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New York (AirGuide - Regional News North America) Nov 4, 2012

Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines Announces Twice-Daily Service Between Seattle and Salt Lake City. Alaska Airlines announced new twice-daily service between Seattle and Salt Lake City. Year-round flights to the "Crossroads of the West" are scheduled to begin April 4, 2013, and are available for purchase today Nov 1, 2012

Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines Names Judges for Hawaii 'Paint the Plane' Contest. Alaska Airlines, in partnership with the Hawaii State Department of Education and the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools, has appointed a 10-member judging panel for its statewide "Paint the Plane" contest. The contest invites school-aged children in Hawaii to create artwork honoring the unique culture of the Aloha State that may adorn a Boeing 737-800. The 10-member panel, comprised of Hawaii government, business, arts, education, tourism and community members, will select the top three designs as well as honorable mentions. Hawaii residents will then vote on the top three designs and provide Alaska Airlines with their recommendation in an online public vote slated for Dec. 11-18. "Some incredible designs are already coming in and I know judging these entries will be a challenging and difficult task," said Joe Sprague, Alaska Airlines' vice president of marketing. "We're pleased to involve such an esteemed group of Hawaii community members, representing a broad cross-section of the Islands, in this process. Their varied background and experiences will assist us in selecting the designs that best capture the 'Spirit of the Islands' and we look forward to working with the panel on this very unique and exciting opportunity for Hawaii's keiki." Students in kindergarten through 12th grade from public, private and home schools in Hawaii have until Nov. 30 to submit designs for the judges' consideration. The plane is scheduled to be revealed at a public event in Hawaii in the spring of 2013. Spirit of the Islands "Paint the Plane" contest judges: Maile Andrade [ETH] associate professor, Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa Sam Choy [ETH] chef/restaurateur George Costa [ETH] director, Kauai County Office of Economic Development Hokulani Holt-Padilla [ETH] cultural programs director, Maui Arts & Cultural Center Jenna Ishii [ETH] Co-founder, Grow Hawaii, Hawaii Association of Independent Schools Carole Kai Onouye [ETH] co-founder, Great Aloha Run Henry Kapono [ETH] singer/songwriter Mike McCartney [ETH] president and CEO, Hawaii Tourism Authority Melissa Rivera [ETH] creator/designer, Unleash Studio Evan Tottori [ETH] resource teacher, Art in Public Places - Artist in Residence Program, Hawaii State Department of Education The student with the winning submission will get his or her design painted on an Alaska Airlines aircraft, a trip for four to any of the carrier's destinations and a $5,000 scholarship. Second- and third-place winners will receive a trip for four to any Alaska Airlines destination, and 12 honorable mentions will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship each, except for the grade of the grand prize winner. Complete contest details and judges' biographies are available at, as well as contest rules, instructions, and entry forms required to participate. Randomly selected design entries are also on display under the "Art Gallery" tab. Oct 31, 2012

American Airlines AA pilots march to support contract negotiation efforts. Pilots for American Airlines held what one union representative termed a "unity march" Wednesday at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to demonstrate the pilots' unified stance as union and airline officials continue contract negotiations. Regarding the negotiations, "we're pleased with the progress that has been made so far and are focused on concluding negotiations in the near future," American spokesman Bruce Hicks said.E Nov 1, 2012

American Airlines American Airlines seeks premium fliers with a string of upgrades. American Airlines has made an impressive effort to improve its premium product amid restructuring efforts, this blog says. The carrier's list of investments in the premium category include offering economy seats with extra legroom, equipping flight attendants with tablet devices and new first-class and business-class seats with high-end amenities. Oct 30, 2012

American Airlines, American Eagle American Airlines, American Eagle Suspend Services on East Coast. American Airlines and American Eagle suspended services from 22 airports in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions of the U.S. through Oct. 31 due to Hurricane Sandy. Oct 29, 2012

Amtrak Amtrak conducts safety training for first responders. Amtrak is expanding its passenger service in Maine beginning next month, and the agency held a training session over the weekend to help first responders become familiar with responding to train incidents and learning their way around locomotive and passenger cars. Oct 29, 2012

BNSF Minn. pays tribute to rail's importance; BNSF joins celebration. Minnesota is recognizing the importance of the rail industry as it commemorates the first train that ran in the state 150 years ago. BNSF was part of the celebration in St. Paul, which is an integral part of the Class I's Great Northern Corridor. "That historic day 150 years ago changed the course of this state, and BNSF is proud to continue that heritage," said Andrew Johnsen, BNSF assistant vice president. Oct 31, 2012

BNSF BNSF helped complete $16.1M grade separation project in Ill.. BNSF supported the $16.1 million Illinois Jobs Now! grade separation project in Galesburg, Ill., which was recently completed. The Class I contributed more than $800,000 to the project, which created or supported almost 140 jobs. "If we want to compete in the global economy, Illinois must have a world-class transportation system," said Gov. Pat Quinn. Oct 30, 2012

BNSF Class I's step up to handle North American oil shipments. There aren't enough pipelines to transport crude oil products from oil shale areas, but BNSF, Canadian National and Canadian Pacific have proven to be viable transport alternatives across North America, writes Andrew Holland. "They are more flexible to changes in markets than pipelines, but more cost effective than tanker trucks," according to Holland. Oct 29, 2012

Boeing Boeing Celebrates 500th Delivery of 737 with Boeing Sky Interior. Boeing's (BA) popular passenger-inspired 737 Boeing Sky Interior today marked its 500th delivery and its second anniversary in service. The Next-Generation 737-800 was delivered to Newport Beach, Calif.-based leasing company Aviation Capital Group (ACG). Panama-based Copa Airlines will lease and operate the new airplane. Nov 2, 2012

Boeing Boeing Chinook is chosen for India's air force. India's air force reportedly has selected Boeing to supply heavy-lift helicopters, with the firm's Chinook beating out the competitor, the Russian Mi-26. The contract for 15 helicopters is the latest win for U.S. firms seeking business in India.E Oct 30, 2012

Carlson Rezidor Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group opened the 508-room Radisson Blu Resort & Congress Centre, Sochi, Russia. Sochi is undergoing a major transformation from a regional tourist hub into a global tourism destination in preparation for the 2014 Winter Olympics. The hotel has a prime waterfront location in Sochi, in the Adler district, directly bordering on the 2014 Winter Games facilities and the Black Sea coast, adjacent to the promenade. The hotel offers free high-speed Internet access and Anne Smonin bath products, as well as dining and drinking experiences. Choices include the Grenadine Restaurant, the Mikado Sushi Bar, the Anatolian Kebab and Grill, and a Lobby Bar & Lounge. Special features of the resort include an on-site fitness center, tennis court, billiards room and childrenOs recreational facilities. The spa center offers beauty treatments, massages, manicures and a hairdressing studio. Finnish and Russian saunas, a hammam with relaxation area and a Jacuzzi are also available. Nov 1, 2012

Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Cruise Lines has renamed its all-inclusive beverage package OCheers!O and expanded the test program to a fourth ship, the Carnival Dream. Other ships currently part of the pilot include Carnival Victory, Breeze and Splendor. The program previously was called OMy Awesome Bar Program.O The program, available at a cost of $42.95 per person, per day, plus a 15 percent gratuity, includes a variety of wine, beer and spirits, along with sodas and non-alcoholic frozen cocktails throughout the voyage. All wines by the glass, beer and individual cocktails priced $10 and lower are available within the program. Full bottles of wine and champagne, as well as wines by the glass, beers and individual cocktails priced above $10, are available at a 25 percent discount. Guests can sign up for the program at the shipsO atrium and casino bars, as well as a bar within the main pool area. Each guest aged 21 years and over in the same stateroom must purchase the beverage package. Guests must be 21 years or older to consume alcohol on Carnival ships. Norwegian Cruise Line also is testing an all-inclusive drink package on Norwegian Sun, Norwegian Gem and Norwegian Jade. The package costs $49 per person per day, plus gratuity. Nov 2, 2012

Crystal Cruises Crystal Cruises will shine the spotlight on young artists on two Northern Europe cruises next summer as the line continues its partnership with the Music Center of Los Angeles. On the Crystal SymphonyOs 11-day June 4 voyage to Iceland and Norway, flamenco guitarist Tim Callobre, vocalist Geoffrey Hahn and flautist Sarah Johnson will perform jazz, blues and international classics. Broadway personality Karen Morrow will lead a master class in vocal performance. During Crystal SerenityOs June 15 cruise from Copenhagen to Stockholm, opera singer Sean...

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