The five airlines of the Star Alliance network have formally accepted a sixth member, Varig of Brazil, amidst signs of growing concern within the European Commission about the impact of such alliances on airline competition. The Star Alliance, comprising Lufthansa German Airlines, United Airlines, Air Canada, Thai Airways International and Scandinavian Airlines System, was formed in May (AW&ST May 19, p. 27). The addition of Varig, whose 82-aircraft fleet carried 9.7 ...

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