Yeah I am aware that they code share on flights and are part of the Wings Alliance. Like I mentioned earlier at other airports it would have Northwest/KLM together on the sign instead of seperate. These signs say "Airlines serving Midfield" and has Air China totally seperate from Northwest on the sign. This is what begs the question as to if Air China will actually fly here itself. There has been an Air China ticketing office on Ford Road in Westland for a couple of years now.
I was wondering now if the Wings Alliance members would start serving DTW. KLM is coming back in May as mentioned, but would Malaysia and Air China?
As far as I know all of the major players in Star Alliance serve Chicago's United hub and not just United itself using a Lufthansa or ANA codeshare on a United aircraft bound for Germany or Japan.
Same as with Dallas at least pre 9-11, several of AA's alliance members were serving DFW and not just AA flying with their code shares only.
I think now with the new international terminal at Midfield it is very possible to start seeing more carriers serving DTW. I think DTW is very underserved by international carriers other than Northwest, British and Lufthansa and KLM, oh plus those Dash 8 flights from Air Canada.
I remember before the Republic and Northwest merger seeing Icelandair fly DC-8s, LOT with their Il-62, Alitalia with 747s, Sabena with DC-10s and 747s, JAT with a DC-10 quite often. It would be nice to see that international variety back again.