Well I am going to upset some people but I am going to say BA
This is one time it may pay BA
to work together because they're ultimately both facing
the same kinds of risks here, being used as a pawn by the Nigerian government. Firstly,
Arik Air can get slots the exact same way Continental, Delta, Northwest and friends got slots at LHR
Buy them. But they're Fricking expensive! If ArikAir has no friends, well maybe they should have thought
about that before they were playing games with the likes of Delta who's skyteam partners would hold plenty.
I'm sure AF
/KL would hardly be interested in selling. Emirates had no trouble getting them. They are there.
It's just not cheap. It's like owning an expensive house on the Sydney harbor. Everybody would like to have it
but it's gonna take millions and millions to get somebody to agree to give that up. Or a Penthouse on the upper east side of Manhattan. They're hard to get, but you just have to "make somebody an offer they can't refuse'. Nigeria has oil money, surely somebody there can do some kind of deal?
Next i would say BA
, and VS
need to stand to stand together here. This is an unconvential tactic, but it might help Nigeria start this sort of crap, (and one of my best friends is a Nigerian Lawyer here and even she said, they're just trying to see if they can get it for free...egos are big in this part of the world), if BA
can't get a dipolmatic solution fast, they of their own accord Pull all of their flights. This would create a Huge Huge inconvenience for Nigerian business people. BA
should refuse interlining with Arik Air passengers as well. While Arik Air would probably respond by simply putting its prices up thanks to the increased demand, it would force a lot of wealthy Nigerians either to pay much much higher prices, or connect in Paris, Amsterdam etc. The Nigerian Elite will soon get the jack of that.
has done nothing wrong here. Those of you going on about 'you're acting like colonials'... where is your loyalty to a British company being Bullied and picked on because these guys want something for free? And let's not forget what they did to Branson. And I too come from a Colony before you attempt to paint me up as some kind of Imperialist.