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New York (AirGuide - Airline News North America) Jan 2, 2012

A4A, DOT A4A lauds DOT efforts against emissions trading scheme. Airlines for America has praised the Department of Transportation's efforts against the European Union's emissions trading scheme. "We applaud the government efforts to turn back the application of the unilateral scheme and to bring the EU and its member states back to the international negotiating table to implement the global sectoral approach framework provisionally agreed last year by the International Civil Aviation Organization," the A4A said. Dec 19, 2011

Aeromexico Aeromexico is starting flights three days a week between Chicago and Zacatecas, one of MexicoOs most beautiful colonial cities. Zacatecas, which has been certified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is known as the city Ocon rostro de cantera rosa y corazn de plata,O or Owith a pink stone face and a heart of silver,O because of the natural, pink stone that makes up many of its buildings and the silver that spurred the city's development and history. Dec 21, 2011

Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines conducts frequent tastings before settling on a menu. The column provides an inside look at the food-tasting process employed by Alaska Airlines. The in-flight menu must pass an involved program before it takes flight. "There are monthly menu tastings in Seattle, quarterly kitchen audits in the hubs and annual audits in the other kitchens around the system," this feature notes. Dec 23, 2011

All Nippon Airways, Boeing ANA announces first US 787 routes to Seattle, San Jose in FY 2012. All Nippon Airways , launch customer for the Boeing 787, announced that Seattle, Wash., and San Jose, Calif., will be the aircraftOs first US destinations from fiscal year 2012. ANA Group president and CEO Shinichiro Ito said, OWe will make full use of the efficiencies of the 787 as well as capitalizing on our close relationship with United and Continental Airlines to enhance the competitiveness of our joint ventures with these two Star Alliance partners.O He said that Seattle is an Oimportant international business hubO and passenger demand to fly to both destinations is high, not only from Japan but from many Asian cities. OThe launch of these new services will make ANA the only Japanese airline to operate the two routes, as well as the only carrier to operate the Narita-San Jose route,O he said. ANA said Tuesday that its third Dreamliner won't be delivered this month as scheduled because of a Boeing "productivity" issue. As a result, the carrier will push the launch of Tokyo Haneda-Beijing 787 service from this month to mid-January. ANA launched 787 flights, beginning with a Tokyo-Hong Kong special charter, in October following a 40-month-delayed first delivery. Dec 22, 2011

American Airlines American Airlines is expanding it curbside check-in to international flights. It is available to all customers traveling to an international location, including countries that require a visa, making American the only airline to provide a convenient service of this kind. Since September, American has been expanding the enhanced service to 28 airports that currently offer domestic curbside check-in, including American's cornerstone markets -- Los Angeles, Dallas/Fort Worth, Chicago O'Hare, Miami and at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. Thirty-one additional U.S. markets will offer the new services by the beginning of November. For more information, visit www.aa.com/curbside. Dec 29, 2011

American Airlines American Airlines Among 'Best in Business Travel' According to the Readers of Business Traveler Magazine. Travelers and devoted readers of Business Travelermagazine say American Airlines is among the "Best in Business Travel." American has received high marks in the magazine's award series taking home the titles "Best Airline for North American Travel" and "Best Business Class to Latin / South America ." Over the past six months, Business Traveler print, digital and newsletter subscribers were given the opportunity to vote for their top choices in travel in a variety of categories. American was one of 35 companies chosen from around the world. Business Traveler recognized winners of its annual "Best in Business Travel" awards competition in Los Angeles on Dec. 8 . The December/January issue of Business Traveler features American's recognition along with other award winners. Dec 19, 2011

American Airlines, Travelport, Sabre American Airlines, Travelport and Sabre are all claiming vindication in a federal courtOs decision to dismiss all but one count of American AirlinesO antitrust case against Travelport. Sabre said that it still would like to negotiate a new distribution agreement with American. The court also dismissed all antitrust claims against Orbitz Worldwide. In a decision issued earlier this week, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas dismissed AAOs claims that Travelport monopolizes distribution to travel agencies, that Travelport entered into a conspiracy with travel agencies to monopolize distribution, that TravelportOs agreements with airlines and travel agencies unlawfully restrain trade, and that TravelportOs actions are illegal under Texas state law. The one claim the court allowed to proceed for further factual analysis was the claim that Travelport monopolizes access to its current travel agency subscriber base. Monopolization claims based on such narrowly defined markets rarely succeed, Travelport said in a statement, and a similar claim brought against a competitor was recently rejected by a federal court in New York. Sabre said that while the court is allowing American to continue to pursue other claims, that decision is only based on the assumption that American's allegations in its complaint were true -- which Sabre denies and which the court did not determine. According to Sabre, the court said only that American may file the claims with the court and pointed out that the ruling specifically said that "the Court is not concluding that these claims are plausible and sufficient to survive." The court gave Sabre the opportunity to move to dismiss those claims. Dec 28, 2011

Ascend 2011 is shaping up to be the safest year in air travel. 2011 is on track to be the safest year ever for airlines around the globe, with one passenger fatality per 7.1 million air travelers. "Safety is improving, and it's improving faster than the industry is expanding," said Paul Hayes, director of safety at consulting firm Ascend. The previous record for safety was set in 2004, with one passenger fatality per 6.4 million air travelers. Dec 29, 2011

Boeing US FAA regulators have updated an earlier airworthiness directive instructing Boeing 767 operators to increase the frequency of inspections on upper wing skins to detect fatigue cracking. The move is in response to reports of "cracking in the upper wing skin at the fastener holes common to the inboard and outboard pitch load fittings of the front spar", said the FAA. If left unchecked, the FAA said the cracks could lead to "the loss of the strut-to-wing upper link load path and possible separation of a strut and engine from the airplane during flight". According to its notice of proposed rule-making, 767-200, -300, -300F and -400ER aircraft would be subject to repetitive inspections every 2,000 cycles or 6,000h - down from 4,000 cycles or 12,000h. Dec 30, 2012

Brigham Young University Study examines risk-taking, airline profitability. A study by a Brigham Young University researcher has found that "organizational profitability impacts safety risks in predictable ways and that this effect occurs even in very safe industries." The analysis "demonstrates that safety fluctuates with profitability relative to aspirations," and "that accidents are most likely to be experienced by organizations performing near their profitability targets." Airlines for America is reviewing the study, spokesman Steve Lott says. "Safety is the foundation on which our industry was built and remains our No. 1 priority," Lott said. "Airlines never compromise on safety, and the impressive record speaks for itself. Our skies are the safest they have ever been in modern history." Dec 29, 2011

Cheapflights Cheapflights.com Welcomes the New Year. As 2012 quickly approaches, uncertainty and volatility are some of the buzzwords describing the state of the global economy. These times of uncertainty will definitely have an impact on the travel industry, but Cheapflights.com, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, is here to say the outlook is not all bleak. The travel experts at Cheapflights.com have taken the economy and other factors into account and created a list of Top 5 Trend Predictions for 2012 Travel. For the consumer, the trends are about where, why and how we travel. "Although the state of the economy is on everyone's mind, travel still remains a priority for many Americans," says Lauren Sullivan, site editor for Cheapflights.com. "Deal seeking will continue to be a top hobby for the motivated traveler. However, there are other subtle but important changes ahead for consumers as the travel landscape and personal priorities evolve." 1. Value for money - Though the priority is to get away, cutting costs is still on the top of every traveler's mind. Cheapflights predicts value-for-money escapes will be the top trend in 2012; the industry will see a rise in consumer demand for discounted trips like package vacations, all-inclusives and cruises. Bundling trips into weekend deals and warm-weather getaways gives fliers the excuse to vacation without the guilt of spending big. 2. Rise in pet travel - In its 2011 survey, PetRelocation.com reported that almost 33 percent of pet owners planned to take their pets outside of the United States on an international retreat, this as countries worldwide rewrite travel requirements to lessen the burden and fees for passengers...

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