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New York (AirGuide - Airline News Asia / Pacific) Jan 23, 2011

IATA chief sees technology as solution to security hassles. Technology will one day eliminate many airport security hassles and return some of the joy of flying, predicts Giovanni Bisignani, head of the International Air Transport Association. Bisignani sees a day when biometric data will be collected effortlessly from passengers as they pass through "hassle-free tunnels of technology," allowing officials to focus their attention on high-risk individuals. Jan 21, 2011

TSA proposes 100% screening of air cargo by end of 2011 The Transportation Security Administration has proposed moving its goal of screening 100% of air cargo to Dec. 31, 2011. Airlines will have up to 45 days to comment on the proposal before it is finalized by the TSA. Previously, officials thought 100% screening could not be achieved until 2013. Jan 18, 2011

From lavatories to lie-flat beds, luxury is making a comeback. International carriers are rushing to upgrade their wide-body aircraft in an effort to appeal to high-margin business travelers. Bone china, fine wines and celebrity chefs offer mealtime cachet, while in-flight amenity kits might bear such famous names as Porsche Design or Viktor & Rolf. Seating is also a top priority, with flat beds, "cocoon-like privacy" and even personal mini-bars finding their way into first class and business class. Jan 18, 2011

Air New Zealand Air New Zealand has announced discounted Premium Economy airfares for travel from February to August. Fly from Los Angeles or San Francisco to Auckland from USD2,468. Passengers must book by Jan. 25, 2011, for travel commencing Feb. 13 through March 31, 2011. If Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne is your destination, fares from USD2,569 are available from Los Angeles or San Francisco. Flight must be booked by Jan. 31, 2011, valid for travel from Feb. 13 through August 31, 2011. Passengers looking to travel to London, England from Los Angeles can travel from USD1,198. Book by Jan. 31, 2011, and travel from Feb. 6 through March 31, 2011. Price is per person roundtrip in Premium Economy class on Air New Zealand and includes fuel surcharge. Excludes government fees and taxes of up to USD280 depending on routing. For more information, visit Jan 20, 2011

All Nippon Airways All Nippon Airways will launch daily 767-300ER Tokyo Narita-Manila service Feb. 27. Jan 17, 2011

Finnair, Qantas Airways Finnair reached a codeshare...

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