Hong Kong-based Travelzen Group Limited is offering online booking of flights between China and Taiwan, just a week after the establishment of scheduled cross-straits flights between the two Chinese states.

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Transatlantic Translations has launched an on-demand service called LangCommLingo to provide business and leisure travelers with instant, over-the telephone-access to interpreters in more than 150 languages 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

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La Quinta Inns & Suites has launched a free iPhone and iPod Touch application through the iTunes App Store to help its customers find and book at any LaQuinta hotel.

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The Transportation Security Administration and Continental Airlines are expanding their paperless boarding pass pilot program at San Francisco International Airport.

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U.S. airline passengers value in-flight Wi-Fi access more than meal service, free movies and other perks, according to a poll conducted by Wakefield Research for the Wi-Fi Alliance.

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Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Sabre Travel Studios have joined forces to provide travel information to passengers via their mobile phones with TripCase, a smart phone application available now on the iPhone and BlackBerry platforms.

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Deutsche Messe and Hannover Marketing und Tourismus GmbH have joined forces to offer a standardized accommodation booking service to make it faster and easier for exhibition visitors and tourists to book a hotel in the Hannover region.

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From September 2, United Airlines will accept only credit and debit cards for most onboard purchases on transatlantic flights and on flights to and from Brazil and Argentina.

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The Boeing Company says it now expects the first flight of the 787 Dreamliner to take place by the end of 2009 and the first delivery of a 787 to a customer (All Nippon Airways) to occur in the fourth quarter of 2010.

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Tahiti-based online travel agency Tahiti Cruise and Vacation has created a comprehensive travel booking website for Tahiti and French Polynesia’s more than 118 islands and atolls.

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Latin America’s LAN Airlines has launched LAN for Business, a new online booking engine designed to allow small and medium businesses to purchase and reserve airline tickets easily.

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Virgin Atlantic Airways has become the first airline to launch an e-ticketing agreement with high-speed-rail company Eurostar, allowing passengers to book Eurostar tickets for onward high-speed-train journeys between London and Lille, Paris, Brussels and other Belgian cities.

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

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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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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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Scientists in the U.S. are working on a prototype system to provide aircraft with updates about severe storms and turbulence as they fly across remote ocean regions.

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A key difference exists between nearly all big US airports’ sites and those of some smaller US airports and many big airports in other countries – namely, that the big US airports don’t have any booking options.

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