Representatives of the United States and Brazil have agreed an Open-Skies aviation services agreement which will significantly liberalize U.S.-Brazil air services for airlines of both countries over a transition period, according to the DOT.

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The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. has accepted new member hotels in Bahrain, Egypt, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, United States, Barbados and the Dominican Republic.

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Air Canada and United Continental Holdings, Inc. have agreed a Memorandum of Understanding for a transborder joint venture they say would generate substantial service and pricing benefits for consumers traveling between the United States and Canada.

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The United States and the European Union have provisionally agreed to expand their 2007 Open Skies air services agreement to allow for greater U.S.-EU cooperation on a wide range of aviation issues, in a deal the European Commission says could put 26 million more passengers on transatlantic flights over a period of five years.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has given initial approval for the application by American Airlines and four of its international partners for anti-trust immunity ― that is, immunity from monopolies prosecution ― to form an international joint venture.

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All airlines flying to, from or via the United States will have to collect Secure Flight passenger information from each passenger from October 31, under the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s Secure Flight requirement.

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