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Parker shoots down AAdvantage spin-off idea. Again.

The push for US airlines to better monetize their loyalty programs continues to grow. But don't expect it to happen any time soon. Airline executives continue to push back – strongly – against such suggestions…

Porter Air signs on to join Aeroplan in…

Aeroplan will still have a Canadian airline partner when Air Canada's participation in the program ends in 2020. Toronto-based Porter Air will convert its VIPorter loyalty program into the Aeroplan scheme at that time. Porter…

Air Canada, banks offer to buy Aeroplan

Air Canada, TD Bank, CIBC and Visa Canada offered CAD$2.25 billon to purchase the Aeroplan program back from Aimia. The deal assumes $2bn in liabilities for points outstanding and offers $250mm to Aimia shareholders. The…

Alitalia is out, Virgin Atlantic is in: TATL…

Alitalia's struggles continue. The carrier still needs a fresh infusion of cash to pay off the bridge loan from the Italian government and some sort of long-term plan. And, for the latter, Alitalia will soon…

The new Premium Select cabin on Delta's A350

Major expansion coming for Delta Premium Select

Passengers won't pay for more space on planes. This is the commonly accepted mantra and driving logic behind the ongoing "densification" efforts to squeeze more seats onto planes. And, for the most part, that's proven…

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Emirates Skywards swallows flyDubai OPEN

The long slog to full integration of Emirates and flyDubai continues apace. This week's announcement brings the loyalty programs of the two carriers together. And the move looks an awful lot like a shotgun wedding,…