Do you work for BA?
You're incredibly negative in regard to VS.
I'm not negative about VS at all; just their founder. I've flown them many times, l Iike their staff and their product and look forward to every flight with them. Being a successful British entrepreneur, I should like Sir Beardy; but I can't ignore his hypocrisy. He constantly moans about BA's 'dominance' at LHR; (even though they have never held more than 58% of the slots at their home hub); but he was quite prepared to seek complete domination of the London-Scotalnd rail market, and block out any competition in doing it. Complete hypocrisy.
You could make the argument that they weren't in a position to make do with gaining extra slots earlier in their history.
You could, but that would be complete BS. VS could have had BD from his buddy Sir John Bishop for a lot less than the cost of a brand new A330. They were completely in position for a deal with SJB but he got greedy and thought he could get BD for free, and then thought he could turn LH over and get BD for a song, and BA called their bluff and won. IMO, VS doesn't 'deserve' anything, but might perfectly reasonably request they are allowed the same % share that they have now.
More slots = more planes which come at a cost.
They do; but that should not be a barrier, as BA have proved. BA have quietly and successfully transformed short-haul slots into long-haul, and we've seen what they've done with them with lots of new launches and re-launches. I know many LHR staff are quietly delighted with what BA have done with the expanded BD portfolio. The numbers I've seen on LHR-Austin are phenomenal. Imagine what the VS network would look like if they had successfully taken over BD; but they f****d it up.
Fair play for them wanting to give it a go now they can.
No; it isn't 'fairplay'; its very unfair, and they should be widely called-out for it, and not given/offered the slots they 'demand'. Its all about DL and what they want now, and folks should wise-up to it IMO. If you want 'FairPlay', give BA/IAG as a minimum their current % share; work out the average %share that DL has at ATL/ AF @ CDG and KL has @ AMS, and give/sell BA the difference. IMO, BA have done a great job at LHR in the face of some the toughest and widest competition anywhere in aviation; and they should be allowed all the expansion opportunities possible; especially moreso than VS.
Comparisons to Atlanta and American based airlines as a whole are unfair as it's a totally different market.
No; they are perfectly reasonable comparisons to make. I ask again, what would DL's reaction be if BA set up a new 49%-owned business at any future expanded ATL and 'demanded' 150 slots? They'd be laughed at all the way back to Madrid..........