I personally like airline Alliances although I think I like them for the wrong reason. Since alliances like Star and OneWorld became "all the rage" it seems to me that there are a lot less direct flights and airlines now just fly to major hubs. For example there is no direct flight to Vienna from Toronto. Air Canada flies(sp?) you to London and you connect through Austrian to Vienna. I have no problem with this; I see more airports, fly different planes and sample different airlines. Now, for people for whom airlines and airplanes are just another mode of transportation are alliances really a benefit?
For airlines the benefit is simple, less flights, less cost same ticket price more profit. Although I sometimes wonder how Star Alliance works. It is HUGE, it has so many member airlines. How is it that service does not overlap and the member airlines don't end up stifling each other? Star at the beggining seemed great, 1 or 2 major airlines from each part of the world: Europe, Asia, North America. Now with the number of European airlines in Star how do they not overlap?
One thing I do not like about alliances is that it makes the airlines in it loose it's identity. You are no longer talking pride in flying your national airline because you are not, you are flying the alliance it belongs to. Eventually it seems there will be no more national airlines, we will have Alliance Air, OneWorld Air, Qualifier(sp?) Air and the rest.
What do you think?