New York (AirGuide - Airline News Asia / Pacific) Sep 11, 2011
Security measures put in place at Los Angeles International Airport since Sept. 11, 2001, have cost more than $500 million, according to the Transportation Security Administration. The airport has the largest team of bomb-sniffing dogs at a U.S. airport, 22 body scanners and 811 law enforcement officers. It currently spends $127 million annually on security, up from $48.1 million in 2001. Sep 8, 2011
The Transportation Security Administration will continue to assign air marshals to commercial jetliners and to arm some pilots. Robert Bray, director of the Federal Air Marshal Service, described the marshals as part of the nation's "multilayered" approach to aviation security. Some experts say arming pilots is more effective than continuing to invest in air marshals. Sep 7, 2011
Strategic Airlines rebranded as 'Air Australia'. Brisbane-based Strategic Airlines announced Friday it will be renamed Air Australia later this year. The carrier said last month it would launch flights from Brisbane and Melbourne to Honolulu Dec. 14 after receiving approval from US Dept. of Transportation. Those flights will be operated by Airbus A330s with 30 business-class seats and 244 in economy. Launched in 1991 as an aircraft broker, the airline obtained its own AOC in 2009 as a charter operator. It now operates scheduled passenger service on routes including MEL-Phuket, Brisbane-HKT, BNE-Bali, BNE-Port Hedland and Perth-Derby. Domestic MEL-BNE flights will commence from December. The new image and livery was designed by CumminsRoss in Australia. According to executive director Sean Cummins, the task was as much about design as it was about communication. In addition to rights to fly to the US, Strategic has also gained approval to operate services between Australia and China. Sep 5, 2011
Air Canada to add transborder baggage fees. Air Canada also bumped up its second checked bag fee on international flights to Africa, the Middle East, Russia, Asia, Australia and South America to C$70/$70 from C$50/$50. A first checked bag on those flights will remain free. Domestically, AC allows one bag free but charges C$20 for a second checked bag. Sep 5, 2011
A Warm Welcome and a Spectacular Celebration in Los Angeles for the Inaugural Flight of CA 987. A Water Cannon Salute welcomed Air China's inaugural second daily nonstop flight between Los Angeles and Beijing on Sept. 1. Scores of news reporters and local...