Wings candidates...

Old Oct 12, 99, 8:24 am
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Wings candidates...

Air Europa

Amsterdam, Oct. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Air Europa, Spain's second- biggest airline, is giving priority to joining the Wings alliance of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines NV and Italy's Alitalia SpA, Dutch daily newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad reported, citing Juan Jose Hidalgo, Air Europa's chairman. Air Europa is also
looking at possible partnerships with Air France and Swissair, but gives KLM-Alitalia a higher priority because of the access it would give to service between Spain and the U.S. in cooperation with Northwest Airlines Corp., KLM's U.S. partner. Air Europa flew 6.3 million passengers last year and had revenue of 541 million euros ($581 million), the paper said.
Air Europa is trying to extend its network, after its biggest rival, Iberia Lineas Aereas de Espana SA, joined the One World airline alliance led by AMR Corp.'s American Airlines and British Airways Plc

Malaysian, Thai & Cathay Pacific

Amsterdam, Oct. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Continental Airlines Inc. still sees a number of differences that are delaying its entry into the alliance with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines NV, Northwest Airlines Corp. and Alitalia SpA, Dutch daily Financieele Dagblad reported, citing a spokesman for Continental's European division. While the companies had previously expected to reach an agreement before the end of this year, KLM Chief Executive Leo van Wijk said in company newsletter Wolkenridder that an alliance should be worked out within 12 months, Financieele Dagblad said. Continental still wants to join the so-called ``Wings'' alliance, though it is concerned about the quality of the product that would be offered to passengers, the newspaper said, adding that KLM also is interested in Malaysian Airways, Thai Airways and Cathay Pacific as possible new partners from Asia.
KLM, Europe's fourth-largest airline, and Norway's Braathens ASA said yesterday they plan talks on a joint venture that could see them operate as one company on some Nordic routes. KLM owns 30 percent of Braathens, Norway's largest domestic carrier.

Maybe--- Virgin/AWA

PHOENIX, Oct. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- America West Airlines announced today that it has entered into a reciprocal frequent flyer agreement with Virgin Atlantic Airways. America West is the only major U.S. airline to have such an agreement with Virgin Atlantic.


Wow, interesting info about the Asian carriers.

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Old Oct 12, 99, 11:11 am
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And untrue surely - presumably Cathay and Thai must have extensive and (alliance wise) exclusive contracts with their current partners.
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