Perhaps "crowded" it's a bit too strong of a word for SkyTeam. Let's see . . . Oneworld have four European airlines, Aer Lingus, British Airways, FinnAIR, Iberia. STAR Alliance got even more: Austrian Airlines, bmi, Lauda, Lot Polish , Lufthansa, SAS, Spanair, Tyrolean. Now, that's eight on my count. Going to SkyTeam we have Air France, Alitallia, CSA Czech, KLM and Tarom. That's just one more than Oneworld and three less than STAR. I believe Europe and North America are very important playground for any of the above alliances. Geographically speaking Romania is right on the flying path from Western Europe to Middle East, Africa, Far East, Japan and Australia and just eight-nine hours away from New York.
The four Airbus 318 ordered by Tarom are scheduled to be delivered in 2005-2006. Two more Boeing NG
737-700 will enter Tarom's fleet this month and next month.
I think SkyTeam needs Continental and Northwest in order to compete successfully with Star and Oneworld on the American playground. They will certainly join the SkyTeam very soon.
Aeroflot could be a good gain for any alliance.
It's the first time I hear the name of TAROM on the list to join SkyTeam !!!
It's probably because you joined the Airliners.net just 75 days ago (just kidding OK
?). By the way Welcome to the best Civil Aviation Forum in the World (and I mean it)
Nice words pal. Appreciated! It's too early to speculate about Tarom's future role in SkyTeam. Usually long-term strategies are kept secret by airlines and alliances. Sure thing Tarom's travelers will get a bunch of world destination for much cheaper rates than they had so far and of course . . . SkyTeam fidelity points. As far as I know Romania still got some 23 mil potential flyers, so all in all a nice chunk of market for SkyTeam! All good, but . . . I would never ever give up the non-stop direct connection to New York.
I agree that Tarom - like any other airline this year - didn't generate enough profit in the summer but that alone is not a reason to quit the North American market. With no exception all other small European airlines currently flying to New York are in a similar state of affairs. But hey wait a minute, don't jump yet, it seems that the market it's on a fast track of recovery. All you have to do now is to be patient, hang-on, wait . . . for the next big crest to take that well deserved joy-ride,. Doesn't make any sense to me to give-in right when your roller coaster is on its way up, does it ?!?
In my opinion all airline members of an alliance should be encouraged to keep their existent intercontinental flights alive so that alliance's customers could have a choice of - American, French, Italian, Czech, Dutch, Korean, Mexican, Romanian - portion of culture, creativity, general hospitality, cuisine, wines, etc. That's how you truly SPICE & FLAVOR a particular alliance and make it distinct from all others.
The final decision to stop the OTP-TSR-JFK
haven't been taken yet. If that's gonna happen, than both wide body Airbus 310-325 ET
will likely be going on wet/dry lease accordingly to Tarom's Marketing Manager.