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Aloha Airlines and www.alohaairlines.com is boosting its service between Oakland and various Hawaii destinations to five roundtrips a day this summer. Aloha is launching seasonal service linking Oakland and Lihue, Kauai on June 17; it will continue through Sept. 6 2004. The carrier also is adding a second daily flight between Oakland and Honolulu on July 2. It currently provides nonstop service between Oakland and Honolulu; Kahului, Maui; and Kona, on the Big Island, all using Boeing 737-700 aircraft accommodating 12 passengers in first class and 112 in coach.

Gavarnie Holding has completed its purchase of Island Air from Aloha Airgroup effective May 11. With the sale, Aloha Airgroup, parent company of Aloha Airlines, can focus on its primary Hawaii and long- haul routes. Island Air's new owner plans to more than double its fleet of 37 seat de Havilland Dash-8 aircraft over the next few months and to significantly expand the scope of its interisland service. Thus, Island Air is set to launch daily service between Maui and Kona on the Big Island on May 13 2004. Island Air is continuing its marketing agreements with Aloha Airlines.

American Airlines filed a domestic across-the-board fare increase of $2 each way to offset its rising fuel costs. The increase is effective immediately and applies only to travel within the U.S. American said the price of crude oil is at its highest level since 1990 at $40 per barrel. Each one-cent rise in the price of a gallon of jet fuel costs American $30 million per year. There was no word at press time if other airlines were considering matching the increase.

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...

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