Delta Air Lines has opened a renovated Sky Club at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The other three renovated Sky Clubs to be opened in January include lounges at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, New York LaGuardia Airport and Philadelphia International Airport.

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American Airlines and British Airways have opened a joint Admirals Club lounge at Denver International Airport, the airlines’ first joint lounge.

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Located beyond the security checkpoint on Concourse A, the new 4,800-square-foot Indianapolis Sky Club is the first and only premium airport lounge for business travelers in the state of Indiana, according to Delta.

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The new lounge space accommodates passengers flying within Canada, while the pre-existing lounge is now exclusive to those traveling to the U.S. The modern lounges are free of charge, and open to all departing passengers with a valid boarding pass.

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From October 1, American Airlines will offer free wine, beer and spirits to customers visiting any of its domestic Admirals Club lounges, in addition to complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks and juices.

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American Airlines is to relocate its operations at San Francisco International Airport to the airport’s new Terminal 2 in spring 2011 from American’s current location in Terminal 3. In conjunction with the terminal move, American will construct a new Admirals Club lounge, as the only airport lounge in terminal 2.

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Members of Continental Airlines’ OnePass program members now can earn and redeem miles on flights operated by Aeromar.

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Virgin Blue Holdings and Etihad Airways are establishing a commercial partnership which will enable Virgin Blue’s international arm, V Australia, to launch direct services to Abu Dhabi in 2011 and which will allow the two airlines to offer a joint network of more than 100 destinations from October 1 this year.

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Star Alliance partners Continental Airlines and Brussels Airlines are to codeshare on Continental’s transatlantic flights between New York and Brussels, as well as on selected flights operated by each carrier on both sides of the Atlantic.

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American Airlines has completed extensive renovations to the Admirals Club lounge at Logan International Airport in Boston, enhancing the lounge’s amenities and refurbishing its decor with the aim of make it a state-of-the-art reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the airport terminal.

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Brazilian carrier TAM Airlines has been inducted into the Star Alliance network, putting the world’s largest and longest-serving airline alliance back on the South American continent.

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Lufthansa is claiming a world first by opening a premium-class lounge featuring its own beer garden, at Munich Franz Josef Strauss International Airport.

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Delta Air Lines says it will invest $1 billion, or about $300 million per year, through mid-2013 to improve customer experience in the air and on the ground ― and also to improve the fuel efficiency of more than 170 aircraft in its fleet.

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So beautiful, well-thought-out and comfortable are the new Via Lounge and Via Spa in Helsinki Airport’s Terminal 2 extension that travelers may soon come to rank them among the best such airport facilities in the world.

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The first phase of a new 150-million-euro terminal opens at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport on August 27, serving long-haul passengers and those bound for other destinations outside Europe’s Schengen Agreement common-border area.

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American Airlines’ Admirals Club lounge unit has partnered with ReCORK America and food and facilities services company Sodexo to begin an environment-friendly recycling program to reduce the number of wine corks that end up in landfills.

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Airport business lounges are an important part of a network airline’s service to its high-yield and frequent passengers. So they are places where the airline’s brand philosophy should be strongly evident.

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American Airlines has completed extensive renovations to its Admirals Club at Sao Paulo Guarulhos International Airport in Brazil.

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