From September 14, American Airlines will charge $50 for a second checked bag for lower-yield Economy Class customers traveling between locations in Europe, India and the United States, including U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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American Airlines and regional partner American Eagle are continuing to grow their combined schedule at Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale International Airport beyond the schedule additions previously announced for November at MIA.

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Southwest Airlines says it is on track to start rolling out satellite wi-fi service from provider Row 44 across its fleet in the first quarter of 2010.

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Virgin America has increased its checked-baggage fees for travel starting on or after September 10.

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Air Canada says it has become the first North American airline to release an Apple iPhone/iPod touch application.

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SkyWest Airlines has agreed to continue service between Southwest Oregon Regional Airport (OTH) in North Bend, Oregon and Portland International Airport (PDX) without subsidy, says the airport’s operator.

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August 20 marks the one-year anniversary of the commercial launch of Aircell’s Gogo Inflight Internet service on American Airlines. Since the launch, Aircell has added seven additional airlines.

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Virgin America has completed installing software upgrades to its Linux-based Red in-flight entertainment system to allow for more content, as well as greater functionality and speed.

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Air Canada plans to introduce year-round nonstop service between Montréal-Trudeau International Airport and Brussels Airport, with same-plane service continuing to and from Toronto Pearson International Airport.

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Air Canada is launching the only daily, year-round, nonstop service from Montréal-Trudeau International Airport to Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Texas on November 30.

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AirTran Airways has moved from Concourse A to Concourse B at Charleston International Airport (CHS) in South Carolina.

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Continental Airlines plans to launch daily non-stop service from its Houston hub to Edmonton International Airport, Alberta on November 1, subject to government approval.

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Continental Airlines plans to join the Star Alliance on October 27. The Houston airline will end its participation in the SkyTeam alliance after its last scheduled flight on October 24.

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V Australia, the long-haul arm of the Virgin Blue Group, will launch direct flights between Johannesburg, South Africa and Melbourne, Australia in March 2010 assuming it receives the requisite government approval.

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Republic Airways Holdings has been declared the winning bidder in the auction to acquire Frontier Airlines, beating off a late but stiff challenge from Southwest Airlines.

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Singapore Airlines’ U.S.-based tour brand, Singapore Airlines Vacations, is offering a new slate of short vacation packages to Singapore, Bangkok and Phuket.

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Continental Airlines and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) are expanding a pilot program at San Diego International Airport that uses paperless boarding passes.

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New Australia-headquartered charter airline Strategic Airlines will be able to open its planned second base in Europe after receiving its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) from France’s aviation regulatory agency.

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Southwest Airlines and Wyndham Hotel Group have tied their respective loyalty programs, Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards and Wyndham Rewards.

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