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Survey Ranks JetBlue as Best Low-Cost Carrier; Continental Is Top Full-Service Airline. Travelers ranked JetBlue Airways Corp. their favorite low-cost carrier and Continental Airlines Inc. the best traditional full-service carrier, according to a survey released Thursday. Flyers value easy check-in and friendly service over such factors as in-flight meals and other amenities, according to the survey conducted by J.D. Power & Associates in conjunction with Aviation Week magazine. JetBlue received top ratings in seven areas surveyed, including costs and fees, in-flight services, check-in, flight crew and flight reservations. Southwest Airlines came in second among low-cost carriers. Jun 29, 2006

Air Methods

Air Methods ferried more patients in the first quarter, giving a rise to the company's bottom line. Jun 26, 2006

Air Transat

Air Transat has confirmed that it will operate a limited scheduled service from Gatwick, Glasgow and Manchester to Toronto this winter with departures from London Gatwick on a Tuesday and Thursday and on a Wednesday from the other two points. All flights will be operated by wide-body aircraft (Airbus A330 and A310) with a choice of Club and economy class. Whilst the Gatwick operation is limited in fact it works out well for business people needing just a day or so in Canada, with a late Tuesday morning departure, mid-afternoon arrival and late evening departure on the Wednesday. The Air Transat prices easily undercut that charged by the Heathrow incumbents. http://www.airtransat.com Jun 30, 2006

American Eagle

American Eagle will begin service between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Alexandria International Airport in Louisiana with the launch of three daily flights on Dec. 14. Jun 26, 2006

Continental Airlines

Continental Airlines today was ranked the highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Network Carriers in North America in the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Airline Satisfaction Index Study. The study, conducted by J.D. Power and Associates, surveyed more than 9,000 passengers who were asked to rate their recent airline travel experiences in several categories. Respondents favored Continental Airlines over all the other network carriers. This marks Continental's sixth customer satisfaction award by J.D. Power and Associates since 1996. Jun 29, 2006

Continental Airlines, Alitalia

Continental Airlines and Alitalia today announced they are expanding codesharing to provide better service to passengers who transfer between the two carriers traveling between Italy and Canada and Mexico. Alitalia has placed its code (AZ*) on Continental flights between New York/Newark and four new destinations -- Montreal, Quebec, Ottawa and Mexico City. These flights will connect with Alitalia's daily non- stop services between both Rome and Milan and New York/Newark. Currently, Continental and Alitalia codeshare on flights between the U.S. and Italy. Earlier this year, Continental placed its code (CO*) on Alitalia flights operating between Rome/Milan and 16 destinations in Italy. Alitalia placed its code (AZ*) on Continental flights between New York/Newark and 11 destinations in the U.S. Jun 28, 2006

Delta Air Lines

Significant improvements in Delta's BusinessElite cabin are in the works. For flyers who can afford to fly in the pointy end of the airplane, there will be upgraded seating in the form of higher-rising leg rests, a wider angle of recline, and memory foam underneath the knees. The cuisine gets a bit of a makeover as celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein (The Food Network) brings her touch to bear. And the in-flight entertainment fare boasts 20 first-run films and popular classics - all on-demand. Delta, currently in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, is refurbishing 75 internationally configured aircraft. Jun 30, 2006

Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines will introduce two new daily nonstop flights between Wilmington, Del. and Atlanta. The regional jet service, operated by Delta Connection carrier Atlantic Southeast Airlines, connects Wilmington customers with the world's largest hub at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and makes Delta the only airline to offer customers service to all 50 states. Jun 29, 2006

Delta Air Lines

Delta Upgrades In-flight Experience for International Coach Customers. Improvements include free cocktail with meal, mid-flight snack, and more on European and Indian flights. The airline is upgrading the in-flight experience for its international coach customers. Beginning July 1, customers seated in the coach cabin on most of Delta's international flights will receive printed menus; a complimentary choice of cocktail, including the new Mile High Mojito or Mango Kiss, beer or wine during the main in-flight meal service; and a mid-flight snack. Later this fall Delta will provide coach customers with their own personal amenity kit that will include eyeshades and ear plugs for a more relaxing flight. Also, more customers are already enjoying more comfortable all-leather seats in coach class as the airline continues refurbishing its international aircraft interiors. Jun 28, 2006

Northwest Airlines

Northwest Airlines switched to an open boarding process a week ago instead of the row-by-row or area boarding methods used by most carriers. First class, World Business Class, WorldPerks Elite and SkyTeam elite members plus those passengers with special needs still are invited to board ahead of others, but after that process is finished, all passengers regardless of seat assignment are invited to board. NWA said open boarding cuts loading times by 7 min. Jun 28, 2006

Northwest Airlines

Northwest to introduce premium lane in conjunction with open boarding. Northwest Airlines will offer dedicated boarding lanes for its premium customers starting next week at its Detroit hub and airports in Bismarck and Fargo, N.D., Phoenix and Portland, Ore.The lanes will be introduced at all Northwest loading bridge-equipped gates at US airports within the next two months. Now, First class, World Business Class, WorldPerks Elite and SkyTeam elite members will be able to use the special lanes to board more quickly after the open boarding has begun, rather than waiting in the general line. Jun 28, 2006

U.S. Helicopter

U.S. Helicopter Expands Service to Connecticut Commuters. U.S. Helicopter Corporation announced today the addition of two routes to their existing scheduled service, providing Connecticut commuters a shorter, hassle-free trip to and from Manhattan and JFK International Airport . Jun 26, 2006

US Airways

US Airways will operate a daily Reagan Washington National-Sarasota/Bradenton service from Aug. 15 aboard a Republic Airways Embraer 170. US was awarded the slot exemptions two weeks ago. Jun 29, 2006

US Airways

US Airways announces details of its new year-round, daily routing between Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Sarasota Bradenton International Airport will begin August 15. Jun 27, 2006
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