Airline bin: Routes, bags, deals and such

New flights:

  • Reno Air's fall schedule will include new San Jose-Burbank, Calif., service, with four daily flights beginning Oct. 1, and new twice-daily Orange County, Calif.-Seattle flights starting Sept. 15.
  • AirTran's fall schedule will expand its Atlanta operations to 260 daily flights to 30 cities. It will launch service Sept. 9 to Quad Cities/Moline, Ill., and Sept. 16 to Miami. It also plans Newark, N.J., service by October. The realignment will leave Orlando, Fla., with no nonstop service except to Atlanta.
  • Delta Express plans a buildup at Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with six daily flights each to Washington (Dulles); Hartford, Conn., and Newark by the end of the year. The carrier said Orlando would continue to be its main focus.
  • Air Canada will launch twice-daily Montreal-Washington (Dulles) nonstops on Oct. 5. and will launch daily Toronto-New Orleans nonstops (a first for the city pair, the carrier said) on Oct. 26.
  • American will launch daily seasonal Newark-Fort Lauderdale nonstops on Dec. 15.
  • ProAir will launch twice-weekly, late-night flights between Detroit City Airport and Las Vegas on Dec. 20.
  • Northwest will take up the Memphis, Tenn.-Biloxi, Miss., route on Oct. 1 with three daily DC-9 flights, replacing turboprop service provided by Northwest Airlink.
  • British Airways resumed service to Nigeria after 14 months following that country's lifting of a ban on U.K.-registered aircraft. It is operating three flights a week to Lagos.
  • Korean Air added a Saturday-evening flight from Washington (Dulles) so people can arrive in Seoul for a Monday workday or make same-day connections to other Asian cities. The Sunday flight was dropped.
  • Continental will launch Houston-Reno, Nev., service on Dec. 15.
  • Baggage:

  • Delta is allowing passengers to its new Latin America destinations -- Guatemala City; San Salvador; San Jose, Costa Rica; Panama City; Caracas, Venezuela, and Lima, Peru -- to check four bags (double the usual) through Oct. 31. It will charge $50 per bag for the first three excess bags.
  • Ghana Airways is limiting checked baggage to four pieces per passenger -- two free and two at the excess baggage rate -- through Sept. 15.
  • Sharing:

  • Swissair and Malaysia Airlines have a new and more extensive code-sharing agreement that covers three Kuala Lumpur-Zurich flights a week, with a fourth to be added for the 1999 summer schedule.
  • Northwest signed a marketing agreement with KLM Exel (which used to be Air Exel Netherlands), a regional carrier affiliated with KLM. KLM Exel will operate code-sharing service that links Northwest's Amsterdam flights with Maastricht, Groningen and Enschede, the Netherlands, and its Paris service with Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
  • Delta will put its code on Sabena's twice-weekly Brussels-Lome, Togo, flights beginning Sept. 6. Sabena put its code on Delta's daily Atlanta-Guatemala City flights.
  • Continental and British Midland began sharing codes on flights from Manchester to Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Lufthansa and British Midland expanded their code-sharing agreement to include a third daily flight between Manchester and Dusseldorf, operated by British Midland. Lufthansa operates the other two.
  • China Airlines and Singapore Airlines signed a memorandum of understanding to form an alliance that would include equity swaps, business operations, reinvestment and other "multidimensional" ventures.
  • Paradise Island Airlines will become a Continental Connection carrier on Sept. 10. It was purchased by G-Air Holdings, parent of Gulfstream International Airlines. Paradise operates between South Florida and the Bahamas.
  • Miles:

  • Sol Melia Hotels in Latin America became a participant in the American Airlines AAdvantage program. Members will earn 2,000 miles per qualifying stay during September and October and 500 miles thereafter. American's Executive Platinum AAdvantage members can now call a toll-free reservations number that uses voice recognition, which the company said is faster and easier than touch-tone reservations. AAdvantage also added Countrywide Home Loans to its mileage-for-mortgages program.
  • TWA and Icelandair frequent flyer members are able to earn and redeem awards on either airline.
  • Fleet news:

  • United ordered 12 more A320s and 10 more A319s for delivery in 2000-2001. That will bring its total to 133 narrow-body aircraft.
  • EasyJet, the no-frills British carrier, ordered 15 737-700s with options for 15 more.
  • American Trans Air agreed to buy five L-1011s from Royal Jordanian. It will put the first into service in December and phase the others in over 15 months.
  • Continental Micronesia will retire its four 747s in April and its remaining 13 727s by December 2000. It plans to operate DC-10s and 737s instead, in light of reduced capacity needs.
  • Eastwind Airlines took delivery of its second new 737-700 aircraft. It will be used to add frequencies on the carrier's current route structure scheduled to begin on Sept. 9.
  • Frontier is replacing a 737-200 with the Advanced version of the plane, set for delivery in mid-October.
  • Smokeless:

  • Cathay Pacific will ban smoking on Japan routes beginning Oct. 25, which will make it a totally smoke-free airline.
  • Deals:

  • Full-fare coach passengers on AirTran will get bumped up to business class for free (space permitting) through Sept. 30.
  • British Midland is running a fall special on its Discover Europe Airpass: $109 one way from London (Heathrow) to U.K. cities, Paris and other close-in points, and $149 to cities farther afield. Passengers must be ticketed by Sept. 30 for travel through Dec. 15.
  • New face:

  • Olympic Airways named Costas Sfynias director for North and South America. He had been general manager for the U.K. and Ireland.
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