wolfpacker
Posts: 343
Joined: Tue Jun 29, 1999 2:35 am

European Consolidation?

Sat Feb 03, 2001 4:41 am

As consolidation continues in the US, how many airlines based in Europe can be supported today and in the future? What kind of consolidation do you think there will be?

Here are the current european airlines.
AF
SN
LH
BA
ES
KL
SR
AZ
SK
VS
TP
Finnair
IcelandAir

Who have I missed?

Regards
 
watewate
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RE: European Consolidation?

Sat Feb 03, 2001 4:58 am

We've seen smaller carriers merge in Europe, but there's way too much politics and national pride to see a major European carrier to merge with another one anytime soon.
 
johnnybgoode
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RE: European Consolidation?

Sat Feb 03, 2001 9:12 pm

exactly.
we´ve gotta keep in mind that europen consists of so many countries whereas the United States is just one country.
i could imagine consolidation between airlines of one and the same country like the merger between iberia and air europa which was called off at the very last second. but i don´t see any major transborder transactions in the near future. just MHO.

rgds
daniel
If only pure sweetness was offered, why's this bitter taste left in my mouth.
 
wolfpacker
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RE: European Consolidation?

Sun Feb 04, 2001 5:20 am

I can understand the national pride for your own airline. I just think it is a waste of money and resources to have so many airlines.

Then again I could be missing something.
 
johnnybgoode
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RE: European Consolidation?

Sun Feb 04, 2001 9:16 pm

it´s not about something like national pride what i´m talking about, i can assure you.
i´m sick of all this national pride, birthplace-patriotism thing.  Wink/being sarcastic
why is it that it´s such a waste of money and resources?
many airlines with smaller fleets or a few airlines with the combined fleets? of course, there are certainly some duplicated routes and so a few airplanes could be laid off. but there are so many different countries and cultures and the airlines fly their home culture around the world, they bring the country to other countries, it´s somekind of a worldwide representative. i´m sure that the flag carriers will remain but the smaller carriers will somehow experience consolidation.
don´t forget that at the moment consolidation takes place mainly in the usa which is just one country with 5+ major airlines. and all the european countries only have one major carrier.

rgds
daniel
If only pure sweetness was offered, why's this bitter taste left in my mouth.

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