Why would JAL tie into Star *???
That is the most rediculous thing ever. Look at star, its pathetic. Count the number of airlines it needs to cover Europe??!?!? No, look closer, How many Airlines does it need to Cover AUSTRIA????? Austrian, Lauda, and Tyrolean?????? Why on earth would any alliance of any size need 3 airlines in one poxy little country which has a small land mass and a small population. Id understand if it was Russia we were talking about! But its not. Look at it. Two within a few hundred miles in Asia, Thai and Singapore!!!
1 in the US - AA
4 in Europe, BA, Aer Lingus, Iberia, Finnair.
2 in Asia Pacific, Cathay and Qantas.
1 in South america, Lan Chile
and a few others which are affiliates of BA, such as Comair in South africa, although not officially a member, is through BA's Franchising.
JAL wasnt at the time given Govt. Approval to join OneWorld, but i can see it happening once it gets its house sorted.
And whoever said Skytem has Prestige should be shot:
Korean, the most accident prone airline in the world. Air France, the worst in terms of Passenger service. Alitalia, Always late in takeoff always late in arrival!!!!
And Wings, it wont happen, BA/KLM have a future as european partners, and are likely to become part of a Major Alliance, as will other airlines such as Alitalia and Air France.
I rest my case.