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UA Wants VS In Star, Plus UA 787 Speculation  
User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16908 posts, RR: 51
Posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1808 times:

Quote:
A senior member of United Airlines has said he “love to have” Virgin Atlantic join the Star Alliance amid speculation that the unaligned UK carrier was looking to join the group.

Obviously VS in Star would be very competitive with BA and Oneworld. VS can get in on the AC/UA/LH Trans-Atlantic joint venture.

With regards to the 787:

Quote:
United will “look very closely” at emerging cities in the BRIC nations when it comes to new destinations for its new B787 Dreamliners, a senior member of United has stated.

Schumacher would not be drawn on where the aircraft would be deployed but said it would lead to a host of new destinations in the United network.
http://www.routes-news.com/news/item...e%E2%80%99-virgin-in-star-alliance

Previously, before the merger, CO management had mentioned Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai as possible new 787 destinations. As for other "BRIC" destinations I would speculate GIG (via EWR), DME (via IAD, IAH, ORD or EWR), HKG (via LAX) and CAN (via SFO).


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User currently offlinespiritair97 From United States of America, joined Jan 2011, 1231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1814 times:

I think this would be a very strategic move for VS. I'm also guessing that this would reinstate the VS/UA codeshare that ended last year?

User currently offlineneveragain From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1814 times:

Quoting STT757 (Thread starter):
Obviously VS in Star would be very competitive with BA and Oneworld.

Not really.

Quoting spiritair97 (Reply 1):
I think this would be a very strategic move for VS.

I'd hope VS would make such a "move" with a strategy in mind.


User currently offlinefun2fly From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 1091 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1814 times:

Quoting spiritair97 (Reply 1):
I think this would be a very strategic move for VS. I'm also guessing that this would reinstate the VS/UA codeshare that ended last year?

I beleive both sides would benefit greatly from such a tie up. It brings JFK into the mix for Star and fills that hole nicely. It gives Star customers an hub option in London filling that hole nicely for Star. All around good deal.


User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16908 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1819 times:

Quoting neveragain (Reply 2):
Not really.

Let me rephrase,

VS in Star, and participating in the Trans-Atlantic Joint Venture, would be more competitive than VS joining Skyteam or continuing to go it alone.



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User currently offlineRDH3E From United States of America, joined Mar 2011, 1828 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1816 times:

Quoting STT757 (Thread starter):
DME (via IAD, IAH, ORD or EWR)

They simply do not have the aircraft to expand to any more destinations right now. Not to mention they JUST cut IAD-DME this year, I don't think they'd just dip right back in.


User currently offlinemogandoCI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1816 times:

Quoting fun2fly (Reply 3):
I beleive both sides would benefit greatly from such a tie up. It brings JFK into the mix for Star and fills that hole nicely. It gives Star customers an hub option in London filling that hole nicely for Star. All around good deal.

If this is a true, it would greatly benefit Star. Far more valuable than bmi.

Now, if only Star could steal CX, Jet, and VAus, then their global network (excluding deep South America) would be very complete.


User currently offlinefun2fly From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 1091 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1816 times:

Quoting neveragain (Reply 2):
Not really.

Why not? It's pretty close coverage.

LHR>JFK
DL 3x
VS 4x
BA/AA 10x


EWR>JFK
VS 2x
UA 5x
BA 3x


By alliance from NYC:
Sky 3x
Star/VS 11x
OW: 13x


User currently offlineneveragain From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1820 times:

Quoting STT757 (Reply 4):
VS in Star, and participating in the Trans-Atlantic Joint Venture, would be more competitive than VS joining Skyteam or continuing to go it alone.

Trust me, I'm no fan of SkyTeam, but what makes the Star Alliance JV more attractive than the SkyTeam JV?

Quoting fun2fly (Reply 7):
Why not? It's pretty close coverage.

Do the calculation for the London side and you'll get the idea.


User currently offlineual777uk From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 3356 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1819 times:

Quoting STT757 (Reply 4):
would be more competitive than VS joining Skyteam

I would have thought ST would have loved to have seen VS join them. With UA and VS combined in the NYC market, ST, will go to a very distant third although I will beleive all this when indeed it happens if ever.

I assume that is VS did joing *A they might retreat from ORD and IAD where they are quite weak, leave that to UA and open up other routes?

I am sure that if SRB knows that *A would like them in and UA has played their cards he will be keen to do a deal ASAP.

Interesting times.


User currently offlineavek00 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 4418 posts, RR: 19
Reply 10, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1821 times:

OK, I'll eat crow on this one.


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User currently offlineanstar From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 5319 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1821 times:

Quoting ual777uk (Reply 9):
I assume that is VS did joing *A they might retreat from ORD and IAD where they are quite weak, leave that to UA and open up other routes?

I doubt they would pull out of IAD as it is a good market for VS with point to point traffic and they would then feed into the IAD hub. They used to do 2 x daily in the summer nefore the recession. Likewise with ORD, it would probably allow that service to return to a year round operation.


User currently onlineGCT64 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2007, 1452 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1819 times:

Quoting anstar (Reply 11):
I doubt they would pull out of IAD as it is a good market for VS with point to point traffic and they would then feed into the IAD hub. They used to do 2 x daily in the summer nefore the recession. Likewise with ORD, it would probably allow that service to return to a year round operation.

IF they join / are allowed to join the AC/UA/LH Trans-Atlantic joint venture, then the profits on the routes are shared and the flights become metal neutral. In this case logic says it might make sense, for efficiency, to not fly VS to IAD but leave that destination entirely to UA. Then, presumably, it depends how much the JV thinks the loss of VS (and adding capacity on UA) will drive pax away from the JV and to someone else (presumably BA). VS does have some considerable cachet with the general public (esp. in the UK) and there is a danger that replacing a VS flight with a UA flight will result in a net loss of pax (even worse for VS/UA, a net gain by BA).

Parochially, as a FF on UA and no status on VS (despite living near LHR), I'm pro VS joining Star and joining the JV (and think it makes sense, as I have said before). Most usefully for me it would give me a Star option for non-stop flights on LHR-BOS-LHR  



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User currently offlinespiritair97 From United States of America, joined Jan 2011, 1231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1817 times:

Quoting neveragain (Reply 8):

A few things:


1. Singapore Airlines owns 49% of VS.
2. If you look at some of their codeshare partners, the majority of them are *A members (CA, NZ, NH, SK, SA, SQ, Jet Airways (not technically, but still almost a member))
3. DL and VS recently (within the last year or so) terminated it's codeshare with VS.


User currently offlineavek00 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 4418 posts, RR: 19
Reply 14, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1816 times:

Quoting GCT64 (Reply 12):
In this case logic says it might make sense, for efficiency, to not fly VS to IAD but leave that destination entirely to UA.

Not necessarily -- it depends on the traffic mix, yields, and scheduling needs. There are scenarios where a UA flight makes more sense (such as the daytime 763 departure), and other instances where a VS 744 or 346, operating alone or alongside a UA flight is more practical (such as for a prime bank hub-to-hub 6pm-ish departure/7am-ish arrival).



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User currently offlineneveragain From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1818 times:

Quoting spiritair97 (Reply 13):
DL and VS recently (within the last year or so) terminated it's codeshare with VS.

As did CO.


User currently offlineIrishAyes From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 2244 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1815 times:

Quoting STT757 (Thread starter):
Previously, before the merger, CO management had mentioned Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai as possible new 787 destinations. As for other "BRIC" destinations I would speculate GIG (via EWR), DME (via IAD, IAH, ORD or EWR), HKG (via LAX) and CAN (via SFO).

I think Smisek was saying a few weeks back that United is looking to deploy the 787s on routes to secondary Chinese cities (i.e. Chengdu, Chongqing, Shenyang, Xi'an, Wuhan, etc). This is a space several of the European/Middle Eastern carriers have moved into recently, and United sees solid potential with the new aircraft.

I don't see cities in Russia nor India as high on the 787 list.



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User currently offlinekyrone From United States of America, joined Mar 2011, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1815 times:

I think ORD would be year round, they would get great transfer feed from UA

User currently offlineSQSFO From United States of America, joined Sep 2012, 33 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1814 times:

I know that business traffic to secondary cities in China is increasing. However,( and I ask this because I really do not know) will a 787 on those routes be feasible? I was under the presumption that flights out of secondary Chinese cities are cargo heavy, and with the 787 limited cargo space, how successful will these routes be?

User currently offlineIrishAyes From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 2244 posts, RR: 15
Reply 19, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 1813 times:

Quoting SQSFO (Reply 18):

I know that business traffic to secondary cities in China is increasing. However,( and I ask this because I really do not know) will a 787 on those routes be feasible? I was under the presumption that flights out of secondary Chinese cities are cargo heavy, and with the 787 limited cargo space, how successful will these routes be?

I think the focus (right now) is less about freight and more about gaining entry to these markets. These cities still boast populations well into the millions, and there is significant demand for travel, albeit on a less-than-daily basis, to US cities. Noticeably, European carriers such as AY, AF, KL and LH have expanded into this space on a 3-4x weekly flights in recent years and they've stuck.

UA has an advantage here with the advent of the 787s since these markets are well-suited for a long-range, but medium-capacity, aircraft; essentially, the "long-thin" routes. To aid these route developments, Star member CA has a base at Chengdu, and soon-to-be Star member Shenzhen Airlines has focus cities at Chongqing and Xi'an, a midst a few smaller partner carriers in inland China, so those will add in smaller contributions as well.

Meanwhile, Chinese carriers are intent on expanding in the US, but allegedly only from their major hubs (i.e. PEK, PVG and CAN), so UA is poised to be completely first-mover on these routes. UA will also be aided by domestic feed, as well as from Latin America, to fill these flights.

So, you have to give United credit for out-of the-box thinking on this one. Of course, usual challenges apply, including network restrictions and Visa limitations, etc.



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