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New York, Geneva (AirGuide - Airline News Europe) Oct 20, 2013

Aer Lingus Aer Lingus launches wi-fi access on its Airbus A330s. Aer Lingus has launched wi-fi access on its Airbus A330s for mobile products like phones, laptops and tables on its transatlantic flights after several months of trials. Business class flyers will get the service for free while prices start at U10.95 for one hour and U19.95 for 24 hours. Seven of the airlineOs A330 aircraft have been fitted with satellite technology provided by Panasonic. The service is not yet available on European flights but will be coming soon, the airline said. While voice calls are not permitted, on Aer Lingus flights, nor are voice calls through wifi services such as Skype or Voip. GSM services are being provided in association with AeroMobile. "Aer Lingus is at the forefront of in-cabin internet access, being just the second European airline to introduce internet access on transatlantic flights,O said Aer Lingus chief commercial manager Stephen Kavanagh. OThis is another choice we are offering our customers to enhance their Aer Lingus experience. Having direct internet access on flights of up to ten hours in duration, will be of huge benefit to our customers, in particular to business customers," he said. In-flight wi-fi is fairly widespread among US carriers, but its growth in other parts of the world is much slower. Oct 14, 2013

Alitalia Rival airline attacks Alitalia rescue as illegal. A leading European airline group denounced Italian plans to rescue Alitalia as illegal on Monday, as shareholders were due to vote on a capital increase to keep the near-bankrupt carrier flying. International Airlines Group, which owns British Airways and Spain's Iberia, urged the European Commission to intervene over the Italian government's attempts to stitch together a bailout for Alitalia. A 300 million euro ($407 million) capital increase forms a major part of the rescue, which aims to keep Alitalia alive while it works out how to ensure its long-term survival, but the participation of its top investor Air France-KLM remains far from certain. IAG said the rescue breaks European Union rules. "We have always been opposed to state aid," said a spokeswoman for IAG, Europe's third biggest airline group by market value. "It's protectionist, undermines competition and favours failing airlines that have not got to grips with economic reality. Oct 14, 2013

British Airways British Airways will launch new flights to the Greek islands and Potugal. British Airways will launch two flights per week from Heathrow to Oporto, Portugal and Mykonos and Santorini in Greece next summer. The flights to Oporto begin on March 30, 2014, and the flights to Mykonos begin May 3 and to Santorini May 4. All three destinations will receive two flights a week from London. The Mykonos and Santorini flights offer you a direct connection to the Cycladic islands that bypasses Athens for those clients that want to head directly to the beach. On March 30, 2014, the airline will also launch twice-weekly flights from Heathrow to Malaga and Faro, giving customers more choice of their departure airport as the routes are already served by British Airways from Gatwick and London City. Faro will also get a further boost as the airlineOs flights there from Gatwick will increase from eight to 14 services a week next summer. Oct 18, 2013

Chicago's O'Hare airport Chicago's O'Hare airport opened a new runway and allow 90,000 additional annual flights. Chicago's O'Hare International Airport opened a new runway on Thursday Oct. 17, which the city hopes can cut delays by nearly half, and allow for nearly 90,000 additional annual flights as demand grows. The 10,800-foot (3,292-meter) runway, built over the site of a former cemetery, is part of the airport's $8 billion modernization...

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