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New York (AirGuide - Airline News North America) Apr 22, 2012

Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines Begins Flying from Oakland and San Jose, Calif., to Honolulu. Alaska Airlines inaugurates nonstop daily service between the Bay Area and Hawaii, adding Honolulu to the list of island destinations the carrier serves from Oakland and San Jose, Calif. The carrier already serves Kauai, Maui and Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii from both cities. With the increased service, Alaska Airlines now offers 35 flights a week from the Bay Area and Sacramento, Calif., to Hawaii. Since October 2007, Alaska Airlines' service to Hawaii has grown to 22 daily flights from eight cities on the Mainland. Flights are available for purchase at www.alaskaair.com or by calling 1-800-ALASKAAIR (1-800-252-7522 or TTY/TDD line 1-800-392-0228). Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK - News), together serve more than 90 cities through an expansive network in Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico. Alaska Airlines ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Network Carriers" in the J.D. Power and Associates 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 North America Airline Satisfaction Studies(SM). Apr 18, 2012

Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines Launches Honolulu Service From Oakland, San Jose . Alaska Airlines has begun nonstop daily service between Oakland and Honolulu and is also starting daily service from San Jose, Calif., to Honolulu. Alaska already flies to Kauai, Maui and Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii from both cities. This brings the number of cities Alaska service to 35 flights a week from the Bay Area and Sacramento, Calif., to Hawaii. Apr 18, 2012

Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines Partners with Banfield Pet Hospital for Fur-st Class Pet Care. Alaska Airlines today announced an exclusive partnership with Banfield[umlaut] Pet Hospital, the nation's largest general veterinary practice, to help travelers prepare their pets for takeoff. With more than 800 hospitals in 43 states, Banfield Pet Hospital is offering Alaska Airlines customers traveling with or shipping their pets a free office visit, travel consultation and $10 discount on a health certificate, which is required for all pets traveling in the cabin, as baggage or as air cargo. "We know pets play an important role in our lives and we share Alaska's commitment to fostering the human-pet bond by being one of the leading airlines for pet travel," said Dr. Karen Johnson, vice president and client advocate for Banfield Pet Hospital. "When it comes to pets, there is nothing more important than ensuring their health and safety whether at home or on a trip. We're proud to partner with such a well-respected organization that has a great track record of pet safety during travel." Alaska Airlines employees receive specialized training in safely transporting pets and follow strict guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in conjunction with the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service and the Consumer Division of the Department of Transportation. The carrier's pet-friendly practices were recognized by the website Smarter Traveler.com when it named Alaska the "Most Pet-Friendly Airline" in 2009. In addition to allowing customers to travel with their pets in the cabin through its Fur-st Class[umlaut] Care service, the airline also offers PetStreak[umlaut] Animal Express service for shipping animals via air freight in a safe and caring environment when their owner isn't traveling with them. To celebrate the new partnership with Banfield Pet Hospitals, Alaska Air Cargo is offering a 10 percent discount on PetStreak Animal Express shipments through June 9, 2012.* "Alaska is one of few airlines that still welcomes pets onboardNboth in the cabin and the cargo holdNand we're committed to pet care and safety," said Torque Zubeck, managing director of Alaska Air Cargo. "We are proud to partner with Banfield Pet Hospital to provide our customers a professional resource for ensuring their pet is prepared, safe and comfortable during air travel." To further enhance pet well-being, Alaska Airlines is implementing new kennel standards for animals traveling in the airplane hold, starting May 1, 2012. Kennels will require nut-and-bolt locks to ensure the animals remain safely in their kennel throughout their travel. "We also believe it is very important to acclimate pets to their kennel well in advance of the travel day to help reduce stress," Dr. Johnson said. "We recommend pet owners begin by putting the carrier in a common area in the house and gradually begin giving treats and feeding their pet inside the crate so they associate it as being a safe and positive place." Alaska Airlines' travelers with a pet reservation can learn more about the partnership offer by visiting www.banfield.com/alaskaairlines. Travelers can also find a list of pet travel tips, provided by Banfield veterinarians, and learn more about Alaska Airlines' pet travel polices, including its new kennel requirements, at www.alaskaair.com Apr 17, 2012

All Nippon Airways, Cebu Pacific, Delta Air Lines Flights rerouted to avoid North Korea missile launch. About 20 flights from airlines including All Nippon Airways (ANA), Cebu Pacific, Delta Air Lines, Garuda Indonesia, Japan Airlines (JAL), Korean Airlines, Philippine Airlines, and will be re-routed between Thursday and Monday to avoid North KoreaOs upcoming missile launch, according to the Associated Press. The timing of the launch will depend on weather and other conditions. Flights to the Philippines are mainly affected as the rocket is expected to cut across the Yellow Sea, which separates South Korea and China, with a flight path leading toward the Philippines, BritainOs Daily Telegraph reported. The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines will temporarily close three northeastern corridors, spokeswoman Floramel Joy Songsong told AP. Japanese carriers JAL and ANA will change flight paths on routes connecting Tokyo to Manila, Jakarta and Singapore. A number of countriesNincluding China, Japan and RussiaNhave expressed concern about the launch, which have been disregarded by Pyongyang. Apr 19, 2012

Allegiant Air Allegiant Announces New Base of Operations in Punta Gorda, Florida. Allegiant announces the establishment of a new base of operations at Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) as of June 27, 2012. The company will open the base with one 150 seat, MD-80 series jet aircraft at the airport and create local jobs for flight attendants and airport service personnel. In conjunction with the base, Allegiant will begin new, nonstop air service to Southwest Florida from four markets. The carrier will offer introductory fares as low as $74.99* one way, including taxes and fees, to the following cities from Punta Gorda Airport: "Southwest Florida has been a successful part of our vacation destination offerings for some time," said Andrew Levy, Allegiant Travel Company president. "Having a base at Punta Gorda Airport will allow us to give more of our markets access to the Southwest Florida coast and offer travelers more affordable vacation options. We are happy to partner with an airport that operates in a low-cost, efficient manner, which allows us to pass the savings on to our customer." "When I met recently with business leaders in the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce, one of their top concerns was increasing direct flights into and out of Charlotte County," said Congressman Tom Rooney. "I'm very happy that Allegiant is helping to meet the need for low-cost, direct flights that will help boost our local economy and bring more jobs to the area." "We are very pleased with this expansion of service to Punta Gorda Airport by Allegiant," said Kathleen Coppola, Chair of the Charlotte County Airport Authority. "The economic impact of the visitors in our community from Allegiant is very much appreciated. Allegiant, which has been at Punta Gorda for over three years, has developed a strong following with its discount pricing." The Punta Gorda Airport is Allegiant's ninth base of operations, the fourth in Florida. Allegiant currently provides service to Southwest Florida, via Punta Gorda Airport, from three cities, including Greenville, S.C., Knoxville, Tenn. and Lexington, Ky. Reservations can be made on the company's website at allegiant.com or by calling the company's travel experts at 702-505-8888. Allegiant, travel is our deal. Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Company (Nasdaq:ALGT - News) is focused on linking travelers in small cities to world-class leisure destinations. Through its subsidiary, Allegiant Air, the company operates a low-cost, high-efficiency, all-jet passenger airline, and offers other travel-related products such as hotel rooms, rental cars, and attraction tickets through its website, allegiant.com. The company was ranked ninth in the 2011 Forbes' Best Small Companies. Allegiant was also recently named one of FORTUNE magazine's "100 Fastest-Growing Companies" for the second consecutive year. Apr 18, 2012

Allegiant Air Allegiant Announces New Flights From the Mainland to Honolulu. Allegiant announces the company will begin new, nonstop air service from the mainland to Honolulu. The new service will provide new economic development by allowing customers to visit the popular vacation destination for new lower fares. The carrier will offer introductory fares as low as $174* one-way, including taxes and fees, from Honolulu International Airport (HNL) to: 1. Fresno, Calif. -- begins June 30 with fares as low as 174* each way 2. 2. Las Vegas -- begins June 29 with fares as low as $174* each way Flight days and times for all markets can be found at allegiant.com. "The announcement of service to Hawaii is a great achievement for Allegiant," Andrew C. Levy, Allegiant president, said. "Service to Las Vegas and Fresno reflects a moderate growth plan by our company. With the addition of the four aircraft we have acquisitioned...

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