BOStonsox From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1950 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1646 times:
This I've been waiting for for quite a while, though I'm a bit disappointed that it's only interline (at least for now). Then again, since there is a JV on those flights with AA, maybe that could somehow get factored into the current arrangement?
LAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 23457 posts, RR: 50 Reply 2, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1402 times:
Yeah its interline, and actually some of the potential markets are a bit odd imo.
For instance from LAX, only B6 cities are JFK, BOS, FLL. Though these are also flown by AA. Not sure how many JL passengers would book away from OW partner AA and ignore mileage earning to go fly B6 instead.
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Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 23154 posts, RR: 23 Reply 5, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1042 times:
Quoting LAXintl (Reply 2): Yeah its interline, and actually some of the potential markets are a bit odd imo.
Since it's presumably just a standard interline ticketing agreement, why would they limit it to certain routes/destinations? Why not just make it apply in general wherever they connect, like virtually all interline agreements?
Mercure1 From French Polynesia, joined Jul 2008, 883 posts, RR: 2 Reply 7, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 933 times:
Airlines experience cost for interlining.
Besides things like IT, inventory management, pricing, marketing, audit, settlement and accounting cost, there are fees at airports.
I suspect B6 likes to maintain minimal list of interline city-pairs to limit airport handling cost. For example at most airports one must join consortium or contract with companies to deliver baggage between terminals. This cost money. Imagine if B6 had to join such handling at their entire network for just very small number of passengers. They probably focus on top traffic city pairs only and allow interline in those with airlines like JAL.
So yes interline is pretty basic process in airline industry, however there are cost and operational complexity involved which as we know LCC try to reduce not increase.