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American Airlines will open a second U.S. gateway to Belgium with a daily nonstop service between New York's JFK International and Brussels. American currently provides daily nonstop service between Chicago's O'Hare International and the European Union's capital city. The new daily service from New York will be flown on board a Boeing 767-300 aircraft with seating for 28 Business Class and 182 Coach Class passengers. The flight from New York departs at 6:25 p.m. landing next day at 7:55 a.m. in Brussels. The return flight leaves Brussels at 10:00 a.m. with a same day landing at JFK airport in New York at 12:15 p.m.

China Southern Airlines is now selling e-ticket packages that bundle air tickets with passes to scenic spots along the Lijiang River in Guilin. Li Kun, vice president of the airline, said passes to scenic spots, such as Yuzi Paradise, Guanyan and Earthly Paradise, are cheaper when purchased through the airline. "This new cooperation will improve the process under which these leisure destinations have partnered with travel agencies in the past and developed new product opportunities for the airline, while developing new customers and increasing visitors to the world-famous Guilin vacation destinations."

China Airlines and Delta Air Lines will start bilateral code share cooperation on transpacific services between the U.S. and Taiwan. Delta will begin placing its code on China Airlines flights between Los Angeles, San Francisco, Honolulu and New York-Kennedy, and Taipei on May 1. Delta will also place its code on China Airlines' new service between Seattle and Taipei set to launch on June 22. China Airlines began the first phase of code share cooperation last June by placing its code on Delta flights between Los Angeles and San Francisco, and Atlanta, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Salt Lake City and Cincinnati.

JetBlue Airways has been ranked number one for 2003 in the annual Airline Quality Rating released by researchers at Wichita State University and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The rating looks at ontime performance, passenger complaints, baggage handling and denied boards, and applies a formula to weigh these factors. This is the first year JetBlue, ATA, AirTran and Atlantic Southeast Airlines were included. The report said the performance measures show an increasing gap between the performance of the legacy and the low-cost carriers. The 14 airlines were ranked as follows: JetBlue, Alaska, Southwest, America West, US Airways...

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