I did not direct my point towards specific countries, but to the region as a whole. Talking within the macro analysis, an airline grouping will look at the benefits and risks of serving a particular area with a key and strategic member. Moves like takeovers, joint-ventures, (or a more compreensive code-sharing agreement, which is somehow the equivalent in the Airline Industry) etc, are quite sensitive to ups and downs in the economic/ political arena. I do believe the Middle-East is passing through an unusal political turmoil now, even though we all know that United Emirates remais one of the most stable and fastest-growing country in this part of Asia. I´ve no doubts that EK is a preferred member for any important airline grouping, thus why I posted this topic.
The same applies to other parts of the World, such as Latin America. The economic and political instability in countries like Venezuela, Argentina and Peru affect the region as a whole, which makes great carriers (TAM for example), non-priorities for OneWorld or Skyteam right now. No wonder VARIG and Lan Chile remains the only invited airlines to cover the region as full members of worldwide alliances.
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