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Who would be the next Skyteam member?

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Old Nov 29, 18, 9:10 am
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Jet is having financial troubles and most likely won't join.
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Old Nov 30, 18, 2:27 am
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Jet is having financial troubles and most likely won't join.
CMIIW, but Alitalia circa re-joining the alliance in 2009 also having financial troubles... just sayin'
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Old Nov 30, 18, 9:02 pm
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Sichuan would be a great addition for Skyteam as they need a stronger presence in Southwest China like Chengdu or Chongqing now that CZ is leaving. Virgin Australia would be wonderful even if just a connecting partner as this is by far the weakest link in Skyteam with no domestic options. A recent article I read even said is the forgotten Airline alliance in Australia and NZ as most people only know Oneworld and Star alliance. India is still a developing market so I am sure alliances will want to get a partner within the next 10 years or so.
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Old Dec 4, 18, 8:15 pm
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Well, as for India, so far only Star Alliance already snatched a member, which is Air India. Jet Airways could be the next future member as eight of their codeshare partners are SkyTeam members and Delta is their codeshare partner for the US flights, so it's a "deal-sealer". Just sayin'

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Old Dec 5, 18, 2:43 am
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Originally Posted by tris06 View Post
Sichuan would be a great addition for Skyteam as they need a stronger presence in Southwest China like Chengdu or Chongqing now that CZ is leaving. Virgin Australia would be wonderful even if just a connecting partner as this is by far the weakest link in Skyteam with no domestic options. A recent article I read even said is the forgotten Airline alliance in Australia and NZ as most people only know Oneworld and Star alliance. India is still a developing market so I am sure alliances will want to get a partner within the next 10 years or so.
Virgin Australia has two large shareholders, Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines. Do you see them allowing ST membership?
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Old Dec 5, 18, 8:29 pm
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Correction: By October 2016, Air New Zealand was no longer a Virgin Australia shareholder. Singapore Airlines hold the stake alongside Virgin Group, Etihad Aviation Group, Nanshan Group (who owned Qingdao Airlines) and HNA (who owned Hainan Airlines).

Virgin Australia has a JV with Delta, codeshares with Alitalia and Virgin Atlantic, which 49% is owned by Delta. Not to mention Richard Branson still has a stake in Virgin Australia so, despite (half-hearted) opposition from SQ, Richard will persuade Virgin Australia to enter SkyTeam as (according to Richard) Delta is Virgin Atlantic's savior.

For someone that suggested Hainan Airlines, as much as I wanted them to join alongside my suggestion Sichuan Airlines, I'm not sure if China Eastern wanted another huge airline in SkyTeam's arsenal. They prefer Sichuan Airlines which is the same size as Xiamen Airlines. But who knows if Hainan can complement China Eastern. If things go well, they can bring HK Airlines, too.

By the time AFKLM Group enters Virgin Atlantic ownership alongside Delta and Virgin Group, maybe 2019 could be the perfect time for SkyTeam to recruit Virgin Atlantic? Royal Air Maroc recently got recruited by Oneworld. I also would love to see Etihad enters SkyTeam despite AA codeshare for Etihad Guest in the future. And Air Serbia, too.
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Old Jan 30, 19, 10:43 pm
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Originally Posted by T.A.Music View Post
CMIIW, but Alitalia circa re-joining the alliance in 2009 also having financial troubles... just sayin'
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Jet is having financial troubles and most likely won't join.
Yes, that is correct. They won't be joining SkyTeam for a quite some time. They having a financial troubles. They losing the money. Hopefully they will resolved it. They will get better soon.
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Old Feb 21, 19, 11:48 pm
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Air France-KLM can sell back Virgin Atlantic shares over Brexit

20 FEBRUARY, 2019 SOURCE: FLIGHT DASHBOARD BY: OLIVER CLARK PARIS

Air France-KLM has the right to sell the 31% stake it has acquired in Virgin Atlantic back to Virgin Group in the event that a hard Brexit inhibits the UK airline's ability to operate.

Speaking to FlightGlobal at a press briefing in Paris today, Air France-KLM finance chief Frederic Gagey said that there was a clause in the agreement under which it bought the Virgin Atlantic stake that stipulates that it can under certain conditions insist that Virgin Group takes the stake back.

"Suppose that one day we need absolutely Virgin Atlantic being UK – UK capital, UK equity, UK voting rights... due to a new regulation. There is the possibility to look at all the solutions. And if ultimately there is no solution there is a commitment by Virgin Group to buy back the shares," says Gagey.

Earlier this month, Air France-KLM received regulatory clearance from the European Commission to obtain the Virgin Atlantic stake. The group is purchasing the stake from Richard Branson's Virgin Group, which will retain a 20% holding. The remaining 49% is held by Delta Air Lines.

Under EU ownership and control rules, an airline based in the bloc must be 49% owned by EU nationals. The status of UK shareholders after Brexit has not yet been clarified.

Gagey predicts that Virgin Atlantic will secure US regulatory approval to join Air France-KLM in the transatlantic joint venture with Delta Air Lines in July.

He says this will add an operator with a presence comparable to KLM on the North Atlantic market to the immunised JV, and end the "confused set-up of multiple joint ventures", creating a "simplified" structure.

Air France-KLM is "not happy" with sales in the UK, and expects the inclusion of Virgin Atlantic to give it enhanced access to customers and markets in the country. Gagey says it is too early to say how Brexit will affect demand.

He says that it is up to new Virgin Atlantic chief executive Shai Weiss whether the airline joins the SkyTeam alliance, but adds that it would be "totally natural" were it to happen.
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