Scorpio, jwenting, KL911,
I am neutral about jwenting's posting history on this forum, I have not stumbled across him before. Still I agree that his remarks are strong on polemic and weak on facts.
Still, I would like to bring up the "fate" of two airlines Air France has taken over: UTA and Air Inter. Now, both these names do not exist any longer, as they have been fully integrated into Air France, BUT - did AF
let them go bankrupt? Did AF
"murder" them? Of course not, UTA's African network was integrated into AF
's and today still exists as an important and very profitable piece in AF
's network. Air Inter was bought up by Air France (after code-sharing had existed for some time I believe), and then some time later the branding was changed into Air France. Still, many planes from the IT
fleet still fly with AF
, and of course rather than murdering IT
and its legacy AF
now serves these routes. As a matter of fact, since AF
there have been many new French domestic routes, providing better choice for travelers (the network is no longer as Paris-centered as it used to be). In sum: AF
integrated two airlines, but kept the legacy intact and adopted it to market conditions over time.
So, dear friends from the Netherlands, although you could
have used these two examples of airlines being bought up by AF
, you didn't. Either because you did not think of them - which makes me doubt how much you really know about AF
and its corporate history - or you deliberately chose not to mention them, as the only fact-based reasoning is the one I outlined above: AF
does integrate, but not "murder" other airlines. And mind you, the fact that the UT and IT
names have disappeared does not necessarily mean the KL
name will disappear. It is quite a different matter to change a name of another French company into "Air France" and to call a foreign airline "Air France". Even the French aren't that dumbly nationalistic.