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Qatar Airways to Add Routes in Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Africa, and Europe

Qatar Airways to Add Routes in Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Africa, and Europe

At the Dubai Air Show, Doha-based Qatar Airways announced that it plans to add new international routes in early 2012. Destinations include Perth, Helsinki, Zagreb, Gassim in Saudi Arabia, Zanzibar in Tanzania, Kigaili in Rwanda, and Mombasa in Kenya.
In addition, flights to Baku, Azerbaijan and Tbilisi, Georgia are to begin February 1. Qatar Airways recently launched flights to Benghazi, Libya, and on November 28, 2011 is to begin service to …

European Union Countries Ban X-Ray Scanners At Airports, Adopt New Guidelines for Body Scanners

European Union Countries Ban X-Ray Scanners At Airports, Adopt New Guidelines for Body Scanners

The European Union adopted new guidelines on the use of body scanners at airport security checkpoints, with an eye towards addressing privacy and safety concerns while deploying newer technologies.
Such scanners are in use in the United States and other countries but their deployment has been controversial both there and in Europe.
The new EU law does not require member states and airports to deploy security scanners but, if and when deployed, …

Marriott Rewards Adds AC Hotels by Marriott in Southern Europe

Marriott Rewards Adds AC Hotels by Marriott in Southern Europe

AC Hotels by Marriott is the newest brand to participate in Marriott Rewards, with more than 80 properties in Spain, Portugal and Italy which are the result of a joint venture between Marriott International and Spanish group AC Hotels.
New customers who sign up for Marriott Rewards while staying at any AC Hotel by Marriott by January 31, 2012 can earn a free night’s stay by completing one additional stay at …

Emirates Orders 50 Boeing 777-300ERs

Emirates Orders 50 Boeing 777-300ERs

Boeing and Emirates Airline announced an order for 50 of the twin-aisle 777-300ER (extended range) aircraft, with an option for an additional 20.  The deal is the largest single airplane order in Boeing’s history and is valued at $18 billion.
Emirates took delivery of its first Boeing 777 in 1996 and has since become the world’s largest operator of 777s, with 94 in its current fleet.  Boeing has sold 182 777 …

American Expands Benefits for West Coast Flights on JAL; JAL to Add Boston Gateway

American Expands Benefits for West Coast Flights on JAL; JAL to Add Boston Gateway

American Airlines is offering the following ways to earn and redeem AAdvantage miles when flying on fellow oneworld alliance member JAL from West Coast gateways in North America to Tokyo and beyond, through Feb. 29, 2012.
Earn double AAdvantage miles flying nonstop on JAL on purchased, published business-class fares between Vancouver and Tokyo. Register at AA.com/offers using bonus code JLYVR.
Earn double AAdvantage miles flying nonstop JAL routes between Tokyo and select …

TSA to Expand PreCheck Trusted Traveler Program to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis-Saint Paul Airports

TSA to Expand PreCheck Trusted Traveler Program to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis-Saint Paul Airports

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will expand its PreCheck trusted traveler program to three additional airports, namely Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Las Vegas – McCarran International Airport (LAS), and Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP).
Under the current program, travelers are able to forgo some of the banalities of checkpoint searches, including taking off shoes and jackets, and removing liquids and computers from carry-on bags
The PreCheck program will start in December …

United and Continental to Expand Global Routes

United and Continental to Expand Global Routes

Continental Airlines and United Airlines plan to introduce new international flights later this year, and during the first half of 2012, the merger between the two companies having enabled greater route flexibility from their combined fleets.
Continental plans to begin daily service between Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport and Lagos, Nigeria, on Nov. 16, 2011, and a second daily flight between Newark Liberty and Frankfurt, Germany, on Jan. 2, 2012. Continental’s weekly …