BAfan From United Kingdom, joined May 2008, 189 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 7603 times:
After reading the latest CEO interview in Airline Business with Akbar Al Baker, I am beginning to wonder whether we might see an alliance between International Airlines Group and Qatar Airways in the future.
Some text from the interview:
Al Baker denies that any talks have been held about a tie-up, but says he would welcome Walsh on the Qatar Airways board. “At the same time, it will be open to them if they want to buy shares in Qatar Airways when we go to our IPO. They can buy as many shares as they want of the percentage that will be floated – we have to keep in mind the sovereignty issue that the airline must remain majority-owned by Qatari entities.”
What are people's thoughts? Is it likely that we will see this happening in the next few years?
MileHighOffice From Australia, joined Jun 2010, 153 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 6320 times:
I think Qatar Airways would be a great fit for OneWorld in general. Qantas needs a midway-point hub to help compete with its competitors along the Kangaroo route, and Qatar could use the feed CX and QF would give them in Asia/PAC -- and of course would benefit well from BA and AA's networks.
The QF international strategy is going to require a hub to enable them to consolidate AU and EU traffic at a point between AUstralia and EUrope. Singapore is the current favourite pick, with Lesley Grant heading up there... but Qatar would be another good location. Virgin AU's tie-up with Etihad was smart, and is a platform that VA and VS can leverage if they get the execution of the plan right.
Not sure how much BA gains, as they have a strong network around the Gulf, India and Asia/Pac anyway.
AA would benefit as they could get a OW parter with 77W and 77L capability to go direct into the GCC from JFK, ORD and DFW.
FlyCaledonian From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2113 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2713 times:
Quoting MileHighOffice (Reply 2): Not sure how much BA gains, as they have a strong network around the Gulf, India and Asia/Pac anyway.
It's more a case of what IAG would gain rather than BA. IAG has a Western European hub (LHR) that is good for North American-Europe/Gulf/India/Africa traffic. It has a South Western European hub (MAD) that is good for Latin American/Caribbean-Europe/Mediterranean traffic. What it doesn't have is a hub that feeds Europe (certainly Central and Eastern)-Asia/Australia traffic. That is why Swiss was a craxy loss for BA, because ZRH would have been a great central European hub. Even if IAG picks up AY, HEL is limited as an effective hub for South East Asia/Australia, so a link up with QR would give IAG (and oneworld) a good feeder operation in the Middle East. BA would be able to concentrate on point-point flights and worry even less about trying to feed traffic through LHR, certainly shorthaul that in many cases involves backtracking for flights to/from the East.
commavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 12088 posts, RR: 62
Reply 6, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2490 times:
Saw this article a few days ago - found it intriguing.
I, too, always thought Qatar was destined for Star based on their current alliance structure. If any Gulf carrier was ever going to be material for oneworld, I always thought it would be Gulf Air or Etihad.
Either way, I do think that - strategically - the alliances are going to have to ultimately embrace some presence in the Gulf region, and there are only a few viable airlines to choose from.
I know this poses a direct threat to existing alliance members - particularly in Europe and Asia - but, as implied here, if IAG were to actually merge with Qatar, it would neutralize the direct threat to BA's network heading east, by combining BA/Qatar traffic and revenue flows from Europe to India, Asia, etc.