Not sure if this topic was discussed before, if so let us try again.
We all know KLM has strong links and a good long-term relationship with Northwest Airlines, however, what is the likelyhood of seeing the Dutch carrier joining OneWorld?
KLM would be a strategic partner for OW for various reasons. It would allow AA to have unlimited access in Europe through Schipol and, talking about BA, it would approach both airlines in a proposed merger as talked a few times before.
Also, such move would also be an open-door for MAS and its well-located hub at Kuala Lumpur to join OW. It would, certainly, tease Star Alliance´s dominance in the region at Singapore and Bangkok.
Talking about Europe, BA needs to beef up its regional operations to face up the growing presence of Lufthansa and its partners. No other airline could yield the competitive advantages BA needs in terms of route network and equipment as KLM does now. Some code-sharing has already started in the Middle-East to rationalize costs and, if there´s no anti-trust restrains, the same may apply for other short routes not to mention the sharing of facilities, reservation system, etc.
Finally, as I stated before in other postings, I don´t believe there is enough room in the current world for four large alliances. It seems that, in terms of world coverage, KLM / NW is not the strongest, so I think it is the most likely to be soon dissolved... NW hasn´t done much to strength its position worldwide, if compared to the other three larger US airlines.
Do you guys forsee a similar or a diferent scenario regarding this issue?
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