Intelligence – April, 28 2003

Intelligence – April, 28 2003

A six-year partnership between SN Brussels Airlines and British Airways has been approved by the European Commission. The two carriers will reschedule their flights to ease connections, allowing greater access to BA’s long-haul flights and SN flights to Africa … iDine Rewards has appointed Stephen E. Lerch to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer, Dining. Lerch will also continue to serve as Chief Financial Officer for the company … LOT Polish Airways has become an Airpoints partner with Air New Zealand. The Polish carrier is scheduled to join the Star Alliance later this year … As of April, Czech Airlines has increased the minimum mileage accrual from 500 OK Plus miles to 1,000 miles for all international flights, including all flights with CSA partners … Hertz became the first international car rental company to join Air China’s frequent flyer program. Companion members will get discounts on Hertz rentals worldwide and earn frequent flyer mileage … Australia’s Skywest announced that, beginning April 15, Qantas Frequent Flyer members could earn points and redeem award flights on its network … Continental Airlines announced the retirement of Bonnie Reitz, senior vice president sales and distribution, after 26 years in the industry. Reitz served as an original member of the “Worst to First” turnaround team at Continental, and during her tenure the OnePass program was consistently honored as among the best … Iberia Plus has partnered with Pousadas de Portugal, allowing Iberia Plus members the opportunity to earn and burn points at any of the more than 40 Pousadas de Portugal locations … Lithuania’s largest travel agency, West Express, has partnered with Lithuanian Airlines’ Amber Miles program. Amber Miles members can now earn 500 to 1,000 bonus miles for tour packages purchased at West Express … KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and China Southern Airlines are expanding their current partnership. The new agreement will allow both airlines to offer more services starting this summer on routes between the Netherlands and China. KLM passengers will be able to earn and redeem Flying Dutchman miles on the new codeshare flights. FD members may also use the China Southern lounges … An Air New Zealand aircraft made an emergency landing in Invercargill on March 12 after a distraught dog upgraded itself by chewing its way out of a box in the cargo hold … Swiss Airlines has formed a key agreement with Japan Airlines, ensuring daily service between Tokyo and Zurich. The deal came days after Swiss secured a similar accord with Qantas … Delta Air Lines’ SkyWish program has announced the American Cancer Society as its Charity of the Quarter for the second quarter of 2003.

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