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Air France Officially Interested In CSA  
User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7422 posts, RR: 57
Posted (5 years 8 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2887 times:

On March 23rd 2009, Air France officially expressed its interest to the Czech Government in acquiring CSA.

AF requested an access to the "detailed" books of the airline before placing an official bid, probably next June.

AF recalls that CSA is already a close partner of Air France-KLM within the SkyTeam alliance of which CSA is member since 2001.
Its network shows a good complementarity with AF-KLM's and would strengthen the AFKL Group presence on the Eastern/Central European market.

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User currently offlineSurfandSnow From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 2897 posts, RR: 31
Reply 1, posted (5 years 8 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2856 times:

Seems like Europe is well on its way to having just three major airlines - Lufthansa (Star), Air France (SkyTeam), and British Airways/Iberia? (oneworld).


Flying in the middle seat of coach is much better than not flying at all!
User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7422 posts, RR: 57
Reply 2, posted (5 years 8 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2523 times:



Quoting SurfandSnow (Reply 1):
Seems like Europe is well on its way to having just three major airlines - Lufthansa (Star), Air France (SkyTeam), and British Airways/Iberia? (oneworld).

That's what "Experts" have been saying for a few years now ... Just like in the U.S : DELTA (SkyTeam), AMERICAN (OneWord), UNITED (Star).


User currently offlineBurkhard From Germany, joined Nov 2006, 4405 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (5 years 8 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2505 times:

Not surprising, and I expect this to go well. Times of national carriers are over since long, and if you can choose a foreign boss take the French one. Reminds me of an old joke:

What is heaven on Earth?

A Japanese cook, a French boss, a British Policeman, a German mechanic, an Italian lover and a Swiss organizes this.

What is hell on Earth?
A Japanese boss, a British Cook, a German police man, a French mechanic, a swiss lover - and the Italian organizes this.


User currently offlineL410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5738 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (5 years 8 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2434 times:

Just for the record, the other three entities which officially expressed their interest to participate in the tender are:

- local consortium Travel Service - Unimex Group (Czech-Icelandic owned charter airline QS)
- investment group Odien
- Aeroflot*

There is a question whether SU met the requirements of the tender since they applied through a shell Czech company they purchased just weeks ago (and staffed them with some shady characters), not by forming a partnership with a local entity, which they were required to as a non-EU entity.
Given the geopolitical/historical context and security issues there is a widespread opposition against the "privatization" to state-owned Aeroflot (how well that works we've seen during the short-lived joint venture with the then state-owned AFin early 1990s), both among the public as well as among the CSA employees. Also the rumors are that their real interest is in buying the PRG airport and buying the airline is only a way how to gain leverage.

Quoting SurfandSnow (Reply 1):
Seems like Europe is well on its way to having just three major airlines - Lufthansa (Star), Air France (SkyTeam), and British Airways/Iberia? (oneworld).

Sad but most likely inevitable - especially given the current economic hard times almost everywhere.


User currently offlineSeemyseems From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2009, 970 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (5 years 8 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2278 times:



Quoting SurfandSnow (Reply 1):
Seems like Europe is well on its way to having just three major airlines - Lufthansa (Star), Air France (SkyTeam), and British Airways/Iberia? (oneworld).

Yeah, and other airlines like SAS, Aer Lingus, Turkish, Aeroflot and TAP will be absorbed too, but at least if these carriers are taken over by the larger ones; then they will be better.

I'm glad BA chose IB as it's future partner, a merger with AA would be very odd, like AA the world's largest airline compared to BA, which is also based in another continent.

I hope AF-KL go for SK and SU, that would be good, I wonder how long Turkish and TAP will last??

I wonder what will happen to airlines like Air Berlin, easyJet and 'Ryanair'.



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