What we’re reading: Mid-trip no-fly boot, Aegean to acquire Olympic Air, should Air Berlin shift alliances?


Man banned mid-trip by no-fly list gets stranded in Hawaii

Despite being the spouse of a Navy lieutenant and having high security clearance, Wade Hicks got stranded in Hawaii during a layover when his name showed up on the no-fly list.

Hicks was stranded in Hawaii for six days before the ban suddenly lifted last Thursday after he contacted politicians in Mississippi and Hawaii for assistance.

During the time that he was stuck in Hawaii, he stayed in a hotel room at the Pearl Harbor naval base — a facility that houses submarines, cruisers and destroyers — despite being considered a national security risk, based on his placement on the no-fly list.

Aegean strikes deal to acquire Olympic Air

Aegean Air has agreed to acquire Olympic Air for 72 million Euros ($94 million).

A3 plans to acquire 100 percent of OA from Marfin and turn it into a subsidiary. The two airlines will operate under their existing brands; their networks will be optimized to improve efficiency and connectivity. Back office functions will also be combined. The European Commission (EC) must approve the deal on competition grounds.

Air France wants Air Berlin alliance change

Air France wants Air Berlin to change its alliance from oneworld to SkyTeam.

Air France-KLM, Air Berlin and Abu Dhabi’s Etihad, the German airline’s biggest shareholder, said on October 8 they plan to start connecting their networks from October 28 under an agreement to share some flight codes.