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Many cellists buy second airline seat for their instruments. Some airlines allow cellists to purchase an extra seat so their instrument can fly next to them. The policy allows the musicians to avoid checking their instrument as baggage. Jun 9, 2006

Airlines have fewer flights for travelers who face delays. It is harder for airlines to accommodate fliers who face extensive delays during the busy summer travel season, The Washington Post's Keith L. Alexander writes. Airlines will delay flights that they would have canceled in the past, observers say. Jun 6, 2006

Airlines strive to improve pet transport. Airlines reported few incidents in the past year involving pets, according to federal data. The figures are significantly lower than previous estimates from animal rights groups, which predicted deaths and injuries in the thousands. Airlines carry hundreds of thousands of animals each year. Airlines want to continue improving the way they transport pets, Air Transport Association spokeswoman Victoria Day said. "We continue to strive to do all we can to ensure that pets arrive in a safe manner," she said. Jun 5, 2006

Portugalia Airlines, SkyTeam

SkyTeam said at Friday's Governing Board meeting in Paris that Portugalia Airlines now is a candidate to join the alliance's Associate Airline Program and China Southern Airlines "continues to make progress on fulfilling alliance joining requirements" that should be finalized next year. Air France will sponsor Portugalia's effort to join SkyTeam by 2008. It serves nearly 1 million passengers per year operating to 20 destinations in six countries in Europe and North Africa with a fleet of 17 aircraft that include eight Embraer 145s and six F100s. Other candidates for the Associate Program are Air Europa, Copa Airlines, Kenya Airways, Middle East Airlines and Tarom. Jun 5, 2006


SkyTeam announced it will be the official alliance of next year's Paris Air Show. Jun 5, 2006
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