Topic Author
Posts: 3095
Joined: Thu Oct 30, 2003 11:50 am

US Approval For Air France & KLM Merger

Mon Nov 24, 2003 9:46 am

I dont think this question has been posed yet but what effect, if any, will a grouping consisting of Air France/KLM/Northwest/Delta and Continental have on the US competition authorities in terms of the AA/BA alliance??? What percentage of traffic will this grouping hold at Paris and Amsterdam compared to BA/AA at Heathrow??? Could BA and AA use this as leverage in with the competition authorities in the US???
Posts: 76
Joined: Mon Jul 26, 1999 11:47 pm

RE: US Approval For Air France & KLM Merger

Mon Nov 24, 2003 10:17 am

This can't be compared.
LHR: is a closed market. "Open skies" only for AA, UA, BA, VS and no slots available, CO, DL, NW... are not allowed to operate there.
CDG: no restrictions, anyone can fly there, slots somehow available, market is less important than LHR.
So if merger BA/AA would be completed it would be a completely different story.
Posts: 16852
Joined: Thu Feb 01, 2001 8:04 am

RE: US Approval For Air France & KLM Merger

Tue Nov 25, 2003 5:54 am

Comparing the groupings would be somewhat annecdotal... for one thing, most of these airlines DL/AF/AZ/OK + CO + NW/KL are currently still competitiors.

AA/BA were seeking antitrust immunity.

Faire du ciel le plus bel endroit de la terre c'est impossible sans Concorde!