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Outlook for global airline alliances in Africa


As global alliances gather momentum, radiating from their core partners in Europe and North America, each region is experiencing the influence that the groupings can bring. Africa is no exception, but the lack of fully viable locally based carriers offers something of a challenge in finding partners to expand beyond the small number already accounted for. [2692 words]

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  • (1) SkyTeam: a powerful set of connections from Europe
  • (2) Star Alliance: greater partner presence on the continent
  • (3) oneworld: the most modest alliance player in Africa
  • Potential alliance members: limited options remain
  • Royal Air Maroc
  • Arik Air
  • Tunisair
  • Remaining options? Only Nigeria an obvious target
  • Conclusion: An uncertain impact from the alliances

Graphs and data:

  • Air France-KLM’s African route network
  • Kenya Airways’ African route network
  • Lufthansa’s African route network
  • South African Airways’ African route network
  • EgyptAir’s African route network
  • Turkish Airlines’ African route network
  • British Airways’ African network, with Comair route network in southern Africa
  • Iberia’s African network
  • Key data for selected African airlines (in order of Africa market capacity)
  • Royal Air Maroc African route network
  • Air Algerie’s African route network
  • Arik Air Abuja hub
  • Arik Air Lagos hub
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