The tough economic environment that is forcing airlines to either consolidate or cease operations is also affecting alliance memberships, Star Alliance acting CEO Mark Schwab told ATW in Taipei last week (ATW Daily News, March 30). Schwab told ATW that Star was surprised and disappointed to see Spanair cease operations earlier this year. When that happens, it creates a hole in the alliance’s strategy, “which we then have to back fill,” Schwab said. “There is ...

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