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New York (AirGuide - Airline News North America) Jan 16, 2011

Aeromexico Aeromexico added a second daily service to its daily San Antonio-Mexico City route. Jan 12, 2011

Air Canada Air Canada to resume service from Toronto downtown airport. Air Canada has chosen a regional carrier to operate flights from Toronto City Airport, a facility popular with business travelers due to its proximity to the city's financial district. The company plans to offer up to 15 daily non-stops to Montreal's Trudeau Airport. The move marks Air Canada's return to City Airport for the first time since 2006. Jan 13, 2011

Air China Air China will launch a second daily Beijing-Los Angeles service Sept. 1 aboard a Boeing 747-400. Jan 12, 2011

Air New Zealand Tips for sleeping more comfortably in economy class. More than 30 airlines are reportedly considering adding "cuddle class" seating similar to the concept recently introduced by Air New Zealand. But in the meantime, writes travel blogger Laura Bly, coach-class customers can still get some quality shut-eye by choosing a window seat, packing gear such as inflatable pillows or eye shades and skipping in-flight meals. Air New Zealand's SkyCouch - a row of three coach seats that lean back like a recliner and come with pop-up footrests - seems to be a big tilt in the right direction. Available on the airline's new Boeing 777-300ER jets between Auckland and Los Angeles starting in April, what's been dubbed "cuddle class" lets a couple or parent and young child stretch out in relative comfort. Cost will vary according to the price of an economy class ticket, but two people flying together can buy the third seat at roughly half-off. (For example , on a midweek flight in mid-April between Auckland and L.A., the lowest price for an economy class ticket was $550 each way; cost for booking a SkyCouch row was $1,400 each way.) Jan 13, 2011

American Airlines American Airlines says it will use ITA Software to power online shopping for consumers and agents buying AA services through a number on online channels, including AA.com and global distribution systems. Google has announced a $700 million bid to acquire ITA, raising antitrust concerns in some corners of the travel industry, but American says that dispute did not factor into its decision. Rather, American says its partnership with ITA "lays the groundwork for the future of travel, with customized travel options as well as access to these options through every channel." Jan 14, 2011

American Airlines, Japan Airlines JAL, American set April 1 start date for joint venture. American Airlines and Japan Airlines say they will begin joint operations on 10 trans-Pacific routes on April 1. By sharing costs and revenue, the companies expect to generate $156 million in sales and savings. The joint venture will offer "more travel choices and new and enhanced services to customers that were not previously possible," AA President Tom Horton told reporters during a news conference in Tokyo. Jan 11, 2011

Arizona Shooting prompts lawmakers to push for stronger security. The Arizona shooting of a U.S. House member is prompting some lawmakers to push for stronger airport security for members of Congress as well as an increased security presence at home district events. However, many caution that security should not interfere with lawmakers' ability to communicate and interact with their constituents. The shooting has also spurred Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind., to reintroduce legislation that would create a clear, bullet- and bomb-proof shield around the House of Representatives gallery. Jan 12, 2011

Arlington Municipal Airport Texas airport opens terminal in time for Super Bowl. Arlington Municipal Airport in Arlington, Texas, celebrated the grand opening of its $5.2 million terminal on Monday. The two-story building will serve to welcome some private flights to the Super Bowl, scheduled for Cowboys Stadium on Feb. 6. "This terminal will serve as a positive first impression for visitors," said Councilman Robert Rivera. Jan 11, 2011

Boeing FAA to order more inspections for single-aisle Boeing planes. The FAA is set to order inspections for some 1,300 Boeing 757 and 737 models operated by U.S. airlines. The 757 inspections will be required at intervals every 30 to 300 flights, while 737s will require new structural checks starting at 3,000 flights. The safety directives are expected to go into effect over the next several weeks, and the FAA says inspections can be completed overnight so as not to interfere with normal airline operations. Jan 10, 2011

Charlotte Douglas International Airport Investigator paid agent to put package on flight, authorities say. Four days after discovering the body of a teenager who stowed away on a commercial flight departing from North Carolina's Charlotte Douglas International Airport, authorities learned of another security breach at the airport. An undercover investigator for the Tranportation Security Administration at the airport paid a JetBlue ticket agent $100 to get a package on a commercial flight. JetBlue said the ticket agent...

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