Until the Open Skies debacle gets resolved, Qatar Airways' stake in IAG, particularly for its North American routes, is its way to benefit from lucrative transatlantic routes.
Flybe wants to keep it simple: No joint ventures wanted, just good, old-fashioned, passenger-boosting codeshares. Management at the European regional carrier have a bitter taste in their mouths after a joint venture gone awry with Finnair.
BA is the envy of every European airline right now.
We believe that a partnership between Norwegian and Ryanair makes sense and could take off with few complications. But we don't believe converting long-term rivals to new friends is done easily in aviation. Still, if anyone could argue until this gets done, it would be O'Leary--with credit going to Willie Walsh. That alone is a remarkable thing.
The three airlines are already Oneworld members but this new codeshare agreement would take cooperation to a wholly different level.
British Airways is the only legacy carrier in Europe that seems to have a handle on the unique challenges they are facing.
The smart model right now seems to be to play to your geographic strengths if you have them, and implement them doggedly.
With Latam in South America, American in North America, and some soon-to-be-agreed-upon partners in Europe, IAG is building a network capable of meeting the challenges of Gulf carriers. Now if only it's third runway at Heathrow wasn't being held up by politics.
A novel approach to make the lawsuit entirely about safety rather than of a punitive nature against the airline and its employees. It should also be a cause of concern if it highlights weak maintenance practices of multiple carriers.
So far the Egyptian government has done next to nothing to assure visitors it has any idea what it's doing to assure anyone's safety, rather they be Egyptians or tourists.