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American Eagle will start new seasonal service to Nassau, Bahamas, from Dallas-Fort Worth. The carriers will operate one flight daily with a 70 seater CRJ-700 regional jet from June 10 to Sept. 7 and then starting up again on Dec. 15 2004.

In a similar decision to one made by United to terminate its United Connection contract with Atlantic Coast Airlines (ACA), Delta has informed the regional carrier it also will be terminating its Delta Connection contract. The decisions come as ACA prepares to morph into a large, low-fare carrier at Washington Dulles Airport, called Independence Air. It will no longer fly as the regional arm of these major airlines. To prepare for the transition, Delta will be moving 10 regional jets flown by ACA out of Boston to Cincinnati in July, and will discontinue ACA flights from New York. Independence Air intends to operate more than 300 daily departures this summer. The inaugural flight is scheduled for June 16 2004.

British Airways will launch wireless Internet connections in 80 of its main lounges around the world. BA said it anticipates having the technology in the lounges by the end of May 2004.

Cathay Pacific Airways will start daily nonstop service from New York (JFK) to Hong Kong starting July 1, 2004. It will be the only daily nonstop between the two cities and, with the continuation of the airline's existing one-stop service via Vancouver, Cathay will be the only airline operating double daily service between New York and Hong Kong. The airline serves 24 cities in the United States, either direct or through code share passenger services. Cathay Pacific will operate the new service with Airbus A340-600 and follow a route over the North Pole. Passengers will save approximately three hours journey time and avoid the inconvenience of an intermediary stop. Currently from the U.S., Cathay Pacific offers double daily nonstop service from Los Angeles to Hong Kong, daily nonstop service from San Francisco to Hong Kong, daily direct service from New York to Hong Kong (increasing to double daily frequency with nonstop service July 1) and daily nonstop service from New York to Vancouver.

Delta Air Lines says it and its fellow SkyTeam members are gearing up for an increase in international travel this summer. So far this year, international traffic is up 6 percent, and that should continue throughout the rest of the year, said Paul Matsen, Delta senior VP of international and alliances. The International Air...

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