and AF are just too big to cooperate
and there are a lot of regulatory issues here.