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United adds routes, Virgin Blue rebrands & steps up codeshare with Delta, American wants beauty & Delta gets a tax break

Several airline news stories caught my attention during the last week, and I’ve summarized the highlights below: United Airlines & Continental Airlines added three new routes from their hub at Houston’s Intercontinental Airport (IAH) this week. ExpressJet is operating daily nonstop flights to Cedar Rapids (CID) and Grand Junction (GJT) under the Continental Express name…

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Online bag tracking, new US-Australia service, Hilton lobby revamp, suing Sabre & first quarter losses

Here’s a recap of additional news from this week that caught my attention: Delta Air Lines introduces the ability to track your checked bags online, as well as at self-service kiosks at its largest stations around the U.S. These upgrades also allow you to submit a missing bag report electronically, where in the past you…

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Virgin Blue showcases new uniforms, business class offering and lounges

Today, Virgin Blue revealed the new in-flight staff uniforms designed by the Australian Project Runway winner Juli Grbac, as well as provided additional information about expanding their fleet to offer business class. Trying to lure some of the higher-yield corporate traffic away from Qantas, Virgin Blue’s CEO John Borghetti said, “With our competitive pricing strategy,…

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Star Alliance encouraging Virgin Blue to join

Virgin Blue’s CEO John Borghetti was in attendance at the Star Alliance CEOs meeting this week in Queenstown, New Zealand. This is actually encouraging news, and something I thought wasn’t in the cards since they ended their limited codeshare agreement with United Airlines back in 2009, and have since partnered up with Delta. This newer…

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