Blog: Star carriers
Simon Warburton | 29 March 2012
I arrived back from Brussels yesterday evening after attending this year's CLEPA Reception and seeing union bodies such as the European Metalworkers Federation.
The flight was booked through UK carrier BMI, but was branded as Brussels Airlines. However, Brussels Airlines sub-contracts the route to Tyrolean Airways, an Austrian Airlines Group subsidiary.
But, the safety card on board says Austrian Arrows, part of that Austrian Airlines grouping. And the whole edifice is owned by German carrier, Lufthansa.
And, you can't check-in online despite having an email from BMI the day before as it's a Brussels Airlines service. And BMI is itself the subject of a takeover.
I suppose its shows the interdependency of airlines these days and the power of alliances, but five different strands to one booking was interesting.
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