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Discussion in 'oneworld' started by uggboy, Oct 8, 2012.
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|| Qatar Airways joins oneworld ||
No way. I'm shocked. Had no idea....!
Thanks for sharing!
Yeah, in 12-18 months...
It's all about integration.
Yeah... and I guess that Air Berlin will (pretty soon) leave oneWorld. Wonder what Etihad and Emirates will do? Remain independent?
I am really not... a bit suprised that Qatar CEO lied all week long... for almost nothing... it was more or less obvious that NYC press conference will not happen because of Malaysia Airlines integration... and after United-Qatar end of love, it was expected...
I could not agree with your more, I was joking about not knowing especially when in reality the rumors about the coming switch (from Star to One World) were rampant. I also felt that they would not make such a big issue of an announcement to the expansion of LAn thanks to the purchase of TAM or as you correctly pointed out, of Malaysia Airlines joinig the club. Thus, the smileys that I chose.
I believe your sarcasm detector is broken.
That's a standard time frame. No shocker there either.
I forget where I read it, but someone mentioned that they wondered if this would make Cathay not want to be a part of one world. I believe their justification was that Qatar's presence in SE Asia would add competition to Cathay. I apologize I don't have the original source. Does anybody else feel this way?
I don't think so -- they do fly quite different route networks.
I think the more immediate issues with QR admittance would be QF and their recent tie up with EK, AA award availability on EY, and perhaps AB's position in OW considering partial ownership by EY.
As for where you read about the potential for CX issues, could be this AviationWeek article: LINK.
Admitting Qatar could also be a sign that Oneworld is not sure whether Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways is going to stay for the longterm. And even if it does, the value may be limited: Cathay cannot introduce a joint venture with British Airways on the all-important London route because such an arrangement would never be allowed by the regulatory authorities. On the other hand, Cathay is tied to Air China, a Star Alliance member, through cross-ownership. Even traditionally restrictive Star had to accept this
I for one would welcome CX to *A. It'd cut SQ down a notch (I'd hope).
That was where I read it. Thanks David!
That works for me. I would rather have EQM on AA or BA than a few more miles on UA (prior arrangement). Smart move by Qatar, this will incentivize me to fly v. EK. EK offers EQM credit with AS which works for me but their crappy C seats do not.
CX is an amazing carrier, any alliance would welcome it. I think we'd like to keep it in OW for now though. Thanks.
Agreed! I have some BA Avios and some AAdvantage miles I plan on using with them in the next year or so.
It's okay, I flew them using Avios.
Good news. I fly quite regularly with QR and joining together with Oneworld will be a nice change.
This makes me very happy! Finally I'll have a decent OW option from Brazil to points East. What an irony that BA is their sponsor.
FWIW, paragraph 3 of 8-Oct's WSJ article http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20121008-709053.html?mod=dist_smartbrief mentions the following:
"Qatar's planned entry to Oneworld raises questions about the future membership of existing participants including American Airlines, which is in talks about a potentially conflicting deal with Dubai-based Emirates Airline, the largest carrier in the Middle East."
Kinda reminded me of during the Iraq invasion when the Iraqi media spokesperson was giving TV interviews about how there was no invasion and they had rebuffed the american swine. I believe he kept it up for a good week.