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Alitalia, the Italian national airline, posted a net loss of ITL495bn for 2000. The airline stated that the loss was caused by high fuel prices, the collapse of its alliance with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and problems at Milan's Malpensa airport. Alitalia posted an ITL12bn profit in 1999.

All Nippon Airways has ordered nine Boeing 767-300 aircraft from Boeing Co, the US aircraft manufacturer. The aircraft will be added to the carrier's fleet in fiscal 2002 as 11 767-200 aircraft are retired. A spokesperson for the company also indicated plans to replace its Airbus Industrie A321 aircraft with the A320 version in fiscal 2003 according to Kyodo News.

The Air Line Pilots Association's governing board has approved accelerated strike benefits for pilots with Comair, a subsidiary of Delta Air Lines. The union will make a USD1,400 monthly strike benefit available to pilots and reduce the waiting period from 35 to 14 days. Comair pilots started strike action on 26 March following three years of negotiations with the carrier.

Air France has confirmed that Flandre Air, Proteus Airlines and Regional Airlines, its three domestic carriers, will be consolidated under the common brand 'Regional.' The branding is effective immediately according to Air & Business Travel News.

On 3 April San Jose International Airport in California, USA launched a new Wayport Internet service that provides travellers with access to the Internet from anywhere within the airport without having to plug-in to a telephone data port. Users require a laptop computer and an 802.11b wireless Ethernet card to access the service.

National Airlines, a Las Vegas-based carrier, is to start using a new in-flight beverage cart that uses the post-mix technology typically found in restaurants. The system is developed by Sterling Beverage Systems Inc and is incorporated into a cart designed by Terry Lyell, the airline's director. The carts are designed to make beverage dispensing easier and more efficient according to a company statement.

Chinese carrier Shanghai Airlines has applied to the China Securities Regulatory Commission for permission to issue 200m domestic A shares in order to raise about USD120.8m to purchase aircraft. The carrier is hoping to double its fleet of 17 passenger aircraft over the next five years according to Reuters.

Qantas Airways, an Australian carrier, and Air New Zealand have sold Sabre Pacific to Sabre Inc and Southern Cross Galileo to Galileo International through their joint venture company, Travel Industries Automated Systems (TIAS). The two subsidiary joint venture companies were used to distribute licences for computer reservation systems used by travel agents. The carriers will maintain control of TIAS.

America West Airlines has launched an Internet fare sale at http://www.americawest.com. Tickets are available until 8 April for travel through 27 May 2001 and the carrier is also offering a free stopover in Phoenix in each direction. Restrictions apply. America West Airlines has also launched a bonus frequent flyer miles promotion and is offering FlightFund members 3,000 bonus miles for every round-trip ticket purchased on its web site for travel completed by 30 June 2001.

Northwest Airlines, a US carrier, has extended the deadline for its Summer Family Sale until 13 April 2001. The airline is offering child companion fares from USD49 each way based on round-trip purchase for travel through 13 September 2001. Restrictions and extra charges apply, with further information available at http://www.nwa.com.

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