Mcdougald From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 22, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2135 times:
If Air Canada is ever forced into a corner and has to consider putting itself up for sale, seeking bankruptcy or being re-nationalised, my preference would be for an AC/LH deal, with AC as Lufthansa's North American sub-brand.
- Good fleet commonality (for swapping aircraft to meet fluctuations in demand)
- An existing commercial relationship (LH having expressed interest in buying a stake in AC at one point)
- Relatively little route or hub overlap
- Better odds of AC surviving as a brand name and keeping its overseas network intact than under a deal with UA, NW or another U.S. carrier.
Racko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4839 posts, RR: 20 Reply 23, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2136 times:
i could imagine LH buying Austrian Airlines.
Oh, and they could found a new Airline for Belgium if DAT fails
I doubt that KLM will merge, as they are the "royal dutch airline", and they are maybe the same for the netherlands what the Swissair was(and what Swiss Air Lines will be) for Switzerland.
But those countries have a very small home market:
The Netherlands have 15.000.000 inhabitans, Switzerland only 7.000.000 ! Compare this with 59.000.000 people living in the UK or 83.000.000 in Germany !! It would be easier if the Swiss Air Lines and AUA merge with LH as they would have a market of nearly 100.000.000 People together(Most people in Switzerland speak German, about 70% i think). But Switzerland wants to independent from everything and everyone, so they will always have their "own" airline