olddominion727 From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 353 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 6263 times:
I want to make an observation and ask a few questions. It's my thought that AS is warming ever closer to DL/SkyTeam. Yes they still have close ties with many OW carriers like AA, BA, QF, CX but when I was booking a flight on Sabre the other day SJC-SEA I of course saw AS/DL flights. These DL Codeshares used to be AS/AA. Has bankruptcy for AA changed their relationship with AS? I found the AA flights but I had to specifically ask for them. Also, AS is doing more and more with AM. Yes they've had reciprocal practices for some time now, but again seems to be getting passed the dating stage and embarking on more of an intimate relationship. Rumors have always swirled if AS was going to be eaten up by AA, DL (or then NW). How much longer can AS really cater to two global alliances and not be forced to choose? If they fail to chose can we a forceable taking like that of US/AA (should that happen)? I personally think AS/QX being absorbed into DL would be great. PDX and ANC would be large focus cities and SEA would be the crown fortress--and complimenting their current hub/spoke system quite nicely. Having said that, if AS was absorbed by DL, I think it would be then end of the point-to-point service that AS is becoming known for and making quite a name for itself because of. Any thoughts?
SonomaFlyer From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 1448 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (12 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 6158 times:
AS is in a unique position relative to most other U.S. carriers. They have a solid profit history, they don't grow too fast and they have various agreements with several carriers. I don't see pressure on them to change the current arrangements.
Everyone these days seems to think airlines "MUST" go with one alliance or the other. In the case of AS, they consistently buck the trends. I see them continue to do so going forward.
diverdave From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 268 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (12 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5829 times:
Quoting SonomaFlyer (Reply 1): Everyone these days seems to think airlines "MUST" go with one alliance or the other. In the case of AS, they consistently buck the trends. I see them continue to do so going forward.
True enough, but there is high potential for changes in the AS/AA relationship if US and AA merge. It could even change to a deeper relationship after a merger should US lose their codesharing arrangements with UA.
olddominion727 From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 353 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (12 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4739 times:
I see AS/QX role primarily as a feeder airline for international flights to to all other carriers in PDX, SEA, ORD, DFW, BOS, MIA, LAX, SFO, SAN, PHX, LAS--some of those cities are traditional vacation spots in FL, HI and MX that are a given. This could be the framework that keeps them a loft accept for the captive audience for the intra-AK flights. I guess if they keep their very unique structure, they can really waive their middle finger at the big boys. I don't know for how long though. The original Frontier, Mark Air, Western Pacific, Western, PSA, AirCal, Continental Lite, RenoAir have all been major players on the west cost, alaska and mexico and still was absorbed by the big sharks. aside from the intra-AK flights, AS route system seems to be getting closer and closer to that of WA as a the largest west coast super regional carrier, with an obvious hub difference of SLC vs SEA. WA was huge in PACNW as AS just using different connecting cities.
diverdave From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 268 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (12 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4423 times:
Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 13): Which part, about AS resisting taking sides between DL and AA, or those two needing AS more than AS needs them?
Some parts of the partnership with Delta are just a tad deeper, with reciprocal upgrade benefits for elites. The reciprocal lounge benefits are a bit better for Delta, as Delta members get into Alaska lounges with either a Delta or Alaska ticket. Oddly enough, Admiral's Club members only get into an Alaska lounge with an AA ticket on an AA operated flight.
I would certainly assess that Delta needs AS more than AA needs AS at this time. But again, if US and AA merge, the combined airline would need the West Coast coverage of AS to make up for the (speculated on my part) loss of the code shares with UA.
EA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 12959 posts, RR: 62 Reply 17, posted (12 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4324 times:
Quoting jet-lagged (Reply 14): Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 13):, or those two needing AS more than AS needs thQuoting EA CO AS (Reply 13):, or those two needing AS more than AS needs th
That bit. Delta i can see benefits from feed at seattle. Maybe you have more in mind. AA nothing comes to mind right now.
DL benefits from feed at SEA, AA benefits from feed at LAX (and so does DL, but to a far lesser degree), and AS can grow organically outside the West Coast whereas it would be much more difficult and costly for AA and DL to get the same degree of growth on the West Coast that AS currently provides via the codeshare.
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AAIL86 From Finland, joined Feb 2011, 397 posts, RR: 3 Reply 18, posted (12 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1889 times:
[quote=jet-lagged,reply=14]AA nothing comes to mind right now.
Well it benefits AA in several ways, one of which was mentioned; e.g. feed at LAX. It also helps cover a hole in the AA network on the west coast, allowing codeshare to destinations AA can't/won't share (Pacific Northwest and Alaska) and award redemption for elites.
BoeingGuy From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 2765 posts, RR: 7 Reply 20, posted (12 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1600 times:
Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 19): Plus, I think AS giving up on codesharing with AA would throw away a lot of anti-merger insurance...
Exactly. If AS wants to stay independent, and I believe they do, the smartest thing they have done is maintain strong code share relationships with key members of both Sky Team (DL, AF, KL, KE) and One World (AA, LA, QF, BA).
Did anyone read the article in this month's Trains magazine about Kansas City Southern? It draws strikingly interesting parallels with AS. The author was talking about how KCS has remained independent in the face of huge railroad mergers, and he talks about how KCS has managed to do so. Read the article. You'll almost feel like AS and KCS have gone down the same paths.