月曜日、雨、でも楽しい

朝方は曇り空だったのですが、その後は雨

ベルビューの典型的な12月の天候です。昼間はボーイングフィールドに行ってから、パイクプレースのLe Panierでクロワッサンとフリナンドを購入。ランチは、Speciality Cafeでチェアマンを食べました。夕方は車でレントン往復。

Singapore Airlines in talks to sell 49 percent stake in Virgin Atlantic

シンガポール航空SQはバージン アトランティック航空VSの49%の株主になって久しいですが、アライアンスの違いから相乗効果を全く見込めずに今日に至りました。SQはスターアライアンスで、VSはスカイティームに近いです。デルタ航空への売却交渉中だそうです。実現すれば、即、スカイティームに加入しますね。米国西海岸のバージンアメリカやバージンオーストラリアもデルタ航空のグループでしょうか。
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SINGAPORE — Singapore Airlines said Monday it’s in talks to sell its 49 percent stake in billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic.

The airline said in a statement it’s in discussions with “interested parties” about a sale.

A person with knowledge of the possible deal told The Associated Press that Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc. is in talks with Singapore Airlines about buying the Virgin Atlantic stake. The person requested anonymity because the talks are ongoing.

Virgin Atlantic is the second-biggest airline at London’s Heathrow airport, behind British Airways and BA is a partner with Delta competitor American Airlines. Takeoff and landing rights there are limited, a barrier for airlines that want to add flights.

A Delta partnership with Virgin Atlantic on U.S.-London routes would allow it to benefit from Virgin’s established position at Heathrow.

Some 51 percent of Virgin Atlantic, which was founded in 1984, is owned by Branson’s Virgin Group. Singapore Airlines bought its stake from Branson in early 2000 for 600.3 million British pounds.

Singapore Airlines said in its statement that the talks may or may not result in a deal.

The London-New York route is one of the world’s major air corridors, and Delta has been undertaking a major expansion of its hubs at New York’s LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy airports.