Sad times for Star Alliance!

Logo-Star-Alliance Could 2012 be a sad year for the Star Alliance? Well looks like it, Star has lost some of it’s shine and could be more on the way?

bmi-new_150The hard times for star started when Lufthansa sold off British Midland International (bmi) to their european rival IAG, the parent company of British Airways and Iberia; One World Member airlines. It looks like this sale will go thru, but there is a chance that the UK government might rule this would be a monopoly. Star really wanted Lufthansa to work hard to sell bmi to Virgin Atlantic and court Virgin into star and keep the UK network.

This past weekend Star lost Spanair, ironically the airline with the Spanair most Star Alliance livery aircraft. Spanair just ran out of money, shut down with very little notice. LH, LX, TP, UA and many other airlines used Spanair to get customers around Spain. Qatar Airways was in talks to by Spanair, and the folks at Star Alliance were hoping that this would be a conversation starter to get Qatar in Star.

Could the next lost for Star Alliance be tam_airlines_logo Tam - Brazil? Tam and Lan Chile are merging, Lan is a current One World Member and it is looking like Star will lose Tam in this deal.

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The final kick that will hurt Star in 2012 is the possibility that TAP portugal will be sold to the same group that just picked up bmi, the parent c ompany of BA, IAG. Buying the Lisbon-based airline would add routes from Europe to South America.

So here is the recap and my predictions:

Spanair - Gone and dead

bmi - Gone will become part of BA and One World

TAP - Will be sold to IAG and move over to One World

TAM - After the merger with Lan Star will be able to win these two airlines..

Lets hope things turn around for Star! I hope Star can add a middle east based carrier and get the Virgin group on board.

Comments

#1
Kevin January 31, 2012 at 07:23 am

Would also LOVE to see them get Jet Airways...

#2
TJ January 31, 2012 at 02:46 pm

Star Alliance does not want Virgin and certainly not Qatar Airways...

#3
TB May 4, 2012 at 03:54 am

Star Alliance needs a quality Middle Eastern Carrier (e.g., Qatar or Emirates).

#4
Mo Bar March 31, 2013 at 09:04 am

Star messed up not willing to loose on its strict management they got out of their main office in Frankfurt. Loosing Qatar to One World and leaving Etihad even opt out and not being considered will harm the alliance enormously. The reason is simple. The alliance won't be able to reduce their costs because many connections will not be available . Great with for n alliance that should be the biggest. At the moment they are loosing.