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New York, Delray Beach (AirGuide - Airline News Latin America / Caribbean) Jan 23, 2011

Air Jamaica Air Jamaica will continue as a separate brand under Caribbean AirlinesO ownership, and will feature new livery and a revamped fleet, said William Rodgers, Air JamaicaOs senior director of government and community affairs. Air Jamaica will continue to serve leisure and tourism markets, resuming service from Montego Bay to Baltimore, Miami and Orlando. The routes, which were eliminated during the past two years, will operate with recently ordered 737s aircraft. Rodgers said the launch of service and frequency will be established by the end of the year in a Ophased-inO manner. Meanwhile Caribbean Airlines will focus primarily on commercial traffic and emerging destinations of South America and Latin America, Rodgers said. Air Jamaica also plans to resume thrice-weekly service to LondonOs Heathrow Airport, although the launch date has yet to be determined. The carrier will also resume twice-daily service from Montego Bay to Toronto later this year. Finally, company officials will seek to align Air Jamaica with regional carriers including LIAT to establish a OconglomerateO offering improved Caribbean-region service by the end of 2011. For more information, visit www.airjamaica.com. Jan 17, 2011

American Airlines, Las Vegas American Airlines said it has entered into an agreement with Vegas.com and its technology division, Cyllenius, to use American's direct connect technology to access fares as well as customized travel products and services. Vegas.com and Cyllenius have been issuing American tickets through the link for the past five months. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The link is part of a long-term relationship between American Airlines and Vegas.com.

AmericanOs direct connect technology, which bypasses the traditional GDS, has been at the center of a dispute that the airline has had with major online travel agencies, including Orbitz and Expedia; GDSs like Sabre; and a number of travel agency groups. American recently pulled its fares off Orbitz and Expedia subsequently made it more difficult for users to access AmericanOs fares. Sabre then also made it more difficult to access AmericanOs fares and said it would pull them off entirely. A court has temporarily barred Sabre from following through on that threat. Cyllenius powers Lasvegas.com, Espanol.Vegas.com and Mexico.com, which are also using AmericanOs direct connect...

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