the americans are hyporcrites, its ok for delta and air france and its ok for lufthansa-united-bmi and klm-northwest, but AA/BA oh no, thats far to diffuicult to accept.
You don't get it at all. Delta and Airfrance alliance is not on a route where no other airline can operate. The Lufthansa-United-BMI again is not on any route that would not allow another airline. AA/BA were on a route that they would control over 60% of the flights on THAT ROUTE ALONE. That isnt counting anything else. Just the US to LHR routes. How is that fair to anyone else? No other airline can get into LHR to fly on these routes except BA/Virgin from the UK and UA/AA.
as for open skies, forget it, the uk government isnt impressed by this, it needs a strong BA for the econmy and doesnt need BA cutting more jobs, it isnt impressed by the us attitude of take take take without any give.
Umm.. I'm sorry, but the US attitude wasnt take take with out any give, it was BA. They wanted to the alliance with out giving an inch to allow further competition.
how dare northwest, delta and CO expected to be allowe dt heathrow when the Americans made no mention of allowing bmi into the deal, why should 4 extar us carriers be allowed without another british carrier.
What rock have you been under? BMI has slots into LHR.. they fly into LHR.. NO ONE SEEMS TO WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE IT (sorry for caps, but this is frustrating me big time). BMI has slots into LHR already, they fly into LHR constantly. THEY just can not fly to the US from LHR due to the Bermuda II agreement. If open skies was agreed to between the US and UK, they could fly.
the DOT wouldnt know competition if it went up and bit it, how can a massive advatnage to five us airlines(including AA) be fair and good for competition when on the british side, bmi gets no look in, neither does virgin and BA gets a load of grief?
BMI has slots.. they could fly if the UK and US had an open skies agreement. Virgin has slots and already fly it. BA flies it. United and AA fly it. Delta, US, CO, dont because they cant get slots in LHR, and even if they had slots the current bermuda II agreement prevents it.
Could someone answer this- how did BMI get slots in LHR if suposedly they were already taken? Who did they buy out??