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New York, Geneva (AirGuide - Airline News Europe) Mar 21, 2010

Aer Lingus Aer Lingus applied to the US Port Director at Shannon to commence using the Customs and Border Protection facility for flights to New York JFK from early May. Aer Lingus said it might extend the service to other US cities following the initial trial phase. It currently flies to JFK and Boston from SNN. British Airways' all-premium A318 flight from London City to JFK uses SNN's US customs and immigration pre-clearance facility. Mar 15, 2010

Air France Air France flight attendants reportedly will strike March 28-31 in protest of an airline proposal to reduce crew numbers on some domestic and European flights. Six unions are involved. CGT Secretary Eyal Jonas told Bloomberg News that the walkout will occur unless the sides can come to an agreement, while The Connexion reported that AF plans to cut the equivalent of 750 fulltime cabin staff positions by the end of 2011. The airline did not acknowledge the threat. Mar 18, 2010

Air France Air France and KLM will begin charging all economy passengers EUR55/USD55 for a second checked bag on tickets sold from March 28. They previously levied that charge only on routes from Europe to the US and Canada and said the move is "in line with industry standards." The baggage allowance will be raised from 20 kg. to 23 kg. per bag, and a third piece will be charged EUR200/USD200. Premium economy passengers will be allowed two 23 kg. bags free of charge and business class passengers three. Customers will receive a 20 percent discount if they book online. There will be exceptions on some 50 routes and for premium loyalty program members. Mar 17, 2010

Air France, Airbus Resumption of the search for the flight recorders from crashed Air France flight AF447 has been delayed, but French investigators expect a US detection vessel to arrive in Brazil next week. Mar 15, 2010

Air Seychelles Coinciding with the annual ITB tourism trade fair in Berlin, Germany, last week, Air Seychelles announced their intention to add a third flight to the UK, yet not to their regular destination Heathrow but to Gatwick, via Rome. Mar 17, 2010

Alitalia Alitalia will increase summer capacity by 5.5 percent year-over-year and will operate some 2,500 weekly flights on 140 routes to 82 destinations on its summer schedule beginning March 28. Thrice-weekly Milan Malpensa-Miami service will launch June 3 and five-times-weekly Rome Fiumicino-Los Angeles flights begin June...

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