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Smart summer travelers will arrive early. Summer travelers will face crowded planes and long lines, the Detroit Free Press editorial board writes. To avoid long waits, summer travelers should arrive at the airport early, avaid the rush hour if they can, and make sure their luggage is within size and weight limits. AirGuide projects that this summer[sup.1]s passenger traffic will be 10% higher than 2005, the busyest in 40 years, topping 207 million air travelers during the season. http://www.airguideonline.com/onlineairp.htm Jun 8, 2006

Air Transat

Air Transat ground handling subsidiary Handlex opened a base at Vancouver International last month and hired 80 new employees. Handlex already operates at Montreal Trudeau, Montreal Mirabel and Toronto International airports. Jun 8, 2006

Air Transat

Air Transat said it has partnered with Canadian tour operator Nolitours to offer flights from Toronto and Montreal to Madrid. Jun 8, 2006

American Airlines

American will not renew leases on 19 Boeing 757s. American Airlines plans to return 19 Boeing planes to lessors when their leases begin expiring next year. The airline is reducing the number of planes in its fleet and focusing on markets that generate strong profits. Jun 8, 2006

American Airlines

American may purchase new jetliners. American Airlines is in talks with Boeing and Airbus to purchase new jetliners. The company has not bought new planes since 2001 and wants to replace its aging fleet of MD-80s. Jun 7, 2006

American Airlines

American Airlines is expanding its AAdvance Bag Check program, a service that allows passengers to check in and drop off their luggage for American Airlines flights at remote locations. The service is currently available onboard ships for several cruise lines, including Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line, as well as at hotels and various convention centers throughout the United States. Travelers can check in and drop off their luggage for their American, American Eagle and AmericanConnections airline domestic flight up to 24 hours in advance at the AAdvance Bag Check station. Baggage is then transported directly to the departure airport and passengers do not have to deal with their luggage until they land at their final destination. In addition to checking in their luggage, passengers also receive their boarding passes, allowing them to go directly to security screening when they arrive at the airport. The development of the AAdvance Bag Check program started in spring 2005, when American tested this service with the cruise lines. But now the program will be available at more than 34 new locations, including 19 Disney resorts and hotels in Orlando, FL; McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, IL; Moscone Center in San Francisco; the Hilton Grand Vacation Club in Honolulu; and the Hyatt Regency in Dallas. AAdvance Bag Check service is provided by Baggage Airline Guest Services, Inc. (BAGS), an Orlando-based hospitality company. The cost for cruise-goers to use AAdvance Bag Check service varies from $10 to $20, depending on the cruise line. For passengers checking in at a hotel or convention center, the cost for the service is $10 per person. For a full list of locations and details on the AAdvance Bag Check program, log on to http://www.aa.com/aadvancebagcheck

Jun 6, 2006

Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines continued to expand its network yesterday with the launch of 23 new North American routes that will serve 19 states and Canada and each of DL's major hubs. Six of seven new routes from Atlanta are operated by Atlantic Southeast Airlines, four of five from New York JFK are flown by Comair and six of seven from Salt Lake City are handled by SkyWest. More routes will be inaugurated throughout the month. Jun 9, 2006

Delta Air Lines

Delta raises surcharges on trans-Atlantic flights: Delta Air Lines has boosted passenger surcharges on some trans-Atlantic flights by $10. The company hopes the move offsets rising fuel prices. Jun 9, 2006

Northwest Airlines

Northwest strike could snarl summer plans for fliers. A strike at Northwest Airlines would disrupt summer travel for some passengers, industry observers say. Airlines expect a record number of passengers this year, and many carriers have cut the number of flights they will operate. Northwest says it will have to reduce its summer schedule if it cannot soon wrap up its efforts to win labor contracts. Jun 8, 2006

United Airlines

United Airlines plans to operate a combined passenger and cargo service later this year using a Boeing 777 aircraft configured ten first, 45 business and 198 at the back including 84 Economy Plus seats. Flight time is around 14 hours. The new route will serve as an important cargo access point into the Middle East, due to the region's high demand for oil and gas equipment and perishables. Mail is also expected to represent a significant amount of volume on these flights. United 777's are seen on the ramp at Washington Dulles. http://www.united.com/ Jun 11, 2006
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