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New York (AirGuide - Airline News North America) Apr 10, 2011

Aeromexico Aeromexico is seeking approval to launch flights from Mexico City to Fresno, California on 1 June. The carrier proposes operating a Boeing 737-700 on a single daily roundtrip flight. Apr 5, 2011

Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines renovations to LAX terminal to add more security lines. Alaska Airlines will spend $271 million to renovate and improve Terminal 6 at Los Angeles International Airport. Alaska Airlines plans to switch terminals at Los Angeles International Airport, creating an "Airport of the Future" facility with easier check-in, additional security lines, a new baggage-handling setup and more. The airline signed a 10-year lease to occupy the terminal. The improvements will be completed in 2012. Apr 6, 2011

ALPA The US Transportation Security Administration announced in conjunction with the US Air Transport Assn. and the Air Line Pilots Assn. union that a new crewmember screening system will be tested to determine if pilots, and potentially flight attendants, can be allowed to bypass traditional airport security checkpoints. Other organizations involved in the efforts include the Southwest Airline Pilots Assn. and the Coalition of Airline Pilots. ATA Senior VP-Safety, Security and Operations Tom Hendricks said that the system, which will rely on verifying crewmembers' identities and employment status rather than physical screening, will be tested through a pilot program at seven US airports. The airports have not been finalized, but they are likely to be "fairly large hubs in the system where we can pressure test this and see if we can roll it out" on a wider basis, he explained. Apr 5, 2011

American Airlines Airlines see pros, cons to shared airport space. U.S. airports increasingly are following Europe's lead in maintaining common-use gates and ticket counters that are shared by multiple airlines. Airports like the arrangement because it allows them to juggle space according to flight volume and free up square footage for retail outlets that bring in much-needed rents. Airlines, too, can save on rents when sharing space on an as-needed basis, but some point out that money is not the only issue. "At our large hubs, it just makes sense to be in the same gates and counters where we're in, day-in, day-out," says a spokesman for American Airlines, adding that permanent facilities also have a "significant branding" advantage. Apr 6, 2011

American Airlines American Airlines and British Airways, in celebration of their enhanced relationship are launching their first major joint promotion in the U.S. for frequent flyer members of both airlines. It demonstrates their commitment to offer customers more opportunities to enjoy rewards across carriers. The Miles Millionaire Contest will help "Cure the Wanderlust" by offering four winners [ETH] two American Airlines AAdvantage Program members and two British Airways Executive Club members [ETH] 1 million frequent flyer miles each, which is enough to cure anyone's overwhelming urge to travel. To qualify, American Airlines AAdvantage members or British Airways Executive Club members must register prior to travel and book a qualifying round-trip trans-Atlantic flight originating in the U.S. on any purchased, published fare on American Airlines, British Airways or Iberia on or before June 17, 2011. Travel must be completed on or before June 30, 2011. E Once travel is completed, customers will receive a contest entry email where they will have the opportunity to submit an essay answering the question. In addition, members of both programs will earn 20,000 bonus miles for booking and traveling on a qualifying full fare roundtrip Economy Class ticket or higher on American Airlines, British Airways or Iberia during the promotional period. American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia launched their trans-Atlantic joint business in October 2010 giving customers access to a global network of more than 400 destinations, more convenient connections and better scheduled travel times. Customers with the wanderlust and those seeking 1 million miles simply need to enter at www.aa.com/wanderlust or www.ba.com/wanderlust. Participants must be a member of either the American Airlines AAdvantage Program or the British Airways Executive Club Program to participate. Customers may enroll at www.aa.com/aadvantage or www.ba.com/executiveclub. Members only need to register once to be eligible for both The Miles Millionaire Contest and the bonus mile offer. The Miles Millionaire Contest begins April 6, 2011. The essay submission period ends July 15, 2011. Other restrictions apply. Apr 6, 2011

American Airlines American Airlines Adds Las Vegas-Los Angeles Flight. American Airlines today adds a fifth flight to its existing Las Vegas-Los Angeles service. Boeing 737-800 and MD-80 aircraft will serve the route. The flights to and from Los Angeles will be timed for an easy connection to American's new Los Angeles-Shanghai service which also starts today. The new Shanghai service departs Los Angeles at 3:10 p.m. each day. It is part of a major expansion of the Los Angeles cornerstone hub that will see more than 30 flights added today to 15 communities for a total of over 150 daily flights. Apr 5, 2011

American Airlines American's new flight AA158 from JFK to Budapest will depart at 6:40 p.m. and arrive in Budapest at 9:30 a.m. the following day using a Boeing 767-300 aircraft with 225 seats, 30 Business Class and 195 Economy Class. The return flight AA159 will depart from Budapest at 11:55 a.m., arriving at JFK at 3:35 p.m. American has teamed up with oneworld partner, Malev, to schedule these new flights so that customers can make easy connections at American's JFK hub and Malev's Budapest hub. For more information, visit www.aa.com/Budapest. Through June 30, American Airlines passengers who fly round-trip between JFK and Budapest can earn 15,000 AAdvantage bonus miles for travel in Business Class, 10,000 bonus miles for full-fare Economy Class. Register prior to travel using promotion code NYBUD and obtain complete details at www.aa.com/moreeurope. Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is a city rich in history and culture. It is divided by the River Danube, which flows through the center of the city. Visitors to Budapest can enjoy its magnificent array of castles, museums, churches, restaurants, and its dozen spas, fed by 100 natural warm springs. Iberia's new service from Barcelona to Miami operates on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Flight 6127 departs from Barcelona at 1:30 p.m. and arrives at Miami International Airport at 6:10 p.m. The return Flight 6126 departs from Miami at 7:45 p.m. and arrives at Barcelona 11:00 a.m. the following day. American Airlines AAdvantage members can earn double miles every time they fly this new route on Iberia. Customers need to register prior to travel using promotion code IBBCN at www.aa.com/offers. Apr 5, 2011

American Airlines American Airlines launched a significant service expansion from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) with 10 new destinations, including new daily nonstop service to Shanghai. American is the first U.S. airline to offer daily nonstop service from Los Angeles to Shanghai, the largest U.S.-China air travel market. Shanghai is one of the most important cultural, commercial and financial centers in China. Known for rapid cultural change, it is the hotspot of modern China - a cosmopolitan city of nearly 20 million that balances contemporary urban living along with the remains of its colonial past. Passengers also can make connections to China, Japan and other points in Asia from American's and Japan Airlines joint business route from San Francisco to Tokyo's Haneda Airport. Apr 5, 2011

American Airlines American Airlines Expands Asian Service With New Flights to Shanghai, China. American Airlines today begins its new nonstop Shanghai, China, service with daily flights from Los Angeles. American will fly the route with Boeing 777 aircraft which feature 16 First Class, 37 Business Class and 194 Economy Class seats. The new Shanghai service departs Los Angeles at 3:10 p.m. each day. It is part of a major expansion of the Los Angeles cornerstone hub that will see more than 30 flights added today to 15 communities for a total of over 150 daily. Flight AA183 leaves Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) for Shanghai's Pudong Airport (PVG) at 3:10 p.m. and arrives Shanghai at 7:45 p.m. the next day. Return flight AA182 leaves Shanghai at 9:45 p.m. and arrives LAX at 6:40 p.m. the same day. Apr 5, 2011

American Airlines American Airlines and oneworld partners Add European Service From the East Coast. Customers of American Airlines and its oneworld partners can now enjoy new and enhanced service between the East Coast and the European cities of Budapest, Hungary, as well as Barcelona and Madrid, Spain. New daily nonstop service from John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport to Budapest Ferihegy International Airport, Hungary, beginning April 5. Expanded service from JFK to Barcelona's El Prat Airport from seven to 11 nonstop flights per week beginning April 6. Increased service from Miami International Airport (MIA) to Madrid's Barajas Airport from 7 to 13 nonstop flights per week beginning on April 6. Apr 5, 2011

American Airlines American Eagle also is launching today nine new daily domestic destinations from LAX. American Eagle is introducing new two-class service to Denver and four of the new routes [ETH] Houston, Oklahoma City, Phoenix and Albuquerque, N.M. The service features a First Class cabin, with premium food and beverage service, and nine newly designed seats that offer adjustable headrests and ergonomically contoured back and seat cushions on the CRJ-700 aircraft. The American Eagle flights will depart from American Eagle's new terminal at LAX, which opened last year and will be expanded by up to four additional gates by the end of 2011 at an investment of approximately $20 million. American also will add seven additional daily flights from LAX, including two additional flights each to Dallas/Fort Worth and Miami and one additional flight each to Chicago, Las Vegas and Orlando, Fla. The addition of more than 30 round trip flights lifts total daily departures for American and American Eagle at LAX to over 150, up 28 percent. arin subtitles and a selection of Chinese films. Flights will also be staffed with Mandarin-speaking flight attendants. Apr 5, 2011

American Airlines American is offering AAdvantage members the opportunity to earn bonus miles on selected routes. Customers can earn the following: - Earn triple AAdvantage miles by flying on a purchased First Class or Business Class fare on LAX-Shanghai, adding up to more than 20,000 miles for a one-way trip. Customers who fly on a purchased LAX-Shanghai Economy Class fare can earn double AAdvantage miles. The bonus miles offer is valid for travel between April 5 and June 30. Customers can also earn double AAdvantage miles for travel on any of American Eagle's nine new domestic routes to and from Los Angeles. Registration prior to travel is required. Register and learn more at www.aa.com/morelax. - Double miles on new domestic routes to and from Los Angeles. - Double miles for travel between Los Angeles and Sacramento beginning today through June 30, 2011. To participate in this promotion, customers need to register prior to travel using promotion code LAX2X. - Up to 15,000 AAdvantage bonus miles for round-trip travel between New York and Budapest. - Up to 15,000 AAdvantage bonus miles for round-trip travel between Chicago and Helsinki. - Up to triple miles for travel between Los Angeles and Shanghai. - Double miles for nonstop travel on Iberia between Los Angeles and Madrid and between Miami and Barcelona. Apr 5, 2011

American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia Oneworld Alliance members American Airlines and British Airways are launching their first major joint promotion in the U.S. for frequent flyer members of both airlines. Four winners will receive one million miles each. To qualify, American Airlines AAdvantage members or British Airways Executive Club members must register prior to travel and book a qualifying roundtrip trans-Atlantic flight originating in the U.S. on any purchased, published fare on American Airlines, British Airways or Iberia on or before June 17, 2011. Travel must be completed on or before June 30, 2011. Once travel is completed, customers will receive a contest entry email where they will have the opportunity to submit an essay answering the question, "If you were cured of the Wanderlust with 1 Million Miles, where would you go and what would you do there?" Entrants can then encourage friends and family to vote for their essay online. A judging panel will determine the four "millionaires" from the 60 entries with the most votes. In addition, members of both programs will earn 20,000 bonus miles for booking and traveling on a qualifying full fare roundtrip Economy Class ticket or higher on American Airlines, British Airways or Iberia during the promotional period. Participants must be a member of either the American Airlines AAdvantage Program or the British Airways Executive Club Program to participate. Customers may enroll at www.aa.com/aadvantage or www.ba.com/executiveclub. To enter, visit www.aa.com/wanderlust or www.ba.com/wanderlust. Apr 6, 2011

American Airlines, Expedia American Airlines and Expedia reach an agreement on listings. American Airlines and Expedia resolved their dispute and are restoring the airline's fares to the online travel agency. "This is good news for both organizations," said Henry Harteveldt, a travel analyst at Forrester Research. "The good news for Expedia is that it has obviously regained the inventory of one of the largest airlines. And the good news for American is that it regained access to a travel agency that in 2010 accounted for more than 5% of its sales." American remains in a similar dispute with Orbitz Worldwide. Apr 5, 2011

American Eagle American Eagle has begun four new daily roundtrip flights between Sacramento International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport. The new service will be operated with 44-seat Embraer jets. Customers can earn double miles for travel between Los Angeles and Sacramento through June 30, 2011. To participate in this promotion, customers need to register prior to travel using promotion code LAX2X. Apr 6, 2011

American Eagle American Eagle has begun four new daily roundtrip flights between Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and Los Angeles International Airport. The new service is being operated with 63-seat Bombardier CRJ-700 jets, featuring a two-class cabin. Customers can earn double miles for travel between Los Angeles and Phoenix through June 30, 2011. To participate in this promotion, customers need to register prior to travel using promotion code LAX2X. For more information, visit www.aa.com. Apr 6, 2011

American Eagle American Eagle has begun three new daily roundtrip flights between Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and Los Angeles International Airport. The new service will be operated with 63-seat Bombardier CRJ-700 jets featuring two-class cabins. Customers can earn double miles for travel between Los Angeles and Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) through June 30, 2011. To participate in this promotion, customers need to register prior to travel using promotion code LAX2X. Apr 6, 2011

American Eagle American Eagle, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, has started a new daily roundtrip flight between Oklahoma City's Will Rogers World Airport and Los Angeles International Airport. The new service will be operated with 63-seat Bombardier CRJ-700 jets featuring a two-class cabin. Customers can earn double miles for travel between Los Angeles and Oklahoma City through June 30. To participate in this promotion, customers need to register prior to travel using promotion code LAX2X. For more information, visit www.aa.com. Apr 5, 2011

American Eagle American Eagle Airlines has begun twice daily nonstop service between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport (SPI) in Springfield, Ill. American Eagle will operate the flights with 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 jets. Customers can earn double miles for travel between Dallas/Fort Worth and Springfield through June 30, 2011. To participate in this promotion, customers need to register prior to travel using promotion code SPI2X. Customers can register and obtain complete offer terms and conditions at www.aa.com/offers. Apr 5, 2011

Boeing Boeing, regulators caught off-guard by 737 cracks. Boeing says it always knew that tiny cracks could develop in the metal skin of "Classic" 737 models, though engineers anticipated that a plane could complete 60,000 takeoffs and landings before the cracks appeared. But the Southwest Airlines 737-300 that developed a fuselage hole in mid-flight on Friday had completed fewer than 40,000 cycles, catching engineers and regulators off-guard. "We are all concerned about this recent development," said Paul Richter, Boeing's chief project engineer for older jets, adding that Friday's incident was a "statistical event" that had nothing to do with Southwest's maintenance program. The FAA has ordered immediate inspections of older 737 models, with additional checks every 500 cycles until the cause of the cracking issue can be identified. Apr 6, 2011

Boeing Boeing has issued a worldwide service bulletin that covers the operators of approximately 175 737-300/400/500s requiring a inspections on the aircraft fuselage structure to begin within five days for aircraft with more than 35,000 cycles, and 20 days for aircraft with 30,000 to 34,999 cycles, with the US Federal Aviation Administration requiring repeated examination every 500 cycles. The requirement comes in the wake of the 1 April fuselage rupture aboard a Southwest Airlines 737-300, that developed lap-joint cracks far earlier in its service life than anticipated, says Boeing's 737 Classic chief project engineer, Paul Richter. The US airframer issued the service bulletin late on 5 April disclosing the requirement to conduct dial frequency Eddy-current inspections on the lower row of fasteners in the fuselage lap-joint, along the left and right-hand side of the crown of the aircraft at stringer four between Station 360 - just aft of the forward passenger door - and Station 908 - a few frames ahead of the rear passenger door, covering roughly 15.2m (50ft) and almost the entire length of the passenger cabin. Apr 6, 2011

Boeing, FAA Airlines that operate Boeing 737s face a rigorous new emergency inspection regime following the fuselage rupture of a Southwest Airlines 737-300 over Arizona on 1 April. The new requirement will see each aircraft undergo an 8h inspection every 500 cycles. Within three days of the incident, Boeing issued a service bulletin covering the operators of about 175 737-300/400/500s, requiring inspections of fuselage structure to begin within five days for aircraft with more than 35,000 cycles, and within 20 days for those with 30,000 to 34,999 cycles. Meanwhile, the Federal Aviation Administration has issued an emergency airworthiness directive requiring repeated examinations every 500 cycles. Apr 8, 2011

Business Matchmaking Biofuel From Non-Edible Jatropha Plant Proving Its Worth as Aviation Fuel. Business Matchmaking, Inc. has compiled the results of multiple airline tests of oil from the little known non-edible plant Jatropha as a potential substitute for traditional jet fuel with impressive results. The non-profit company specializes in matching small firms with government agencies and major corporations. Japan Airlines, Air New Zealand, Continental, Brazil's TAM Airlines and most recently the Mexican carrier Interjet, in cooperation with European manufacturer Airbus, were hosts of successful tests and flights relying upon fuel from weed-like Jatropha which grows on land otherwise unusable for farming. A March 31, 2011 comprehensive report by Yale's School of Environmental Studies, funded by Boeing, concluded that "Jatropha can deliver strong environmental and socioeconomic benefits." The Yale Study used sustainability criteria developed by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels in evaluating actual farming conditions. Mission NewEnergy, Limited, the largest producer of Jatropha by acreage planted, currently employs more than 140,000 formerly impoverished farmers in India now earning a living cultivating Jatropha without compromising food supply or food pricing. The company is currently distributing product in Europe, and launching its US operations. The United Nation's International Civil Aviation Organization has established the goal of reducing aviation-related carbon-dioxide emissions and the use of renewable fuels. At one point, there was speculation that Ethanol might be appropriate for airplane use, but since it freezes at relatively low altitudes, it is deemed unacceptable for flight. The Yale study projected greenhouse gas reductions of up to 60 percent from Jatropha-based fuel compared to petroleum-based jet fuel. Apr 8, 2011

Canadian North Canadian North Enhances Schedule in Kitikmeot and Baffin Regions. Effective April 4, 2011, Canadian North began operating an additional 25 flights per week to northern communities in the Kitikmeot and Qikiqtani (Baffin) regions. The addition of these flights provides for more same-day connections to Ottawa through Iqaluit in the Qikiqtani, and the added convenience of more jet service in the Kitikmeot. Apr 5, 2011

Continental Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines Continental Airlines and LOT have signed a new codesharing agreement on flights between select destinations in the US and Europe. Under the deal, Continental will place its code on LOT's transatlantic flights between Continental's New York hub, Newark Liberty International Airport, and LOT's Warsaw hub, as well as on LOT's flights connecting Warsaw with London Heathrow, Frankfurt and Amsterdam that connect with Continental flights from those airports to the US carrier's Newark hub. In addition, Continental will also place its code on flights between Warsaw and Paris Charles de Gaulle that connect with Continental's New York Newark-Paris flights, subject to government approval. Apr 4, 2011

Delta Air Lines Delta to restart Tokyo Haneda service in June. Under pressure from United Continental, Delta Air Lines says it will resume service to Tokyo's close-in Haneda Airport in June. Both Delta and American Airlines suspended Haneda service as demand dropped following Japan's March 11 earthquake, and regulations stipulate that takeoff and landing slots may be awarded to other carriers if service is not resumed within 90 days. Last year, United Continental lost out in a four-way contest for slots at Haneda, which is closer to downtown Tokyo than Narita, Japan's main international airport. Apr 6, 2011

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport Westin Detroit Metro Airport Named Among Top Three Airport Hotels in North America by Skytrax. The Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport has been recognized among the top three airport hotels in North America in the Skytrax World Airport Awards 2011. The AAA Four-Diamond Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport is located adjacent to the AirportOs award-winning McNamara Terminal and is connected to the terminal via its own Transportation Security Administration (TSA) passenger screening checkpoint. In addition to its unrivaled location, the hotel features an eight-story atrium, a 7,600 sq. ft. ballroom and 28 meeting rooms--all fully equipped with the latest productivity technology. Each of the hotelOs 404 guest rooms and suites features distinctively upscale amenities. Hotel guests are also indulged with a fitness center, pool and sauna. In the hotelOs lobby, just steps from the TSA screening checkpoint, the hotelOs DEMA restaurant is a popular fine dining spot for hotel guests and other travelers alike. The Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport is also one of only three airport hotels in the United States to participate in TSAOs Beyond the Screening Checkpoint Program, which provides registered overnight hotel guests to access to the award-winning collection of nearly 90 shops and restaurants inside the McNamara Terminal after submitting to thorough background checks and TSA screening. The annual Skytrax World Airport Survey collected responses from more than 11 million questionnaires distributed to passengers around the world, representing over 100 nationalities and covering more than 240 airports worldwide. Airline travelers voted for the world's top 10 airport hotels, with over 860,000 guests rating their hotel experiences. The Skytrax survey was established in 1999, and is highly regarded for the clarity of the process and rigorously applied rules of total independence. The results are based on unsolicited customer survey responses. Apr 7, 2011

Expedia, American Airlines American Airlines and Expedia said that they have agreed to work together again. Expedia will display fares and schedule information of American Airlines and its subsidiary American Eagle. Access to fares and schedule information for American and American Eagle has been restored for search and ticketing on Expedia and Hotwire. Expedia said it plans to access American's fares, schedules, and customized travel products and services via American's Direct Connect link by using aggregation technology provided by a GDS. For more information, visit www.expedia.com. Apr 4, 2011

FAA FAA will review program overseeing older planes. FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt on Wednesday told lawmakers he has ordered a review of an agency program that oversees aging commercial aircraft. His directive was prompted by the forced landing of a Southwest Airlines jetliner last week. "Friday's event was very serious," Babbitt said. "I want to make absolutely certain that what we learn from this accident gets incorporated into our requirements for reviewing aging aircraft." Meanwhile, observers say the incident might prompt the FAA to strengthen inspection requirements for older planes. Apr 7, 2011

FAA FAA seeks to fire second sleeping controller. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has identified a second air traffic controller who fell asleep on the job, the agency said on Wednesday. FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt told a congressional hearing that the controller was "found intentionally sleeping" in the radar room during a midnight shift on February 19 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Babbitt said the agency is seeking to have the person, who was not named, fired. The sleeping controller was found asleep with cushions and a blanket. The airport tower controller was forced to perform his own duties as well as handle radar responsibilities for seven flights while the other controller slept, Babbitt said. Last month, U.S. aviation authorities said a lone controller at the tower at Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport fell asleep on the job on March 23, leaving two jetliners to land without any airport guidance. hat controller, a 20-year veteran and a supervisor, was suspended reported Reuters. Apr 6, 2011

Flythere4less.com The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has fined online ticket agent Flythere4less.com $40,000 for failing to disclose to consumers when flights were being operated under a code-sharing arrangement. OWhen passengers buy an airline ticket, they have a right to know which airline will be operating their flight,O said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. OWe will continue to ensure that airlines and ticket agents comply with our code-sharing rules.O Under code sharing, an airline will sell tickets on flights that use its designator code but are operated by a separate airline. DOT rules require airlines and ticket agents to disclose to consumers, before they book a flight, if the flight is operated under a code-sharing arrangement. The disclosure must include the corporate name of the transporting carrier and any other name under which the flight is offered to the public. Under a new law, when tickets are purchased on the Internet, code-share information must be easily viewable on the first display of a Web site following a search for flights corresponding to a desired itinerary. An investigation by the DepartmentOs Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings revealed that Flythere4less, at least during the latter half of 2010, violated the code-share disclosure rules by failing to disclose that certain flights listed on its Internet site were being operated by a regional carrier on behalf of a major airline. The listings did not display the corporate names of the operating carriers and other names under which the carriers operating the flights do business. Under the order, Flythere4less.com will pay $20,000 within the next 90 days and an additional $20,000 if it violates the code-sharing rules again in the next year. Apr 10, 2011

Gulfstream International Airlines Gulfstream International Airlines to Begin Air Service From Billings, Montana to Seven Montana Communities in May 2011. Gulfstream International Airlines today announced details of its new air service linking seven Montana cities with Billings Logan International Airport. Gulfstream will begin this new service on May 1, 2011 with service between Billings and Lewistown and Havre. On May 8, 2011 additional flights will be added from Billings to Glasgow and Wolf Point. On May 15, 2011 the balance of the cities will be added as service is started between Billings and Glendive, Miles City and Sidney. These flights will be operated by Gulfstream Airlines and ticketed in cooperation with Island Air of Hawaii. Gulfstream passengers will enjoy a seamless travel experience as though ticketing and baggage transfer is offered with most major carriers in Billings. Gulfstream passengers may book their flights by calling 1-800-499-7450. Schedule and general information is additionally available on the web at www.flygia.com. "Montana is a welcome addition to our route network," said Mickey Bowman, Gulfstream's Vice President of Corporate Development. He continued, "We are delighted to bring the Gulfstream product to the western U.S. Our new service will feature convenient and reliable schedules as well as reasonable local fares." Gulfstream currently operates 23 aircraft with over 150 daily system departures throughout Florida, the Bahamas, Ohio and now Montana. Gulfstream's Montana flights will operate under a ticket hosting and codeshare relationship with Island Air of Hawaii. The Company, with its headquarters in Ft. Lauderdale, has approximately 500 employees. Apr 5, 2011

Jose International Airport Sheriff's office is top contender for airport security contract. The front-runner for a contract that would replace city police for security duties at the San Jose International Airport is the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department, writes the San Jose Mercury News editorial board. The board writes that the plan to replace the police was initially "unnerving," but notes that if the sheriff's office is selected the airport will still be patrolled by sworn officers. Meanwhile, the board notes that the change could prompt the police force to lower the cost of services provided to the city. Apr 7, 2011

JPMorgan Chase Some credit card offers are catered toward travelers. Credit card companies are competing for customers, a battle in which frequent travelers might be the ultimate winner. Card companies are eliminating foreign-transaction fees, offering bonus miles and providing other perks to lure consumers. JPMorgan Chase is offering a British Airways Visa that features as many as 100,000 bonus miles for signing up. Apr 8, 2011

LOT Polish Airlines, Continental Airlines LOT Polish Airlines and Continental Airlines launched a codeshare agreement April 2 under which Continental will place its code on LOT Warsaw service to Newark, London Heathrow, Frankfurt and Amsterdam. Subject to government approval, CO will also place its code on WAW[ETH]Paris Charles de Gaulle. LOT will place its code on CO flights between EWR and Boston, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, San Francisco and Washington Dulles. Apr 6, 2011

McCarran International Airport There has been a power outage at McCarran International Airport causing the entire airport to operate in "pitch-blackness." At about 1:30 am on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, Las Vegas' international airport operations came to an abrupt halt when the entire airport lost electricity. Sources tell eTN that planes are currently stuck on the tarmac, with some planes which are as close as a few inches to their respective jetbridges unable to move. Las Vegas airport spokesperson Michael Alanza told eTN that Nevada Electric is on the way. It is unclear what has caused the power outage. Back-up generators did not come on in the terminal building. A terror attack is not yet out of the question. Planes are not allowed to approach the gates at this time. Apr 4, 2011

Mobissimo, Facebook Travel search engine Mobissimo has launched a travel dashboard on Facebook that allows anyone with a Facebook page to create personalized fare indexes with fare alerts that track airfare price changes. With MobissimoOs Facebook app (http://apps.facebook.com/mobissimo), users can search and monitor airfares pulled from hundreds of different travel suppliers across the web from their home airport to the destinations of their choice, with alerts that appear directly in their Facebook news feed. Flanked by a green, red or yellow arrow, MobissimoOs fare alerts indicate when a fare increases (red alert), stays the same (yellow alert), or decreases in price (green alert), to identify any changes simply and easily and allow travelers to book quickly. MobissimoOs Facebook travel dashboard also shows an index of fares found by other users with the same outbound airport. In addition, users can create custom fare indexes listing the cheapest destinations from their home airport. For travel companies that depend heavily on Google for traffic, Mobissimo provides an alternative to reach FacebookOs over 500 million active users, nearly 70 percent of which are located outside the United States. Apr 5, 2011

Newark airport TSA aims to improve its security at Newark airport. Transportation Security Administration managers at Newark International Airport acknowledged in a report that security lapses at the airport "produced a lack of faith in our ability to provide world class security." The report, which was obtained by media outlets, recommends improving hiring and training and centralized disciplinary procedures. TSA managers met on Thursday to discuss improving checkpoint security as well as recommendations aimed at preventing future security lapses. Apr 8, 2011

O'Hare International Airport FAA says O'Hare upgrades could improve on-time performance. The plan to build new runways and a new terminal and update the airfield at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport could help improve the airport's on-time performance. The Federal Aviation Administration estimates that when the final new runway is completed, the airport's delays will be cut by 64%. The project is expected to cost $3.4 billion. Apr 5, 2011

Points, Hawaiian Airlines Points International Ltd., owner and operator of the world's leading loyalty reward program management platform, www.Points.com, is pleased to announce the addition of HawaiianMiles to their online trading platform. HawaiianMiles members have the freedom to trade their miles with users of other programs via Points.com's loyalty marketplace. This broadens Hawaiian Airlines' relationship with Points.com which originated in 2001. HawaiianMiles members also have the ability to redeem their miles and exchange miles between programs via the Points.com platform. Apr 7, 2011

Rochester airport Rochester airport gets new baggage screening system. The Transportation Security Administration and New York's Rochester International Airport recently installed a new baggage screening system capable of examining every item in a traveler's bag at the airport. "These machines are set up to clear over 125 bags an hour, so you know it's going to speed up the process of TSA as well," said airport manager Steve Leqve. The airport will also receive a new full-body scanner that displays passengers' bodies as stick figures. Apr 8, 2011

San Francisco International Airport Mayor Lee Celebrates SFO Terminal 2 Grand Opening. Mayor Edwin M. Lee today unveiled the state-of-the-art Terminal 2 (T2) at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Turner Construction and Gensler renovated the 1954 terminal in a design-build partnership for $383 million, recycling 90% of the original building content, and created nearly 2,700 jobs. Registered with the United States Green Building Council, the terminal aims to be the first LEED Gold-certified terminal in the United States. The 640,000-square-foot terminal is the new home for American Airlines and Virgin America, which [ETH] with the arrival of American Airline's Susan G. Komen Special Edition 757 and vintage DC-3 as well as Virgin America's new Airbus A320 and Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo/SpaceShipTwo space launch system [ETH] provided visitors today with a first-hand glance at the past, present and future of commercial aviation. The first T2 flights will commence on Thursday, April 14. The community is invited to a free Open House on Saturday, April 9. "As we witness today the opening of a new generation of airport terminals, we are reminded once again of San Francisco's global reputation as an innovator and leader," said Mayor Lee. "The completion of T2 is a game changer on many levels. Not only is it a uniquely sustainable and world class terminal, but this project brought green jobs to the region and will keep permanent jobs when we need them most, boosting our local and regional economy." "Today, as San Francisco unveils the most innovative, environmentally sustainable domestic airport in the country, Terminal 2 marks California's active role as a transportation hub that connects air travelers with modern comforts," said Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom. "T2 is an economic engine that has created and will continue to create jobs and bolster our State's economy while being a responsible environmental steward of our natural resources." Originally constructed in 1954 and renovated in 1984, the 640,000 square foot Terminal 2 housed SFO's international flights until 2000, when it was replaced by the new International Terminal. The design of T2 is a notable departure from traditional airport terminals [ETH] most of which were built decades ago. T2 is customized for today and tomorrow's modern travelers with features designed to elevate the travel experience and to shatter perceptions and limitations of what the public has come to expect from air travel. This was made possible thanks to a strong design-build partnership between Turner Construction and Gensler. "SFO has created the finest traveler experience in an earth-friendly package," said SFO Director John L. Martin. "T2 is modern, restful, and intuitive. It demonstrates how we can simultaneously achieve sustainability and enhance the traveler experience." "Going green at SFO is an important journey for the nearly 40 million people who fly through the airport annually," said U.S. EPA's Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld. "Each passenger will learn how green buildings save energy, water, building materials and money. This is the future of airports." "Our design for T2 puts passengers first," said Gensler Founder Arthur Gensler. "We want people to enjoy the time that they spend at the airport and be delighted by unexpected experiences." Sustainable Features at T2 T2 is the first airport terminal in the United States that is LEED Gold-registered. The terminal was built with multiple progressive sustainable features aimed at reducing carbon emissions while also creating a more healthful environment for travelers and staff. These features include: Natural Light [ETH] Skylights bring daylight into the ticketing lobby and retail areas, providing a healthier work environment, while significantly reducing electricity requirements during daylight hours. Cleaner Air [ETH] An innovative displacement ventilation system that uses filtered air to improve indoor air quality, while using 20 percent less energy. Car-Free Connection [ETH] T2 connects to BART via SFO's AirTrain people mover system, so that travelers and employees alike can easily go from airport to city on mass transit. Zero-Waste [ETH] Waste stations replace traditional garbage cans with easy-to-use compartments for composting, recyclables and trash. Locally Grown [ETH] Local, organic food vendors, offering wholesome food grown and prepared in a healthful manner. Water Conservation [ETH] A dual plumbing system that allows for reclaimed water from SFO's water treatment facility to be used for toilets and other uses throughout the airport. Moreover, T2's plumbing fixtures use 40 percent less water than typical fixtures. Paperless Ticketing [ETH] A paperless ticketing system throughout the terminal increases efficiency and saves trees. Energy Efficiency [ETH] Energy efficient lighting and machinery will drastically reduce energy use. Sustainable Building Materials [ETH] Sustainable building materials include terrazzo flooring with recycled glass chips, recycled-content carpet and innovative and efficient use of structural steel. American's Admirals Club was also built with sustainability in mind. Various techniques were employed to maintain a high level of sustainability, such as water-use reduction, optimizing energy performance and construction waste management.

Key Design Features of T2 Relax After Security [ETH] A unique "Recompose" area past the security screening area that allows passengers a quiet and unhurried place to re-assemble their clothing and carry-on items. The Recompose also features a striking original ceiling installation by world-renowned artist Janet Echelman. Dining & Shopping Marketplace [ETH] Inspired by San Francisco's historic Ferry Building, T2 offers a beautiful food marketplace and retail street featuring the best of the Bay Area's retailers and restaurants focusing on locally-sourced, organic offerings. Computer Connections [ETH] Work-oriented counter seating with outlets and free wifi. Club-like lounge seating [ETH] Lounge in comfortable and stylish "Egg" chairs and seating designed by Fritz Hansen. Hydration Stations [ETH] Special tap-water hydration stations for filling re-usable water bottles. Places for Kids [ETH] Two unique children's play areas with original artwork that doubles as play pieces by Bay Area artists Walter Kitundu and Charles Sowers. American Airlines Admirals Club [ETH] Before, between or after flights, AA's brand-new, LEED Silver-registered Admirals Club [ETH] the only airport lounge in the terminal [ETH] provides a quiet place to relax or work in comfort and style. "Turner is very proud to have delivered on the promise of building toward LEED Gold specifications on schedule and under budget," said Turner Construction Senior Vice President Michael O'Brien. "T2 is the nation's first terminal renovation built to LEED Gold specifications. The original goal was LEED Silver, but the project team worked very hard to exceed that. We managed to recycle 93 percent of our construction waste, diverting more than 18,500 tons from our landfills." Airlines at T2 T2 will be home to American Airlines and Virgin America. American Airlines first flew out of SFO's original T2 building in 1954 and utilized one of the first jet bridge prototypes. Virgin America, launched in 2007, is San Francisco's only home-based airline, and T2 will serve as the airline's principal base of operations. Each airline will occupy seven of the 14 gates at T2. American also provides customers with T2's only airline lounge [ETH] a new, environmentally friendly Admirals Club expected to receive LEED Silver-certification. At more than 9,400 square feet [ETH] almost double the size of its previous lounge in T3 [ETH] American's new Admirals Club features comfortable seating for up to 165 guests, a business center with HP PCs, Wi-Fi, a walk-up cyber cafe with HP TouchSmart PCs, a TV lounge with flat-panel TVs, private spa-like showers and architecture reflecting the unique character of Northern California. "American Airlines is among the longest-serving airlines in the San Francisco Bay Area, so we are looking forward to opening a new era of service out of an innovatively designed terminal that we know our customers will enjoy," said Tim Ahern, American's Vice President [ETH] Airport Services. "Now [ETH] more than six decades after American first began operating from the original Terminal 2 [ETH] the new T2, along with our new Admirals Club, will be ideal for our operations and will provide our customers with a great travel experience. The terminal also makes it convenient to fly on our oneworld Alliance partners that provide nonstop service to several international cities." Known for its sustainable practices and inventive design, Virgin America informed the T2 design concept process and it is anticipated that Virgin America's spaces within T2 will ultimately achieve the highest possible LEED-Platinum certification. Virgin America is the only California-based airline. With outstanding service, custom-designed cabins and high-tech amenities, Virgin America has been winning over consumers and travel awards since its August 2007 launch [ETH] including capturing the "Best Domestic Airline" title in Conde Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards and Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards for the past three years. Virgin America has created 1,900 jobs and welcomed more than 11 million guests since its launch. The airline continues to fuel significant expansion, with its employee base projected to grow by 500 additional teammates a year and its fleet projected to triple in size by 2019. "Virgin is known around the world for product innovation that improves the customer experience. I am proud to see Virgin America grow into a new home that allows them to extend that unique Virgin experience from the aircraft to the airport," said Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson. "Thanks to the vision of SFO and Gensler, T2 is a leader in sustainable airport design and the evolution of the airport guest experience. Just as Virgin America now has guests who say 'I wish my flight was longer,' T2 is a place travelers will actually enjoy visiting and spending time in." "As a new carrier and as the only California-based airline, we've had an opportunity to build sustainable practices into our operations from day one," said Virgin America CEO and President David Cush. "We've also utilized the latest in design to enhance the traveler experience [ETH] and we hope, elevate the journey beyond just getting from Point A to Point B. As we grow, we're proud to partner with SFO and the City to create a new home that embodies these same principles [ETH] and in a very real sense the innovative, environmentally-focused spirit of the Bay Area. T2 will not only elevate the travel experience, it will serve as a model for sustainable airport design around the world." Art at T2 The traveler's experience will be further augmented by SFO's world-renowned signature public art program featuring dozens of art works by local and international artists. The five permanent new public art works commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission for T2 include: Norie Sato's Air Over Under; Kendall Buster's Topography; and Janet Echelman's Every Beating Second. Exploratorium artists Charles Sowers and Walter Kintundu have developed art-as-play areas for children, featuring Charles Sowers' Butterfly Wall; and Walter Kintundu's Bay Area Bird Encounters. In addition, a new special exhibit presented by the SFO Museum, A Century of Silver and Metalwork from the Margo Grant Walsh Collection will be on display through October 2, 2011. "The five new commissions are as bold and exciting as the surrounding architecture. In addition to the new art, we've reinstalled 20 artworks, which were historically in the airport's collection, by some of the best artistic talent to emerge from the Bay Area from the early 1960s through the mid-1980s," said Luis R. Cancel, director of cultural affairs for the San Francisco Arts Commission. "World-class art is a part of the fabric of everyday life in San Francisco, and what better way to set the stage for our visitors than with a museum-quality art collection at our gateway." Apr 6, 2011

South African Airways South African Airways will launch four-times-weekly Airbus A330-200 Johannesburg-Mumbai service May 14. The new non-stop return flight from Johannesburg to New York, which currently makes a short stop in Dakar, Senegal, will make the return even more convenient starting May 1. SAA announced earlier this year that its return service from Johannesburg to New York JFK will now operate non-stop beginning May 1. The new timing for the flight means more time on the ground for travelers in Southern Africa, less time in the air, an earlier arrival time in New York, and more time to enjoy the Big Apple or to access many more early morning connection opportunities on a number of airlines. Apr 4, 2011

Southwest Airlines, Boeing No word from Southwest on repair status of damaged plane. Boeing engineers are working with Southwest Airlines mechanics to repair the damaged fuselage of a grounded 737 in Yuma, Ariz., but Southwest isn't saying when or if the plane will return to service. A portion of the fuselage has been cut away and sent to the National Transportation Safety Board for analysis, and Southwest has completed safety inspections on dozens of other jets. Apr 7, 2011

Southwest Airlines, Boeing Southwest completes 737 inspections, grounds 5 jets. Southwest Airlines removed two more jets from service on Tuesday after discovering "minor subsurface cracking" that could weaken the metal skin of the Boeing 737-300s. Southwest examined all of its older 737s after a five-foot section of fuselage opened up during a flight on Friday. A total of five jets have been grounded pending repair recommendations from Boeing. NTSB Chairman Debbie Hersman said she was "very pleased" with Southwest's quick response to the incident. Apr 6, 2011

Southwest Airlines, Boeing Fuselage hole prompts Southwest to cancel flights. Southwest Airlines canceled hundreds of flights after a hole opened up midflight on a Boeing 737. Friday's flight from Phoenix to Sacramento, Calif., was forced to land in Yuma, Ariz., when the jet lost cabin pressure. There were no serious injuries, but Southwest grounded similar jets to check for fatigue or cracking. "The carrier has decided to keep a subset of its Boeing 737 fleet out of the flying schedule to begin an aggressive inspection effort in cooperation with Boeing engineers," Southwest said. Apr 4, 2011

Southwest Airlines, Boeing Southwest cancels more flights amid inspections. Southwest Airlines canceled 70 flights on Monday as it continued to inspect Boeing 737 planes following the emergency landing on Friday of a jet with a hole in its fuselage. Spokeswoman Whitney Eichinger said 70 flights systemwide were canceled for Monday out of about 3,400 daily flights. Of 79 Boeing older 737-300 model planes that were designated for additional inspections after the April 1 incident, 33 had been returned to service, she said. The discount airline canceled 600 flights over the weekend as it checked 737-300 planes for fuselage cracks and fatigue after one of its planes with a gaping hole made an emergency landing in Arizona. Flight 812 was heading from Phoenix to Sacramento when a 5-foot tear opened in the fuselage 20 minutes after takeoff. So far, inspections have turned up cracks in two other planes, Southwest said. Boeing was expected to issue a service bulletin to operators of 737-300s worldwide on inspection procedures for the subset of planes affected, especially those with particularly heavy use, aviation officials said. Boeing did not have an immediate comment on Monday. The narrow body 737 is Boeing's best selling model. There are about 280 737-300s currently in the U.S. airline fleet, and 900 globally. James Higgins, an analyst with Soleil Securities, said the flight cancellations will cause some revenue loss for Southwest but he doesn't expect lasting fallout from this incident. Southwest expects to close its pending acquisition of AirTran Holdings in the second quarter. "I don't think there is anything systematic or persistent here," Higgins said. "This is more noteworthy for its headline generation than for its likely damage to the company." Shares of Southwest, which only operates Boeing 737 planes, were down 2.6 percent, or 33 cents, at $12.34 in morning trading on Monday, while Boeing was off 17 cents, or 0.2 percent, at $73.84. The Arca Airline index was down 0.9 percent. Apr 4, 2011

Southwest Airlines, Boeing FAA sets stringent checks of older 737s. FAA to mandate fuselage inspections for older Boeing 737s. The FAA today plans to issue an emergency inspection order for certain older-model Boeing 737-300s to look for evidence of fuselage cracks. There are about 175 of the planes in use worldwide, with 80 registered in the U.S. Some safety experts said the order might eventually be broadened to include more aircraft, and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood warned of possible "additional action depending on the outcome of the investigation" into Friday's incident involving a Southwest Airlines 737-300. The most urgent Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirement covers about 175 of the most heavily used planes worldwide. Checks of those jets must be completed within five days of the airline receiving the order and repeated before they total another 500 takeoffs and landings. Eventually, the agency wants checks on more of the "classic" 737-300, 400 and 500 planes to undergo the time-consuming electromagnetic metal fatigue inspections before they reach a certain number of takeoffs and landings. The inspections aim to detect cracks along joints in the fuselage that bond layers of aircraft skin which cannot be seen visually. Paul Richter, chief project engineer for 737 "classic" at Boeing, told a media briefing on Tuesday the fatigue cracks suspected in the Southwest rupture occurred sooner than Boeing expected in the life of the plane. Boeing issued a bulletin to its operators outlining the inspection requirements that were narrower and less stringent than the FAA directive. The aircraft involved in the April 1 event performed more than 39,000 takeoffs and landings, Southwest said. An industry source with knowledge of the Boeing bulletin said that total was higher than average for a plane of its age -- around 15 years. Flight 812 was heading from Phoenix to Sacramento, California, when a 5-foot tear opened up 20 minutes after takeoff along the roof just above the left wing. The most demanding part of the FAA order was based on an inspection regimen launched by Southwest after last week's incident and completed on Tuesday. Southwest grounded and inspected more than 70 planes over four days, discovering cracks in five that require repairs, the carrier said. Boeing believed there was nothing about how Southwest operates planes that may have contributed to the April 1 incident, Richter said. Safety experts have questioned whether the aggressive way in which Southwest uses its planes -- quick turnarounds and short hops -- may accelerate wear. Southwest returned to a normal schedule on Tuesday after canceling more than 650 flights over the weekend and on Monday. Southwest shares fell 26 cents, or 2.1 percent, to close at $12.20, and Boeing was off 72 cents, or about 1 percent, at $72.23. Apr 4, 2011

Spirit Airlines Spirit Airlines Kicks off Nationwide Mega Miles Giveaway Tour. Spirit Airlines today announced that the carrier is hitting the road this spring to host its first-ever Mega Miles Giveaway Tour as it visits more than 20 cities across the United States giving away a million miles at each stop. Yes, one lucky winner will receive one million miles in every city of the tour! ThatOs enough for up to 200 round-trip tickets. Everyone who signs up at www.getfreemiles.com receives 5,000 FREE SPIRIT* frequent flyer bonus miles*, as well as a chance to win one million miles during the event to be hosted in their city. A few days before each event, several hundred of those who have registered will be randomly selected to participate in one of SpiritOs wacky contests for the chance to win a million miles. OWeOre looking forward to saying hello and thanking our loyal customers, as well as reaching out to potential new customers in the cities we serve across the United States,O says Michael Pewther, SpiritOs Senior Director of Sales. Sign-up to receive 5,000 free miles* and a chance to win one million miles at www.getfreemiles.com. Complete Spirit Airlines Mega Miles Giveaway rules are available at www.getfreemiles.com. Apr 4, 2011

Suitcase.com Suitcase.com ReleaseSuitcase.coms 2011 Consumer Luggage Report. Suitcase.com, one of the first websites in the industry to sell luggage, travel bags and briefcases online, has released its 2011 Consumer Luggage Report. The survey, as a follow up to last year's inaugural report, revealed that increased airline fees, along with tighter security guidelines and regulations, continue to directly impact consumer behavior. Additionally, consumers are placing a greater emphasis on luggage that is lightweight, durable and feature-rich, including new technologies and unique, artistic designs. The quantifiable data depicts travel habits and primary decision factors when purchasing luggage. Key survey findings are outlined below. Download the full luggage report here. 48% of respondents prefer to pack lighter and use smaller travel bags as a result of the increases in TSA regulations and heightened security. 58% of respondents only purchase luggage made with lightweight materials. When purchasing a new piece of luggage for airline travel, the following factors have the greatest influence: weight (76%), durability (76%), size and dimensions (74%), and features and functionality (73%). "Customers are taking a lighter approach to luggage this year, from lightweight, expandable options for ease of travel, to fun and trendy designs that make a statement," says John Ebb, Suitcase.com CEO. "Features such as wheels, retractable handles and expandability continue to reign, but improvements in the economy have buyers looking at luggage in a new way, whether for conveniences or style." Apr 6, 2011

TSA Clown opens confetti-filled egg on TSA agent's head, faces charges. A woman who opened a plastic egg filled with confetti over an airport security agent's head in Philadelphia now faces a misdemeanor harassment charge. Val Baul is a traveling clown known as the "Bunny Lady" in Roeland Park, Kan., where she resides. She claims the TSA agent confronted her about her plastic eggs after she had already passed through security. Apr 8, 2011

TSA TSA aims to hire 200 more agents for Atlanta airport. The Transportation Security Administration plans to hire an additional 200 part-time workers ahead of the opening of the airport's new international terminal next year. More security officers are needed to screen travelers at the terminal, which will become a second entry to the airport's concourses. The TSA currently employs about 1,000 officers in Atlanta. Apr 6, 2011

TSA TSA will expand expedited screening for airline crews. The Transportation Security Administration plans to expand a test program that may eventually allow pilots and flight attendants to bypass traditional airport security checkpoints. Tom Hendricks -- ATA Senior Vice President-Safety Security and Operations -- said the program will "satisfy security needs and free up TSA resources to improve passenger flow." The expedited process has been tested at three airports so far and will be expanded to "a limited number" of airports. It was developed by a union representing airline pilots. Unions representing flight attendants also support the expedited screening. The program relies on verifying crewmembers' identities and employment status. Apr 5, 2011

TSA TSA puts on a friendlier -- and furrier -- face. A TSA program in Texas trains Labrador Retrievers as airport security dogs because of travelers' high comfort level with the affable breed. "[W]e think these dogs are a little more comfortable for the traveling public than some of the dogs we might associate with being police dogs," says Scott Thomas of TSA's Canine Breeding and Development Center puppy program. Apr 4, 2011

TSA Study raises concerns about proper use of scanners. A recent study from the University of California at San Francisco suggests that radiation emitted from airport scanners could boost the risk of cancer if the machines are not used properly. "We don't know the doses of radiation they would emit or how they would malfunction," said Dr. Rebecca Smith-Bindman, who conducted the study. "We're assuming they work as intended, but I fully believe [the Transportation Security Administration] should be prudent and allow more independent testing." Apr 4, 2011

TSA Lack of female screeners complicates work for TSA employees. A diverse workforce made up of men and women is an "absolute necessity" for the Transportation Security Administration, according to an editorial in The Washington Post. The editorial notes that a shortage of female screeners at Washington Dulles International Airport will force the TSA to transfer female screeners from baggage inspections to security checkpoints. Meanwhile, other observers say forcing female employees to move from baggage screening to the passenger line could limit their options for career advancement and complicate their schedules. Apr 4, 2011

United Airlines A United Airlines jet that left Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans Monday morning was forced to turn around and make an emergency landing minutes after takeoff when smoke was reported in the cockpit. The pilots of a United Airlines flight that lost power in all its instruments today were able to return to the airport and land safely, guided by air traffic controllers, cockpit tapes show. The potential disaster occurred just three days after pilots of a Southwest Airlines jet were able to get the plane safely on the ground even though a section of the top of the fuselage ripped off in mid-flight. Apr 5, 2011

United Airlines United Continental CEO blasts EU emissions trading scheme. In less than eight months, all airlines flying into and within Europe will have to abide by the European Union's emissions trading scheme. The Air Transport Association has legally challenged the inclusion of non-EU-based airlines in the scheme, which is now before the European Court of Justice. Extending the scheme to foreign airlines was "inappropriate" and "exceeds the legal authority of the European Union," said United Continental President and CEO Jeff Smisek. "It would be the equivalent of if California were regulating auxiliary power units in Heathrow," he said. "Probably people in Heathrow would be pretty outraged by it." Apr 4, 2011

United Airlines, Airbus United Airlines Celebrates 85th Anniversary With Commemorative Aircraft. United Airlines commemorates its 85th anniversary today by unveiling an Airbus A320 painted in the airline's 1970s-era "Friend Ship" livery at an employee celebration at Chicago O'Hare International Airport. Employee celebrations continue throughout the week as the Friend Ship visits other United and Continental hub airports, including Denver International Airport, San Francisco International Airport, and Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport, the airline's largest hub. Last fall, United employees selected the Friend Ship, which features stripes of deep red and sky blue and a regal star pattern, from United's historical liveries. United's history began April 6, 1926, when a small Swallow biplane owned by Walter Varney completed the first airmail delivery, landing to cheering crowds in Nevada after a flight across a harsh, mountainous route. While other aviation legends saw air travel as a challenge and a sport to be conquered, Varney was among the first to recognize its business potential. Varney then founded Varney Air Service in 1926 after acquiring an airmail contract. He later sold the company to United Aircraft and Transport, which would change its name to United Air Lines in 1933. In 1934, Varney and his business partner Louis Mueller founded Varney Speed Lines, which was sold and renamed Continental Airlines in 1937. Both airlines would eventually become industry giants with service to hundreds of points in the U.S. and around the globe. EIn May 2010, United and Continental merged to become the world's leading airline. In 1926, fewer than 6,000 Americans paid to travel by plane. By 1930, about 170,000 paying passengers took to the sky each year. Boeing's tri-motored Model 80 carried up to 18 people in an enclosed cabin [ETH] a step up from only a few years earlier when two passengers rode on top of mailbags, wearing parachutes and goggles. In 1936, people could fly coast to coast, allowing at least 20 hours for the trip, but generally bought tickets at the door of the plane just before takeoff. By comparison, today, the new United flies more than 150 million customers each year, equal to about half the population of the U.S., and travelers can book flights from virtually anywhere. United's largest aircraft, the 747-400, seats 374 travelers in modern comfort, offering flat-bed seats, personal inflight entertainment, hot meals and world-class service. The new United features the world's most comprehensive route network, offering customers access to destinations on six continents and nonstop or one-stop service from virtually anywhere in the United States. With the most modern and fuel-efficient fleet among America's network carriers, United takes to the sky with 5,675 daily departures from nearly 375 airports. Apr 6, 2011

United Airlines, Airbus United flight lands safely after losing instruments. Passengers on United Airlines Flight 497 praised their pilots and air traffic controllers after the Airbus A320 lost power and had to be guided to an emergency landing in New Orleans relying on instructions radioed from the ground. Pilots reported "a smoke issue" shortly after takeoff, followed by an instrument failure. The plane's nose veered off the runway upon landing, but passengers and crew evacuated safely and there were no serious injuries. The FAA said it was investigating the incident. Apr 5, 2011

United Continental Holdings, All Nippon Airways ANA, United Continental begin trans-Pacific alliance. United Continental Holdings has launched its trans-Pacific joint venture with All Nippon Airways, allowing close coordination of schedules and fares for about 120 weekly flights between the U.S. and Japan. Standardized frequent flier benefits will be the major change noticed by most passengers, according to a United Continental spokesman. Apr 4, 2011

UPS, Boeing No hazmat declaration for lithium batteries on crashed plane. The UPS 747 cargo plane that crashed in Dubai last September was carrying lithium batteries that had not been declared as hazardous cargo, according to a report from the Dubai government. Though the batteries weren't singled out as the cause of the fire that brought down the plane, the report is expected to focus international attention on safety issues surrounding such shipments. UPS says it is currently investigating about 40 different technologies to prevent crashes, including emergency oxygen systems and cockpit lighting that would help pilots see through heavy smoke. Apr 4, 2011

UPS, Boeing Investigators have determined that the fire which brought down a UPS Boeing 747-400 freighter near Dubai probably started in the main cargo deck just forward of the wings. The United Arab Emirates' General Civil Aviation Authority states that there were no declared shipments of hazardous material on the 747, but that package details identified "many" shipments of lithium batteries. Further investigation found that at least three consignments contained lithium ion battery packs which met hazardous materials criteria and "should have appeared on the cargo manifest", the GCAA adds. Apr 4, 2011

US Airways US Airways sees WiFi use in the low single digits. US Airways says most of its planes offering in-flight WiFi see utilization rates "below 5%," while the service needs more than 20% to break even. Though competitive pressures may eventually make WiFi more prevalent, US Airways President Scott Kirby says that based on current usage levels, the company still has not made the decision to offer Internet access throughout its domestic fleet. Apr 8, 2011

US Airways US Airways CEO sees "one big deal left" for airline consolidation. Despite a wave of consolidation, there's still room for "one big deal" in the U.S. airline industry, and US Airways plans to be a part of it, CEO Doug Parker said Wednesday. With a cleaned-up balance sheet and its second-best profit ever in 2010, US Airways is well-positioned for a merger, he said. The company boasts a 10% market share, trailing United Continental, Delta and American among legacy carriers. "I believe any of the three of them at the right time could do something with us if we wanted to and they wanted to," Parker noted. Apr 7, 2011

US Airways US Airways adds first-class seating in regional jets. US Airways Group is striving to increase revenue by offering travelers first-class seating on its regional jets, much like its largest competitors do. The new seating option recognizes "the value of the first-class customer" and would result in "more revenue, and, of course, ultimately, more profitability," said Andrew Nocella, senior vice president of marketing at US Airways. Apr 7, 2011

US Airways Small Market Flyers Get First Class Option on US Airways Express. US Airways today announced the addition of First Class service to 110 US Airways Express regional jets [ETH] expanding the number of domestic flights with First Class and the availability of upgrades for the airlineOs Dividend Miles Preferred frequent flyer members. The Company also announced several enhancements to its domestic First Class and Envoy international business class experience. US Airways will install First Class on the Embraer 170 and 175 and Canadair Regional Jet 700 and 900 with the initial introduction scheduled for the Embraer E175 fleet beginning this October. The three remaining regional jet fleets will be completed by the end of January 2012. The seats will offer generous legroom and personal space in a 1-2 configuration throughout the dedicated First Class cabin. Once completed, US Airways will offer the highest percentage of daily departures with a First Class cabin among the four major network carriers. OWith the installation of First Class on US AirwaysO Express partner aircraft weOre able to offer our First Class customers seamless, same-class service to the more than 85 destinations these aircraft serve,O said Andrew Nocella, senior vice president marketing and planning, US Airways. OThis will also offer our Dividend Miles Preferred members complimentary upgrades on nearly 640 more flights each day.O When installation is complete, First Class customers can expect the same benefits when traveling on First Class-equipped US Airways Express aircraft that they currently experience on mainline flights including: Priority check-in Priority security lines (where available) Early boarding A dedicated cabin A larger seat with increased legroom Complimentary alcoholic beverages Complimentary snacks Complimentary pillows and blankets Priority baggage handling OUS Airways Express serves a very important role for our airline and our customers,O said Dion Flannery, president, US Airways Express. OBy working with our partners PSA, Mesa and Republic Airways, weOre now able to provide the level of service and comfort our First Class passengers desire while connecting them to mainline flights in our hub cities.O The airline anticipates that the addition of First Class to US Airways Express will be revenue positive in the first year due to the additional revenue from First Class sales and the sale of upgrades. For more information about US Airways Express First Class visit www.usairways.com/expressfirst. US Airways also announced that on April 1 it introduced heartier meals and new snacks to its domestic First Class and brought back glassware on all meal flights. On flights between 1.5 and 3.5 hours, the airline replaced its existing snacks with a new lineup of larger, premium brand snacks such as Late July[umlaut] Bite Size Cheddar Cheese Crackers, Immaculate Baking Co[umlaut] Chocobillys[umlaut] chocolate chip cookies and Newtons[umlaut] Mixed Berry Fruit Crisps. Almost all the new snacks are made with all-natural and/or organic ingredients and range from savory to sweet. On flights longer than 3.5 hours that depart between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m., First Class customers will now have an upgraded breakfast, lunch or dinner with their choice of two hot entrees, including a vegetarian option. In addition, lunch and dinner meals now include fresh appetizers, upgraded premium desserts and a choice of bakery breads. Menus will vary slightly on Embraer 190 and Boeing 737 aircraft. Nocella added, OWe believe itOs important to offer a truly first class experience for those customers who choose to purchase First Class and for our Dividend Miles Preferred members who enjoy the unlimited upgrades they receive from our frequent flyer program. WeOve taken a fresh look at our onboard experience and upgraded those First Class attributes that are important to these customers.O Finally, on May 1, US Airways will launch a series of enhancements to the food and overall meal presentation in Envoy, the airline's business class product to Europe, South America and the Middle East. The redesigned menu will feature a signature six ounce American-style filet plus three other entre choices, one of which is always a vegetarian dish. Appetizers, desserts and arrival snacks will also be refreshed to provide a restaurant-style experience on board. All of these menu enhancements will be offered on new and modern china that will upgrade the overall meal presentation. Apr 6, 2011

US Airways Press Release: US Airways Pilots Express Outrage over Data Theft Facilitated by US Airways Management. The pilots of US Airways, represented by the US Airline Pilots Association (USAPA), today expressed their outrage at the airline's acknowledgement that its management personnel aided in unauthorized distribution of the highly confidential personal data of thousands of pilots. USAPA is currently cooperating with a criminal investigation into this matter. US Airways recently admitted that a management pilot accessed and transferred a confidential database containing the personal information of thousands of US Airways pilots, including names, addresses and Social Security numbers. The transferred database may also have included pilot passport information. The data was given to a third party pilot group, which has acted to disrupt the ongoing negotiations between USAPA and US Airways currently under the auspices of the National Mediation Board and undermine USAPAOs bargaining objectives. "US Airways pilots are infuriated at the data breach perpetuated by a management official of the company for which they work," stated Mike Cleary, president of USAPA. "Thousands of us have been exposed to identity theft that could impact us for the rest of our lives. Further, as the Federal Bureau of Investigation has yet to determine the extent of the breach, we are concerned about the security of ALL information provided to US Airways [ETH] including our familiesO personal information. US Airways collects personal information on US Airways employees' family members and information from passengers, such as credit card data." USAPA has been working with the FBI since November 2010 in an attempt to determine the exact scope of the data breach. In his letter alerting the FBI, the Transportation Security Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration to USAPAOs concerns, President Cleary said, "We believe the unauthorized access to this confidential information may pose a direct threat to national security, our represented pilotsO safety, and their professional standing. "The exact scope of the breach is unknown, but unauthorized access to airline pilot passport numbers coupled with pilot residential addresses could potentially be used to forge U.S. commercial airline pilot passports, or identities, in order to gain access to international or domestic commercial aircraft or flights [ETH] thereby posing a direct threat to our nationOs security." "In light of this breach, USAPA has concluded that US Airways cannot be trusted with confidential or sensitive information," President Cleary said today. "The union is also extremely disappointed by the CompanyOs lack of aggressive action to address this issue, first denying that a significant breach had even occurred, then equivocating concerning the extent of that breach, all the while taking no remedial action against the Company personnel involved in the breach. Significantly, the Company has also failed to take steps to provide lifelong protection to the pilots directly affected and adequately address the potential national security issues for all of our pilots and passengers." USAPA is committed to spending the time and resources necessary to protect its members, while it believes that US Airways sits on the sideline. US Airways management has informed USAPA that it is relying on the OassurancesO of the very parties responsible for the data breach that the confidential information will not be misused. "This is, of course, ludicrous," President Cleary responded. "ItOs analogous to a bank robber promising he will not spend the stolen loot. We are demanding swift and aggressive action as we simultaneously take significant steps to hold both US Airways and the specific responsible parties liable for the damage caused." Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., the US Airline Pilots Association (USAPA) represents the more than 5,000 mainline pilots who fly for US Airways. USAPA's mission is to ensure safe flights for airline passengers by guaranteeing that their lives are in the hands of only the most qualified, competent and well-equipped pilots. USAPA will fight against any practices that may jeopardize its pilots' training, equipment, workplace environment, compensation or work/life balance, or that compromise its pilots' ability to execute the optimal flight. Visit the USAPA website at www.USAirlinePilots.org. Apr 6, 2011

US Airways US Airways said it is adding first class service to 110 US Airways Express regional jets, expanding the number of domestic flights with first class and the availability of upgrades for the airlineOs Dividend Miles Preferred frequent flyer members. The company also announced several enhancements to its domestic first class and Envoy international business class experience. US Airways will install first class on the Embraer 170 and 175 and Canadair Regional Jet 700 and 900 with the initial introduction scheduled for the Embraer E175 fleet beginning this October. The three remaining regional jet fleets will be completed by the end of January 2012. The seats will offer generous legroom and personal space in a 1-2 configuration throughout the dedicated first class cabin. Once completed, US Airways will offer the highest percentage of daily departures with a first class cabin among the four major network carriers. For more information, visit www.usairways.com/envoy. Apr 6, 2011

US Airways US Airways Ranked First among OBig FiveO Carriers in On-Time Arrivals and Baggage Handling for February and Annual Airline Quality Report. US Airways ranked first among the OBig FiveO hub and spoke airlines in the United States in February in two of three operational categories tracked by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) [ETH] on-time arrivals and baggage handling [ETH] in its Air Travel Consumer Report, released today. US Airways placed third in the third category, customer satisfaction, as measured by fewest complaints filed with the DOT. Additionally, US Airways was ranked first among the nationOs big hub-and-spoke carriers, and 6th overall, in the annual Airline Quality Report (AQR) released yesterday. The AQR is published by teams of researchers at Wichita State University in Kansas and Purdue University in Indiana. US Airways improved its ranking among the OBig FiveO for the fifth consecutive year, and its 6th place overall ranking was up from 8th place a year ago. US AirwaysO top rankings in the DOTOs February report earned the airlineOs employees payouts for their contributions to that outstanding performance. February is the 11th consecutive month in which the carrierOs employees have earned such payouts. US AirwaysO OTriple Play BucksO program awards workers $50 every time the company places first in any of the three DOT monthly operational performance categories. Because US Airways placed first in two categories in February, employees will receive $100 in Triple Play payouts. Apr 5, 2011

US Airways, Airbus US Airways has informed Airbus it needs the planned re-engined A321NEO to have a similar mission to 757s that currently fly longer-haul sectors. The carrier is a significant customer for Airbus, operating 232 aircraft built by the European airframer, including 93 A319s, 72 A320s and 51 A321s. Carrier chief executive Derek Kerr said during the carrier's annual media on 6 April that an A321NEO capable of 757 long-haul missions is "of huge interest to us. We've told them [Airbus] that". US Airways needs an aircraft smaller than the 767 to operate transatlantic flights to Europe and missions to Hawaii profitably, says Kerr. Apr 7, 2011

US Airways, Aircell US Airways has not made a decision on whether to install Aircell's Gogo onboard Wi-Fi across its domestic fleet. At present, only the carrier's Airbus A321s are equipped and usage is very low, according to President Scott Kirby, who told reporters at the US Airways media day Wednesday that it averages "below 5%" while "breakeven is north of 20%." However, he also expects that onboard connectivity eventually will become prevalent among US carriers for competitive reasons. US also said it plans to install a first-class cabin onboard 110 US regional jets this year, comprising 52 CRJ-700/900 aircraft and 58 Embraer 170/175s. Cost of the program was put at $35 million by Executive VP and CFO Derek Kerr. It will be completed by January 2012. Apr 8, 2011

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