While warning that EU governments will probably turn down a US proposal on ownership and control, Jean-Cyril Spinetta, CEO AF/KLM said also he could help CO secure slots at LHR. CO has been one of the biggest opponents of ownership rule changes.
He also said failure to secure an open-skies deal would be a "disaster", and would likely trigger action by the EU Commission to unwind existing deals between member states and the US. These were deemed "illegal" by the European Court of Justice in 2002, but would have been superceded with an EU wide open-skies deal. AF has already made an informal offer to DL for slots at LHR.(FT)
Hopefully the EU/US come to some sort of agreement. This is ludicrious!