Star Alliance expelled Varig from its ranks just two weeks after CEO Jaan Albrecht told reporters at a briefing in Istanbul that the restructuring Brazilian carrier was a member in "good standing" (ATWOnline, Dec. 11). The alliance said the decision was "prompted" by a reduction in flying and services by Varig, whose status changed when its new owner was awarded its own operating certificate earlier this month under the name VRG Linhas Aereas (ATWOnline, Dec. 18). "In order to deliver the ...

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