johnnybgoode
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US Airways To Join Star Alliance

Mon Nov 11, 2002 9:44 pm

well, there´s no official word, yet, but David Siegel, CEO of US Airways, mentioned in the recent issue of Airline Business that US would join in mid- to late 2003.
the move of US towards Star is certainly no surprise given the recent approval of the UA/US partnership.

he predicts that PHL will become an important gateway of the North American Star network.
the article mentions that additional alliance-related services may be introduced in 2004, probably focusing on secondary Star cities such as MAN and MUC, but primarily on FRA.

that´s just a rough overview of the article, but it may trigger some interesting discusson, don´t you think?

cheers
daniel
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thadocta
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RE: US Airways To Join Star Alliance

Mon Nov 11, 2002 9:46 pm

Oh well, if it happens I guess that will be the end of using my QF card to get into US lounges.  Sad

Dave
 
manuel
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RE: US Airways To Join Star Alliance

Mon Nov 11, 2002 9:49 pm

Certainly predictable, but finally Siegel moved ahead with a plan that can really help US Airways fill more seats. Wonder if we see another merger attempt between UA and US in the years to come.
 
AirT85
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RE: US Airways To Join Star Alliance

Mon Nov 11, 2002 11:03 pm

While both United and USAirways are in sad shape, do you think that if they both continue to cut mainline services and their overall size (US especially) that the DOT might approve a merger the next time around?
Tony
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DELTA777
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RE: US Airways To Join Star Alliance

Tue Nov 12, 2002 1:24 am

according to United:

Will US Airways join the Star Alliance?

Our agreement has a provision that provides for United supporting US Airways membership in the Star Alliance. US Airways cannot join Star until it has implemented 90 percent of its code share with United, or 12 months after the code-share agreement is in place.

wait a year and we`ll see.

D E L T A 7 7 7

ps, I would love to go to PIT and see a Lufthansa A340  Smile
 
USAFHummer
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RE: US Airways To Join Star Alliance

Tue Nov 12, 2002 1:34 am

US needs more FF partners...NW is dumping their FF agreement and that leaves just Alitalia, Qantas, United, and Latinpass I think...for a major airline that is not a long list of partners, and joining Star would rectify that problem...

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usairways85
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RE: US Airways To Join Star Alliance

Tue Nov 12, 2002 5:45 am

not much surprise on this one, we all knew it was going to happen sometime or another. What really is nice is that PHL will become an important gateway for Star. A little shocking becuase IAD is not too far away. But PHL will probably see more service by LH to FRA, US already serves MAN, so i dont know if BMI would start service, and LH will probably add a MUC flt. I dont know how the other US hubs will fair will getting new carriers. I think PHL has the best chance, then CLT, then PIT
 
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RE: US Airways To Join Star Alliance

Tue Nov 12, 2002 6:27 am

Their first priority is to not letting the company shut down. Then Star entry is the 2nd priority.
 
johnnybgoode
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RE: US Airways To Join Star Alliance

Tue Nov 12, 2002 6:47 am

well, to be honest i fear more about UA going down than US. i´m certainly not an industry analyst, but as much as i can follow the media i´ve got the impression Siegel is doing pretty well at US. just my impression, though.

i highly doubt that US and UA are going to merge in the end. don´t know if it might pass DOT approval this time, but don´t UA´s pilots now have a veto right when it comes to merging or buying more often 50% of other airlines (except feeder carriers)...
and since they opposed the merger last time, they would probably do so again.

anyway, most important thing is keep UA and US alive. and in the interview, Siegel mentioned that he´s not at US to sell the airline or to merge it, but that he´s there to turn it around, to make it profitable. though he admitted that in business when opportunities pop up you must take a close look at these before turning them down. so who knows what the future may hold for both US and UA...

rgds
daniel
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RE: US Airways To Join Star Alliance

Tue Nov 12, 2002 12:20 pm

Another step to the Super Reigonal carrier that I have been saying US is moving towards.
A little less Hooah, and a little more Dooah.
 
Ryefly
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RE: US Airways To Join Star Alliance

Tue Nov 12, 2002 3:20 pm

I would figure PHL would be the main STAR gateway for US Airways with their brand new international terminal opening this year or early next year. Although, I am wondering about CLT. The current international terminal has been under construction and will be complete this year as well. Expanding from 4 international gates to 13 is not your average up grade. Add in a fourth runway in the coming years and talk of building an even bigger international terminal to replace this newly expanded one has got to be a sign of planned future international growth.
 
usairways85
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RE: US Airways To Join Star Alliance

Tue Nov 12, 2002 8:56 pm

i was just at CLT a few days ago and passed by the new international terminal D. It looked to me that only a few gates could handle big planes that would travel to europe. Most of the gates were rather close together and are probably used for carribean travel. Thats probably where most of the expansion will come at CLT. Right now PHL and CLT have about the same number of carribean flts, maybe CLT has a little more than PHL, but i think you will see CLT grow as a carribean airport while PHL grows as a transatlantic airport.