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Oct 13, 2008

Air France

Air France dropping its daily flights from London Heathrow to Los Angeles from the end of October, seven months after the route was launched. The route was introduced in March following the Open Skies agreement, but Air France says it will be removed from the winter schedule. Air France said it is part of the [sup.3] optimization of the Skyteam transatlantic network on departure from London Heathrow[sup.2]. The carrier says the slot and aircraft will be used for a daily flight from Heathrow to New York JFK, although not until the summer 2009 schedule. This will increase Skyteam[sup.1]s offering on the route to three flights per day, with Delta already flying the route twice-daily. Current Skyteam member Continental serves Heathrow from New York Newark, although the carrier is defecting to rivals Star Alliance next year. Air France will rebook passengers due to travel from London to LA between November 6-30, December 19-21 and January 1-6, 2009, on flights via Paris CDG for the same dates and in the same booking class. Oct 9, 2008

Air France

Air France launched a booking facility for children under 12 traveling alone. The mandatory form for all unaccompanied children will be filled out automatically according to details given at the time of reservation. Customers can then print the form and hand it in to AF ground staff. Air France said it is the first airline to offer online reservations for under-12 passengers on all flights and those of its franchised carriers. It carries 390,000 such passengers each year. Oct 8, 2008

British Airways

British Airways said it will move its Atlanta originating flights to London Heathrow Airport from London Gatwick Airport starting Sunday, March 29, 2009. The move to Heathrow, made possible through the Open Skies agreement signed last March between the U.S. and European Union, will provide Atlanta passengers the experience of arriving, departing or connecting through Heathrow's Terminal 5, the newest airline terminal in Europe. In addition, Terminal 5 features a myriad of shops and restaurants plus the exclusive Galleries Lounges for premium customers. For customers making connections through Terminal 5, the facility provides a convenient transit to other BA destinations on the carrier's global network. British Airways operates a daily evening 777 flight from Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport to London that arrives the following morning. Return westbound flights from London...

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