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Air New Zealand shareholders at a special meeting approved the airline's plans to acquire four 777-200ERs and two 7E7s and lease another four 777-200ERs. Shareholders also endorsed an options package for 42 aircraft: Nine 777-200ERs, 17 777-300ERs and 16 7E7s. Aug 6, 2004

AirAsia will launch one daily flight between Hat Yai and Kuala Lumpur. Aug 5, 2004

AirTran Airways will begin daily nonstop flights between Dallas/Ft. Worth and Ft. Lauderdale Dec. 7 2004. Aug 4, 2004

AirTran Airways on Nov. 4 2004 will launch new daily nonstop service between Atlanta and Grand Bahama Island, between Ft. Lauderdale and Rochester, between Orlando and Milwaukee, between Orlando and Pittsburgh and between Rochester and Tampa as well as two daily nonstop flights between Atlanta and Miami, between Bloomington/Normal and Orlando and between Baltimore/Washington and Ft. Myers. On Nov. 20 the airline will begin one daily nonstop flight between Ft. Myers and Milwaukee and on Dec. 7 it will launch one daily nonstop between Dallas/Ft. Worth and Ft. Lauderdale, between West Palm Beach and Philadelphia and between Philadelphia and Ft. Myers. Effective Dec. 17, AirTran will commence one daily nonstop flight between Dayton and Tampa and between Flint and Tampa, and beginning Jan. 10 it will launch one daily nonstop between Dayton and Ft. Lauderdale. Aug 5, 2004

All Nippon Airways plans to launch a new low-cost carrier on Japan's southwestern island of Kyushu next year. Plans call for two 130-seat 737-500s replace some of the routes currently served by Air Nippon. According to insiders at ANA, the new airline will be launched later this month and will operate more than 100 flights a day by 2007. It is expected to have a lower cost base than Air Nippon. Aug 6, 2004

America West Airlines received authorization from US DOT to begin a codeshare partnership with Virgin Atlantic Airways. Under the agreement, passengers will be offered connections between Virgin Atlantic services to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Washington Dulles and America West services from Phoenix, Las Vegas and San Diego. Also, AWA will begin four weekly flights between Las Vegas and Puerto Vallarta Nov. 1 and four weekly flights between Las Vegas and Los Cabos Oct. 31 2004. The services will be provided by America West Express, operated by Mesa Air Group, using CRJs. Aug 4, 2004

American Airlines, in an effort to help offset high fuel prices, last week increased "most domestic US, US-Canada and US-Puerto Rico/Virgin Islands fares" by $5 one way and $10 roundtrip, effective immediately. The airline...

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