Alliances may have been created to arrange “seamless travel,” but now mark the way to “seamless trouble,” argues Thierry Antinori, EVP passenger sales at Emirates,
Emirates is famous for trying to do on its own what other airlines are doing through alliances and the airline has no love lost for the institutions, but Antinoro is stepping up his arguments.
One is the long-held view that passengers, when they buy a ticket, buy a certain brand and produce expectations. The mix of offerings within an alliance is a problem.
But now Antinori also argues the joint venture arrangements within alliances, with anti-trust immunity, are harming passengers. “They are trying to create monopolies,” Antinori argues at the Global Aerospace Summit in Abu Dhabi.
The Emirates exec gets some backing from his low-fare airline brother, Flydubai CEO Ghaith al-Ghaith. He says alliances are influencing the regulatory regime and harming passengers by cutting off market access, he argues.