Since everything I've read indicates that AZ
will be swept into the new AF
+KL pan-European airline group the question is less relevant. Perhaps AF
+KL+AZ will find use for the surplus employees as they expand. The question is will expansion be in Italy or will the new combined airline prefer to develop a hub elsewhere?
I think if the new airline group has any brains at all it will maintain each airline as a seperate operation while integrating FF
programs, service classes etc to provide a uniform quality product yet with distinctive local flavor in each of the three countries served.
It will be interesting to see how AF
+KL+AZ works out. It will either be good for all three airlines, or it will be a disaster. Hopefully though under the influence of AF
, both noted for relatively good service, the service on Alitalia will improve, just as hopefully under the influence of KLM, Air France will actually start to clean the exterior of their aircraft properly rather than suggesting us to the "EuroBrown Look".