Panamair From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 4910 posts, RR: 24 Posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1380 times:
The latest Justplanes.com reported that Swiss will reveal the choice of its international alliance partner on 26 March and that the most likely ones were going to be SkyTeam or Star (?). I thought the most logical choice that had been discussed previously (and from inside sources) was oneworld? Anyone has any better info?
Swiss-airplane From Switzerland, joined May 2000, 591 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1282 times:
I also hope that Swiss will join the Oneworld Alliance. Would be the best choice. And AA needs an strong European partner in the heart of Europe and the alliance between BA and AA is not possible so I think Swiss could be a strong feeder partner for Oneworld within Central Europe, Africa and more
2cn From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 648 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1230 times:
I had read a news story a short time back- if I can find it again, I'll post it- saying that they expected the choice to be Sky Team... whether its gonna be Sky Team,or Oneworld, we'll just have to wait till March 26.
Panamair From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 4910 posts, RR: 24
Reply 10, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1219 times:
Actually, SkyTeam already has 3 airlines in Europe - AF, OK, and AZ. Oneworld would make the most sense given the locations of the European hubs (LHR, MAD, HEL)...Andre Dose had expressed interest in an interview earlier on in SkyTeam because he was interested in linking up with Delta as a U.S. partner due to SR's previous experience with DL as well as DL's financial strength....of course, at that time AA was vigorously pursuing its deal with BA and had no time or interest to focus on the Swiss....
Jumbolino From Germany, joined Mar 2001, 490 posts, RR: 18
Reply 17, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1089 times:
Last Friday I'd a flight with them (LX) and nearly the whole plane was fullfilled with PAX coming from delta (ok I only imagine this because while boarding us i could see that they had delta boarding passes)
I think that (could) be a hint that they would join skyteam ...
what are you thinking about this ? I mean normally airlines doesn't fill planes from other airlines or better in this case they could also send their PAX over CDG ...
Padcrasher From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1057 times:
I'd like to hear from some former Swiss Air employees. I've heard several mention that they liked the alliance with DL compared to working with AA. DL treated SR very well during their airplane disaster in the North Atlantic. DL seems to have better service compared to AA, in the past better on-time, lower level of complaints, etc. Plus, they would lower the competition in the France, Switzerland, Italy aviation markets. The UK traveler will surely not transit via ZRH to far off places, the Italian and Southern France businessman would.
Emirates Skies From Australia, joined Nov 2001, 171 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1019 times:
My bet: swiss will join oneworld. The now-gone swissair had a lot of co-operation with oneworld members such as AA, QF, AY, IB, Aer Lingus and could be (I am not 100% sure) also with BA & CX, even during the heydays of the Qualiflyer Group.
STAR will have a lot of explanations to present to the Commission, as well as internal friction (especially with OS).
As for Wings: ZRH would fit (geographically) quite well as a compliment hub to AMS... but will KLM allow another 'small but rather strong' European carrier in Wings?
Sky Team? I think MXP is too close to ZRH... and I am still not convinced about AZ quality matching up to AF, let alone Swiss quality.
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SwissA330 From Switzerland, joined Mar 2002, 613 posts, RR: 15
Reply 21, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1008 times:
I realy hope that swiss will hook up with ONEworld.
Bt what will ahppen to all the other qualiflyer-airlines? I mean, LOT could enter Star, etc but what about TAP etc?
As you might know, they all still have the Qualiflyer FF Programme (though the commercial Co-operation has been Stopped). I hope TAP will make the same decision as swissair (although Tap might be perfect for STAr, as a south-western European Partner, where One is strong with IBERIA)
Rizzibird From Germany, joined Dec 2000, 232 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 993 times:
4th biggest in Europe? You must be joking! 120 planes is nothing compared to BA, LH, AF, IB and AZ, maybe even less than SK and KL. So they will definitely not be the 4th largest airline in Europe.