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[Star Alliance – Press Release] The New Terminal 2 Set to Open on June 4th, 2014

LONDON, U.K. – June 4th, 2013 – Today the countdown to the opening of the new Terminal 2 at London Heathrow Airport begins. In 365 days the home of Star Alliance at Britain’s premier aviation hub will welcome the flying public.

Lufthansa is one of the founding members of the Star Alliance

Lufthansa is one of the founding members of the Star Alliance. Photo: Wikipedia

Mark Schwab, CEO Star Alliance commented: “In a year’s time we will ring in a new era for our customers, member carriers and employees at London Heathrow.

The purpose built Terminal 2 will be our home and will offer a superior travel experience to our customers, create new business opportunities for our member carriers and provide an improved working environment for employees.”

With the move to Terminal 2, all 23 Star Alliance member airlines serving Heathrow and representing over 20% of the airports traffic, will for the first time ever operate from a single terminal.

This will give Star Alliance the opportunity to enhance its seamless ‘hub’ experience, increase the number of passengers transferring through Heathrow and provide shorter connecting times between member airlines.

Moreover, the state-of-the art terminal allows Star Alliance to provide a new and improved level of service for passengers, offering today’s air traveller the right balance and choice between technology and the personal touch. Terminal 2 will have more automated processes and common facilities than currently exists in any one terminal at Heathrow, giving passengers more control over their journey.

Operating ‘under one roof’ enables the Star Alliance member carriers to share operational facilities more efficiently, and make the best use of space and services. Together, this will make Terminal 2 a commercially attractive European ‘hub’ option for the airlines.

The Star Alliance carriers will begin to move into Terminal 2 in phases between June and December next year.

From Terminal 2, 23 Star Alliance airlines – Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Brussels Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAM Airlines, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI, United and US Airways – will provide 136 flights a day to over 51 worldwide destinations. Future member carrier EVA Air will be joining the member carriers in T2 during the course of 2014.

About Star Alliance:
The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognised by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax.

The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, TACA Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAM Airlines, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI, United and US Airways. EVA Air has been announced as future member.

Overall, the Star Alliance network offers more than 21,900 daily flights to 1,329 airports in 194 countries.

For further information please contact:

Star Alliance Press Office
Tel: +49 69 96375 183
Fax: +49 69 96375 683
Email: mediarelations@staralliance.com
http://www.staralliance.com


Star Alliance
4th june, 2013


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[Star Alliance – Press Release] US Airways and American Airlines have announced that the boards of directors of both companies have unanimously approved a merger agreement.

Operating under the American Airlines name, the combined airline will offer benefits to both airlines’ customers, communities, employees, investors, and creditors.

The combined airline will operate under the American Airlines name

The combined airline will operate under the American Airlines name. Photo: Star Alliance

If the merger gains regulatory approval, US Airways will leave Star Alliance and the merged company will be a member of the oneworld alliance, of which American is a founding member. Until then, US Airways customers will continue to benefit from Star Alliance’s extensive route network.

Announcing the merger, Doug Parker, Chairman and CEO of US Airways, said, “Today marks an exciting new chapter for American Airlines and US Airways. American Airlines is one of the world’s most iconic brands. The combined airline will have the scale, breadth and capabilities to compete more effectively and profitably in the global marketplace.”

Until the merger is complete, American Airlines and US Airways will operate independently, and US remains a full member of Star Alliance. The results of regulatory review are not expected until some time in the third quarter. Star Alliance headquarters will be working with US in the interim to ensure a smooth transition for both US Airways customers and those of other Star Alliance members if the merger goes ahead as expected.

Doug Parker will serve as CEO of the merged airline and a member of the Board of Directors. Parker will assume the additional position of Chairman of the Board.

The combined airline will offer more than 6,700 daily flights to 336 destinations in 56 countries. The combined airline is expected to maintain all hubs currently served by American Airlines and US Airways. Both airlines expect that the regional carriers they own – AMR Corporation’s American Eagle and US Airways’ Piedmont and PSA – will continue to operate as distinct entities. The company will be headquartered in Dallas-Fort Worth and will maintain a significant corporate and operational presence in Phoenix.

Doug Parker said, “I am particularly pleased for the employees of both US Airways and American. This merger will create a stronger company, with the path to improved compensation and benefits and greater long-term opportunities for all our employees. We are grateful to have the support of both companies’ unions and thank them and their leaders for their hard work and vision. We look forward to a bright future for our employees and enhanced service and choice for our customers. With today’s announcement, we start becoming one team and one new airline.”

The combined airline is planning to take delivery of more than 600 new aircraft, including 517 narrowbody aircraft and 90 widebody international aircraft, most of which will be equipped with advanced in-seat inflight entertainment systems offering thousands of hours of programming, inflight Wi-Fi offering connectivity throughout the world, and “Main Cabin Extra” seating with 4-6 inches of additional legroom in the Main Cabin. The combined carrier’s fleet will also feature fully lie-flat, all-aisle access premium seating on American’s new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft and Airbus 321 Transcontinental deliveries slated for later this year. Similar to US Airways’ Airbus A330 international Envoy service, American will also retrofit existing 777-200 and 767-300 aircraft to include fully lie-flat premium seating in an effort to provide a consistent experience for customers flying on the combined carrier.

Customers can continue to book travel and track and manage flights and frequent flyer activity through AA.com or USAirways.com, and will continue to enjoy all benefits and rewards of the AAdvantage and Dividend Miles frequent flyer programmes. At this time, there are no changes to the frequent flyer programmes of either airline as a result of the merger agreement. All miles in both programmes will continue to be honoured. Upon merger approval, additional information will be provided to customers on any future programme updates, including account consolidation or benefit alignment.

Employees of the combined airline will benefit from being part of a company with a more competitive and stable financial foundation, which will create greater opportunities over the long term. Each carrier’s employees will receive reciprocal travel privileges as quickly as possible. The merger will also provide the path to improved compensation and benefits for employees.

The merger is conditioned on the approval by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, regulatory approvals, approval by US Airways shareholders, other customary closing conditions, and confirmation and consummation of the Plan. The combination is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2013.

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Star Alliance
4th June, 2013



[FT.com] Aditya Ghosh, the youthful president of IndiGo, says there is no big secret behind the success of India’s only profitable airline in an infamously difficult aviation market.

IndiGo President Aditya Ghosh says “We don’t try to do anything fancy, we don’t try to bend the wind, we just stick to our business model”

IndiGo President Aditya Ghosh says “We don’t try to do anything fancy, we don’t try to bend the wind, we just stick to our business model”. Photo: Wikipedia

When asked how the no-frills carrier manages to make money while its rivals bleed red ink thanks to extortionate taxes, high fuel prices and fierce price competition, Mr Ghosh simply says:

“We don’t try to do anything fancy, we don’t try to bend the wind, we just stick to our business model,” the 36-year-old executive says from his cramped office at company headquarters in the New Delhi suburb of Gurgaon. “We fly our planes on time; the flying experience is neat; and our fares are consistently lower than our competitors.”

Analysts tend to agree with his assessment. They say that in contrast to Kingfisher Airlines, the debt-laden carrier struggling to avoid bankruptcy, privately held IndiGo has followed the strategy of Southwest Airlines in the US and Europe’s Ryanair: offer only low-cost fares connecting busy destinations using just one type of plane.

“In terms of operations IndiGo is by far the best airline in India,” says Sharan Lillaney, aviation analyst at Angel Broking. “It’s definitely on track to become the Indian Southwest but it will have to prove itself over time.”

The president of the five-year-old carrier, owned by Rahul Bhatia, an Indian billionaire, and Rakesh Gangwal, the US Airways former chief executive, says…..

Read the full story at FT.com


By James Fontanella-Khan
New Delhi – 6th May 2012



[Philly.com] US Airways on Friday took a step toward merging with bankrupt American Airlines as it reached agreements with American’s unions for pilots, flight attendants, and mechanics.US Airways on Friday took a step toward merging with bankrupt American Airlines as it reached agreements with American’s unions for pilots, flight attendants, and mechanics.

A US Airways-American merger would form the world's biggest airline. American opposes the plan.

A US Airways-American merger would form the world's biggest airline. American opposes the plan

The three unions, which represent about 55,000 American employees, announced their support of a merger, which would create the world’s largest airline under the American Airlines name.

American said it would continue its efforts to emerge from bankruptcy as a stand-alone company.

Philadelphia is one of US Airways’ three main hub cities and would remain a hub for the merged airline, according to US Airways chief executive Doug Parker.

“Our intention would be to put our two complementary networks together, maintaining both airlines’ existing hubs and aircraft, and create an airline that could compete successfully with United, Delta and other carriers within our industry,” Parker wrote in a letter to employees on Friday.

“We have concluded that a merger with American, while they are undergoing their bankruptcy restructuring, represents a unique opportunity that we should not ignore,” Parker wrote.

Parker said a merged airline would save at least 6,200 of 13,000 jobs that would be lost under American’s go-it-alone plan.

The unions oppose American’s plan to eliminate the 13,000 union jobs and cut labor costs to return to profitability. American is seeking to throw out contracts with the unions that govern pay, benefits and work rules, and impose its own terms on employees.

US Airways and the unions said they had agreed on terms for collective bargaining agreements if there is a merger between the airlines…..

Read the full story at Philly.com….


Sun, Apr. 22, 2012
By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer