|Quoting Hardiwv (Reply 5):|
Correct. I dont think TK would cooperate closely with TP if it were not having in mind a possible agreement with Star. As said above, TK fits on Star profitle.
I would not read much into THY's cooperation with TAP as meaning anything close to joining Star. TK
has several code share and block space agreements that span various airline groupings.
An alliance membership for THY is likely down the road in a few years. TK
will make its alliance choice based on which alliance will make the best use of the carriers strategic Istanbul location and also provide the greatest financial benefit to the carriers bottom line.
As of current thinking, Star is the lowest choice for several reasons. One happens to be as Germany is Turkeys largest single European market any alliance with Lufthansa would be difficult from a regulatory sense as the two carriers would control over 90% of the scheduled service market between the two countries. Another strong reason against Star according to THY's thinking is the alliance would not provide nor make Istanbul as a premier hub airport. Star has quite a dense network of large Central European hubs (FRA
potentialy in the future) and thus would be unlikely shift much traffic to connect over Istanbul.
On the otherhand, both Oneworld and particularly Skyteam have indicated they would make Istanbul a significant regional hub. Both Delta and Air France have made some preliminary ovatures and studies regarding THY membership.