With the open-skies agreement between the USA and India, what is everyone's thoughts about Air India more aggressively pursuing membership in a global alliance? Or would it be a mistake considering AI currently codeshares with many airlines in different alliances? AI would be wise to look for a US domestic codeshare partner if they do not join an alliance. With service to Chicago, and likely service to San Fransisco and Washington-Dulles in the near future, United would be a logical partner. But other domestic US options would include Continetntal who has a hub Newark or even Delta who serves India and has mid sized gateway at New York-JFK. However, the bulk of secondary cities that Air India should offer customers via a code share in the USA are not offered by Delta via JFK, only via their hubs in Atlanta and Cincinnati. American with nicely located hubs in Chicago, Dallas and Miami as well as large operations in Los Angeles and New York is another possible option.
Considering AI currently codeshares with AF and LH, could they link up with multiple US partner in competing alliances, for example United via Chicago but Continental via Newark?