May I point to the fact that the losses at SN are almost fully to be blaimed on SR!
SR wants to buy the remaining 50.1% of SN shares as cheep as possible, so SR is trying to give the impression to the Belgian government that SN is virtually bankrupt.
In order to do that they are draining all interesting passengers away into their network asap.
Some SR tricks to push SN into the red:
Sabena in feeding thousands of pax in the SR network every day. All flights to Asia for instance are flown by Swissair (except Tokyo), but carry a hole bunch of SN-pax.
No surprise that the SR netwok is doing pritty good...
SR says this is a normal thing to do in an alliance, since only a shared flight is lucrative and a transfer to Asia via Zurich is geografically more logical.
I can agree with this, but then why are there no Swiss travelling to North America via Brussels?
For instance, LAX (and many others) are all via Zurich i.s.o. Brussels; where's the geografical logic?
There isn't any!
The only logical thing in all this is the constant drain from SN to SR.
I can say this not only on behalf of myself:
We at Sabena have had about enough from those Swiss with their annual refom plans and their nice words on our alliance. They don't see it as an alliance at all, they see us as a simple feeder airline for their intercontinental network. Only Africa hasn't been taken away yet, probably because they fear they would get lost out there in the jungle
I don't know if Zurich still knows this, but the reality on the SN-SR alliance however is that SR is fully dependent on SN since Switserland is not part of the EU. They stepped into SN exactly to avoid being completely marginalised in their Swiss enclave, fully encircled by the EU. It is time they treat us and SN with the respect we deserve...
We are not the unprofitable part of the alliance, we are the legal core of that alliance! I thank you.