United Airlines Chairman and CEO Glenn Tilton visited with the chairman of China Eastern Airlines this month to try to persuade the Shanghai-based carrier to join Star Alliance. CEA, which is unaligned, is acquiring current Star partner Shanghai Airlines (ATWOnline, Aug. 31). "As the financial capital of China, Shanghai is an important destination for us," Tilton explained in an employee communication. "Asia is forecasted to be on the front end of the coming economic recovery, and we want to ...

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