The "One Big Airline" concept is already reality:
Nov 25, 1999
The big five global airline alliances now control half of the passenger travel market, according to Airports Council International.
Star Alliance, oneworld, Delta/Air France, Wings and Qualiflyer have nearly 50 per cent of total world scheduled passenger numbers in 1998 based on ACI and IATA statistics, Michael Brown, ACI business adviser, said.
The world's 10 largest airlines alone account for 40 per cent of the world market with 573 million scheduled passengers last year and all of these, except for US Airways, are now in a global grouping.
The Star Alliance, with some 250 million passengers in 1998, had a 16 per cent share of the world market last year ahead of the oneworld group with 10 per cent, Mr Brown said.
The Delta/Air France group, currently in formation, would have had a world market share of just over 8 per cent in 1998, slightly ahead of the Wings group based around KLM, Northwest and Continental.
Trailing the field was the Swissair-led Qualiflyer group with just over 2 per cent.
The Star Alliance is led by Lufthansa, SAS and United Airlines. Main partners in oneworld are British Airways and American Airlines.