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American gives up more slots at Washington Reagan National

American Airlines Group, which includes American and US Airways, has arranged for the sale of eight more takeoff and landing slots at Washington D.C.’s close-in Reagan National Airport, marking the completion of the DCA slot divestitures order by the Justice Department as a condition to approving the AA-US Airways merger.

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Briefs: UA, DL add overseas routes; AirTran's days are numbered

In airport news, London Heathrow’s new Terminal 2 is expected to open to the public in June; international arrivals formalities for passengers at Dallas/Ft. Worth and Houston Bush Intercontinental should go more smoothly thanks to new self-service kiosks; TSA adds PreCheck for international connecting travelers at Miami International; and US Airways moves at LAX.

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Virgin America brings social networking to the skies

Tech-savvy Virgin America Airlines has rolled out a new feature for  business travelers who like to network wherever they go — an app for person-to-person social networking with other passengers on the carrier.

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Carlson Rezidor will add two new hotel brands

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, which already has five lodging brands in its lineup, plans to add two new ones, designed to appeal to different market segments, the company announced.

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Briefs: LHR terminal opens in June; Texas airports add passport kiosks

In airport news, London Heathrow’s new Terminal 2 is expected to open to the public in June; international arrivals formalities for passengers at Dallas/Ft. Worth and Houston Bush Intercontinental should go more smoothly thanks to new self-service kiosks; TSA adds PreCheck for international connecting travelers at Miami International; and US Airways moves at LAX.

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Survey results suggest new fee possibilities for airlines

Lots of consumers no doubt think that airlines are already charging way too many passenger fees for so-called ancillary services, but a new survey of several hundred air travelers reveals that there are some things many of them would be willing to pay extra for if only they could.

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Landmark DC. hotel closes; Sofitel adds a Berlin location

In news of hotel openings, closings and rebrandings this month, a renowned downtown Washington D.C. property has shut its doors; Manhattan gets a new Hilton Garden Inn; Chicago adds a pair of independent properties; Sofitel takes over a Berlin hotel; several more openings take place in the Middle East; and Japan welcomes a new Ritz-Carlton.

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Briefs: Air France adopts flat-bed seats; Korean adds a U.S. gateway

In news of international airlines, Air France has finally announced a plan to install flat-bed business class seating on its long-haul fleet; Korean Air will start service to its eleventh U.S. gateway this spring; and Norwegian wins approval to split off its long-haul operations into a subsidiary based in Dublin, to facilitate international expansion.

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Briefs: AA will expand extra-legroom seats; Virgin alters change fees

In news of U.S. airlines, American plans to extend its extra-legroom seating to US Airways; Virgin America lowers some change fees, raises others; Southwest eyes expansion to airports where rivals are downsizing; and a new intrastate carrier is announced in Florida.

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Routes: UA's CLE cutbacks detailed; Alaska, DL add Seattle service

In route developments at U.S. airlines, details have emerged about United’s planned cutbacks at Cleveland; Delta and Alaska Airlines intensify their ongoing 'Battle for Seattle';  and American will drop a key Latin American route next year.

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