Intelligence – December, 22 2003

Intelligence – December, 22 2003

Alitalia CEO Francesco Mengozzi said it is “reasonable” to expect an alliance between Alitalia and Air France by 2005 … Effective March 1, Azteca Airlines will no longer participate in the Continental OnePass program. OnePass members may continue to earn miles on Azteca Airlines flights through Feb. 29. OnePass award reservation requests for travel on Azteca will be accepted through Feb. 29, and travel must be completed by Feb. 28, 2005. AeroMexico and Continental announced that they have signed an alliance agreement for flights between the U.S. and Mexico beginning in the first quarter of this year … Investors have agreed to dissolve Colombia’s 18-month-old airline alliance, Alianza Summa, after the August liquidation of the group’s second-largest carrier made the fledgling merger irrelevant, officials told Reuters. A spokeswoman said Summa’s co-owners would receive equal stakes in remaining carriers SAM and Avianca … A new national poll from Decision Analyst, Inc. has found that, of consumers who fly at least once or more a month, 22 percent ranked American Airlines as their first choice if all airlines offered the same direct flights at the same price … British Airways Executive Club members are no longer able to earn miles at Savoy Hotels, Small Luxury Hotels, New Otani Hotels, and Orient Express Hotels … China Airlines said it may join the SkyTeam alliance. The carrier didn’t say when it plans to join, however … China Southern Airlines has signed a codeshare agreement with Air France on the non-stop Guangzhou-Paris route, marking a brand-new service slated to open on Jan. 6 … GlobalPass has expanded its agreement with InterContinental Hotel Group’s Priority Club Rewards. Priority Club Rewards members are now able to transfer their points to GlobalPass miles … India’s Jet Airways and Citibank have launched a silver credit card to tap economy-class passengers. The co-branded effort will allow the cardholder to earn two bonus Jet Privilege miles for every Rs 100 spent on the card … South African Airways has still not chosen which of two international airline alliances — Sky Team or the Star Alliance — it would prefer to join. The decision was expected to have been made in October, and a recommendation sent for the approval of the SAA board and the government before the end of December … SWISS and British Airways have formally signed a new bilateral cooperation agreement. The alliance will see the provision of codeshare services and a joint frequent flyer program … United Airlines has been named the airline with the “Best Frequent Flyer Program” in an annual reader’s poll conducted by Business Traveler magazine. This is the eighth straight year the United Mileage Plus program has been named by this magazine as the best frequent flyer program.

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