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New York (AirGuide - Airline News North America) May 29, 2011

Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines Extends Hours at Board Room Airport Lounges. Alaska Airlines is extending the hours that members can visit its Board Room airport lounges in Anchorage, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland, Ore. The Anchorage Board Room will be open daily from 5 a.m. to 1:30 a.m., starting June 11, four to six hours longer per day than its current schedule. The Portland and San Francisco Board Rooms have extended their Saturday hours to 9 p.m., while the Seattle Board Room, which had been closing at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, is now open until 10:30 p.m. daily. Customers who wish to become a member of Alaska Airlines Board Rooms can sign up on the airline's website at www.alaskaair.com/boardroom. Those who join between now and June 30, 2011, earn 5,000 Mileage Plan bonus miles. Day passes cost $45 while new one-year memberships are $295 to $450, depending on Mileage Plan elite-tier status. (First-time membership includes a $100 initiation fee, which is discounted for Mileage Plan MVPs and waived for Gold members.) Board Room hours Anchorage: 5 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. daily, starting June 11. Currently closes at 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Friday and at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Los Angeles: 6 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Portland: 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. San Francisco: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Friday; 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Seattle: 5 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily. May 23, 2011

Alaska Airlines, Apple Alaska Airlines has become the first US domestic airline to announce plans to issue Apple iPads to all its pilots for use as Class 1 portable, kneeboard electronic flight bags (EFBs), following a successful trial. The 1.5lb iPads, which replace up to 25lb of paper flight manuals, contain an app called GoodReader that is loaded with PDF versions of 41 flight, systems and performance manuals, reference cards, and other materials. Each Alaska pilot will receive his or her new iPad by mid-June. May 27, 2011

All Nippon Airways, Continental Airlines All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Continental Airlines are expanding their codeshare partnership to include services from Tokyo's Narita Airport to Houston and New York, and from Japan to Guam. The codeshares on the Narita-Houston and Narita-New York routes were launched on 1 May, and they will begin on the services from Japan to Guam on 1 June. ANA and Continental are operating codeshare flights on 28 March 2010. May 24, 2011

American Airlines American Airlines grounds more storm-damaged planes. American Airlines canceled 312 flights on Thursday because of severe weather in Chicago and to give the airline time to repair planes damaged by hail in Texas. A company spokesman said it would take time for American to accommodate all of the affected passengers, but it is making progress in getting customers to their destinations. May 27, 2011

American Airlines Due to the impact of severe weather on its operations at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), American Airlines is letting customers change their plans. Customers ticketed to travel on American Airlines or American Eagle flights to, from or through DFW may change flights. The ticket reissue charge will be waived for one ticket change. Customers traveling to/from/through DFW on May 25 to 27 and whose ticket was issued no later than May 24, may reschedule travel on May 28, 29, and 30. For more information, call 800-433-7300 or visit www.aa.com. May 25, 2011

American Airlines Storms force American Airlines to cancel Dallas flights. Thunderstorms caused American Airlines to cancel more than 100 flights in and out of its main hub, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, according to airline spokeswoman Andrea Huguely. Scheduling backups caused some of the cancellations in Dallas. "The system gets backed up when you have bad weather," Huguely said. "It creates a domino effect, it makes it difficult to catch up." It was unclear whether other airlines had also canceled flights to and from Dallas. May 25, 2011

American Airlines American Airlines is giving customers on one American Airlines flight each day, in each direction, serving the Chicago-Los Angeles and Chicago-San Francisco routes a surprise gift to thank them for their loyalty through May 27. The giveaways include $100 discount for travel booked on AA.com, 5,000 AAdvantage bonus miles, $150 voucher to use for booking on AAVacations.com, an Admirals Club guest pass and a voucher for $50 off a one-year membership. American Airlines is giving customers on one...

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