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SiD Nov 5th, 2002 07:10 AM

Why do airlines have codesharing and partnerships
I get the codesharing strategy of Northwest &amp; Klm, to gave a global reach. But I'm surprised that Northwest &amp; Continental have code sharing agreements. Aren't they competitors?<BR><BR>Also how do airlines get paid on codesharing and other alliances?

Jim Rosenberg Nov 7th, 2002 03:15 AM

Continental has a different route structure than Northwest. NWA is also a very large shareholder in Continental. As a passenger, I appreciate the reach, ease of ticketing and improved usefulness of the FF program that results from the Continental-Northwest arrangement.

shl Nov 7th, 2002 05:18 AM

Be careful about those code shares, as you might not be real happy when you find out what airlines they book you on. NWA will stick you on Copa from Panama if you are going to South America, even thought Panama does not meet the international flight safety regulations. Also, they use Malev from Hungary. You have little control of what airline you may end up on anymore, and the airlines do not care.

Professional Traveler Nov 7th, 2002 07:57 AM

Actually, you have a lot of control as travel agents and the airlines are required, at the time that you are told the flight schedule, that it is a code share and with what operating airline. This is way before your purchase decision point, so there is nothing hidden.

Merriem Nov 7th, 2002 08:35 AM

Well, you have no control it if is using frequent flier miles.

Jim Rosenberg Nov 7th, 2002 09:56 AM

People who are familiar with NWA don't need to go any further than the flight number to spot a codeshare. I've never felt that codeshares are concealed at all.

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