Ishky15 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 717 posts, RR: 13 Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1098 times:
Even though Air France is slowly in the process of dumping Continental for Delta, their current alliance w/ CO is still very strong. While flying Newark-Paris on the brand new 767-400 in November, there was a very large number of passengers transferring at Charles de Gaulle. I'm not overestimating when I say that only about half of the people on board were terminating in Paris. People were going on to destinations like Oslo, Suttgart, and Berlin. On the way back, it was an Air France 747-200, which just didn't compare to the Continental flight. Alot of people on that flight were transferring in Newark, too, to places like Florida and Denver. All I can say is that Air France probably will not have a problem switching partners over to Delta. Continental, on the other hand, is in a little bit of a frenzy, but with that so-called "European Expansion" coming up, maybe it won't be so bad.
ContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 14 Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1094 times:
I think Delta's route network was the key to this decision. Delta is after all, the third biggest US
airline, with a behemoth hub in ATL and similarly
comprehensive, albeit smaller ones in CVG and
MCO (DFW is comparatively smaller and SLC is
not a European gateway at the moment).
However, AF benefits heavily from CO's feed
both at IAH and EWR and I think this secondary
partnership will continue for some time as it adds
value to both carriers.
Nickofatlanta From Australia, joined May 2000, 1467 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1077 times:
I think you're right. If AF has its way, they will keep CO as a "secondary" partner. However, DL may very well pressure AF to dump CO. Also, I believe some time after the SkyTeam alliance was officially launced, CO filed paperwork to break their contract with AF (probably in the range of a 10 year contact) because of AF's ever closer ties to DL.