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Star Alliance To Seek A New U.S Based Partner?

Mon Dec 09, 2002 9:47 pm

Thai Airlines thinks it may be "normal!"

"We still have alternatives; we have an agreement with Japan Airlines Co. for example, which flies to many destinations in the United States," Tasnai said. Japan Airlines is a rival of All Nippon Airways Co, a Star Alliance member.

President Kanok Abhiradee said Thai Airways has set up a committee to deal with any effects on its operations from United Airlines' troubles.

Asked if Star Alliance might seek a new U.S.-based member airline, Kanok said finding a new ally would be "normal" in the airline business. He didn't elaborate.

http://asia.news.yahoo.com/021209/5/nb8y.html
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RE: Star Alliance To Seek A New U.S Based Partner?

Mon Dec 09, 2002 9:56 pm

you might be interested in these threads from a couple of days ago, dealing with the same issue..

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/974845
http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/978726

but why should they now look for a new partner? under chapter 11, UA will keep flying at least for the near future, albeit in a different shape probably.

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RE: Star Alliance To Seek A New U.S Based Partner?

Mon Dec 09, 2002 10:09 pm

I don't see who else would join Star. Delta is aleady part of the SkyTeam alliance, Continental and Northwest are already tied up with KLM and American has been in One World for a while. Forget US Airways, let's not talk about them, they are also under Chapter XI bankruptcy protection court.
Does Star really need a US transatlantic partner? They already have Air Canada for the North American sector. If they really need to have code shared flights within the United States, they can work out a deal with Frontier or Alaska.

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RE: Star Alliance To Seek A New U.S Based Partner?

Mon Dec 09, 2002 10:12 pm

How about this quote..... I cant believe how quick the so-called partners are to walk away from United....

"The other situations were manageable," one discouraged executive of a comparatively healthy Star Alliance carrier told me this week. "But United is deteriorating much faster than we expected and it seems rudderless. It's hard to maintain dominance when your U.S. partner is sinking."

http://www.zyworld.com/brancatelli/tacticalunited.htm
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