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American rolls out bundled fare options

American Airlines has overhauled pricing displays on its website (www.aa.com) and now offers a selection of fares and supplements that include various extra features and amenities in a single transaction.

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Briefs: Airlines seek DCA routes; US Airways upgrades in-flight payments

In news of U.S. airlines, three carriers are asking for slots to add new routes into Washington D.C.’s close-in Reagan National Airport; US Airways implements a new in-flight payment option; and Delta’s mobile app runs afoul of California officials.

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Delta plans to form joint venture with Virgin Atlantic

Frequent travelers on Delta could be seeing benefits and perks from a new transatlantic partner in the months ahead, as the company announced a deal to buy a big equity stake and create a joint venture operation with Virgin Atlantic Airways.

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AA pilots approve new contract; US Airways merger plan is reported

Members of American Airlines’ pilots union have voted in favor of a new contract, clearing one of the biggest obstacles to the company’s emergence from bankruptcy; but pilots still favor a merger between AA and US Airways, and according to some media reports, US Airways has sent a firm proposal for a deal to American’s management and its creditors.

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Airline industry pushes for a ‘National Airline Policy’

The U.S. airline industry, represented by the trade organization Airlines for America (A4A), has started a push to convince the federal government to adopt what it calls a National Airline Policy—although on closer inspection, the policy it advocates looks simply like a lobbyist’s wish-list for changes favoring the industry.

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Delta places a big order for regional jets

Delta Air Lines took another step toward replacing the smallest regional jets in its fleet with slightly larger ones, placing an order for 40 new planes with three seating options.

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Dreamliner gets off to a rocky start

Aviation experts say that it’s not unusual for a brand-new aircraft type to have a few bugs that need correcting, and that seems to be the case for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner as United starts putting them into service.

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Briefs: AA seeks to extend bankruptcy; JetBlue drops a key route

In news of U.S. airlines, American Airlines parent AMR has asked the bankruptcy court for another extension; JetBlue will end service on a key business route in the northeast; and Hawaiian Airlines sets another expansion of its growing transpacific network.

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Delta said to have its eye on a Virgin Atlantic deal

Now that Delta has pretty much digested its acquisition of Northwest Airlines a few years ago, the airline is said to be looking abroad for a new deal that would pose some serious competition to the Oneworld global alliance.

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Briefs: Virgin offers AA, UA elite status match; Delta downsizes at MEM

In news of U.S. airlines, Virgin America is offering gold or silver status in its Elevate frequent flyer program to elite flyers on American and United; Delta plans to eliminate even more service at its rapidly shrinking Memphis hub; and travelers whose companies use the popular Sabre booking system can now book US Airways’ ChoiceSeats.

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