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New York (AirGuide - Airline News North America) Jun 10, 2013

Air Canada Air Canada reports increase in load factor for May. Air Canada reported its load factor rose to 81.8% for May, a 0.1% increase from the same month last year. "We continue to manage our capacity effectively and that our planes are flying fuller as customers keep choosing Air Canada," said Calin Rovinescu, CEO of Air Canada, in a statement. Jun 7, 2013

Air Tahiti Nui Air Tahiti Nui Flies Soccer Fans To Tahiti To Cheer On Team USA In September 2013. U.S. soccer fans can cheer on their team in paradise this September at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Tahiti 2013. Team USA has advanced to the final rounds of the championship games being played in Tahiti on September 18-23, and Air Tahiti Nui is offering three travel packages to the matches to take fans there. Soccer fans who book one of three travel packages will enjoy round trip flights on Air Tahiti Nui, double room accommodations, daily breakfast, bus transfers to and from the airport, ferry transportation and daily category match 1 tickets (VIP seat options available). Accommodations are in two-to-five star hotels on the island of Tahiti, where the matches are held, or on the beautiful island of Moorea, a 30-minute ferry ride away. Air Tahiti Nui non-stop flights depart from Los Angeles daily. Group Match Watch the group matches and stay for seven days at the two-star Tiare hotel in Papeete. Rates start at $2,182. Knockout Phase Watch the knockout phase and stay for five days at the four-star Pearl Resort in Bora Bora. Rates start at $2,759. All Matches Watch all the matches and stay for seven days at the three-star Tahiti Nui and five days in Moorea at the three-star Pearl Resort. Rates start at $3,773. Air Tahiti Nui flies daily non-stop to Tahiti from Los Angeles in just eight hours, making it that much easier to be a part of the soccer action. Thanks to their recent codeshare agreement with American Airlines, Air Tahiti Nui offers expanded service to 17 major U.S. cities. Travelers can book by visiting: http://www.airtahitinui-usa.com/default.asp or by calling (877) 824-4846. Jun 4, 2013

Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines Begins Flights Between San Diego and Kauai. Alaska Airlines inaugurates nonstop service today between San Diego and Lihue, Kauai. The flight operates daily through Aug. 26, and then will operate four days a week. Alaska also flies nonstop from San Diego to Honolulu and Maui. "With the addition of San Diego-Kauai, Alaska Airlines now offers 171 flights a week from San Diego to a dozen cities stretching from Hawaii to Mexico to the East Coast," said Joe Sprague, Alaska Airlines' vice president of marketing. Summary of new service: Start date City pair Departs Arrives Frequency June 7 San Diego-Kauai 10 a.m. 1:10 p.m. Daily until Aug. 26, then Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat June 7 Kauai-San Diego 11:10 a.m. 7:30 p.m. Daily until Aug. 26, then Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun Times based on local time zones. Tickets are available for purchase today at www.alaskaair.com or by calling 1-800-ALASKAAIR (800-252-7522 or TTY/TDD line 800-392-0228). During the past year, Alaska Airlines has begun flights from San Diego to Boston and Orlando, Fla., as well as to Fresno, Monterey and Santa Rosa, Calif. Alaska Airlines, a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group (ALK), together with its partner regional airlines, serves 95 cities through an expansive network in Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico. Alaska Airlines has ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Network Carriers" in the J.D. Power and Associates North America Airline Satisfaction StudySM for six consecutive years from 2008 to 2013. For reservations, visit www.alaskaair.com. For more news and information, visit the Alaska Airlines Newsroom at www.alaskaair.com/newsroom. Jun 7, 2013

Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines and ALPA Tentatively Agree on Five-Year Pilot Contract. Alaska Airlines and the Air Line Pilots Association, International announced today they have reached tentative agreement on a new five-year contract for the carrier's 1,480 pilots. "I want to thank and congratulate the negotiators for Alaska and ALPA for reaching tentative agreement on a long-term contract, which is unusual in our industry," said Gary Beck, Alaska Airlines' vice president of flight operations. "By working together, the negotiators were able to develop an agreement that addresses the four cornerstones that are important to our pilots while also meeting the needs of the company." The proposed contract includes pay raises, and quality of life and productivity improvements. ALPA's leadership is unanimously recommending that Alaska pilots ratify the tentative agreement, and a vote is expected to be completed in mid-July. The current contract was ratified in May 2009 and became amendable on April 1. Negotiators for ALPA and Alaska Airlines have been working on a new contract since last summer. "It is common for airline negotiations to last for years beyond the contract amendable date," said Captain Chris Notaro, chairman of ALPA's Master Executive Council at Alaska Airlines. "The fact that we were able to reach an agreement so close to our amendable date is indicative of the commitment of both parties to reaching an agreement that recognizes the role the pilots play in the success of Alaska Airlines, and that allows Alaska Airlines to continue to prosper." Alaska Airlines, a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group (ALK), together with its partner regional airlines, serves 95 cities through an expansive network in Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico. Alaska Airlines has ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Network Carriers" in the J.D. Power and Associates North America Airline Satisfaction StudySM for six consecutive years from 2008 to 2013. For reservations, visit www.alaskaair.com. For more news and information, visit the Alaska Airlines Newsroom at www.alaskaair.com/newsroom. Jun 6, 2013

Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines could waive baggage fees for wine country. Alaska Airlines may waive its baggage fees for flights to wine country in Monterey County, Calif. The carrier is negotiating with the Monterey Regional Airport to allow up to 12 bottles of wine on board without charge. Jun 5, 2013

Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines adds support for Passbook. Alaska Airlines has updated its mobile applications and mobile website to allow boarding passes to be saved to Passbook. "While we've enabled electronic boarding passes for some time through our own native apps, support for Passbook will offer our customers additional mobile functionality guaranteed to make the travel experience even easier," said Curtis Kopf, vice president of customer innovation at Alaska Airlines. Jun 4, 2013

Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines adds support for Passbook. Alaska Airlines has updated its mobile apps and mobile website to allow boarding passes to be saved to Passbook. "While weOve enabled electronic boarding passes for some time through our own native apps, support for Passbook will offer our customers additional mobile functionality guaranteed to make the travel experience even easier," said Curtis Kopf, VP of customer innovation at Alaska Airlines. Jun 4, 2013

Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines Introduces Student-Designed 'Spirit of the Islands' Aircraft. A specially painted Alaska Airlines jet adorned with a Honolulu high school student's winning design honoring the culture of the Aloha State touched down today in Honolulu before a crowd of students, educators and travelers. The unique paint theme, dubbed the "Spirit of the Islands," was created by 17-year-old Aaron Nee. Nee's design was selected from among more than 2,700 submissions by students across the Hawaiian Islands in a statewide "Paint-the-Plane" contest sponsored by Alaska Airlines, in partnership with the Hawaii State Department of Education and Hawaii Association of Independent Schools. A 10-member judging panel, comprised of Hawaii artists, educators and other local community members, carefully scored and selected the three top designs, which were then voted on by Hawaii residents in an online public vote. As the grand prize winner, Nee received a trip for four to any of the carrier's destinations and a $5,000 scholarship. "This has been an incredible opportunity to share Hawaii's beauty with people throughout the country," said Nee. "This contest helped me to sharpen my graphic design skills and demonstrated that with hard work, attention to detail and determination, great things are possible." Nee's winning design displays a voyaging canoe depicting the cultural diversity of the Islands, a bright yellow hibiscus (the state flower), the Hawaiian Island chain and the phrase "Spirit of the Islands." The soon-to-be Kaiser High School senior is a nearly straight-A student and a decorated member of the school's Air Force ROTC program. Known for his artistic ability and interest in graphic design and athletics, Nee said he plans to invest his $5,000 for college and take his family to visit relatives in New York, where he hopes to see snow for the first time. The "Spirit of the Islands" Boeing 737-800 was revealed to Nee at Honolulu International Airport, where he was joined by his parents, Robin and Mitch Connell, and father Aaron Garrett Nee, as well as Hawaii Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui, Hawaii Tourism Authority President and CEO Mike McCartney, Kaiser High School Principal John Sosa and several of Nee's teachers. Also joining the welcoming ceremony were the 12 finalists and honorable mention winners, who received prizes and scholarships for their entries, as well. "What better way to celebrate the beautiful Hawaiian Islands than to promote its lush tropical landscape, cultural diversity and pristine waters on a flying mural that will tour most of our route network from Hawaii to San Diego, and to Boston and beyond," said Alaska Airlines President and CEO Brad Tilden. "On behalf of...

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