I have often felt they can survive for decades. They claim to be more pleasure and leisure travel oriented. You would have a tough time getting me to believe that. I have flowen them in business class transatlantic many times and think they are among the best in business class. If in fact they are leisure travel oriented and a bit cheaper than BA,LH, AF etc. than in a recession passengers may scout out cheaper alternatives such as KL. So I think that with the KL alliance, that business strategy etc. they have their bases covered very well. I think that statement about being able to survive decades is true and also partly a statement intended for BA. They are telling BA that they dont need BA as much as BA needs KL. Consequently, BS should cough up slots at LHR so there is openskies and the KL/BA alliance can go through. Until that time, KL is not at all interested.