Aer Lingus reportedly is alliance shopping nearly three years after quitting oneworld (ATWOnline, May 31, 2006). CEO Christoph Mueller told Bloomberg News that EI "will prepare ourselves for a discussion that the alliances might work on an exclusive basis in the future" and that a decision could come "very soon." He said alliance membership is attractive again because the "Irish market will remain low fare. . .we need to differentiate ourselves." He told The Guardian, "The fact that Ryanair ...

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