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November 30, 2000

From Our Correspondent: Hirohito and the War
A conversation with biographer Herbert Bix

From Our Correspondent: A Rough Road Ahead
Bad news for the Philippines - and some others

From Our Correspondent: Making Enemies
Indonesia needs friends. So why is it picking fights?

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Airlines Recession means turbulent times

Comeback The resurrection of Philippine Airlines

Unfriendly Skies New carriers take off

STAR ALLIANCE United, Lufthansa, SAS, Air Canada, Thai Airways, Varig

Air New Zealand and Ansett Australia will join Jan. 1. Singapore Airlines and South African Airlines are considering joining.

1,446 aircraft serving 654 destinations. Star is by far the biggest airline alliance operating today and rivals consider it the one to beat - or join. Still expanding, it will have some 2,000 aircraft serving nearly 900 destinations when pending applicants are admitted. Star has a seamless frequent flyer program, several shared terminals around the world and a shared one-stop ticket office in London. More shared facilities will open soon, further adding conveniences and cutting costs.

ONEWORLD British Airways, American Airlines, Canadian Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Qantas

Japan Airlines and Iberia of Spain are reportedly in negotiations.

1,524 aircraft serving 632 destinations. To be formed in February 1999, the group is building a seamless frequent flyer program. British Airways and Qantas already share lounges and ticket offices and have pooled resources from catering to engineering. With BA owning 25% of Qantas and awaiting regulatory approval to buy part of American, and BA-Qantas reportedly interested in taking a small stake in Cathay, Oneworld may become more closely knit than other alliances where equity cross-holdings are not involved.

ATLANTIC EXCELLENCE Delta, Swissair, Austrian Airlines, Sabena

700 aircraft serving over 400 destinations. Atlantic Excellence, like its name, lacks an Asian connection after Singapore Airlines broke away to consider aligning itself with the bigger Star. It is now reportedly wooing Korean Airlines and All Nippon Airways of Japan, among others. Among the first alliances to harmonize fares, Atlantic has some shared facilities and is rapidly trying to consolidate more in key destinations.


550 aircraft serving over 450 destinations. The oldest of the major alliances was born out of KLM's rescue of Northwest in the 1980s. Although KLM last year sold its stake in Northwest, the two maintain a close marketing alliance. KLM relies on Northwest's sales offices in the U.S., while Northwest relies on KLM's in Europe, and they share lounges and engineering and maintenance facilities worldwide. Their Worldperks frequent flyer program is the oldest joint program. The two carriers lack an Asian partner for their alliance but they are reportedly in negotiations with Malaysia Airlines.

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U.S. secretary of state says China should be 'tolerant'

Philippine government denies Estrada's claim to presidency

Faith, madness, magic mix at sacred Hindu festival

Land mine explosion kills 11 Sri Lankan soldiers

Japan claims StarLink found in U.S. corn sample

Thai party announces first coalition partner


COVER: President Joseph Estrada gives in to the chanting crowds on the streets of Manila and agrees to make room for his Vice President

THAILAND: Twin teenage warriors turn themselves in to Bangkok officials

CHINA: Despite official vilification, hip Chinese dig Lamaist culture

PHOTO ESSAY: Estrada Calls Snap Election

WEB-ONLY INTERVIEW: Jimmy Lai on feeling lucky -- and why he's committed to the island state


COVER: The DoCoMo generation - Japan's leading mobile phone company goes global

Bandwidth Boom: Racing to wire - how underseas cable systems may yet fall short

TAIWAN: Party intrigues add to Chen Shui-bian's woes

JAPAN: Japan's ruling party crushes a rebel at a cost

SINGAPORE: Singaporeans need to have more babies. But success breeds selfishness

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