AS "talking to AA alliance folks"

 
Old Mar 11, 14, 5:09 pm
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AS "talking to AA alliance folks"

From http://www.thestreet.com/story/12265...ta-threat.html

"We're getting to know the new American management team," [Andrew] Harrison, [Alaska's vice president of planning and revenue management] said during the [earnings] call [on Thursday]. "I have met with their alliances folks, and we have started discussions about how we might work with the new American. It's very exciting and we look forward to future things."
AS in playing DL against AA.
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Old Mar 11, 14, 6:58 pm
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That's not my interpretation. Talking to AA about increased cooperation does not imply that AS is "playing" any airline against AA. Sounds like AS needs and wants AA's help.
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Old Mar 11, 14, 7:26 pm
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Given DL's recent (and ongoing) service expansion from SEA, I'd say AS is viewing them much more as a competitor than a partner. Just this week, DL removed codeshares from their schedule for 9 routes out of SEA.
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Old Mar 11, 14, 7:29 pm
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This is quite good, seeing the enormous hole AAUS has in the northwestern portion of the country.
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Something similar to this was posted at least a month ago in the AS forum.

I also don't see it as AS playing DL against AA.

DL is making a hard push for SEA-based flyers now.
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Old Mar 11, 14, 7:53 pm
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Isn't that quote rather old?
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Old Mar 11, 14, 8:43 pm
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AS will do anything that benefits AS without regard to loyalty. This includes alliances, passengers, and employees.
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Old Mar 11, 14, 9:20 pm
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Originally Posted by PainCorp View Post
Isn't that quote rather old?
Yep, apologies. It was linked from something posted today but failed to notice that the original article was from June.

In any case, I just saw that DL yesterday cancelled DL*/AS codeshares in 9 markets so as Austinrunner suggests they don't have the power to play one airline against the other as I initially thought, but are probably scrambling to fill a revenue hole.
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Old Mar 11, 14, 10:12 pm
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Is there really anything special AS could bring to an alliance?
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Global or with AA-only?
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Originally Posted by UA Fan View Post
Is there really anything special AS could bring to an alliance?
I'm guessing Alaska. =P
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Old Mar 11, 14, 11:30 pm
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Is there really anything special AS could bring to an alliance?
AS is big on the west coast and Mexico, as well as Alaska. I don't know if this talk is about AS joing OW, or just strengthening their relationship with AA. Whatever that may mean since they are already pretty close, except for the lack of recipricol upgrades.
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