Deutsche Bahn Joins Star Alliance, DTW Gets Techy, Spirit Delays Merger Vote

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News Roundup

This is a roundup of news and other interesting pieces that I’ve come across over the last few days. Deutsche Bahn set to become latest Star Alliance member, personalized airport experience for Detroit customers, Bahamasair relaunches service from Orlando to Grand Bahama Island, Stash increases monthly fee, and Spirit calls off vote on Frontier bid.

Deutsche Bahn to become latest Star Alliance member

Deutsche Bahn is the first company outside the aviation industry to become a partner in an international airline alliance. According to several news agencies, Deutsche Bahn and Star Alliance want to seal their membership next Monday.

A “new intermodal partnership” is to be presented in Frankfurt. This should set “a strong signal for the mobility turnaround“. The combined use of flight and train should be improved by joining the alliance.

Deutsche Lufthansa and Deutsche Bahn are already working together on the German transport market and are offering joint tickets. This service could also be opened up to the customers of the other Alliance members.

Personalized airport experience for Detroit customers

The PARALLEL REALITY experience builds on Delta’s digital identity technology at DTW. In addition to seamlessly moving through bag drop, security touchpoints and boarding, eligible customers who opt in to using digital identity at check-in can access the PARALLEL REALITY exhibit via facial recognition through the camera at the kiosk screen (non-digital identity customers can access it by scanning a boarding pass).

Bahamasair Relaunches Nonstop Service from Orlando to Grand Bahama Island

Beginning Thursday, 30 June 2022, Bahamasair will relaunch a weekly nonstop flight from Orlando International Airport (MCO) in Florida to Grand Bahama International Airport (FPO) in Freeport, The Bahamas. Travelers can book these flights now and start planning their adventure in The Bahamas’ second largest city.

Bahamasair’s weekly nonstop flights from Orlando will operate every Monday and Thursday from June 30 through September 10. Introductory fares start as low as $297 round trip.

Stash Increases Monthly Fee To $3 (Up From $1)

Stash Investing has increased the monthly fee on the basic Beginner plan from $1/month to $3/month. The change will go into effect on August 1, 2022. Existing customers on the $1 plan will have their fees bumped to $3 as well.

Spirit calls off vote on Frontier bid as talks with JetBlue continue

On the eve of a planned shareholder meeting on an acquisition by Frontier Airlines, Spirit Airlines said Wednesday evening that it was putting off the vote and would continue to talk to both Frontier and a rival suitor, JetBlue.

The postponement, until July 8, was a stunning turn in a battle that analysts say could reshape the airline sector. The decision is a blow to the leaders of Frontier and Spirit, budget carriers that want to combine so they can more effectively compete with the nation’s four dominant airlines.

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