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Thai Now In Talks With DL & AF, Leaving Star

Mon May 22, 2000 12:03 pm

Air France is trying to persuade Thai Airways International to join its alliance with Delta Air Lines, saying Thailand would be the alliance's only hub in Southeast Asia, the Bangkok Post said on Monday.

The daily quoted an unidentified source at Thai Air as saying the Thai national carrier was keeping its options open.

Thai Air has been threatening to leave the Star Alliance since its rival, Singapore Airlines joined last month.

"Thai (needs to be in an alliance, and considers Star the one with the largest global coverage," the source was quoted as saying. "A solution to the problem of revenue losses due to SIA joining the alliance would be a decisive factor."

Star's biggest competitor is the OneWorld group, led by British Airways and Qantas Airways.

The Air France-Delta Air pact was a "small group starting up," the source said.
 
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RE: Thai Now In Talks With DL & AF, Leaving Star

Mon May 22, 2000 4:02 pm

Thai has said that it would not be leaving Star.


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RE: Thai Now In Talks With DL & AF, Leaving Star

Tue May 23, 2000 5:00 am

Wasn't DL/AF courting MAS for a southeast asian carrier?
 
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RE: Thai Now In Talks With DL & AF, Leaving Star

Tue May 23, 2000 4:56 pm

Dear Trvlr:
For your information, Air France didn't have any partnership with MAS, even a codeshare, and Air france also didn't have any service to Kuala Lumpur. All it's flight to SEA was mainly through BKK or SIN. Somethings happends to Delta. MAS have close relationship with KLM, Alitalia, Swissair, Virgin and Northwest. MAS was always being speculated becoming the Wings alliance member but with the collapse between KLM and Alitalia, no body know what's going to happend.
 
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RE: Thai Now In Talks With DL & AF, Leaving Star

Tue May 23, 2000 8:24 pm

It has been reported again this morning that Air France & Delta will be bidding for Thai when the govenment releases shares. AF/DL have promised to make Thai the sole Southern Asia hub. This is interesting, as Star is very aggressive when it comes to supporting its' members (as witnessed during the Air Canada/Canadian fiasco). But it is ultimately up to the Thai government. I would have to believe they would want whichever alliance ponies up the most cash up-front and promises to deliver the most passengers through their hub in the long-term.

This could get ugly as both alliances have cash to spend and AF/DL are desperate for a solid player in Southeast Asia.
 
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RE: Thai Now In Talks With DL & AF, Leaving Star

Wed May 24, 2000 3:04 am

Supposing DL/AF somehow link up with Thai, where does that leave Korean? Or are they not considered "southern asia" ? If DL/AF promise to make Thai their "sole Southern Asia hub" what happens to Delta going into Seoul with a hub, as has been discussed previously in another topic?
 
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RE: Thai Now In Talks With DL & AF, Leaving Star

Wed May 24, 2000 3:35 am

Soeul and Bangkok are a far distance apart. Korean and Thai mostly serve different markets. There would be very little overlap in the combination of these two route systems into the DL/AF alliance.

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