In breaking Star Alliance news, it is being reported that Turkish Airlines is to begin negotiations to acquire Poland’s national carrier LOT. I’ll have more as this develops, especially after the European markets begin their day in a few hours. The statement was made by Turkish Airlines’ Chairman Hamdi Topcu. Turkish newspaper Hurriyet carried the article quoting the Chairman.

If such a deal should occur, it will be interesting to see the what happens with LOT’s frequent flyer program. Currently they are part of Lufthansa’s Miles & More. I suspect the program would be merged to Turkish’s Miles & Smiles and that should be a fairly clean combination since both are Star Alliance members. Let the speculation begin…..