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SkyTeam Alliance: Air Europa to Leave; LATAM to NOT Join at This Time

The SkyTeam alliance of airlines has had some interesting activity recently due to the announcements of new partnerships: Air Europa with the parent company of British Airways; and LATAM with Delta Air Lines — and the regions to be affected most by the changes are Latin America and Europe.

International Consolidated Airlines Group officially announced…

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Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Acquired by AccorHotels

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts — which was founded in 1973 and operates greater than 20,000 rooms in 84 hotel and resort properties in 27 countries — is being acquired by AccorHotels for 560 million Swiss francs, which is equivalent to slightly more than United States $560 million.

The agreement was…

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Surf Air Acquires Airline With Similar Business Model and Will Add New Markets

“Good list, but don’t forget Rise, Private-flight Sharing in Texas. Now serving Dallas, Houston, Austin and Midland. Expanding soon to San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Northwest Arkansas and more. Fly unlimited for just $1,650 per month.”

When Clynt Taylor — who is a reader of The Gate — posted this comment on Saturday, August 15, 2015 in response to this article which listed hassle-free airlines as possible alternatives to flying as a passenger on commercial airlines, RISE had only been established during the prior year and was not included on the list…

…but this official announcement…

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Virgin America Name to Cease to Exist in 2019

After what is being called “careful consideration,” the Virgin America name will likely cease to exist as a brand sometime in the year 2019 — exactly when has not yet been determined — as part of the continued integration with Alaska Airlines, which announced the acquisition of the airline almost one year ago and was approved by the Department of Justice of the United States on Tuesday, December 6, 2016.

Virgin America Name to Cease to Exist in 2019

Although the two airlines will adopt the name and logo of Alaska Airlines — whose refreshed branding was unveiled back in January of 2016 — the combined airline…

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Your Chance to Win a Trip for Two in the #Twogether Sweepstakes in Celebration of the Merger of Alaska Airlines and Virgin America

In celebration of the acquisition of Virgin America by Alaska Airlines being completed earlier today, you could be one of 600 people to win two certificates — which can be used toward round-trip economy tickets on flights flights marketed by Alaska Airlines and operated by Alaska Airlines, Virgin America, Horizon, SkyWest or PenAir to a choice of greater than 100 destinations with the #Twogether Sweepstakes — excluding flights to…

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Alaska Airlines Acquisition of Virgin America Approved by Department of Justice

The commercial aviation industry in the United States officially shrunk a little more due to consolidation, as the United States Department of Justice approved the acquisition of Virgin America Incorporated by Alaska Airlines earlier today after the completion of its review…

…but although Alaska Airlines was not required to divest any assets as a condition of clearance, the approval was under the condition of a caveat…

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