staralliance85 From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 201 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2914 times:
How does it stand with VS joining an alliance? Sir Richard Branson stated his interest for joining an alliance a few months ago and nothing has been mentioned since then. Delta and AF/KL offered VS a deal last summer but it seems like that went south. I was shocked that CO ended their relationship (as of February 12,2012) because they had a very strong relationship for a very long time and LHR is the most popular destination. I would of thought that VS would be a an asset to the New UA. It might of been VS Not wanting a relationship with the New UA either? Does this mean that there is a chance that VS will join ST or do you think SQ (49% share) will make them join Star?
anstar From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 5249 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2858 times:
Quoting staralliance85 (Thread starter): I was shocked that CO ended their relationship (as of February 12,2012) because they had a very strong relationship for a very long time and LHR is the most popular destination.
Not surprising as they didnt have a relation ship with Untited.
As for joining an alliance it appears STAR is not interested - I mean if LH/UA etc really wanted VS in STAR do you think LH would have let BD go to BA knowing that they would lose a UK star member?
I'd say Skyteam are interested but VS probably don't think much of most of the skyteam carriers. Just my thoughts
SonomaFlyer From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 1817 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2787 times:
SkyTeam and Star are the only realistic expectations for VS. I agree that if Star really wanted the tie-up, they could've done the deal ages ago given the VS relationship with CO. Its possible Star thinks VS doesn't add much in the way of new destinations as Star carriers cover most of the same ground.
I think SkyTeam would make more sense. Delta/KLM/AF don't have a big footprint into LHR so would give them a sizable presence for example from the West Coast of the U.S. to LHR>
mikey72 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2009, 1780 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2164 times:
Quoting jfk777 (Reply 4): Calling Emirates a "niche" airline is like calling GM a "niche" auto maker. Virgin Atlantic is a niche airline because its the only long haul airline in Europe with no short haul.
There was a massive 'niche' in global aviation that EK has most definitely filled and is still filling. Hence their success even in these most dire of times.
Quoting LOWS (Reply 5): Were you not just saying in an earlier thread that despite "problems" at LH, BA's O&D in London gave them a massive advantage?
Just like EK, VS don't need anything or anybody. There is no other airport in the entire continent that could support a similar VS like operation plus a legacy/national/flag carrier.
[Edited 2012-02-15 10:14:45]
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