konrad
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AUA And Swiss, Possible Synergy?

Tue Oct 03, 2006 7:01 pm

Last week discussion on AUA leaving Star for SkyTeam has drawn a lot of interesting opinions. I had another thought on OS which goes in a different direction.

We all know that Swiss has removed all ERJ-145 and Saabs from the fleet, their smallest aircraft being now Avro RJ85 and RJ100. Austrian on the other hand is heavy on F70, CRJs and Dash props, Q400 and 300. Both airlines have sizable short-, medium-haul operations of 32S series, the long-haul seems to be stronger at LX (more high yield passengers ?).

Hypotetically, don't you see a potential synergy there ? Say OS gives up the low-performing long-haul flights keeping a few high-yield routes (Japan ? IAD ?) and redirects its passengers via Zurich. In return LX sends its East Europe, Russia, Balkan countries bound passengers via VIE taking advantage of the nice OS network there. An additional point might be to employ Austrian Arrows aircraft on Swiss short-haul network, wherever Avros are too big.

Now I realize this all sounds like a remake of the initial Qualiflyer now within Star. The point is, Swiss can do it with LH/MUC so why bother with Austrian ?
 
ME AVN FAN
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RE: AUA And Swiss, Possible Synergy?

Wed Oct 04, 2006 3:08 am

Quoting Konrad (Thread starter):
Say OS gives up the low-performing long-haul flights keeping a few high-yield routes (Japan ? IAD ?) and redirects its passengers via Zurich. In return LX sends its East Europe, Russia, Balkan countries bound passengers via VIE taking advantage of the nice OS network there.

Rubbish. As the passengers will NOT be with you. They will change to the competition.
 
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RE: AUA And Swiss, Possible Synergy?

Wed Oct 04, 2006 3:21 am

For quite some time, OS operated its VIE-IAD flights in cooperation with the then Swissair, first as VIE-GVA-IAD and later as VIE-ZRH-IAD. Later, the cooperation between the two airlines became even closer as part of the Qualiflyer Group. But after AUA refused to join the Airline Management Partnership (AMP) set up by Swissair and Sabena and consequently left the Qualiflyer Group because of the perceived excessive dominance of Swissair, the relationship between the two airlines has never been the same.

As it goes, the two airlines find themselves again partners, in a completely different scenario right now, with both of them being overpowered by Lufthansa. As such, if any passengers will need to be fed into any longhaul network, it is likely to be into the LH network via FRA and MUC.

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