I think that B6
could bring a lot to the table for oneworld, but what could oneworld bring to the table for B6
? Not nearly as much as Star. The scope of their current agreement with AA
is extremely limited, and I can't see that cooperation growing much due to some restrictions on domestic cooperation in the AA
There aren't many heavy hitters that oneworld brings to the table for B6
. If B6
joined oneworld, consider the VS
interline agreement toast.
Star brings them (internationally): AC
, and rumored VS
. One could argue over whether some of these carriers are "heavy hitters," but the fact is that Star would bring B6
so much more international feed. Star would bring a whole lot more to the table for B6
, but I'm not sure how much B6
brings to Star. Also something tells me UA
and US would have a thing or two to say about B6
poaching their feed from the other Star carriers. Not to mention all the joining requirements that would be a massive departure from their core business model (i.e. adding tiers to TrueBlue, a first class cabin, interfacing with WorldTracer, etc.) It'd also cost them boatloads of money.
In short, neither option seems particularly appealing if I were B6
, so I think that what they're doing now picking and choosing their partner airlines seems like the best option. Oneworld doesn't bring a whole lot to the table, and the obstacles to joining Star are too costly and a major deviation from their core business model.
[Edited 2011-09-21 15:03:34]