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Silver Airways will apply to the U.S. Department of Transportation to serve most, if not all, of the 10 Cuba destinations approved under the new bilateral agreement between Cuba and the U.S. Meanwhile, its board has begun evaluating a range of strategic growth and investment options for the airline.

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Azul will begin daily non-stop service with A330-200s between Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport and Viracopos/Campinas International Airport near São Paulo on December 2. It will then launch daily Orlando-Campinas service on December 15.

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Subject to government approval, El Al plans to place its ‘LY’ flight code on select JetBlue Airways-operated flights to and from New York JFK and Newark Liberty International Airport.

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American Airlines has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation for the right to operate new service from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to Beijing Capital International Airport beginning next summer.

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United Airlines has responded to JetBlue Airways’ recent application to launch service between Newark Liberty International Airport and Santiago de los Caballeros in the Dominican Republic from May 1 by applying to operate the route itself, from this summer.

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Eastern Air Lines Group, Inc. has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to operate as a passenger airline. If successful in its application, it expects to begin soon the process of FAA certification under FAR Part 121.

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American Airlines Group Inc. is dropping 17 destinations from its schedule at Washington Reagan National Airport and three major cities from its New York LaGuardia schedule, but is adding new service to 10 cities from LaGuardia.

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Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson has told the airline’s employees that Delta will not allow voice calls to or from cellular or Internet-based phones onboard its mainline or regional aircraft during flight.

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The partners claim that, by combining Virgin Atlantic’s Heathrow slots and U.K. brand strength with Delta’s powerful U.S. network, the joint venture will offer significant competition in the market and benefit consumers on both sides of the Atlantic.

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The airlines say an antitrust-immunized joint venture would allow Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic to be more effective competitors on routes between North America and the U.K., particularly between the U.S. and London.

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If its application is approved, Delta Air Lines would begin second daily São Paulo flights to both Atlanta and New York JFK this year.

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Pending government approvals, American proposes to begin new service between Los Angeles International Airport and São Paulo Guarulhos International Airport in late 2013 and between Chicago O’Hare International Airport and São Paulo in late 2014.

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Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines will begin the new Seattle-Tokyo Haneda service on June 1.

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On July 30, Delta Air Lines asked for the DOT’s approval to serve Haneda from Seattle, rather than Detroit. The DOT has tentatively concluded that it would be in the public interest to allow Delta to do so.

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Delta Air Lines plans to expand its international service and customer enhancements at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, offering benefits to its own and Alaska Airlines’ customers as a result of the alliance between the two carriers.

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On July 9 Southwest Airlines revealed it had bought four slots at Washington Reagan National Airport from another airline, the previous week. Southwest will use the slots to provide two daily round-trips between Washington Reagan National and Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has appointed the four members of a new committee that will advise the Secretary on measures to protect the rights of air travelers in the United States.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has selected Alaska Airlines for service to Portland, Oregon; JetBlue Airways for San Juan, Puerto Rico; Southwest Airlines for Austin, Texas; and Virgin America for San Francisco.

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Virgin America filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation on March 12 for the right to operate two non-stop daily flights to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport from its home base of San Francisco International Airport.

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