A senior member of United Airlines has said he “love to have” Virgin Atlantic join the Star Alliance amid speculation that the unaligned UK carrier was looking to join the group.
Obviously VS in Star would be very competitive with BA and Oneworld. VS can get in on the AC/UA/LH Trans-Atlantic joint venture.
With regards to the 787:
United will “look very closely” at emerging cities in the BRIC nations when it comes to new destinations for its new B787 Dreamliners, a senior member of United has stated.
Schumacher would not be drawn on where the aircraft would be deployed but said it would lead to a host of new destinations in the United network.
Previously, before the merger, CO management had mentioned Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai as possible new 787 destinations. As for other "BRIC" destinations I would speculate GIG (via EWR), DME (via IAD, IAH, ORD or EWR), HKG (via LAX) and CAN (via SFO).