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Virgin Atlantic Continues Codeshare Network Expansion

British long-haul carrier Virgin Atlantic is actively looking to broaden its profile on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. The efforts are based on two pillars aimed at strengthening cooperation with other transatlantic carriers and for connecting flights within Europe. To this end, Virgin Atlantic is working with Delta Air Lines, Air France and KLM on a joint venture for transatlantic flights, taking direct aim at Star Alliance carriers’ United Airlines, Lufthansa Group and Air Canada's stronghold on routes between…

United Opens Long-Awaited Polaris Lounge at LAX

After much anticipation and waiting, the missing piece to the United Polaris experience at LAX has finally arrived. United opened its fifth Polaris lounge at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to flyers Saturday. The lounge’s opening not only marks another milestone for Polaris but also it caps off the airline’s…

Inside United’s Latest Polaris Lounge in Houston

On Friday, United opened the doors to its latest Polaris Lounge at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). Located inside United’s Terminal E, near gate E12 and the United Club, two sliding glass doors lead passengers to the lounge check-in desk. Similar to other Polaris Lounges, passengers are greeted by…

Struggling South African Airways to Receive $400 Million Capital Injection

The South African government has promised another sizeable cash injection to its ailing national carrier to assist with "urgent financial obligations," it was announced on Thursday. The latest 5 billion rand ($400 million) boost will mean that the airline has received over $2 billion in government subsidies in recent years. South African…

Air China Begins Fifth Freedom Route Between Houston and Panama…

China and Panama City are now connected through Air China via Houston. Air China opened up its first fifth freedom route from the United States to Panama, an addition to its five-times-weekly flight from Beijing to Houston. Despite flying to Houston throughout the week, the flight to Panama will only…

Make It Around the World in 80 Hours with the…

Ever wanted to fly around the world without the hassle of having to have tons of stopovers? For those that cherish the flying experience over the tourism experience, Star Alliance revamped its “Round the World” product. It theoretically allows travellers to make it once around our planet in around 80…

Star Alliance Looking to New Start-Ups for the Future

Airline alliance Star Alliance is partnering with the world’s largest start-up accelerator and innovation center. Plug and Play, a based in the iconic Silicon Valley, and the global airline alliances have agreed to a cooperative relationship. A start-up accelerator is the equivalent of a venture capitalist fund in which the…

United Becomes First U.S. Carrier to Provide Boarding Passes for…

Chicago-based United Airlines announced that a new enhancement to their mobile app will now allow customers to receive boarding passes when connecting with United's airline partners. The functionality, which no other U.S. carrier offers, aims to make connections with the airline more seamless and further enhances United's award-winning app, which…

New Allies Acquired: The Airline Alliances You May Not Know…

Many passengers have come to know the three airline alliances that currently dominate the airline industry: Star Alliance, Sky Team, and OneWorld. Whether it's because one of their favorite airlines is apart of one, or because they've seen the name emblazoned on a plane of a member airline. However, what…

Star Alliance Celebrates 20 Years of Connecting Passengers

This week marks 20 years since the founding of Star Alliance, one of the largest airline alliances in the world. The alliance was originally founded by five airlines: United Airlines, Lufthansa, Air Canada, Thai Airways International, and Scandinavian Airlines. At the time of their original launch announcement, Star Alliance was the…