Alaska Airlines will begin daily non-stop service in June linking Salt Lake City with Portland in Oregon, and with the California cities of Los Angeles, San Diego and San Jose. It will also add a third daily non-stop flight to its existing service between Salt Lake City and Seattle.

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United Airlines says it has become the first and only airline to offer premium-cabin, flat-bed seats on every scheduled transcontinental flight between New York JFK and San Francisco and between New York JFK and Los Angeles.

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American’s first Airbus A321 is scheduled to enter service early next year on trunk transcontinental routes. The airline is dedicating its initial group of A321 deliveries to transcontinental service, mainly to replace aging Boeing 767-200ERs which the carrier now operates on the routes.

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Delta Air Lines has applied to add 18 daily non-stop flights to five destinations from Dallas Love Field in October 2014. Among other necessary pre-conditions, the Dallas Love Field expansion contemplated by Delta requires that full repeal of the Wright Amendment goes ahead as agreed by both Houses of Congress on September 29, 2006.

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Among the new services are year-round daily flights to Jacksonville in Florida and Richmond in Virginia. Delta Air Lines will also offer new service from Boston to Las Vegas.

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Delta’s new service to SEA from San Francisco and increased service from Los Angeles will be operated by Delta Connection carrier Compass Airlines, with the exception of one daily mainline flight from Los Angeles. Delta’s increased Las Vegas-Seattle service will be operated by Delta Connection carrier SkyWest Airlines.

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JetBlue Airways will introduce on June 15, 2014 a new, transcontinental premium service which the airline is calling ‘Mint’ and for which it has begun selling tickets.

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The airline’s new seasonal destinations from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport will be Los Angeles International Airport, Orlando International Airport, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Tampa International Airport. The airline will offer daily seasonal service on each route from November 7.

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The carrier expects its new lie-flat seats to debut in the market on new Airbus A321 jets beginning in the second quarter of 2014 on the two most popular non-stop routes in the United States – New York to Los Angeles and New York to San Francisco.

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Delta Air Lines is launching hourly, non-stop Delta Shuttle service between Los Angeles International and San Francisco International airports on September 3. The Delta Shuttle services on the Los Angeles-San Francisco route will offer 14 daily round-trips and a service product tailored to business travelers.

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British Airways has become the 10th operator to receive an Airbus A380, after taking delivery of the first of 12 aircraft on order.

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Star Alliance has released the first official images of its new premium-class lounge in the new Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport. The new Star Alliance lounge will open later this year, when the redesigned and expanded Tom Bradley International Terminal opens.

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Emirates is introducing the Airbus A380 superjumbo on its service between Dubai and Los Angeles on December 2, replacing the Boeing 777-300ER which the carrier currently uses for the service.

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On the day that United Airlines re-launched Boeing 787 commercial service from the airline’s hub in Houston, the carrier has provided details of new 787 services it plans to begin this summer.

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A study by airline consulting firm Boyd Group International shows that U.S. airports in the fourth quarter of 2012 with the highest cost of air travel ‒ based on fares paid per mile ‒ included Dallas Love Field, Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport, Memphis International Airport, Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and Tulsa International Airport.

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American will begin serving seven more new destinations this summer from Los Angeles International Airport, increasing its network of non-stop flights from LAX to 50 cities. American is also seeking government approval to begin daily round-trip service from Los Angeles to São Paulo on November 21.

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United Airlines has introduced on to its transcontinental ‘p.s.’ premium service the service’s first aircraft featuring a revamped and enlarged premium cabin, which is fitted with flat-bed-seats.

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Delta Air Lines is increasing its schedule at Los Angeles International Airport, by offering daily additional year-round and seasonal service to 14 destinations, including eight new markets. The additional service will give Delta Air Lines 12 per cent more daily seats from LAX.

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BA will receive its first Airbus A380 in July and seats are now available for purchase for A380 flights on the Los Angeles-London Heathrow route from October 15. BA’s second A380 route will be London Heathrow-Hong Kong and customers can book flights now for travel from November 15.

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