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Will KLM Keep Alitalia?  
User currently offlineAF Cabin Crew From French Polynesia, joined Sep 1999, 1044 posts, RR: 32
Posted (16 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1105 times:

Also in the March 2000 issue of "Airline Business" was an article on KLM, Alitalia and Malpensa airport of Milan.

I Quote :
"KLM Chief Financial Officer Rob Abrahamsen has given alliance partner Alitalia three months to complete its long-planned move from Milan's Linate airport to its new malpensa hub. Should Alitalia fail to meet the deadline, KLM could dissolve the alliance between the two carriers."

Can anyone comment on that or have any inside information about the KLM-Alitalia Alliance.

Happy Flying,

AF Cabin Crew

Ia Maitai to tatou tere !
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User currently offlineAFa340-300E From France, joined May 1999, 2084 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (16 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1043 times:


Alitalia would be a great member for the AF-DL-KAL-AM alliance, as they were lokking for another european airline.

Air France and Alitalia are building their fleets approximatly the same way (A32X medium haul and 777-200LR and -300ER for long haul).

France-Italy is (AFAIK) a quite large market where there would be much to cooperate on.

Alitalia has previously dropped Air France because they were state-owned and wasn't a partner they could fully cooperate with. Now that this is ok...

Best regards,
Alain Mengus

User currently offlineLJ From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4809 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (16 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1026 times:

I don't have inside information, but I've heard from some airline analists that this threat isn't to be taken seriously. It's not the first time KLM is threatning to leave an airport if a government doesn't help the airline. I remember the debate which was going on in the Netherlands about the futere of Schiphol Airport. KLM said it would leave the airport if KLM didn't get unlimited acces (or growth potential) to the airport. This didn't happen and KLM still flies from Schiphol.

My advice, don't pay to much attention to a threat from either KLM, Northwest Airlines or Alitalia. It's all a game between the airlines and the authorities. Furthermore, realise that if KLM loses Alitalia, KLM would be getting a lot of problems (as Air France would be glad to pick Alitalia in its alliance and this would create an very strong competitor for KLM).

Laurens Janssen

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