US Airways exited Star Alliance and joined OneWorld yesterday completing another stage of the merger plans just 24 hours before Delta and Virgin Atlantic began flying their new joint schedule. The impact of these two separate moves will be felt on the Transatlantic market for many years to come and it will be most interesting to see the impact over coming years. The downside of all this will be felt keenly by United Continental and Lufthansa who have lost the US Airways connectivity and gained a powerful competitor all at once at a time when Delta and Virgin will up

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