The Saga Continues – Air France Makes The Moves On Air India

The Saga Continues – Air France Makes The Moves On Air India

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According to the Financial Express in India, Air France has invited “Air-India for talks to join the global alliance, SkyTeam.”

Air India, as we know, was unable to integrate itself into the Star Alliance after 3.5 years, and was for all practical purposes booted from the alliance.

What remains unsaid –  and what I’m hoping for – is that the Jet Airways will join the Star Alliance, since the other major private Indian Airline, Kingfisher Airlines is a member elect of the oneworld alliance.

Why does this matter (if you don’t collect Delta SkyMiles)?  Because Jet Airways flights to India will open up more redemption options for travel in Asia, and I’d rather travel on Jet Airways or Kingfisher than on Air India.

(Hat Tip to FT member zoonil!)

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After having read the NY Times article, I can only wonder... WHAT IS AF DOING? Not only they (Skyteam) lack a true 5 star airline in the alliance, but they invite one of the worst airlines in the world which is also bleeding money?

I knew AI was bad enough but this article made me cringe and also made me feel like a very successful businessman compared to AF executives 😀

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@Jorge L - As ArizonaGuy pointed out, AI couldn't join Star Alliance after many years, and there must have been a reason behind the decision by Star to suspend AI's integration (especially after trying for so many years). And now, Skyteam is willing to include India. Personally, this is my preferred outcome, since I try not to accumulate many Delta miles.

I've flown AI before, but the NYT article was pretty revealing.

Wouldn't that be amusing? Air India can't qualify for Star Alliance but it's just fine for SkyTeam (assuming the rumor is true and it doesn't take them half a decade to join). Just proves the value of SkyPesos. 🙂

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@ArizonaGuy - Poetic Justice, isn't it! But it is going to be so hard to book AI using Delta miles, that most folks won't have to experience traveling on Air India (for better or worse!).