10 AIR­LINE JOINT VEN­TURES

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1) Delta + Vir­gin At­lantic + Air France-KLM + Al­i­talia:

cov­ers more than 200 des­ti­na­tions in North Amer­ica, six in the UK, and 100 in and the US. Air France-KLM, Delta and Al­i­talia are mem­bers of Skyteam. Vir­gin At­lantic prefers to main­tain its in­de­pen­dence and is not a mem­ber of an al­liance.

2) Air France-KLM + Delta + Al­i­talia:

The Ital­ian air­line joined the Air FranceKLM-Delta JV in 2010 to cre­ate a three-way part­ner­ship. To­gether, they of­fer 250 and Latin Amer­ica com­bined. It op­er­ates out of seven key hubs – Am­s­ter­dam, At­lanta, Detroit, Min­neapo­lis, New York JFK, Paris CDG and Rome Fi­u­mi­cino – to­gether with Cincin­nati, Salt Lake City and Seat­tle. Skyteam share­hold­ers ap­proved the sale of a 10 per­cent stake in Air France-KLM to China Eastern in Septem­ber 2017.

3) Bri­tish Air­ways + Ibe­ria + Amer­i­can Air­lines + Fin­nair:

Not con­tent with all be­ing part of Oneworld, this en­hanced Bri­tish-Span­ish-Amer­i­can-Finnish four­way cov­ers more than 160 cities in Europe and 240 in the US. It of­fers 120-plus trans and AA put a ring on it in 2010. Fin­nair was in­vited to the party in 2013. To­gether they have hubs at Chicago O’Hare, Dal­las-Fort Worth, Helsinki, Lon­don Heathrow, Madrid and New York JFK.

4) Bri­tish Air­ways + Ja­pan Air­lines + Fin­nair + Ibe­ria:

Bri­tish Air­ways en­tered into a Siberian joint ven­ture with Ja­pan Air­lines, also a mem­ber of the Oneworld fam­ily, in 2012. Af­ter feel­ing left out in the cold, Fin­nair was wel­comed with a warm em­brace two years later, fol­lowed by Ibe­ria in 2016. The four air­lines now align prices

5) Bri­tish Air­ways + Qatar Air­ways

Last year, BA ex­tended a hand to Oneworld car­rier Qatar Air­ways to cre­ate a com­bined net­work of 70 des­ti­na­tions. In a sim­i­lar way to peo­ple dou­ble-bar­rel­ing their sur­names, the two air­lines now code­share (BA/QR) on ser­vices be­tween Lon­don and

6) Lufthansa + Aus­trian + Swiss + ANA:

The Ger­man and Ja­panese car­ri­ers were given an­titrust im­mu­nity to al­low them to join hands in 2011, but the fol­low­ing year de­cided they wanted Aus­trian and Swiss to get in on the ac­tion too, and their par­tic­i­pat­ing air­lines’ routes be­tween Ja­pan and Europe. They are all part of Star Al­liance.

7) Lufthansa + Aus­trian Air­lines + Swiss + Brus­sels Air­lines + United + Air Canada:

This is a ver­i­ta­ble gang-bang of a JV, with the Lufthansa Group join­ing forces with North Amer­i­can car­ri­ers United and Air Canada. It came about from re­la­tion­ships be­tween Air Canada, Lufthansa and United in 2009 (Aus­trian, Brus­sels and

8) Lufthansa + Swiss + Aus­trian + Air China:

Af­ter two years of wran­gling, these four air­lines tied the knot in 2016 with a polyamorous route- and rev­enue­shar­ing deal be­tween Europe and China that started last year. If they wanted to get any closer, they would have to merge.

9) Lufthansa + Swiss + Sin­ga­pore Air­lines:

Pa­pers were signed for this union back in 2015. To­day, the joint ven­ture pro­vides pas­sen­gers with 20 code­share

10) Qan­tas + Emi­rates:

- ship in 2013 and now have a com­bined net­work of 2,000 routes via three hubs – passed muster with reg­u­la­tors, and the pair have rein­tro­duced ser­vice from Lon­don to - bourne and Syd­ney via Dubai. Also in March the world’s long­est non­stop Dream­liner

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