Virgin Australia ends Malaysia Airlines relationship

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  1. wombat18
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    Being discussed over here:
    http://milepoint.com/forums/threads...es-relationship-for-singapore-airlines.13445/

    "Virgin Australia will seek to end its relationship with Malaysia Airlines (MAS) as it pursues a partnership with aviation powerhouse Singapore Airlines (SIA).
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    The application also confirmed Virgin was looking to wind up its reciprocal frequent flyer and interline arrangements with the Kuala Lumpur-based MAS.

    MAS announced earlier this month it would join the oneworld airline alliance and seek closer cooperation with national flag carrier Qantas Airways.

    "Therefore there is no prospect of a broader relationship with Malaysia Airlines," the application said.

    "As a result of both the proposed alliance and Malaysia Airlines' decision to join oneworld, both parties will discuss termination of their existing relationship."
     
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    I've always thought that it would be unlikely for any of the Virgin carriers to join OW because it contains BA. If NZ owns part, that would be an argument for *A as would cooperation with SQ, although SQ seems aloof from *A despite its nominal membership (for instance, consider the separate *A lounges in SIN and the greatly reduced C/J and IFC that SQ makes available to *A partners, as well as the SQ-only RTW fares it offers). Of course, I'm always hoping that good airlines will join SkyTeam.
     
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    SQ ownership has not swayed Virgin Atlantic to join *, but I agree that NZ is a bit more of a willing partner and may want VA to link up with the alliance. Another complication in the matter may be the VA-DL TP alliance, which just cleared DOT last month.
     
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    I keep dreaming of VA/DJ and VS joining SkyTeam. Probably a pipe dream, but please let me have it a bit longer.
     
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    Remember, DJ/VA actually also code share with DL for North America Routes. There is always a possibility of them joining ST. Admittedly they are more likely joining *A with partner of SQ/NZ.
     
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    It's not just a codeshare, they've just gotten their TPAC joint venture approved. I think if they join an alliance in the next couple of years, it will be SkyTeam, but it will probably be longer than that before anything actually shakes out.
     
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    I still think if they are going to join an alliance, it would be *A, only because VA want to associate with top airlines within the region (it Asia Pac). For *A, it would be NZ, SQ, TG, OZ, NH. For ST, it would be GA, VN, CZ, KE ...... I know which alliance I prefer.

    But that is also why I don't think they will join an alliance soon, as the TPAC joint venture could run for many years. They will be like Alaska Airlines, do partnership with everyone.
     
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    Well, we probably know that Alaska isn't going to be joining the Virgin alliance, given the competitiveness between them on the west coast of the U.S., right?
     

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