Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Left Out.....

The last few months and certainly weeks have seen mega activities by the Global Airlines of the Gulf.
It seems the critics and adversaries of yesterday are the partners of today. A fact all airlines should heed.

It is official and in spite of Mr. Al Baker's earlier denials, Qatar Airways is joining Oneworld. Qatar Airways is a massive addition to the Oneworld network, considering that the airline has massive aircraft orders which usually translate into additional destinations.

Etihad has just signed with Air France - KLM a code share agreement. Airberlin also signed a similar  code share arrangement. There is also discussions about joint procurement and closer cooperation. 
Etihad seems to be working equally comfortably with both Oneworld and SKYTEAM alliances.

Emirates and Qantas, a Oneworld member, signed a code share agreement that has Qantas shifting its Singapore base to Dubai and terminating a long term agreement with BA its Oneworld partner.

Currently Qatar Airways has several code share agreements with Star Alliance airlines (Lufthansa, United and ANA among others), but nothing on the scale seen above (equity stakes, alliance joining and long term agreements).

Is Star Alliance (the largest of the three in terms of member airlines) being left out by design or just a coincidence? Only time will tell...

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