Hot on the heels of the news of the Emirates (EK) / Qantas (QF) tie up, EK is now in talks with American Airlines (AA) about another code share agreement. With QF and AA both being OneWorld members what effect will this have on Oneworld, and where on earth does this leave British Airways who previously worked closely with AA & QF ?
Is this Emirates destroying BA's alliance, and the start of a new mega alliance revolving around Dubai excluding BA ? If so the effect on BA could be very serious at best.
Looks like good moves for the airlines that join Emirates though. Qantas only have to fly to Dubai really and let EK do the rest for instance, which is great as nobody makes much money flying UK - Austarlia with 2 stops, and it will save QF a fortune. EK already serve 3 of the 5 major AA hubs in the US, so now AA could possible have a slice of this cake, and all the destinations EK offer without using AA metal.
Interesting times ahead one thinks !