Well, back in 2002 when the company was created, there was a lot of money injected info LX
. This money was granted by the "Conseil Fédéral", and comes from the people (almost every "canton" paid a part of it). This money comes from somewhere, and this usually is our pockets. Somehow, the conseil fédéral can pretend it's the national airlines, let's rather say the Swiss people's airline.
The acquisition by LH
is the best thing that ever happened to LX
. Their way of thinking was completely mad, thinking they would be able to survive in such a higly competitive market such as Europe, as a stand-alone airline, surrounded by AF
, and so on. They were loosing loads of money (ours, still!) and I'm quite confident that LX
would not be making the money they're finally making if it hadn't entered Star Alliance. Today, the keyword to success is "strategic alliance", and it LX
so long to finally figure out that they almost started a new great eipsode of airline bankrupcy.
You know, one day you'll be really happy to have that AVS, and I think most people in Switzerland are under-estimating the problem of AVS, but that's a completely different debate, and I don't know why you're getting this on the table...
What for? Maintain an unnecessary airline (I'm exagerating, but considering all other airlines around us) that costs too much and that's sponsored by us? Subsidies means you my friend. Subsidies also means that whoever's subsidised doesn't really care about how much they spend, and what for. Ok, they helped them launch the airlines, now let them fly with their own wings. Being part of Star Alliance does them a lot of good. They're expanding their fleet, they're making money, they have nice service aboard, and they're actually even good at it! Not being subsidises pushes to competition, price dropping, and better service. That's what it's all about today.
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aviation shouldn't be different in this field than other means of transport.
Of course it should. The SBB/CFF is subsidised because we definitely need trains in Switzerland, because the SNCF or the DB
will never come here and build our train insrastructure. Furthermore, the trains actually are no harm for the environment. Flying GVA
is. This is part of another thing, which is ethics, and I don't think it's the point of the discussion. The difference is that foreign planes can come into Airports in ZRH
, whereas foreign trains can't come into Zürich HB
. No one want to pay for the costs of it, but it's something we can not live without. Planes is, because other ones will still fly their planes here.
To me, this is all good. LX
are living happily together, they're making profit, we still have our airlines and our brand, and we have a good flagship around the world. Let Swiss fly with its own wings. They all have to... one day or another!
It's not about AIRBUS. it's not about BOEING. It's all about the beauty of FLYING.