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User currently offlineOSL From Norway, joined Dec 1999, 62 posts, RR: 0
Posted (16 years 6 months 9 hours ago) and read 1051 times:

Do you think Star Alliance, One World and the other alliances will be one airline some day? Just imagine how it will be like.


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User currently offlineAC_A340 From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 2251 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (16 years 6 months 8 hours ago) and read 958 times:

That would suck. I like experiencing different airlines while at the same time always being close to your favorite.

User currently offlineBen From Switzerland, joined Aug 1999, 1391 posts, RR: 47
Reply 2, posted (16 years 6 months 7 hours ago) and read 949 times:

Big airlines don't seem to be effective!

I know the circumstances were different, but the 'old' Aeroflot tried that... and it is clear that all sorts of business in-efficiencies are created.

Even airlines like BA are divided into individual business units, but with a common brand to promote. (which they have done very well at destroying with the new liveries).

User currently offlinePurdue Cadet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (16 years 6 months 6 hours ago) and read 948 times:

I don't think that you can really use the old Aeroflot as an example here. The truth is, that airline was operating on totally different principles than a modern carrier. Aeroflot's main purpose was simple: To glorify the state. It was huge only becasue the USSR government lost a lot of maoney making it so, not because there was sufficient demand for a business of its size. Had Aeroflot been run under capitalist terms, it weouldn't have grown so needlessly large and could have been much more successful. When a company's entire foundation is the fact that the government doesn't care how much money they lose, it can't survive when the government changes its mind.

User currently offlineHZ-AKF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (16 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 936 times:

The "One Big Airline" concept is already reality:

Nov 25, 1999

The big five global airline alliances now control half of the passenger travel market, according to Airports Council International.

Star Alliance, oneworld, Delta/Air France, Wings and Qualiflyer have nearly 50 per cent of total world scheduled passenger numbers in 1998 based on ACI and IATA statistics, Michael Brown, ACI business adviser, said.

The world's 10 largest airlines alone account for 40 per cent of the world market with 573 million scheduled passengers last year and all of these, except for US Airways, are now in a global grouping.

The Star Alliance, with some 250 million passengers in 1998, had a 16 per cent share of the world market last year ahead of the oneworld group with 10 per cent, Mr Brown said.

The Delta/Air France group, currently in formation, would have had a world market share of just over 8 per cent in 1998, slightly ahead of the Wings group based around KLM, Northwest and Continental.

Trailing the field was the Swissair-led Qualiflyer group with just over 2 per cent.

The Star Alliance is led by Lufthansa, SAS and United Airlines. Main partners in oneworld are British Airways and American Airlines.

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