Cfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (14 years 8 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1420 times:
I understand that Swissair's latest MD-11 to come out of heavy maintainance was repainted with the old color scheme, with a grey bottom, instead of with the blue Qualiflier colors which they have been implementing the past few months.
I guess that may be a big hint that Swissair will join Oneworld or Star.
Pity about the new colors. The planes were much better looking with the blue bottom.
BLINK182 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 5497 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (14 years 8 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1269 times:
Swissair's new CEO has stated that he wants to enter Oneworld. Qualiflier is pretty much an inter-european alliance with no outside connections. Swissair has proven it can play with the bigboys and the best thing for them to do is enter Oneworld, that is if they want to stay with American for the long run. I wonder if Gibberish knows anything about this, he is the guy to ask.
Give me a break, I created this username when I was a kid...
Rickster From Austria, joined Dec 2000, 653 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (14 years 8 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1244 times:
I guess with all the present codeshares SR offers with one world carriers it would be the only acceptable decission. When they bring in the Qualiflyer Members into "one world" the resulat of covering
Ireland, UK, Begium, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Poland, Finnland, Turkey with "hubs" in
in Europe - is really not bad.
Go air canada From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (14 years 8 months 20 hours ago) and read 1177 times:
swissair deserves to be in a decent alliance, it does need to re-think its policy with regards to other airlines.Personally i feel that a ba/swissair merger would be ideal for both, ba is looking for a closer european partner as it would be quite difficult to get closer to AA and swissair needs a partner too.Also quality airlines should stick together.
another good idea would be for qualifier to disband and each airline chooses an alliance which is best for its needs, some could join skyteam, wings or star or oneworld dependng on where they fly.
qualifier could also just merge into another alliance like skyteam which wouldnt raise as many concerns than it merging into oneworld or star.
i think also that alliances wthin the next few years will reach over capacity and we could see smaller, closer alliances like northwest/klm or maybe alliances with 5-7 odd members.
Gibberish From Switzerland, joined Sep 2000, 424 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (14 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1128 times:
Sorry if you were awaiting my comments but I was on vacation! I'm back now and I have a lot of posts to catch up on! Anyway, I'm still sticking to the same theory:
The SAir consortium (Swissair, Sabena, Crossair, and maybe LOT) joining the Oneworld alliance and with that the break-up of the small but not at all lousy Qualiflyer. In my eyes, Star, Skyteam and (Wings) are definately out of the picture.
Some reasons, which I have mentioned before and still stick to:
- Swissair (and other QG members) have close ties to most Oneworld carriers (code-share with AA, CX, etc)
- Swissair's independence will not be in danger in the Oneworld alliance (BA not as overlapping as LH/OS, etc)
- ZRH (and maybe BRU) could serve as a perfect complement to LHR (congestion, AA issue, etc)
- As others have mentioned SR would perfectly fit into Oneworld and it's got to be their number 1 choice.
- Star? No. Swissair has also rejected a Lufthansa offer a few years ago. OS/SR is history. And the EU cartell officers wouldn't allow it. It wouldn't be good for Swissair either, they'd lose a lot of traffic to the much larger, neighboring LH.
- (Wings)? Is not even an alliance (yet). It is not at all interesting for Swissair. They would be better off staying in Qualiflyer and the AA partnership. But Wings is starting to spread its wings. I'm thinking of MH, AZ, South American partner.
It would also be a great benefit to Oneworld because Swissair's reputation is still one of worlds best.
I can see this happening in the very near future because it is of great importance for Swissair to finally become part of a strong global alliance.
XFSUgimpLB41X From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4292 posts, RR: 36
Reply 8, posted (14 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1105 times:
But man that MD-11 used up every bit of runway possible in that photo. He must have been upwards of 600,000 pounds on that departure. Yep..i dont really have any other good points to put in this topic but that....
Neder99 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2000, 184 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (14 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1089 times:
It would be a bit difficult for the Qualiflyer alliance to break up, since SAirGroup has a stake in many companies within the group, TAP Air Portugal etc.
Although the smaller airlines in the Qualiflyer group would definitely not fit in OneWorld, such as Volare and the other Italian airline. I still think that the big airlines in Q-F should join OneWorld, since it would provide them with an extraordinary global coverage.
Swiss-airplane From Switzerland, joined May 2000, 591 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (14 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1070 times:
Swissair didn't make any decisions about their future, yet. There are some rumoers in Swiss medias about joining Oneworld. I guess Star Alliance make no sence. Maybe a closer American Airlines/Swissair deal.
The blue livery should show the Qualiflyer Group. But right now, I don't believe still in that, because SAirGrop don't want to invest in Turkish Airlines, TAP Air Portugal and and. There are again rumors that SAirGroup don't want suport the french and Italian airlines AOM, Air Liberté, Air Littoral, Air Europe and Volare. Also the future of Sabena on board of SAirGroup is no longer sure.
But this is true, the blue livery looks more fresh and modern.
Go Swissair for a great future. The quality of this airline is still very good.
Greetings from Switzerland
Swiss-airplane From Switzerland, joined May 2000, 591 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (14 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1053 times:
You have right on some points. LTU is not a part of the Qualiflyer Group and Swisair doesn't have a stake in PGA or TAP. But Air Littoral said they don't want to merge with Crossair and some people also say that Swissair will sell theri whole french business. I don't know details, today it was writen in a leading Swiss newspaper that Swissair will also sell Sabena. I don't believe that. But Swissair looks now for all options.
Anyway, great that you like Switzerland. I can tell you more if you want. I also like the USA and Asia very much.
What I like very much is Swissair. Great airlines.