A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs JetBlue partners with Russia’s Transaero Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY 10:34 a.m. EDT October 17, 2013 Transaero aircraft are seen in an image provided by Transaero Airlines. (Photo: Transaero Airlines) SHARE 3 CONNECT 9 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE WASHINGTON Russian carrier Transaero says it has signed an interline deal with JetBlue that will begin by the end of the month. Transaero hopes the agreement will bolster demand for its New York-Moscow route by expanding passengers’ connecting options on either end of the flight. “This is our newest and largest partner in the United States,” Transaero CEO Olga Pleshakova told Today in the Sky on Wednesday about the tie-up with JetBlue. ARCHIVES: Virgin America partners with Russia’s Transaero “Our partnership with JetBlue would be very effective and we hope very fruitful for us,” says Pleshakova, speaking to Today in the Sky through a translator. Interline agreements allow airlines to accommodate passengers and their luggage via a single itinerary that involves flights on both of the interline partners. For example, Transaero passengers flying from Russia to New York will then be able to connect on JetBlue to that carrier’s destinations throughout the United States and the Caribbean. Conversely, Pleshakova says the pact will allow JetBlue customers to purchase tickets connecting in New York to Transaero flights to Moscow and across “the entire Transaero network worldwide.” The move adds yet another carrier to JetBlue’s growing stable of interline partners . The New York-based carrier now has more than two dozen interline deals, including partners ranging from Cathay Pacific and South African Airways to Cape Air and Liat. As for Transaero, it flies to three destinations in the U.S. (New York, Los Angeles and Miami) and one in Canada (Toronto).
Snowden says he took no secret files to Russia – New York Times
spy agency contractor Edward Snowden’s new refugee documents granted by Russia is seen during a news conference in Moscow August 1, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Maxim Shemetov/Files WASHINGTON | Fri Oct 18, 2013 6:31am IST WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden said he did not bring any of the documents he took from the agency with him to Russia, the New York Times reported on Thursday. Snowden told the newspaper he gave all the documents to journalists he met in Hong Kong before flying to Moscow and said he did not keep copies for himself. Taking the files to Russia “wouldn’t serve the public interest,” Snowden said in an interview with the newspaper. Snowden, who worked for a contractor as a systems administrator at an NSA facility in Hawaii, was the source of disclosures that included details about programs under which the government collects vast amounts of information such as telephone and Internet records. He has polarized opinion in the United States, where many have been outraged by the extent of government snooping. But others have labeled him a traitor for stealing information from the NSA after vowing to respect its secrecy policies and fleeing first to China and then to Russia with classified U.S. data. Russia has granted Snowden a year’s asylum. U.S. authorities want him to return to the United States to face espionage charges. The former contractor, 30, also told the Times he believed he was able to protect the documents from Chinese spy agencies because he was familiar with Beijing’s intelligence capabilities. He said he feels he has boosted U.S. national security by prompting a public debate about the scope of U.S. data collection.