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New York (AirGuide - Airline News North America) May 12, 2013

Aeromexico Aeromexico Presents its New Route Las Vegas - Puerto Penasco - Hermosillo. Aeromexico, Mexico's global airline, together with the Government of Sonora, announces its new route Las Vegas [ETH] Puerto Penasco [ETH] Hermosillo, Mexico, starting on June 20th, on a seminary and cocktail presentation that took place at the Consulate of Mexico at Las Vegas. These events were offered to travel agents and tour operators, with the presence of the authorities of Las Vegas, Clark County, the Latino Chamber of Commerce, the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Puerto Peasco and Hermosillo, the Mexico Tourism Board and Vidanta Group.

Puerto Penasco is the newest tourist destination in the country's Northwest that offers visitors an impressive hotel infrastructure of the condo-hotel type and which has begun the construction of a "Home Port" to open the Sea of Cortez to cruise liners, in addition to beautiful beaches for relaxing and admiring the lovely sunsets, two golf courses, as well as many water sports options such as: sailing, sport fishing and jet skiing. Complementing this attractive destination's offerings is the impressive Pinacate Biosphere Reserve and its more than 400 craters surrounded by the Grand Altar Desert. Hermosillo, capital of the state of Sonora, has positioned itself as one of the most attractive cities in the country because of the astonishing variety of activities that can be enjoyed here - snorkeling, hiking, bird watching, mountain cycling, in addition to hunting tourism - and its economic, political and social important development. The city is located three hours from the border, 100 kilometers from the Sea of Cortez, and with fast access to all other regions of the entity and other states. With this new route, Aeromexico adds to its network the 47th destination in Mexico, confirming its commitment to continue being the airline that promotes national and international tourism in Mexico and expands its connection network in different regions of the Mexican territory with the rest of the world. May 8, 2013

Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines to add routes to sunny destinations. Alaska Airlines will add two nonstop routes between Anchorage and the mainland USA, with service to both Phoenix and Las Vegas starting in mid-December. Alaska Airlines' Phoenix service will begin Dec. 18, featuring one round-trip flight each Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. The Las Vegas route will start Dec. 19, also with three weekly flights (one round-trip flight each Thursday, Friday Sunday). Alaska Air touted the warm-weather connections for residents in the USA's northernmost state. ALSO ONLINE: Alaska Air unveils 'Spirit of the Islands' Boeing 737 "We know how Alaskans enjoy the sun and fun that these two great cities have to offer, and the addition of nonstop flights to both Las Vegas and Phoenix will be welcomed," Marilyn Romano, the airline's regional vice president in Alaska, says in a release. The carrier also announced a shakeup in the aircraft it will use on some of its intra-Alaska routes, saying it would replace Boeing 737s with Bombardier Q400 turboprops on its Anchorage-Fairbanks beginning March 3. "Flying the fast and efficient Q400 enables Alaska Airlines to increase our frequency from seven to nine round-trips a day for Anchorage-Fairbanks travelers, giving them more options for traveling between the state's two largest cities," Romano says in the release. "It also gives us the flexibility to fly our larger aircraft to new destinations out of Anchorage, such as the new nonstop routes to Las Vegas and Phoenix." Alaska Air's 76-seat Q400s are operated by regional unit Horizon Air. Alaska Air says it also will replace an Alaska 737 on one of two daily round-trip flights between Anchorage and Kodiak seasonally from October through April. LOCAL REPORT: Alaska Air to serve Fairbanks mostly with turboprop aircraft (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner) Speaking to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Romano downplayed the carrier's intra-state shift from 737s to the Q400s. "These planes are really advanced and I think passengers are going to have a very nice travel experience," she says to the Daily News-Miner. The turboprops will be cheaper to operate than 737s and provide greater flexibility for the airline to fill schedule gaps and better cope with lower demand periods, she tells the Daily News-Miner. She adds that one goal behind the change "will be to ultimately look at lowering fares in Alaska." Jet service still will be available for Fairbanks travelers on the route to Seattle, the seasonal flight to Portland and on one 737-400 combination cargo and passenger jet flying between Anchorage and Fairbanks. May 7, 2013

Alaska Airlines Alaska to launch 2 new routes from Portland, Ore.. Alaska Airlines is launching two nonstop routes from Portland, Ore., this year. "With these new flights to Atlanta and Dallas/Fort Worth, our Portland-area customers will not only enjoy two new nonstop destinations, but seamless connecting opportunities throughout North America via our partners Delta Air Lines and American Airlines at their respective hubs in Atlanta and Dallas/Fort Worth," said Andrew Harrison, vice president of planning and revenue management, in a statement. May 6, 2013

American Airlines American Airlines owes $24.9 million in safety fines. American Airlines will pony up $24.9 million to settle $162 million in potential fines from the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA said that the carrier did not obey safety regulations pertaining to electrical wiring on planes, along with other issues. May 10, 2013

American Airlines Some U.S. carriers add high-end interiors, amenities. American Airlines is stepping up to the plate with its new Boeing 777-300ER, while United has debuted upgraded Boeing 757-200 jets and Delta will upgrade some 767 and 757 planes. The planes feature upscale interiors and fold-flat beds. American Airlines' 777-300ER boasts a top-quality in-flight entertainment system, business-class seats and food, writes George Hobica. May 10, 2013

American Airlines American Airlines changes boarding policy. American Airlines is changing its boarding policy to allow travelers with only personal items that can fit under the seat to board before passengers with roller bags. American tested the boarding policy at seven airports before implementing the change on Thursday. May 10, 2013

American Airlines American Airlines adds self-tagging bag service at Miami airport. American Airlines fliers at Miami International Airport can now self-tag their checked bags. To use the system, passengers check in at a self-service kiosk and print a bag tag, then attach the tag to the bag and drop luggage off at a designated location. Customer-service personnel are available near the kiosks to assist. "Self-tagging brings us one step closer to a modernized, efficient new American by offering our customers more choices along their journey and more ways to customize their travel experience," said Marilyn DeVoe, American's vice president-Miami, in a statement. May 9, 2013

American Airlines American adds self-tagging bag service at Miami airport. American Airlines fliers at Miami International Airport can now self-tag their checked bags. To use the system, passengers check in at a self-service kiosk and print a bag tag, then attach the tag to the bag and drop luggage off at a designated location. Customer service personnel are available near the kiosks to assist in the process. May 9, 2013

American Airlines American to fly 777-300ER aircraft on London-LA route. American Airlines is bringing back Hollywood Glamour to international travel with the introduction of the B777-300ER aircraft on the London to LA route on 12th June. American Airlines is introducing its flagship B777-300ER aircraft on the London to LA route on 12th June. The aircraft already flies from London (Heathrow) to New York (JFK) and from London (Heathrow) to Dallas/ Fort Worth (DFW). This class-leading aircraft includes features such as inflight Wi-Fi and up to 250 movies in every seat throughout the plane. There is a walk-up refreshment bar and fully lie-flat seats in Business and First Class. There is a vanity cupboard with a mirror at every premium seat and the upgraded bathrooms feature maple detail and Dermalogica products meaning passengers arrive feeling like a star. Mood lighting reflects stages on the flight [ETH] turning the cabin pink on embarkation, blue to ease passengers into sleep and yellow to energise on arrival at the destination. To celebrate Hollywood Glamour, American Airlines is a proud travel sponsor of The Glamour Women of the Year Awards 2013 in association with Pandora, taking place in central London on 4th June. May 7, 2013

American Airlines American Airlines schedules round-trip Miami-Milan flight. American Airlines announced that it will operate a daily round-trip flight between Miami and Milan starting Nov. 21. "As the home to a growing Italian population and one of the world's key fashion industry markets, Miami continues to be a preferred destination for travel from Milan," said Marilyn DeVoe, American's vice president in Miami. May 7, 2013

American Airlines American Airlines Joins With The American Red Cross To Aid Oklahoma Tornado Victims. American Airlines and American Eagle are working with the American Red Cross to aid people affected by the major tornadoes that have struck Oklahoma, including areas of Oklahoma City. The storms have left widespread swathes of destruction, injury and loss of life, and have left thousands homeless. Members of the American Airlines AAdvantage[umlaut] program can support relief efforts by donating to the American Red Cross to help provide victims with shelter, food and other assistance. Through June 30, 2013, AAdvantage members will earn a one-time award of 250 AAdvantage miles for a minimum donation of $50, or 500 AAdvantage...

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