Sndp From Belgium, joined Feb 2000, 553 posts, RR: 2 Posted (15 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2663 times:
According to "De Standaard", a belgian quality newspaper, British Airways started negotiations with the SAir Group to join OneWorld. Insiders had already made clear that OneWorld was the prefered partner for SR, as they already code-share with for example American, Finnair and Aer Lingus (this is the case for Sabena), and have FFP-deals with JAL, and as they had been looking for a partner alliance as the former policy of the Qualiflyer Group was abandoned.
The Ticketor From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 434 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (15 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2633 times:
Although I think (and hope) that this could happen, I know that oneworld never comments on prospective new partners until everything is signed and ready. I'm not saying that oneworld isn't talking to them, in fact I'm pretty sure that they are, but I wonder where they got their information from.
Sndp From Belgium, joined Feb 2000, 553 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (15 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2626 times:
According to the newspaper it was BA itsefl which announced the talks. They wrote: (English transaltions below)
British Airways (BA) is besprekingen begonnen met het Zwitserse Swissair in verband met een eventuele toetreding van de SAirGroup tot de alliantie OneWorld. Dat heeft het bedrijf vandaag bekendgemaakt. Directeur-generaal Rod Eddington van BA zei dat niets toelaat te besluiten dat de hypothese werkelijkheid zou worden.
or in English
British Airways (BA) started negotiations with the Swiss Swissair concerning an entrance of the SAir Group in the OneWorld alliance. This was announced by the company today. CEO Rod Eddington of BA said that nothing permits to conclude that this hypothesis (the entrance) will become true.