EgyptAir will undertake an enormous effort in an attempt to join Star Alliance this year, giving the grouping a boost as it attempts to counter the influence of Emirates in that part of the world. "We are trying very hard to be a member by the fourth quarter of 2008," Chairman and CEO Sherif Saad Eldin Galal told ATWOnline in Cairo. One of the biggest projects remaining is an upgrade of EgyptAir's IT infrastructure. The airline already has linked its loyalty program with Lufthansa's. ...

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