Some suggest Lufthansa is making its bold move in business travel distribution out of desperation. The airline company itself attributed Tuesday's announcement to profit improvement efforts. Carriers attempting similar programs in the past usually were bleeding. While the German aviation group's earnings could use a boost, the company's competitive strength gives it leverage.

It's anybody's guess as to which airlines — if any — would follow Lufthansa on this path, but it's instructive to consider where the airline group stands and how peers stack up.

For starters, just . . .

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