|Quoting Timboflier215 (Reply 6):|
There is no love lost between them, especially with impending open skies and the 2 airlines being on opposite sides of the fence on that issue.
If they're seen as the enemy, I suppose BMI
haven't heard those things about "it's important to keep friends closer..." or "if you can't beat'em..."
can't fly from Heatrow to the USA and if they could as of tomorrow they don't have the equipment. They however have a decent operation out of MAN
with two 330 based there.
Fact: Virgin Atlantic, however, can fly from Heathrow to some US destinations but have to mantain another base in LGW
to fly to other US destinations. They also fly some routes from MAN
but without a base there I imagine (flying to MAN
via destination LON-XXX-MAN
They have FFP agreements, codeshare aggrements.... It's not they have to join Star alliance because of that (and the SQ
ownership) but HELLOOO!!! Extensive cooperation à-la NW
-KLM would be rather sensible. Am I the only one seeing the symbiosis? Virgin focused on LON longhaul, BMI
focused on MAN
longhaul and LHR
mediumhaul (now with Bmed)
Even if they think it won't work out... How many people would have thought that the AF
-QF relationship could be so successful for both of them?
|Quoting Philb (Reply 7):|
I'm not sure if they feel they need to join an alliance
Me neither. And when you take into consideration the size of Star... wow. I sometimes wonder how many people have used an Aer Lingus' Gold Circle card to enter the MEL
lounge or the Spanair's Gold card to use the lounge at ICN
Maybe it's more "profitable" for Virgin to have agreements on a one-to-one basis.