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New York (AirGuide - Airline News North America) Dec 18, 2012

Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines Resumes Service Between Portland, Ore. and Long Beach, Calif.. Alaska Airlines today announced it will resume daily nonstop service between Portland, Ore. , and Long Beach, Calif. , starting March 12, 2012 . Alaska Airlines previously served Portland - Long Beach for about one year until April 2010 . "The addition of Portland - Long Beach gives our customers another conveniently timed alternative for traveling between the Pacific Northwest and Southern California ," said Joe Sprague , Alaska Airlines' vice president of marketing. Sprague said the route augments the carrier's thrice-daily Seattle - Long Beach service. To introduce the service, Alaska Airlines is offering USD69* one-way fares between Portland and Long Beach . The flights will be operated for Alaska Airlines by SkyWest Airlines with a 70-seat Bombardier CRJ-700 regional jet. Dec 13, 2011

Amadeus Consulting Amadeus Consulting Volunteers for Airport Cooperative Research ProgramOs Panel. Custom software development company Amadeus ConsultingOs Steve Loper is teaming up with aviation experts on the Transportation Research BoardOs (TRB) Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Panel for the project ACRP 09-05 Guidance on Successful Computer Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) Selection and Practices. The initiative aims to provide guidance to airports on selecting, operating, and supporting a computer-based maintenance management system within the airport environment. Loper was asked to volunteer for the Panel by the ACRP to help identify and meet the changing needs of the aviation industry. Loper has been involved in a number of ACRP projects for the last several years, and as such, ACRP felt his expertise would lend itself well as a member of this Panel. Panel members develop the scope of work and objective, evaluate proposals, contribute input to the direction of the project and lend their expertise to the end result. Steve Loper is the senior quality engineer at Amadeus Consulting and has occupied many roles there, including chief technology officer. His areas of expertise lie in database architecture and developing technical specifications for many industries, including airports. "It is a big responsibility and an honor to be part of choosing a research team that will deliver the best solution to the problem," said Steve Loper, senior quality engineer at Amadeus Consulting. OI am so fortunate to be a part of such an innovative project that will benefit not only those working in the aviation industry, but those who utilize airport services as well.O Steve Loper and Amadeus Consulting have been part of, or are currently working on several other ACRP projects. In 2008, Loper headed the team for a research program studying the challenges faced by the aviation industry as it adopts new information technology for airport business operations. In 2010, Amadeus Consulting was selected to develop a database-driven web application for the Transportation Research Board. In 2011, Amadeus Consulting was chosen as part of an expert research team to help airports create a collaborative environment between operations and maintenance. Dec 15, 2011

American Airlines, Apple, FAA IPads receive stamp of approval for use in American Airlines cockpits. The Federal Aviation Administration said it conducted "rigorous testing of any electronic device proposed for use in the cockpit as an electronic flight bag, in lieu of paper navigation charts and manuals," and subsequently granted approval for American Airlines to use iPads in the cockpit. The 1.5-pound iPad replaces 35 pounds of paper, which reduces costs on fuel. American Airlines will begin using iPads on Friday. Using an iPad device in the cockpit "involves a significantly different scenario for potential interference than unlimited passenger use, which could involve dozens or even hundreds of devices at the same time," the FAA said in a statement. Dec 14, 2011

American Eagle American Eagle Launches Nonstop Service From Dallas/Fort Worth and Los Angeles to Aspen/Snowmass, Colo.. American Eagle Airlines, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, today began nonstop seasonal service to Aspen /Pitkin County Airport in Aspen / Snowmass, Colo. , Eagle will serve Aspen from both Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport. The airline will operate the daily trips with two-class CRJ-700 jet aircraft through April 8, 2012 , and will then resume service June 14 through Aug. 20, 2012.

Dec 15, 2011

American Eagle American Eagle Airlines Announces New Jet Service From Chicago O'Hare to Kitchener, Ontario. American Eagle, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, today announced daily round-trip flights between Chicago O'Hare International Airport and the Region of Waterloo International Airport in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada . Eagle will operate the new service with 50-seat Embraer jets, beginning June 14, 2012. Dec 13, 2011

American Express Business Travelers are spending more for flights than lodging, study shows. A study by American Express Business Insights reveals travelers are willing to spend more for flights than lodging. Industry analysts attribute this trend to an improvement in budget-hotel amenities and a desire to avoid a negative flying experience by paying more. "It really speaks to the fact that [consumers are] so concerned about the airline experience that they're willing to make the trade-off," said Maryam Wehe, a vice president at Applied Predictive Technologies. Dec 16, 2011

Boingo Wireless, Aeroporti di Roma Boingo Continues International Expansion with Two Airports in Rome. Boingo Wireless, Inc., the Wi-Fi industryOs leading provider of software and services worldwide, continues its international expansion efforts through new agreements with Aeroporti di Roma (ADR) to provide managed Wi-Fi services in RomeOs Leonardo da Vinci Fiumicino (FCO) and G.B. Pastine Ciampino (CIA) airports. The new agreements make Boingo the exclusive Wi-Fi provider for the Ciampino airport, and a premium Wi-Fi provider for the Fiumicino airport, one of the top ten busiest airports in Europe. The Rome airport agreements represent an expansion of BoingoOs portfolio of managed airport Wi-Fi locations in Italy, joining BoingoOs existing networks at Malpensa (MXP) and Linate (LIN) airports in Milan, both of which launched earlier this year. ORomeOs airports are key European hubs for business and leisure travelers, serving more than 40 million passengers annually between them and counting,O said Bjorn Thorngren, director of business development in EMEA for Boingo Wireless. OThe expansion of our services to ItalyOs capital city airports will provide heavy data users and international travelers with a fast, convenient and cost-effective Wi-Fi solution.O OWe are very happy to have reached the agreement with Boingo as it confirms and strengthens the international vision of ADR,O said Lorenzo Passaro, director, administration and sales manager at ADR Tel SpA. OMobile data traffic is growing fast, and Internet connections to public Wi-Fi hotspots in Fiumicino and Ciampino airports are primary services we are giving to passengers, especially as smartphone and tablet connections are expected to overtake laptop traffic in the near future.O As part of the agreements, Boingo will broadcast its OBoingo HotspotO SSID via the ADR infrastructure and fully manage the user experience through walled garden sales pages and gateway hardware. The neutral host networks will also be available to BoingoOs platform service and wholesale partners, including iPass, Orange France, Skype, Swisscom and Verizon. Wi-Fi users in the two airports will be able to choose from three Boingo access plans:Boingo Europe Plus, providing unlimited access throughout Europe for EUR27.95 per month; Boingo Global, providing flat rate access anywhere in the world for EUR49 per month; and Boingo AsYouGo, providing a 24-hour day pass at the airport for EUR9.95. In addition to the four highly trafficked Italian airports, Boingo manages Wi-Fi...

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