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Aug 2, 2009

Lower oil prices boosted the broad US airline sector Tuesday, but major airlines stood out after an analyst noted their share prices were likely to outperform those of discount carriers. Jul 29, 2009

Finding a good and safe airline for your pet is vital for pet owners who must travel. Small pets can be taken in the cabin if the carrier fits under a seat. But if your dog is larger, you are at the mercy of whoever handles your dog in the cargo area. Here is Petfinder.comOs list: 5. United Airlines: Nondiscriminating United Airlines accepts small cats, dogs and birds in the cabin; rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs as checked baggage and other animals including parrots, cockatiels and ferrets, in United Cargo. 4. American Airlines: Zoo trusted American Airlines has an animal-trained staff known for transporting animals from popular zoos in cargo. 3. Airtran: Budget friendly Airtran is currently the least expensive airline to fly with your small pet; just USD 69 each way. 2. JetBlue Airways: Full-service pet love JetBlue launched its JetPaws program last summer and provides a pet carrier bag tag, two TrueBlue points each way, a welcome e-mail and a free pet travel guide. 1. Continental: Safety first ContinentalOs PetSafe program, as a 24-hour Live Animal Desk, (800) 575-3335, tracking the pets from origin to destination. It is pricier than other programs, but itOs climate-controlled, allows roomy carriers and has designated cargo staff. Jul 27, 2009

This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Air Travel in Billions of Revenue Passenger Kilometers (RPKs). Air Travel can be categorized as follows: Business Air Travel, Leisure Air Travel, Domestic Air Travel, and International Air Travel. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia, Latin America, Middle East, and Africa. Annual forecasts are provided for each region for the period of 2006 through 2015. A five-year historic analysis is also provided for these markets. The report profiles 268 companies including many key and niche players worldwide such as Air Canada, Air France-KLM Group, Air France, Alitalia - Linee Aeree Italiane S.p.A., American Airlines, Inc., British Airways Plc, British Midland Airways Limited, Continental Airlines, Inc., Cathay Pacific Airways Limited, Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Limited, China Southern Airlines Company Limited, Delta Air Lines Inc., Northwest Airlines Corporation, Deutsche Lufthansa AG, EasyJet Airline Company Limited, Emirates Airline, First Choice Airways Ltd., Iberia, Japan Airlines Corporation, Malaysian Airline System Berhad, Qantas Airways Limited, Ryanair Ltd., Saudi Arabian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Southwest Airlines Co., Thai Airways International Public Company Limited, Thomsonfly Ltd., United Airlines, Inc., and US Airways Group, Inc. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research. Company profiles are mostly extracted from URL research and reported select online sources. Jul 24, 2009

U.S. airlines would have to let passengers off planes stuck on tarmacs after three hours, a move urged by consumer groups, under legislation approved by a Senate panel today. The measure, prompted by lengthy runway delays that garnered national attention, has been opposed by airlines, which say the loss of flexibility could worsen delays. The rule would allow an additional 30 minutes at pilotsO discretion and exempt cases when safety is at risk. Jul 22, 2009

Air Canada

Air Canada will daily fly to Santiago with Boeing 777-300ER. From December 2nd, Air Canada will increase its capacity in its route from Santiago to Toronto and to Buenos Aires when daily flying in its new Boeing 777. The initiative will be extended up to March 28th. Jul 21, 2009

American Airlines

American Airlines today announced changes to charges for checking a first or second bag. The charges will increase for domestic-travel tickets that are purchased on or after Aug. 14, 2009. The changes apply for travel within the United States and U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The changes also apply to travelers on American's regional affiliate, American Eagle, as well as AmericanConnection flights. Jul 24, 2009

American Eagle

American Eagle Airlines will begin nonstop jet service between Charleston International Airport (CHS) in South Caroline and Miami International Airport (MIA) in Florida, as well as between between McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) in Knoxville, Tennessee and Miami International Airport (MIA), Florida beginning November 19. American Eagle will operate the service with 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 jets. Jul 28, 2009

American Eagle

American Eagle Airlines announced today that it will add a second daily flight between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Santa Fe Municipal Airport (SAF), beginning Nov. 19. Jul 27, 2009

Continental Airlines

Continental Airlines today launched Virtual Expert technology, a new feature at continental.com, offering customers 24-hour support on the Web for all their travel needs. "Alex," the airline's Virtual Expert, interacts with customers to easily and effectively interpret requests and provide accurate answers to travel needs. Continental is the first network carrier to offer human emulation technology. Jul 30, 2009

Continental Airlines

Continental Airlines made an apology to former Indian president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Wednesday after staff had frisked him at Delhi airport, to Indian uproar. The Indian government has filed a police report against the airline, as protocol at Indian airports exempts specific dignitaries from security checks, and gave Continental Airlines seven days to respond. "Continental Airlines apologizes to the former President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam for any misunderstanding and/or inconvenience related to the security screening," the airline said in a statement. "Our intention was never to offend Dr. Kalam or the sentiments of the people of India." Continental Airlines had earlier said there were no exemptions to its security procedures and that it believed Kalam had not been offended. Kalam is seen by many Indians as the founding father of the country's missile program and a man with a common touch. He was frisked in April but the check caused an outcry in the Indian media and parliament when it became public knowledge. The aviation minister called it "unpardonable", according to local media reports. Indians posted blogs or comments on the internet asking how Americans would react if a former US president were frisked by a foreign airline. Jul 22, 2009

Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines is adding a USD 5 charge for each of the first two pieces of luggage checked at an airport ticket counter, kiosk or curbside on domestic tickets purchased on/after July 16 for travel from Aug. 4. Bag fees paid online (DL charges USD 15 for the first bag and USD 25 for the second) will not be subject to the USD 5 fee. Jul 22, 2009

Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines and the Organization of Black Airline Pilots (OBAP) today celebrate the 10th anniversary "Dream Flight" that will transport young aviation students on a visit to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Washington, D.C. Delta co-sponsors OBAP's Aviation Career Education (ACE) camp, two, week-long summer programs for teenagers who have an interest in pursuing careers in aviation. The intensive camps, held primarily at Delta's World Headquarters in Atlanta, teaches students aviation history, aerodynamics, meteorology, navigation and flight simulator orientation with qualified flight instructors. Select graduates from ACE Camp are invited back the following year to participate in Flight Line, an in-depth seminar that focuses specifically on pilot training, including allowing students to perform solo flights during their week-long training. Delta also is in its 10th year of supporting ACE camps in Minneapolis. Jul 22, 2009

JetAmerica

JetAmerica canceled its plan to operate ultra-low-fare service based largely out of Newark, Toledo and Melbourne, Fla. It originally intended to begin flying last week but postponed launch until mid-August owing to slot concerns. Jul 21, 2009

US Airways, Aircell

US Airways is turning aircraft into Wi-Fi hotspots by partnering with Aircell to provide Gogo[R] Inflight Internet service beginning in early 2010. Full Internet access including Web, Instant Messaging, email and VPN access will be available for purchase to passengers with laptops, smartphones and other Wi-Fi enabled devices. Gogo Inflight Internet will allow our customers to make the most of their flying time by catching up on work or relaxing and surfing the Internet. This is an exciting new option for our passengers that we believe will enhance their travel experience, said Andrew Nocella, senior vice president, Marketing and Planning. Gogo will initially be installed on US Airways A321 aircraft, flying select domestic routes. A map detailing those routes can be found at www.usairways.com. And later next year, customers will be able to see if Wi-Fi is available on a specific flight by looking for the Wi-Fi icon while booking their flight on usairways.com. Jul 23, 2009

Virgin Galactic

Aabar Investments said Tuesday it will take a 32-percent stake worth USD$280 million in Virgin Group's space unit Virgin Galactic. In a filing on the Abu Dhabi bourse website, the investment firm said the deal was still subject to US and other regulatory approvals, but said it had committed an additional USD$100 million to fund a satellite launch capability. Aabar, an investment vehicle of the Abu Dhabi government, plans to build a spaceport in the United Arab Emirates capital. The deal gives it regional rights to host Virgin Galactic tourism and scientific research space flights, it said. Jul 29, 2009

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