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July 11, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
The Transportation Department granted Continental Airlines Inc. immunity from antitrust laws, allowing it to join the Star Alliance of airlines and work closely with a group of other carriers on international service. The decision pushed aside some objections raised by the Justice Department, which said the airlines' cooperation on pricing and services would lead to higher fares and less competition. The Transportation Department also approved a joint venture between Continental and Star members United Airlines, Lufthansa and Air Canada for transatlantic service.
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April 1, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Did Snooki and fiancé Jionni LaValle elope? Nope! The "Jersey Shore" star tweeted a photo of herself in a fluffy wedding dress and enormous tiara hugging her fiancé (prom-style) Monday, which happened to be April Fools' Day. "Jionni and I eloped!!! Here's a pic of the magical day!!" she titled the pic. Her Celebuzz blog blasted email subscribers with the message as well, and commenters went at it , sending in April Fools' props, accusations of Photoshop use, congrats and some messages not appropriate for a family website.
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BUSINESS
April 21, 2009 | Associated Press
The European Union opened antitrust investigations Monday into seven airlines that fly lucrative transatlantic routes as part of the Star and Oneworld airline alliances, saying it suspected their cooperation was illegal. The European Commission said the cooperation within the two groups on routes between Europe and North America "appears far more extensive" than the joint approach on other routes.
TRAVEL
January 2, 2011 | By Tara Godvin, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The premise is simple: Buy a $500 plane ticket to zip around much of the New World for a month. The big question: Isn't it just some gimmick tangled up with hidden fees and crazy rules? Sorry, but no. If you are among those who hesitated Aug. 17 when JetBlue's All You Can Jet passes went on sale and then sold out a little more than two days later, you missed out. Although not without its drawbacks for fliers, this deal was a steal. I bought JetBlue's $499 edition, which excluded travel on Fridays and Sundays.
BUSINESS
March 25, 2006 | James Gilden, Special to The Times
Being a frequent flier has numerous benefits but none better than the ability to use miles to upgrade to business or first class. Too bad it can be such a pain, if not impossible, to use miles earned on one airline for an upgrade on a partner carrier. But that may be changing. Just how important are our upgrades? "In a word, very," said Tim Winship, editor and publisher of FrequentFlier.com. "The importance really varies with the degree to which you are a genuine frequent flier.
BUSINESS
September 22, 1998 | STEPHEN GREGORY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
American Airlines and British Airways joined Monday with three other carriers in a marketing partnership that could one day grow to rival the industry's top flight-sharing alliance, anchored by United Airlines and Lufthansa. The latest super-alliance was launched as American and British Airways continue their fight to gain regulatory approval for a separate deal that would give them U.S. antitrust immunity to set prices on transatlantic routes.
BUSINESS
June 23, 2000 | Bloomberg News
Delta Air Lines Inc., Air France SA, Aeromexico and Korean Air Co. unveiled details of SkyTeam, their venture to compete with the global alliances that larger rivals formed as long as three years ago. The airlines, which had said previously that they would join forces, said SkyTeam will offer 6,402 daily flights to 451 cities in 98 countries. The members will be able to book passengers on one another's flights, and customers can use frequent-flier miles on any of the carriers.
BUSINESS
August 15, 2008 | From Bloomberg News
American Airlines and British Airways agreed Thursday to create an alliance that would let them operate as a single carrier on transatlantic routes and counter new competitors. The airlines said they would seek antitrust clearance to coordinate prices, capacity, schedules and routes and share revenue on flights between Europe and North America. The move marks the third bid since 1996 for closer ties between AMR Corp.'
BUSINESS
June 20, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Continental Airlines Inc. and UAL Corp.'s United Airlines, which failed to complete talks this spring to become a single carrier, said Thursday that they would work together in an alliance they hope will boost revenue to offset rising fuel costs. In striking a deal with United, Continental ended alliance negotiations with AMR Corp.'s American Airlines, the nation's biggest carrier, and British Airways. Under alliances, airlines typically sell tickets on each other's flights, which can result in increased revenue.
BUSINESS
August 27, 2010 | By Julie Johnsson
The Justice Department said Friday that it had approved the proposed tie-up of United and Continental airlines, after an unexpectedly speedy four-month review that paves the way for the merger to close before Thanksgiving. To win the blessings of federal antitrust regulators, United and Continental agreed to lease slots for 18 round-trip flights to Southwest Airlines at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, giving the low-cost carrier its second foothold at a major airport servicing New York City.
BUSINESS
August 27, 2010 | By Julie Johnsson
The Justice Department said Friday that it had approved the proposed tie-up of United and Continental airlines, after an unexpectedly speedy four-month review that paves the way for the merger to close before Thanksgiving. To win the blessings of federal antitrust regulators, United and Continental agreed to lease slots for 18 round-trip flights to Southwest Airlines at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, giving the low-cost carrier its second foothold at a major airport servicing New York City.
BUSINESS
October 28, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Continental Airlines Inc. has changed teams in the battle among three large alliances of global airlines. The airline officially switched from SkyTeam, which is led by Delta Air Lines Inc. and Air France-KLM Group, to the Star Alliance, which includes UAL Corp.'s United Airlines, US Airways Group Inc. and Lufthansa. The move gets Continental out from under the shadow of Delta Air Lines and could mean a bigger piece of international revenue that is shared among team members.
BUSINESS
April 21, 2009 | Associated Press
The European Union opened antitrust investigations Monday into seven airlines that fly lucrative transatlantic routes as part of the Star and Oneworld airline alliances, saying it suspected their cooperation was illegal. The European Commission said the cooperation within the two groups on routes between Europe and North America "appears far more extensive" than the joint approach on other routes.
BUSINESS
August 15, 2008 | From Bloomberg News
American Airlines and British Airways agreed Thursday to create an alliance that would let them operate as a single carrier on transatlantic routes and counter new competitors. The airlines said they would seek antitrust clearance to coordinate prices, capacity, schedules and routes and share revenue on flights between Europe and North America. The move marks the third bid since 1996 for closer ties between AMR Corp.'
BUSINESS
June 20, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Continental Airlines Inc. and UAL Corp.'s United Airlines, which failed to complete talks this spring to become a single carrier, said Thursday that they would work together in an alliance they hope will boost revenue to offset rising fuel costs. In striking a deal with United, Continental ended alliance negotiations with AMR Corp.'s American Airlines, the nation's biggest carrier, and British Airways. Under alliances, airlines typically sell tickets on each other's flights, which can result in increased revenue.
BUSINESS
March 25, 2006 | James Gilden, Special to The Times
Being a frequent flier has numerous benefits but none better than the ability to use miles to upgrade to business or first class. Too bad it can be such a pain, if not impossible, to use miles earned on one airline for an upgrade on a partner carrier. But that may be changing. Just how important are our upgrades? "In a word, very," said Tim Winship, editor and publisher of FrequentFlier.com. "The importance really varies with the degree to which you are a genuine frequent flier.
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