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Would An Alliance Ever "start" An Airline?  
User currently offlineVC10er From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 3389 posts, RR: 14
Posted (5 years 8 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3839 times:
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If an airline allinace like "Star Alliance" had a serious but small gap somewhere and could not find a suitable partner, do you think they would have the "stones" to start an "airline" of their own?

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User currently offlineeinsteinboricua From Puerto Rico, joined Apr 2010, 4546 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (5 years 8 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3748 times:

If I'm not mistaken, Russia had AiRUnion some time ago. What started as an alliance of airlines was in the process of becoming an airline before all of its members went bankrupt.

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User currently offlineMasseyBrown From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 6055 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (5 years 8 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3729 times:

I doubt if an alliance (which lacks sufficient assets and borrowing power) would start an airline in its own name, but I can imagine circumstances in which a few big alliance members help to finance a startup which would then belong to the same alliance.

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User currently offlineEastAlt From United States of America, joined Aug 2009, 34 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 8 months 23 hours ago) and read 3474 times:
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I would say this could be possible. This would be a great opportunity for a new US upstart. However, im sure the creation of a new upstart in the US would create a lot of noise. Other issues might include ownership limitations, and might require antitrust approval by the goverment. Please note, foreign carriers cannot own more than 20 percent of a US carrier. So the remaining 80 percent would have to be owned by an investor or US air carrier.

User currently offlinejetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 3117 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (5 years 8 months 8 hours ago) and read 2884 times:

It might be able to work with like regionals. Could be a good revenue sharer.

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