As stated before it was never a full, all out merger.
In the mid-90s as a way to compete with LH
/KL, and too an extent, DL
/OS/SR/SN (this was before DL
wanted to form an alliance that involved full codesharing between the USA and England(LGW
etc.) and points beyond.
As stated above, VS
heavily objected to this, as did just about every other airline that had to compete across the Atlantic with AA
. If I am not mistaken, parliament agreed to the alliance, but the US Government ordered a huge slot payment and more US airline access to LHR
decided that they would have to give up too much in order to cooperate.
I believe in 1998-2000 the two airlines tried again, and the same result came about. This time AA
had a stronger case as by then, DL
had formed, or were in the process, of forming the extensive alliance they have today. Nevertheless, the same result as before happened.
Then in 2002-2003, AA
requested codesharing out of MAN
, and non-London airports, and this time were granted permission without penalty. Also, codesharing beyond LHR
and US Gateways was given approval, provided that those flights did not cross the Atlantic Ocean. MAN
transatlantic codesharign is why AA
has started to add 1 or 2 extra flights into MAN
What I never fully understood, and to this day, don't understand, is why no transatlantic codesharing out of LGW
is allowed. True, there would be an AA
/BA dominance, but NW
/KL dominate out of AMS
/AF dominate out of CDG
, and LH
/UA/US dominate out of FRA
. And with NW
/CO/DL tying up with KL
/AF, is that not a bit of a monopoly? Don't/didn't CO
codeshare out of LGW
I'm not sure should be allowed for transatlantics, but nevertheless, LGW
is roughly fair game. As it is, AA
only has 3-4 dailies into LGW
, which is actually DOWN from what they used to have. I doubt you can say that about UA
, or most certainly, NW
. Nevertheless though, BA
has a sizeable US operation, and this may be why LGW
is not allowed as AA
would be allowed to codeshare on roughly 20 new transatlantic routes. Or, a bunch of those routes would be dropped with BA
adding capacity to DFW
, start LGW
, restart LGW
The former americanbritishairways.com (now some sight talkign about an all out merger) offered some really good(albeit biased) insight onto the issue. It was a website set up by both airlines to argue their case. Unfortuantely somebody else owns the domain now.
Give me a break, I created this username when I was a kid...