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The six members.

The six members of Star Alliance named an Alliance Management Board to direct the partnership's activities on a daily basis.

Friedel Rodig, Lufthansa exec. VP-alliances, was selected to chair the board. Deputy chairman is Bruce Harris, director of alliances for United.

Separately, LH Chairman Jurgen Weber said the carrier engaged in preliminary talks with Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern as potential Star members.

Lufthansa doubled pretax group profits in the nine months to Sept. 30, but Weber cautioned that LH was anticipating lower average yields in all of its markets in 1999 and a reduced earnings surge in line with a slowdown in the European economy. …

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