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Star Alliance Turns 25

Star Alliance Turns 25

Star Alliance, the world’s largest airline alliance, turned 25 over the weekend.
The alliance was founded on May 14, 1997 by airlines on three continents, namely United Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, and Thai Airways International.  Star Alliance soon adopted its first slogan, “The Airline Network for Earth,” with a stated goal of being “an alliance that will take passengers to every major city on earth.”
The creation of the alliance resulted in …

JetBlue Launches Hostile Corporate Takeover of Spirit Airlines

JetBlue Launches Hostile Corporate Takeover of Spirit Airlines

JetBlue Airways said Monday that it plans a hostile corporate takeover of Spirit Airways.
The New York-based carrier will appeal directly to Spirit’s shareholders, bypassing that airline’s board of directors, with a $30 per share offer.
The move comes after the ultra-low-cost carrier rejected JetBlue’s $3.6 billion offer in favor of a merger with Frontier Airlines.
The airline cited anti-trust considerations in turning down the offer.
“We believe a combination of JetBlue and Spirit …

Southwest Airlines to Invest $2 Billion to ‘Transform’ In-Flight Experience

Southwest Airlines to Invest $2 Billion to ‘Transform’ In-Flight Experience

Southwest Airlines announced a $2 billion plan to completely “transform” the carrier’s customer experience.
The massive investment is “designed to enhance and simplify customers’ journeys,” the airline said, and will include upgrading its Wi-Fi, the installation of new “latest technology” power ports at every seat, and new larger overhead bins that will offer easier access to carry-on baggage.  The improvements to in-flight Wi-Fi will bring up to ten times the current …

Rising Oil Prices Cause Surge at the Pump, Setting New Records

Rising Oil Prices Cause Surge at the Pump, Setting New Records

The price for a gallon (3.79 liters) of gasoline in the United State as of Tuesday is $4.37, up almost $0.15 over the past week, and has climbed 47% from a year ago.
Tuesday’s figure eclipses the all-time high set on March 11, when the cost per gallon was $4.33, according to figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
While this appears to be more than the $4.14 peak in 2008, when …

Boeing to Move Headquarters from Chicago to Arlington, Virginia

Boeing to Move Headquarters from Chicago to Arlington, Virginia

Boeing said that it will relocate  its headquarters, currently in Chicago, to Arlington, Virginia.
The move “makes strategic sense … given its proximity to our customers and stakeholders,” said Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun in a statement.
An Arlington location would place Boeing near federal government decision-makers in Washington, D.C.
The planemaker moved its headquarters from Seattle to Chicago in 2001 after an unusually public search that also considered Dallas and Denver.  Boeing has …

Delta to Open Delta One Clubs at JFK and LAX, Limit Access to Sky Clubs

Delta to Open Delta One Clubs at JFK and LAX, Limit Access to Sky Clubs

Delta Air Lines announced plans to open lounges for exclusive use by its business-class passengers in two locations and also said it will limit access to its Sky Clubs.
The Atlanta-based carrier announced plans for two new Delta One Club lounges with access limited strictly for Delta One business-class passengers, at John F. Kennedy International and Los Angeles International airports.
The 36,000-square-foot (3,345-square-meter)  JFK Delta One Club will open in 2023 near …

Spirit Airlines Rejects Lucrative JetBlue Takeover Offer, Will Accept Frontier Offer

Spirit Airlines Rejects Lucrative JetBlue Takeover Offer, Will Accept Frontier Offer

Spirit Airlines said that it will reject JetBlue Airways lucrative offer for the carrier, sticking with its original deal with Frontier Airlines.
The airline said that the JetBlue deal would be rejected by antitrust regulators.
“We believe a combination of JetBlue and Spirit has a low probability of receiving antitrust clearance so long as JetBlue’s Northeast Alliance with American Airlines remains in existence,” Spirit said in a letter to JetBlue released on …