US Airways stands open to British Air alliance


US Airways Group Inc. Chairman Stephen Wolf yesterday told an annual shareholders meeting that the carrier is "open" to renewing its alliance with former partner British Airways PLC.

"In terms of a broader alliance, and in light of the way the industry is going, we ought to be part of a broader alliance," Wolf said. "We would want to be aligned with the best, most successful European partner possible. That would be British Airways."

Any link with BA "must be fair to US Airways," he added.

US Airways, which handles about 45 percent of the daily passengers at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, ended a previous partnership with BA in 1996, suing for breach of contract when the British carrier proposed an alliance with AMR Corp.'s American Airlines. US Airways proposed a relationship of its own with American last month that combines their frequent- flier marketing programs.

"We've never been opposed to the British Air-American alliance, never," Wolf said. "Our position has been that British Airways has certain remaining contractual obligations to us."

Pub Date: 5/21/98

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