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Wednesday
Jun292011

US Airways and Aegean Airlines plan a codeshare agreement

US Airways and Aegean Airlines have announced they plan to codeshare on certain flights between the United States and Greece.  The proposed codeshare is focused on the American city of Philadelphia, where US Airways has a hub, and the Greek capital city of Athens, very near where Aegean Airways has its headquarters.  According to a recent press release from both airlines, US Airways travelers will be able to fly the seasonal route between Philadelphia International Airport (IATA: PHL; ICAO: KPHL) and Eleftherios Venizelos Airport (IATA: ATH; ICAO: LGAV) in Athens, and have access to much of the domestic network of Aegean Airlines.

US Airways travelers will also have the option to fly from Philadelphia to London's Heathrow Airport (IATA: LHR; ICAO: EGLL), Munich's Franz Josef Strauss Airport (IATA: MUC; ICAO: EDDM), or Rome's Leonardo da Vinci Airport (IATA: FCO; ICAO: LIRF) on US Airways, then onward to Athens or Thessaloniki (IATA: SKG; ICAO: LGTS) on Aegean Airlines.

Aegean Airlines travelers will be able to fly the seasonal route to Philadelphia from Athens, and then have access to the entire American network of US Airways from Philadelphia.  (It was not indicated that US Airways' American network would be part of the codeshare.)

The proposed agreement is still subject to both United States Department of Transportation (DOT) approval, and approval by the Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport, and Networks in the Hellenic Republic.  Both airlines are members of the Star Alliance.

original stories

US Airways and Aegean Airlines Announce New Codeshare (US Airways)

US Airways and Aegean Airlines Announce New Codeshare Agreement (Aegean Airlines)

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Sunday
Dec262010

LAN says merger with TAM will occur in mid-2011

Ignacio Cueto, Chief Operating Officer of the Chilean national airline LAN, said last Friday that his airline's merger with the Brazilian carrier TAM will start sometime around the middle of next year.  Cueto said LAN will be acquiring TAM, under a holding company called LATAM Airlines Group.  The merger still depends on approval by the governments of both countries.  Approval by both Chile and Brazil is expected, even though it would give LATAM Airlines Group "nearly complete control over the Santiago-Sao Paulo route."

LAN, officially Línea Aérea Nacional de Chile, was founded in 1929 and now flies 97 Airbus and Boeing aircraft to 45 destinations in South America, North America, and Europe.  In addition LAN flies to Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific.  LAN belongs to the Oneworld airline alliance.  Its main hub is Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport (IATA: SCL; ICAO: SCEL) in the Chilean capital of Santiago.  Its main offices are also in Santiago.

TAM, originally Táxi Aéreo Maríla, was founded in 1976 and flies 146 aircraft (Airbus and Boeing) to 63 destinations in South America, North America, and Europe.  TAM belongs to the Star Alliance.  Its hubs are Guarulhos International Airport (IATA: GRU; ICAO: SBGR) in São Paulo, Galeão International Airport (IATA: GIG; ICAO: SBGL) in Rio de Janeiro, and Brasilia International Airport (IATA: BSB; ICAO: SBBR) in the Brazilian national capital.

related story

TAM and LAN plan merger, but pursue expansion independently (August 23, 2010)

original story (Reuters)

Monday
Oct252010

United, Continental, and All Nippon get anti-trust immunity

Last Friday, the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism approved anti-trust immunity for an alliance between United States-based United Continental Holdings (comprised of United Airlines and Continental Airlines), and Japan-based All Nippon Airways.  Final approval of the partnership by the United States Department of Transportation is forthcoming.  The partnership will seek to take advantage of a recently signed open skies agreement between the United States and Japan

United Airlines ultimately traces its origins to 1926, and to an air mail service founded by Walter Varney, and called Varney Air Lines.  Boeing Air Transport was founded a year later, by William Boeing.  In 1931, Varney and Boeing merged their companies to create United Airlines.  United flies a fleet of 360 aircraft to 73 domestic destinations and 41 international destinations.  United Airlines and and its subsidiaries together fly to destinations on all six permanently inhabited continents, a distinction the airline only laid claim to earlier this year when it inaugurated its first ever service to the Ghanaian capital of Accra.  United Airlines' hubs are located in Denver, Colorado; Los Angeles, California; Washington, D.C.; and Chicago, Illinois.  Its offices are located in Chicago.

The airline now called Continental Airlines was also founded by Walter Varney.  It commenced operations in 1934 as Varney Speed Lines.  It changed its name to Continental Airlines three years later.  Continental and its subsidiaries fly to 130 domestic destinations and 132 international destinations.  It and its subsidiaries also fly to destinations on all six permanently inhabited continents.  Continental Airlines' hubs are in Houston, Texas; ClevelandNewark, New Jersey; and on the American-owned island of Guam.  Its offices are located in Houston.

A merger between United and Continental, under the holding company United Continental Holdings was approved by the United States Department of Justice this past August.  United Continental Holdings company stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

All Nippon Airways is the second-largest Japanese-based airline (behind Japan Airlines).  It was formed in 1952.  It operates hubs at Tokyo's two largest airports, Haneda (IATA: HND; ICAO: RJTT) and Narita (IATA: NRT; ICAO: RJAA); and also at Osaka's two largest airports, Osaka International (IATA: ITM; ICAO: RJOO) and Kansai International (IATA: KIX; ICAO: RJBB).  It operates 168 passenger aircraft to 71 destinations on the continents of Asia, North America, and Europe.  It is based in the municipality of Minato in Tokyo.  Company stock is traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

All airlines involved in this trans-Pacific partnership are members of the Star Alliance, the largest airline alliance in the world.  United is a charter member, participating in the alliance's founding in 1997.  All Nippon joined in 1999, and Continental in 2009.

related stories

United and Continental shareholders vote on merger tomorrow (September 16, 2010)

Continental jobs will stay in Cleveland for five years (September 16, 2010)

Department of Justice approves United-Continental merger (August 27, 2010)

original stories

ANA Continental and United Secure Japanese Anti-Trust Immunity for Trans-Pacific (Air Transport News)

United Continental Holdings Applauds Signing of U.S.-Japan Open Skies Agreement (United Airlines)

United Continental Holdings Applauds Signing of U.S.-Japan Open Skies Agreement (Continental Airlines)