Bmi330 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1450 posts, RR: 1 Posted (13 years 1 month 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1938 times:
why arent virgin atlantic in any alliance? i personaly thought thay may go into star brcause of sinapore airlines owning a big stack in them and also cause they cdo or did code share whith other members of star. Or a new alliance whith them and co because of there code shares and why do they not have a europen network? yes i am a ware of virgen express but a they not low fares and they dont conect.
ContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 month 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1918 times:
Virgin does code share with several major airlines, including Continental Airlines, Air India, and Malaysia Airlines. Virgin is also 49% owned by Singapore Airlines although no formal code share exists yet between SIA and VS.
Go Canada! From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 2955 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (13 years 1 month 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1861 times:
Thats right to an extent.
One World would rather emit air France than take virgin along wqith it.
Star has alliances between lufthansa and UAL and also close relations between them and bmi(lufthansa owning 25%)
bmi do not want another british airline, transaltantic as well to join in ,neither to lufthansa and ual becaus it would upset their anti-trust immunity.bmi is expanding and considers itself as the main rival to BA.
AF and Delta are so far up eachs noses that they can see each others tonsils, they dont want an airline affecting their relationship, especially when british european are very chummy with AF.
virgin atlantic is different from virgin express is it not?
Besides richard branson is prefectly happy to moan about BA and lufthansa being in alliances due to competition, if he joins in star then hes shooting himself in the foot and will lead to a mass hissy fit from BA.
Hes better off having an alliance with easy jet, two anti-BA businessmen, both losing thier battles.
It is amazing what can be accomplised when nobody takes the credit