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New York (AirGuide - Airline News Asia / Pacific) Nov 27, 2011

Air China, GoGo Airline. Beijing-based Air China launched its first live trial of GogoOs inflight entertainment system and intra-cabin connection service on a Boeing 737-800 Beijing-Chengdu route Tuesday, becoming the first Chinese airline to provide passengers with free inflight entertainment. CA said it would continue the trial flights through Dec. 31 and plans to promote this service on its Airbus A321 Beijing-Shanghai route soon. CA also teamed with state-run telecom carrier China Telecom to explore the possibility of allowing use cell phones and Internet service on its aircraft. The companyOs goal is to provide broadband Internet access on all flights, which is expected to take place early next year. Hainan Airlines and Shenzhen Airlines also plan to provide Internet service on domestic flights but have not yet received CAAC approval, citing safety concerns. Nov 18, 2011

Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines Launches Daily San Diego-Honolulu Flights. Alaska Airlines today launched its second Hawaii market from San Diego with a new daily nonstop flight to Honolulu , on the island of Oahu. The service complements the airline's existing daily nonstop flight between San Diego and Kahului , Maui , which started in October 2010. Hawaii flights are operated with Boeing 737-800 aircraft, accommodating 16 passengers in first class and 141 in the main cabin. Inflight service includes Hawaii -themed meals for purchase in the main cabin, complimentary meal service in first class and Alaska Airlines' digEplayer, a personal entertainment system offering a variety of movies, television shows, music and other features. Nov 17, 2011

American Airlines, Japan Airlines American Airlines and Japan Airlines Co-Locate to Offer First Joint Lounge at Honolulu International Airport. American Airlines and Japan Airlines today announced the joint operation of JAL's Sakura Lounge at Honolulu International Airport. The shared lounge is the airlines' first joint lounge since gaining antitrust immunity and becoming joint business partners in 2010. "American's co-location with Japan Airlines in Honolulu is a great example of how the airlines are working together to improve our joint customers' travel experience," said Nancy Knipp , American's President [ETH] Admirals Club. "The lounge supports our efforts to provide more seamless service and a consistent lounge experience for our Admirals Club customers."...

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