Tobias2702 From Germany, joined Sep 2008, 669 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1329 times:
Quoting Seemyseems (Reply 1): Could these 2 airline join an alliance? Or are they technically LCC's?
According to wikipedia (no idea how reliable):
"In June 2007, S7 Airlines admitted the airline is negotiating with British Airways about joining the Oneworld alliance."
Well, but when they now intend to codeshare with AB, those talks obviously were unsuccessful.
Thinking of AB and joining an alliance: I don't think they want to. AB concentrates on business travellers on domestic routes (between TXL, MUC, FRA. DUS, CGN, ZRH), most of their international destinations are for holiday travellers (many routes to the mediterranean, and former LTU services). AB recently announced having bought a stake in TUIfly:
For me, this does not like preparing to join an alliance.
And speaking about LCCs... Dunno how to define. On all AB flights, complimentary drinks and snacks are served as well as free newspapers, which is not the case on many aligned airlines. AB also run a frequent flyer program. Therefore, theoretically, they would be eligible for joining an alliance. Once again: At the moment, I guess they don't want to join (thought I dare say that AB is also affected by the global financial crisis -- someone like AF would quite likely not hesitate to buy if there would be a possibility...).
Or what do you think?
[Edited 2009-05-02 08:28:00]
PA, AF, UK, BA, AB, DL, LH, FR, BD, A3, EZY, DY //// A319/320/346, B733/735/73G/738/744/763, AT4, 146, CR2, DH4