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QR+SK - Pipedream Or Trainwreck?  
User currently offlinebrissedk From Denmark, joined Nov 2007, 383 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1853 times:

SK has for a long time been struggling.

Lack of strategy, disastrous fleet-management, limited funds, changing managements, multiple (dis-functional) hub structure, limited home market, government ownership etc.


QR is quite the opposite.

Clear growth agenda, succesfull hub-operation, lean and modern fleet, funds in aboundance, and recently launched 2 succesful Scandinavian routes, and about to launch 1 more.


What would happen if these articles actually was about to become reality?

http://www.boarding.no/art.asp?id=45268 (in Norwegian).

http://www.ftd.de/unternehmen/handel...ine-fluglinie-kaufen/60023983.html (in German).

Basically they say, that QR is looking to expand globally via taking over an establish carrier. SK, LO and TP is mentioned as possible candidates.

What would this do to the power-situation in the Middle East hub-battle?

What would SK add to the table for QR?

What would this do for SK and the travellers in Scandinavia?

How would this be different for SK compared to a takeover by LH?

Would we see QR open smaller DOH-US/Canadian destinations via CPH? OSL? or ARN?


Cheers,
BJ


Frequent flyer based in CPH - mostly heading to: OSL, HEL, KEF, FAE and EWR
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User currently offlineB777LRF From Luxembourg, joined Nov 2008, 1326 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1608 times:

It would all end in tears faster than you can say "industrial action"; the modern, respectful and democratic culture of Scandinavians would not mix easily with the despotic and megalomaniac employee relationships as championed by QR and other ME carriers, regardless of how new and shiny their flying machines may be. With AAB at the helm of QR, train-wreck doesn't half cover it. Nuclear holocaust would be a more fitting metaphor.

Besides, why on earth would QR want to get involved with the basket case that's SAS, especially given that by law they can only hold 49% of the shares? While Scandinavians do travel quite a lot, we're still talking only around 18 million people in total between Denmark, Norway and Sweden. And with big LH looming in the backyard, it seems like the most stillborn of stillborn ideas.



From receips and radials over straight pipes to big fans - been there, done that, got the hearing defects to prove
User currently offlinebrissedk From Denmark, joined Nov 2007, 383 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1495 times:

Quoting B777LRF (Reply 1):
It would all end in tears faster than you can say "industrial action"; the modern, respectful and democratic culture of Scandinavians would not mix easily with the despotic and megalomaniac employee relationships as championed by QR and other ME carriers, regardless of how new and shiny their flying machines may be. With AAB at the helm of QR, train-wreck doesn't half cover it. Nuclear holocaust would be a more fitting metaphor.

That is definitely one way of seeing it. I haven't even considered the labour issues, which is already now a major between SK and the unions. I'm sure that the middle eastern mentality isn't exactly understanding of that kind of relationsship.

The article also puzzled me a bit, as I don't see what QR is to gain from buying SK. I was hoping that some members on this board could broaden my perspective a bit.

Cheers,
BJ



Frequent flyer based in CPH - mostly heading to: OSL, HEL, KEF, FAE and EWR
User currently offlinesolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 852 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1470 times:

Quoting B777LRF (Reply 1):
And with big LH looming in the backyard, it seems like the most stillborn of stillborn ideas.

You are so right   



Airbus SAS - Love them both
User currently offlineOP3000 From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 1763 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1433 times:

I agree about the major corporate culture clash. Plus, SK's hubs do not have the international long haul O/D to feed QR's network very much. And for SK to be profitable it will have to keep floating against heavy LCC competition on intra-European and leisure routes, and I am not sure QR or any of the Gulf carriers are necessarily used to operating in that kind of environment.

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