After reading about RG's stop of the MUC-GRU route I decided to express some thoughts about Star Alliance.
I think there are few dominating carriers within Star, such as LH, UA, SQ and SK, that rule the alliance's policy, while others, smaller carriers like Varig, Thai and Mexicana don't have any influence and are treated bad.
Instead of cooperation the airlines act against each other, and the large carriers often try to reduce competition within the alliance. They fear to lose business to other members.
A new example is Varig's stop of the GRU-MUC route. Background: LH had never thought about starting MUC-GRU on its own(too risky for our passive LH), but they ordered Varig to do that. Varig started and was sson successful, very successful and even upgraded to the MD-11.
LH's reaction? "Oh, RG does well, so let's start it on our own, let's throw three own flights on the market (knowing that six flights a week are too many) and wait until RG gives up. Then we have our monopoly on the route and get cash cash cash!!"
Quite simple. Let the fools do the dirt and then gain the success.
Other examples? Varig is for example trated bad by UA on the routes between the US and South America. UA has often refused to accept RG passengers and treated them bad. There have also been reports about UA employees asking: Who is Varig? Should we know them?
If you don't believe it, read Airrways Mag May or June this year, there's an interesting article about Varig that shows that in detail, And we all know that Airways Mag is a very serious magazine!
The same about Thai. After SQ entered Star, many code-sharing routes were switched to SIA, Thai lost significant business. Now with SIA in Star, the big players like UA and LH don't need em any longer and treat them bad until they decide to leave the alliance. I'm sure, Thai will leave, sooner or later! I hope so because they are a good airline and should be treated appropriately.
I remember several reports about other Star members (apart from LH) that have never accepted Thai and long time refused to cooperate effectively.
Within Star, it seems the dominant carriers rule and just want to get, but never give anything to the smaller members. Competition from the smaller members is something which the dominant carriers are afraid of...
And though SIA is a leading member, LH fears competition. Remember MUC-SIN?
SIA has always stated that they want to fly the route. Then they wanted to start and suddenly LH cried out: Well, we will fly that route! (but without SIA's interest they would never have started on their own...).
Even worse for both LH and UA: SIA wanted to fly from MUC to ORD. Both big players were shocked and already saw their passengers flee to SIA in their imagination. They blocked it. Well done!
The same for FRA-JFK. LH really would like to see SIA switch to SIN-LHR-JFK to get rid of competition. They know why, SIA's JFK service offers any amenities available, compared to poor LH service, the reason why SIA is successful with the route.
What happened to ANZ's FRA-LAX service? LH took it over, yes, "to increase efficiency within Star", but inofficially they were pissed by ANZ's quite popular service...and I really cannot remember ANZ having poor load factors to FRA...
Any more examples? I'd like to see them all!
I'm just pissed by LH and others and I for myself just don't fly them any longer, no matter if I have to change planes four or five times. Other carriers just offer more for my money and don't kill any competition. Why? Because they don't fear competition!
Fly the alternative!
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