b777a340fan
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US Airways/America West's Future In Star Alliance?

Fri Nov 18, 2005 2:45 pm

Hello fellow A.netters!    I was wondering....now that America West and US Airways is one big happy family, what is going to be their involvement with the Star Alliance? US Airways just recently joined the Alliance and it was admitted on the grounds that it would complement United's routes on the East coast. Now that America West is in the picture, there are a lot of overlapping routes, especially in the West....is it possible that US Airways will be kicked out of the Alliance? Besides, US Airways/America West is going for a LCC image, not really a good image for the other members of the Star Alliance, no?  

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RE: US Airways/America West's Future In Star Alliance?

Fri Nov 18, 2005 2:49 pm

Quoting B777A340Fan (Thread starter):
now that America West has proclaimed itself as US Airways' big daddy

I must have missed that proclamation. Do you have a link?
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RE: US Airways/America West's Future In Star Alliance?

Fri Nov 18, 2005 2:55 pm

Quoting B777A340Fan (Thread starter):
is it possible that US Airways will be kicked out of the Alliance? Besides, US Airways/America West is going for a LCC image, not really a good image for the other members of the Star Alliance, no?

I hope you have a fire extinguisher handy.
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RE: US Airways/America West's Future In Star Alliance?

Fri Nov 18, 2005 3:03 pm

Quite honestly I think that the "new" combined HP/US will stay with Star. I don't think that Star is so much concerned that the new carrier is being transformed into an LCC. Star is concerned about covering geographical areas - and quite honestly there is no airline in the North American market with any level of service orientation that is vastly improved over the new US. Economy service levels in the US all rate pretty much the same.
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RE: US Airways/America West's Future In Star Alliance?

Fri Nov 18, 2005 3:04 pm

Quoting B777A340Fan (Thread starter):
Besides, US Airways/America West is going for a LCC image, not really a good image for the other members of the Star Alliance, no?

Have you flown BMI lately? It's a full price airlines with a low cost service. I think that the alliances are well aware that their American component will have low cost domestic and regional service.
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RE: US Airways/America West's Future In Star Alliance?

Fri Nov 18, 2005 3:11 pm

Quoting HZ747300 (Reply 4):
Have you flown BMI lately? It's a full price airlines with a low cost service. I

I flew BMI two summers ago and I don't know how it is today, but I can tell you then that they didn't consider themselves an airline with low cost service. BMI always had this attitude of "arrogance" and I don't think they'd consider themselves an airline with low cost service, I think they pride themselves on the "good" service they provide.

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RE: US Airways/America West's Future In Star Alliance?

Fri Nov 18, 2005 10:32 pm

Yes, US will remain with Star. They may be transforming into an LCC, but they will still be full-service, including premium-class.
 
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RE: US Airways/America West's Future In Star Alliance?

Fri Nov 18, 2005 10:39 pm

the new company US Airways will stay with the Star Alliance. They will not leave Star Alliance. Remember when AC bought CP in 1999 they (AC) didn't leave Star Alliance they brought CP over to join the Star Alliance.
 
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RE: US Airways/America West's Future In Star Alliance?

Sat Nov 19, 2005 12:55 am

Quoting B777A340Fan (Reply 5):

I flew BMI two summers ago and I don't know how it is today, but I can tell you then that they didn't consider themselves an airline with low cost service. BMI always had this attitude of "arrogance" and I don't think they'd consider themselves an airline with low cost service, I think they pride themselves on the "good" service they provide.

Slightly OT I know, but BMI has gone rapidly downhill in the last 2 years. They've got one of the most confused strategies among any of the main European airlines at the moment, and seem really torn between positioning themselves as a LCC and trying desparately to hold onto whatever business customers they have left!
 
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RE: US Airways/America West's Future In Star Alliance?

Sat Nov 19, 2005 12:57 am

Quoting Star_world (Reply 8):

Slightly OT I know, but BMI has gone rapidly downhill in the last 2 years. They've got one of the most confused strategies among any of the main European airlines at the moment, and seem really torn between positioning themselves as a LCC and trying desparately to hold onto whatever business customers they have left!

I always thought of them as the TransAtlantic JetBlue. Or at least that is what they should become.
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RE: US Airways/America West's Future In Star Alliance?

Sat Nov 19, 2005 4:15 am

Quoting B777A340Fan (Thread starter):
....now that America West and US Airways is one big happy family,

I think you're speaking WAY premature...
 
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RE: US Airways/America West's Future In Star Alliance?

Sat Nov 19, 2005 4:17 am

Quoting B777A340Fan (Thread starter):
Besides, US Airways/America West is going for a LCC image, not really a good image for the other members of the Star Alliance, no?

Low Cost and Low Fare are two different things. One could say Aer Lingus is an LCC as well.
 
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RE: US Airways/America West's Future In Star Alliance?

Sat Nov 19, 2005 5:04 am

I think Star needs to keep two domestic carriers with both UA and US/HP. They still have to compete with Skyteam and its three domestic airlines in NW, DL, and CO.

I still think that they new US offers coverage on the east coast, south, and Caribbean through their CLT and PHL hubs where UA is the weakest.
 
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RE: US Airways/America West's Future In Star Alliance?

Sat Nov 19, 2005 5:14 am

They're forming a new alliance. "LCC Stars in the Sky Team."

US/HP
Allegiant
Hooters.

Coming Fall '06:
Southwest
Airtran
JetBlue
Mesa Hawaii

Codeshares on all flights, and since as an alliance one of their biggest meeting points is ABE currently, they're all going to begin hubbing here. JetBlue will start serving ABE in a few weeks, and Airtran and Southwest are both leaving congested PHL to come here.

Both A380's, and 748's will be painted up in their new team paintscheme, and delivered to Southwest. Southwest will take delivery of a few CRJ's in the scheme as well when they join, operated by AWAC, who'll be running the BAe146's from ABE to ASE under the title of JetBlue. Southwest's 733's will be made ETOPS to go DAL-HNL to connect to Mesa Hawaii.

I think that has covered every single A.net rumor regarding the respective airlines in the past 3 months. Have a nice day.   

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RE: US Airways/America West's Future In Star Alliance?

Sat Nov 19, 2005 5:20 am

Those ETOPS 733s would need aerial refueling from Canyon Blue WN KC-10 Extenders :p
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RE: US Airways/America West's Future In Star Alliance?

Sat Nov 19, 2005 5:26 am

Quoting FCYTravis (Reply 14):
Those ETOPS 733s would need aerial refueling from Canyon Blue WN KC-10 Extenders :p

They're going to refuel at WN's new terminal at BFI.
 
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RE: US Airways/America West's Future In Star Alliance?

Sat Nov 19, 2005 6:10 am

Quoting Ordflier (Reply 3):
Quite honestly I think that the "new" combined HP/US will stay with Star. I

So does Doug Parker.
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RE: US Airways/America West's Future In Star Alliance?

Sat Nov 19, 2005 6:57 am

Quote:
Now that America West is in the picture, there are a lot of overlapping routes, especially in the West....

As with all airlines, there exists competition on routes, but only occasionally are these routes non-stops. For example, UA is not a huge player in the SAN-PHX market, where HP (now US) is, and although HP would be delighted to fly you SAN-DEN, UA does it with a non-stop.

What I think it will come down to is that UA and HP/US are different enough that they will compliment each other, not necessarily compete against each other. The only hubs that are close will be PHL and IAD, as SFO, DEN, & ORD do not really overlap those of PHX, LAS, and CLT.

Besides, as pointed out, CO, NW, and DL codeshare - why not UA and US?

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RE: US Airways/America West's Future In Star Alliance?

Sat Nov 19, 2005 10:33 am

Hey Everyone,

I was just interested in what the role the alliance has on individual airlines financially.....For Example: would UA really suffer noticebly if USAirways pulls out of the alliance given their precense in the NorthEast? How does one airline benefit from anothers in their same alliance? Thanks to anybody who can help.....
 
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RE: US Airways/America West's Future In Star Allia

Sat Nov 19, 2005 11:16 am

Quoting Swank300 (Reply 18):
I was just interested in what the role the alliance has on individual airlines financially...

Joining an alliance boosts revenue. A big multi-airline network stimulates customer demand. It also provides a flow of people connecting in from other airlines, say Lufthansa people coming from Germany to obscure American cities. An alliance is necessary to connect 2 small or mid-size cities on different continents.

In UA's case, they do gain something from US codeshare, especially in the Southeast, Northeast and the Caribbean islands. UA can pull in passengers from those regions with US's help. Or it can send its longtime passengers to US hubs to ultimately reach those regions UA does not serve well. By flying its passengers part way, UA makes some money by pure benefit of the alliance. This adds tens or hundreds of millions to UA's revenue.

On the other hand, UA may lose some passengers to the alliance where US is cheaper or faster or both. But that's hardly a loss since customers often would choose the cheaper alternative anyway.
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RE: US Airways/America West's Future In Star Alliance?

Sat Nov 19, 2005 12:05 pm

Quoting Ca2ohHP (Reply 10):
Quoting B777A340Fan (Thread starter):
....now that America West and US Airways is one big happy family,

I think you're speaking WAY premature...

I was being sarcastic, sigh  Yeah sure

Quoting Tornado82 (Reply 13):
They're forming a new alliance. "LCC Stars in the Sky Team."

US/HP
Allegiant
Hooters.


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