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New York (AirGuide - Regional News North America) Nov 18, 2012

Air Canada Air Canada Welcomes EU Emissions Trading Moratorium. Air Canada said it welcomed the European Commission's announcement on Monday that it intends to suspend the inclusion of flights to and from non-European Union destinations in its emissions trading scheme. "We are pleased with the Commission's recommendation to suspend the inclusion of international aviation in the EU's trading scheme in order to give ICAO the opportunity to fulfill its mandate and address aviation emissions through a global approach," said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Air Canada is fully committed to improving its emissions footprint. We have increased our fuel efficiency by 30 per cent since 1990. Moreover, Air Canada wholeheartedly supports IATA's published industry targets of improving fuel efficiency by 1.5 per cent annually to 2020, carbon neutral growth beyond 2020, and reducing them by 50 per cent relative to 2005 levels by 2050. As an international airline in a country subject to ICAO and the Chicago Convention, we expect the regulators from both the EU and ICAO to work together to address global emissions with a consistent and rational regulatory and policy approach. The EU's unilateral approach was unacceptable to Air Canada , as was the case for most international airlines and their governments. We urge ICAO to resolve this issue within an acceptable timeline." Nov 14, 2012

Air Transat Air Transat marks the 25th anniversary of its inaugural flight. Air Transat, Canada's leading holiday travel airline and a wholly owned business unit of A.T. Inc., is marking the 25th anniversary of its inaugural flight today. On November 14, 1987, an Air Transat Lockheed L-1011 with 360 passengers aboard took off from Montreal for Acapulco. "We have come an impressive distance in 25 years and I am extremely proud of the work and dedication of every one of our employees, which has enabled Air Transat to reach the peak of its industry and be recognized as an airline with exceptional standards of quality," says Allen B. Graham, President of Transat Canada and President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Transat. He added: "I also want to thank the millions of passengers who have been loyal to us and who, year after year, place their trust in us when the time comes for them to plan their holiday travel and overseas trips." Since 1987, Air Transat has carried nearly 50 million passengers to more than 60 destinations. The only Canadian airline offering direct transatlantic flights to over 30 European cities, Air Transat is also known for its expansive array of Sun destinations. Over the years, the know-how and desire to excel that has set the company apart, as well as the remarkable contribution of all of Air Transat's teams, have been acknowledged by numerous awards, distinctions and recognitions in the areas of customer service, customer experience, exemplary on-time performance, sustainable development and its unique Kids Club program for young travellers and their parents. Earlier this year, Air Transat was named World's Best Leisure Airline at the World Airline Awards organized by Skytrax, and was also named Most climate efficient North American Net Carrier by the German organization atmosfair. Last May, in its ongoing effort to continually improve its service and provide customers with superior comfort and flight experience, Air Transat unveiled its all-new, entirely redesigned cabin interior. Thanks to an investment of nearly $4 million per aircraft, the holiday now begins as soon as the passenger boards the plane! Air Transat now has some 450 pilots, 1,800 flight attendants, 300 maintenance employees and 150 office staff. The airline makes about 8,000 flights annually out of 19 Canadian cities. About Air Transat Air Transat is Canada's leading holiday travel airline. Every year, it carries some 3 million passengers to nearly 60 destinations in 25 countries aboard its fleet of Airbus wide-body jets. The company employs more than 2,000 people. Air Transat is a business unit of Transat A.T. Inc., an integrated international tour operator with more than 60 destination countries and that distributes products in over 50 countries. Nov 14, 2012

Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines Announces Daily Service from San Diego to Boston and Kauai. Alaska Airlines announced today it will begin new service between San Diego and Boston starting March 29 and between San Diego and Lihue, Kauai, on June 7, 2013. Tickets are available for purchase today at www.alaskaair.com Nov 16, 2012

Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines Offers Holiday Travel Tips. Alaska Airlines offers the following tips for passengers to help ensure their travel is as stress-free as possible during the busy holiday season. Learn more about Alaska Airlines' "Top Five Tips for Holiday Travel" at http://www.youtube.com/user/AlaskaAirVids. Use technology to save time. Passengers can check in and pay baggage fees online for domestic and international flights up to 24 hours before departure at www.alaskaair.com. International passengers can also enter passport information online. Alaska Airlines provides kiosks at airports and many off-site locations, which allow customers to check in and pay baggage fees. Alaska also has a new mobile website and mobile apps that allow customers to check in, display an electronic boarding pass and keep track of flight information all via a smart phone. Plan for transportation to the airport. Passengers should allow extra time for parking, as some lots may be full. Travelers are encouraged to take public transportation or a shuttle to the airport, or park at a nearby satellite lot. At Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, travelers are encouraged to take advantage of off-peak times at drop-off areas. When picking up passengers in the evening, meet them at the less congested "Departures" level. Likewise, passengers traveling outbound in the busy morning hours will find less congestion by using the lower "Arrivals" level for drop-off and accessing the ticketing level via the elevators and escalators inside. Know when to go N the earlier the better. Passengers should arrive at the airport at least two hours before domestic departures and three hours before international departures to allow additional time to check in and pass through security. Specific information for each airport is available at www.alaskaair.com. Passengers must be checked in, at the gate and ready to board at least 30 minutes prior to domestic departures and 40 minutes before international departures. Travelers checking bags must have their luggage processed at least 40 minutes prior to domestic departures and 60 minutes before international departures. Know the baggage and carry-on limits. Alaska Airlines charges $20 for each of the first three bags. Additional fees apply to check more than three bags and for overweight or oversized items. First class and Gold-level Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members may check two bags free of charge. Club 49 members are allowed to check two bags at no charge when traveling to or from Alaska and all customers traveling solely within the state of Alaska may check three bags free of charge. Customers flying to or from Mexico City and Guadalajara, Mexico may check one bag free of charge. Travelers are strongly advised to provide a clear label on each piece of luggage. Tags should be placed outside and inside each piece of luggage and include the passenger's name, street address, e-mail address, permanent phone number and a phone number at the destination. All airlines allow each traveler to carry onboard one bag and one personal item, such as a briefcase, laptop or purse. Bags should fit in the overhead bin and personal items under the seat. Passengers may bring shopping bags containing unwrapped gifts with them onto the plane in lieu of a carry-on suitcase. Details on size limitations for carry-on items are available at www.alaskaair.com. Travelers planning to transfer to flights on Alaska or other carriers must adhere to standard carry-on limits. Passengers should always carry prescription medications, passports, cameras, film, electronics, cash, jewelry, business papers and other valuables in their carry-ons. Be savvy of security screening: Travelers are advised to allow additional time for passenger security screening procedures. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires all passengers to present government-issued identification at the security checkpoint. Passengers traveling between the United States, Canada and Mexico are required to have a passport. For more information, visit the U.S. Department of State website at www. travel.state.gov. Travelers can pass through security faster by limiting the number of electronic devices they carry and by removing shoes, metal objects and laptop computers before entering the screening area. The TSA has strict rules for liquids, gels and aerosols in carry-on bags. Each passenger is permitted to bring these items in three-ounce or smaller containers, and all containers must be packed in one quart-sized, clear plastic zip-top bag. The TSA requires each passenger to place this bag in a bin on the conveyor belt for X-ray screening. TSA rules permit prescription medications through security checkpoints and require them to be declared. More information, including a list of prohibited items and tips for expediting the screening process, is available at www.tsa.gov. Fee information: Alaska Airlines' charge for transporting pets in the cabin is $100 one way. The pet carrier is considered one of the traveler's two carry-ons. The fee for unaccompanied minors (children traveling alone) is $25 one way. The airline's reservation change fee is $75, plus any change in fare. For a complete list of Alaska Airlines' optional services and fees, visit http://bit.ly/UBlpze. Nov 15, 2012

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