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Why Did DL And VS End Their FF Relationship?  
User currently offlineRobertS975 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 937 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 5 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 6289 times:
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One used to be able to earn DL status miles when flying VS. Why did this relationship end? One obvious answer is that DL wanted to get a bigger London presence for itself, and that has certainly happened. But what else went into the decision to end the codeshares and the cozy relationship?

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User currently offlineanstar From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (2 years 5 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 6202 times:

Quoting RobertS975 (Thread starter):
. But what else went into the decision to end the codeshares and the cozy relationship?

Virgin Sueing Delta over the copyright/patent for their business class product probably had a huge effect.


User currently offlinejfk777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 8284 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (2 years 5 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 6154 times:
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Virgin may have gotten a Better deal from Continental.

User currently offlineYYZAMS From Canada, joined Feb 2011, 218 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 5 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 6054 times:

Don't worry they will re-announce it on Monday....so rumour has it.

User currently offlinedalalways From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 97 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 5 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5435 times:

Are they also suing AC for their seats as well?

User currently offlineanstar From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (2 years 5 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5037 times:

Quoting dalalways (Reply 4):
Are they also suing AC for their seats as well?

I believe some airlines licens3ed the patent from VS... but DL went and copied the seat without any authorisation from VS.


User currently offlinedalalways From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 97 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 5 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4958 times:

Quoting anstar (Reply 5):
I believe some airlines licens3ed the patent from VS... but DL went and copied the seat without any authorisation from VS.

DL didn'y copy the seat. It was sold to them by contour aerospace. Up until a few months ago it seat was still shown on their website as a business class product for sale.


User currently offlineanstar From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (2 years 5 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4859 times:

Quoting dalalways (Reply 6):

DL didn'y copy the seat. It was sold to them by contour aerospace. Up until a few months ago it seat was still shown on their website as a business class product for sale.

Sure it was sold by contour... and Virgin sued Contour and also later sued Delta.

My understanding is Virgin first sued Contour.... they then sued Delta and lost... The appealed that decision and then won the case against Delta.


Hardly seems to be things you would do with a "partner" so no wonder the code share was terminated.


User currently offlineORDJOE From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 691 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 5 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3975 times:

Hasnt VS sued anyone that used the herringbone layout.

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