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New York (AirGuide - Airline News North America) Jun 5, 2011

Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines has announced that Gogo Inflight Internet service is now available on nearly all aircraft in its fleet. With the installation of the service scheduled for completion later this month, Alaska's fleet will be 92 percent Wi-Fi equipped, which includes its 737-800 and 737-900 aircraft flying predominantly longer routes. Only seven of the airline's 117 Boeing 737s will not offer Wi-Fi, including its freighter and combi (part-passenger/part-freight) aircraft and three 737-400s. Customers traveling on Wi-Fi-equipped planes can enjoy complimentary access to Facebook throughout the month of June. Alaska Airlines has launched a Facebook app whereby fans can play an instant win game for the chance to win free trips for two to Hawaii every Wednesday. The online game, called Alaska Airlines "Nuts for Hawaii," started May 12 and continues every Wednesday through July 20, 2011. Jun 2, 2011

Alaska Airlines Alaska Air bans Internet access while in the cockpit. Alaska Airlines has distributed iPads to its pilots, but interference with Honeywell Phase 3 display units has prompted the carrier to forbid the pilots from accessing the Internet while in the cockpit. An Alaska spokeswoman confirmed that Internet access in the flight deck is prohibited in accordance with guidance from the Federal Aviation Administration. Jun 1, 2011

American Airlines Salads are off the menu for all American Airlines flights departing from Europe. In light of the recent E. coli strain scare, American Airlines is pulling "green salads, lettuce and tomato garnishes" to alleviate any concerns its passengers may have. "We are replacing the salad menu items with other menu options to pre-empt any risk and alleviate concerns," reads an alert on the airline's website. Other airlines are monitoring the situation. Delta Air Lines has no plans to stop offering salads on flights out of Europe, but the airline is talking to European caterers daily, Delta spokeswoman Chris Kelly Singley said. Jun 2, 2011

American Airlines Survey of American Airlines' SMB customers reveals economic optimism. American Airlines recently conducted a poll of employees of its small and medium-size business customers and found that most are optimistic about their companies' financial health. "The compelling results indicate that 72% of customers we surveyed nationwide anticipate their company's economic outlook will improve in the next 12 to 18 months, and less than 10% say it will decrease," said Karen Buls from American Airlines. Jun 2, 2011

American Airlines American Airlines focuses hubs on premium international growth. American Airlines said that it is using its Miami hub as an example as it aims to build a global route system for premium passengers. "The manner in which we are trying to build share is unconventional, in the sense that historically airlines have built franchises through buying them, or built them when the market was soft," said Vasu Raja, managing director of corporate planning at American Airlines. "But we have done this before [in Miami]. We have a line of sight on how we will build five world-class hubs, and we have partnerships in place to help us do that." Jun 1, 2011

Boeing Boeing calls problem with 777 landing gear a "workmanship issue". Landing gear on a new 777 jet had been improperly installed, forcing an emergency landing during a test flight last month. Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration are looking into the problem. Debbie Heathers, a Boeing spokeswoman, said it was a problem with the way mechanics adjusted the landing gear. "It is a workmanship issue," said Heathers Jun 1, 2011

British Airways British Airways is launching new daily flights to San Diego - its latest Californian holiday hotspot, from June 1st. As the only airline flying directly from Europe, the new route offers greater access to local markets for business, as well as a popular leisure destination. Jun 3, 2011

Bush Intercontinental Airport Houston airports use Bluetooth to track travelers, improve service. Last year, Houston's three airports used Bluetooth technology to track travelers as they moved through the airports. Officials say the goal of the study, which was conducted with Purdue...

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