777KLM From China, joined Apr 2005, 532 posts, RR: 1 Posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2523 times:
=Maybe this has been posted before, but I couldn't find it in the forum history=
I was thinking and would a new, fourth 'big' airline alliance be possible?
There are still a lot of carriers out there without an alliance, that could easily form a big alliance with worldwide presence. Examples are VS (and other Virgin airlines), AB, AR, AS, EK, EY and MH. I realise they already have ties with airlines that are already in an alliance, but still... what are the chances?
vgnatl747 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1515 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2375 times:
I don't see another one happening (at least not any time soon). I don't think you'll ever see an airline like EK join an alliance; they've proven over time that they don't really need to.
I think we'll see more and more reciprocal work happen within the Virgin empire, but a formal alliance would be met with a lot of opposition I think. Just look at the issues Virgin America went through with the argument that they were controlled by a foreign entity. I think it'd be pretty hard to setup a real alliance for the Virgin brand to cover the globe; but oh how cool it would be.
PacNWjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 980 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2321 times:
I could be wrong, but it would seem unlikely that an alliance could survive without a strong presence in North America which Alaska is not in a position to fill, and a dense route network in Europe which the Virgin group cannot provide at present. Malaysia's presence in Asia also seems a bit too skimpy to fit the bill.
Delimit From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 1513 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2189 times:
The only two possibilities in here are US and Southwest. Southwest is not going to be joining an alliance anytime soon, and US would just get annihilated by the big [soon to be] 3. US is better in Star than trying to form a 4th alliance. The only possible move I could see US making is going to OW.