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United Airlines and Emirates Airline are set to unveil a major codeshare agreement that would begin to unite two of the largest international networks alongside one another, according to those familiar with the partnership.

The surprising détente has industry, geopolitical and diplomatic implications and comes after years of butting heads by the three largest U.S. airlines and a trio of Middle Eastern carriers who were accused of massively inflating their networks and their global reach with the help of government treasuries.

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Jon Ostrower is Editor-in-chief of The Air Current. Prior to launching TAC in June 2018, Ostrower served as Aviation Editor for CNN Worldwide, guiding the network's global coverage of the business and operations of flying. Ostrower joined CNN in 2016 following four and half years at the Wall Street Journal. Based first in Chicago and then in Washington, D.C. he covered Boeing, aviation safety and the business of global aerospace. Before that, Ostrower was editor of the award-winning FlightBlogger for Flightglobal and Flight International Magazine covering the development of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and other new aircraft programs from 2007 to 2012. Ostrower, a Boston native, graduated from The George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs with a bachelor's degree in Political Communication. He is based in Seattle.

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