What Was the Pandemic’s Impact on Airline Alliances?
Airline alliances and partnerships are so commonplace in the industry these days that they rarely make the headlines, unless a new partnership forms or an airline leaves an alliance. At these moments there’s a flurry of activity and questions are asked about what it means and what comes next.
We’ve seen this in recent years with the departure of China Southern from SkyTeam in 2018 and the recurrent questions about if, and when, they may join Oneworld. The recent announcement of an interline agreement between Emirates and Etihad airlines garnered plenty of media attention, but some questioned if it involved more spin than substance.
So, now the dust has settled from the global pandemic, what is the state of play with airline alliances and partnerships? Has anything changed? Do the alliances continue to offer value for their members and where do they go next?
Historically, Star Alliance has been the largest alliance in…