Speaking in a wide ranging Q&A and chat session at Arabian Travel Mart 2015 in Dubai, Emirates’ President Sir Tim Clark [pictured] said that the traditional alliances of which many other airlines are members, are now a thing of the past, describing them as the “old way”.
Emirates has never joined any of the airline alliances with Clark a vociferous opponent of them describing them as unnecessary for Emirates.
He said that customers are looking for good value not mileage and with ongoing emergence of a new breed of airlines, including low cost and especially low cost, long haul carriers, the alliances have become even more irrelevant.
He added that the change in airlines and recent trends had created a dismembering of the aviation world order, also driven by changes in consumer based thinking.
He said that the shape of aviation will change in the next ten to fifteen years with some airlines hanging on to their traditional alliances, while others break away, adding as an example that BA parent IAG group had joined a low cost carrier association citing that airlines have to follow that as an example if they are to survive.
To hear what Sir Tim had to say, please click on the video box below.
Written by : John Alwyn-Jones