Airline News - Asia / Pacific.


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Air China

Air China officially will be invited to join Star Alliance Monday, Lufthansa confirmed to German newspaper Handelsblatt, which reported that Chancellor Angela Merkel will attend the signing ceremony in Beijing. The world's largest airline alliance extended a formal invitation to Shanghai Airlines last week. Air China is 10% owned by oneworld's Cathay Pacific and there had been speculation earlier this year that it might join Star's rival. But China's largest international carrier, which has relationships with several Star airlines, now appears poised to become the alliance's 20th member. May 19, 2006

Cathay Pacific

OAG airline of the year is Cathay Pacific. At a glittering ceremony at The Grosvenor House Hotel in London last Thursday doyen of travel writers Alan Whicker not only presented the Hong Kong airline with the ultimate award but also the 2006 Best Transpacific Airline and Best Airline based in Asia. British Airways took home two awards: Best Airline Based in Western Europe and Best Transatlantic Airline. CSA Czech Airlines won Best Airline Based in Central/Eastern Europe for the 3rd year running. American Airlines was named Airline of Choice for Travelers with a Disability, a new award introduced this year. JetBlue won Best Low Cost/No Frills Airline for the first time, beating easyJet, Southwest Airlines and Virgin Blue. Eddie Bell, chairman of OAG, surprised Alan Whicker by presenting him with the Lifetime Achievement Award, praising his remarkable career spanning almost 60 years. The Outstanding Service Award went to Maria Benson, manager with Continental Airlines "We Care" programme, for her dedication and inspiring leadership during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Emirates retained the title Best Airline based in Middle East & Indian Sub-Continent, and...

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