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Sabena And Austrian Withdraw From ATL

Thu Mar 30, 2000 4:00 am

Both airlines are ending service from Atlanta as a result of Delta's withdrawal from the "Atlantic Excellence" group.
Austrian is moving its flight to Chicago O'Hare while Sabena will move to Dallas Ft Worth ending Hartsfield service on 05Aug00 and inaugurating Dallas on 06Aug00.
Swissair will continue its daily Zurich-Atlanta service.

My question is: Does swissair still have market to atlanta while sabena and austrian dont? ATL is only a hub for DL so- no connections- and atlanta isnt a that big city.


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Thu Mar 30, 2000 4:06 am

Atlanta, not that big?? Atlanta is one of the fastest growing cities in the world. Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, etc. all have their headquarters there. Its really no big loss that Austrian and Sabena are leaving mostly because it was expected, I know I won't miss the A-340s. Swissair still has a large market in the south, but its getting smaller with Air France and Delta both stabbing at them.
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RE: Sabena And Austrian Withdraw From ATL

Thu Mar 30, 2000 4:45 am

These decisions all make sense for those airlines, given the alliances they've hooked up with. United, a Star Alliance partner with Austrian, has a huge hub at Chicago. The Austrian flight is a great fit to feed the United domestic network and gives North American flyers another destination in Europe with a great network to eastern Europe. Same rationale, different destinations for Sabena/Swiss Air merger/whatever and their Oneworld partner, American Airlines and it's Dallas hub. I wonder how long that one Swiss Air flight to Atlanta will last without a route network to feed it? I bet it moves to Orlando.
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RE: Sabena And Austrian Withdraw From ATL

Thu Mar 30, 2000 10:11 am

This move surprises me. Sabena flew into ATL for many years before the DL alliance. Why drop the route now?
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RE: Sabena And Austrian Withdraw From ATL

Thu Mar 30, 2000 10:41 am

Ok guys listen.
There is no formal announcement yet that Sabena will drop Atlanta from its North American destinations, I don't think that's gonna happen because Atlanta has always been an important destination for Sabena since 1978 way before it had an alliance with Delta. But it has been formally announced that Sabena will start a direct flight BRU-DFW (the only airline who has ever done it is American back in 1993) this summer, which makes sense because they are have code share agreements with Dallas based American. I'm certain that if I fly Sabena from BRU to DFW I'll get miles on American, I see no reason why there would not be a codeshare with AA on this flight. There are rumours that Sabena will also expand its codeshare agreements with American on the BRU-JFK flight.
There was recently an article about this on "Le Soir", a Belgian daily newspaper.
On Sabena's North American sector, American replaces Delta.

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Thu Mar 30, 2000 12:41 pm

i would think that sabena would drop hartsfield service because they are now with AA and with DL and AF stabbing at them, i can see why they would drop out of Atlanta
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RE: Sabena And Austrian Withdraw From ATL

Sun Apr 02, 2000 12:27 am

Well, I've received the new Sabena summer timetable and I can confirm Atlanta will be removed by August 2000. Everyone knows the reasons...

But I don't understand because Atlanta is a major U.S city and I think It would have been SN's interest to keep that destination. But nowdays the Alliances are the rulers...

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RE: Sabena And Austrian Withdraw From ATL

Sun Apr 02, 2000 12:38 am

Hello Sabena,

this is TCA256...nice to see you back online !! well,I'm
sorry for our appointment last week but there was a
major deal to manage first...'tell you later about it !!!
Anyway, feel free to to phone whenever you want,
I won't 'cause I've lost your number at home...  

TCA256..."forever blue sky"

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