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New York (AirGuide - Airline News North America) Apr 10, 2011

Aeromexico Aeromexico is seeking approval to launch flights from Mexico City to Fresno, California on 1 June. The carrier proposes operating a Boeing 737-700 on a single daily roundtrip flight. Apr 5, 2011

Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines renovations to LAX terminal to add more security lines. Alaska Airlines will spend $271 million to renovate and improve Terminal 6 at Los Angeles International Airport. Alaska Airlines plans to switch terminals at Los Angeles International Airport, creating an "Airport of the Future" facility with easier check-in, additional security lines, a new baggage-handling setup and more. The airline signed a 10-year lease to occupy the terminal. The improvements will be completed in 2012. Apr 6, 2011

ALPA The US Transportation Security Administration announced in conjunction with the US Air Transport Assn. and the Air Line Pilots Assn. union that a new crewmember screening system will be tested to determine if pilots, and potentially flight attendants, can be allowed to bypass traditional airport security checkpoints. Other organizations involved in the efforts include the Southwest Airline Pilots Assn. and the Coalition of Airline Pilots. ATA Senior VP-Safety, Security and Operations Tom Hendricks said that the system, which will rely on verifying crewmembers' identities and employment status rather than physical screening, will be tested through a pilot program at seven US airports. The airports have not been finalized, but they are likely to be "fairly large hubs in the system where we can pressure test this and see if we can roll it out" on a wider basis, he explained. Apr 5, 2011

American Airlines Airlines see pros, cons to shared airport space. U.S. airports increasingly are following Europe's lead in maintaining common-use gates and ticket counters that are shared by multiple airlines. Airports like the arrangement because it allows them to juggle space according to flight volume and free up square footage for retail outlets that bring in much-needed rents. Airlines, too, can save on rents when sharing space on an as-needed basis, but some point out that money is not the only issue. "At our large hubs, it just makes sense to be in the same gates and counters where we're in, day-in, day-out," says a spokesman for American Airlines, adding that permanent facilities also have a "significant branding" advantage. Apr 6, 2011

American Airlines American Airlines and British Airways, in celebration of their enhanced relationship are launching their first major joint promotion in the U.S. for frequent flyer members of both airlines. It demonstrates their commitment to offer customers more opportunities to enjoy rewards across carriers. The Miles Millionaire Contest will help "Cure the Wanderlust" by offering four winners [ETH] two American Airlines AAdvantage Program members and two British Airways Executive Club members [ETH] 1 million frequent flyer miles each, which is enough to cure anyone's overwhelming urge to travel. To qualify, American Airlines AAdvantage members or British Airways Executive Club members must register prior to travel and book a qualifying round-trip trans-Atlantic flight originating in the U.S. on any purchased, published fare on American Airlines, British Airways or Iberia on or before June 17, 2011. Travel must be completed on or before June 30, 2011. E Once travel is completed, customers will receive a contest entry email where they will have the opportunity to submit an essay answering the question. In addition, members of both programs will earn 20,000 bonus miles for booking and traveling on a qualifying full fare roundtrip Economy Class ticket or higher on American Airlines, British Airways or Iberia during the promotional period. American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia launched their trans-Atlantic joint business in October 2010 giving customers access to a global network of more than 400 destinations, more convenient connections and better scheduled travel times. Customers with the wanderlust and those seeking 1 million miles simply need to enter at www.aa.com/wanderlust or www.ba.com/wanderlust. Participants must be a member of either the American Airlines AAdvantage Program or the British Airways Executive Club Program to participate. Customers may enroll at www.aa.com/aadvantage or www.ba.com/executiveclub. Members only need to register once to be eligible for both The Miles Millionaire Contest and the bonus mile offer. The Miles Millionaire Contest begins April 6, 2011. The essay submission period ends July 15, 2011. Other restrictions apply. Apr 6, 2011

American Airlines American Airlines Adds Las Vegas-Los Angeles Flight. American Airlines today adds a fifth flight to its existing Las Vegas-Los Angeles service. Boeing 737-800 and MD-80 aircraft will serve the route. The flights to and from Los Angeles will be timed for an easy connection to American's new Los Angeles-Shanghai service which also starts today. The new Shanghai service departs Los Angeles at 3:10 p.m. each day. It is part of a major expansion of the Los Angeles cornerstone hub that will see more than 30 flights added today to 15 communities for a total of over 150 daily flights. Apr 5, 2011

American Airlines American's new flight AA158 from JFK to Budapest will depart at 6:40 p.m. and arrive in Budapest at 9:30 a.m. the following day using a Boeing 767-300 aircraft with 225 seats, 30 Business Class and 195 Economy Class. The return flight AA159 will depart from Budapest at 11:55 a.m., arriving at JFK at 3:35 p.m. American has teamed up with oneworld partner, Malev, to schedule these new flights so that customers can make easy connections at American's JFK hub and Malev's Budapest hub. For more information, visit www.aa.com/Budapest. Through June 30, American Airlines passengers who fly round-trip between JFK and Budapest can earn 15,000 AAdvantage bonus miles for travel in Business Class, 10,000 bonus miles for full-fare Economy Class. Register prior to travel using promotion code NYBUD and obtain complete details at www.aa.com/moreeurope. Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is a city rich in history and culture. It is divided by the River Danube, which flows through the center of the city. Visitors to Budapest can enjoy its magnificent array of castles, museums, churches, restaurants, and its dozen spas, fed by 100 natural warm springs. Iberia's new service from Barcelona to Miami operates on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Flight 6127 departs from Barcelona at 1:30 p.m. and arrives at Miami International Airport at 6:10 p.m. The return Flight 6126 departs from Miami at 7:45 p.m. and arrives at Barcelona 11:00 a.m. the following day. American Airlines AAdvantage members can earn double miles every time they fly this new route on Iberia. Customers need to register prior to travel using promotion code IBBCN at www.aa.com/offers. Apr 5, 2011

American Airlines American Airlines launched a significant service expansion from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) with 10 new destinations, including new daily nonstop service to Shanghai. American is the first U.S. airline to offer daily nonstop service from Los Angeles to Shanghai, the largest U.S.-China air travel market. Shanghai is one of the most important cultural, commercial and financial centers in China. Known for rapid cultural change, it is the hotspot of modern China - a cosmopolitan city of nearly 20 million that balances contemporary urban living along with the remains of its colonial past. Passengers also can make connections to China, Japan and other points in Asia from American's and Japan Airlines joint business route from San Francisco to Tokyo's Haneda Airport. Apr 5, 2011

American Airlines American Airlines Expands Asian Service With New Flights to Shanghai, China. American Airlines today begins its new nonstop Shanghai, China, service with daily flights from Los Angeles. American will fly the route with Boeing 777 aircraft which feature 16 First Class, 37 Business Class and 194 Economy Class seats. The new Shanghai service departs Los Angeles at 3:10 p.m. each day. It is part of a major expansion of the Los Angeles cornerstone hub that will see more than 30 flights added today to 15 communities for a total of over 150 daily. Flight AA183 leaves Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) for Shanghai's Pudong Airport (PVG) at 3:10 p.m. and arrives Shanghai at 7:45 p.m. the next day. Return flight AA182 leaves Shanghai at 9:45 p.m. and arrives LAX at 6:40 p.m. the same day. Apr 5, 2011

American Airlines American Airlines and oneworld partners Add European Service From the East Coast. Customers of American Airlines and its oneworld partners can now enjoy new and enhanced service between the East Coast and the European cities of Budapest, Hungary, as well as Barcelona and Madrid, Spain. New daily nonstop service from John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport to Budapest Ferihegy International Airport, Hungary, beginning April 5. Expanded service from JFK to Barcelona's El Prat Airport from seven to 11 nonstop flights per week beginning April 6. Increased service from Miami International Airport (MIA) to Madrid's Barajas Airport from 7 to 13 nonstop flights per week beginning on April 6. Apr 5, 2011

American Airlines American Eagle also is launching today nine new daily domestic destinations from LAX. American Eagle is introducing new two-class service to Denver and four of the new routes [ETH] Houston, Oklahoma City, Phoenix and Albuquerque, N.M. The service features a First Class cabin, with premium food and beverage service, and nine newly designed seats that offer adjustable headrests and ergonomically contoured back and seat cushions on the CRJ-700 aircraft. The American Eagle flights will depart from American Eagle's new terminal at LAX, which opened last year and will be expanded by up to four additional gates by the end of 2011 at an...

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