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Delta Airlines (DAL: news, msgs) is spreading its wings at New York’s JFK International Airport. The carrier plans to spend $1.6 billion on a terminal expansion and redevelopment project, which Delta says will result in additional flights and better service. The project, expected to be finished in 2004, will consolidate Delta’s domestic and international flights in two separate terminals. New York Governor Pataki said, “Delta’s expansion will be a cornerstone of our overall $9 billion JFK redevelopment program.”

Fly on two airlines without ever seeing a paper ticket. That’s the idea behind United Airlines’ (UAL: news, msgs) new-generation electronic ticketing system, called E-Ticket - II Interline, which bridges the computer reservation systems of two different airlines. United says customers will be able to fly on multiple carriers, with expedited booking, ticketing and easier re-accommodation on another carrier in the event that travel plans are disrupted. “The ability to use electronic tickets on more than one airline is the final frontier for electronic ticketing service,” says Donna Fridrych, of United Airlines Solutions marketing group.

A new magazine, designed to show how to better use the Internet for travel, hits stands later this month. Ziff Davis Media (ZD: news, msgs) is publishing Expedia Travels magazine, which is geared toward “affluent, Internet-savvy, on-the-go readers.” Expedia will be published bi-monthly, with plans to go monthly next fall. The first issue debuts October 31.

Delta Air Lines (DAL: news, msgs) is starting new flights to Japan. The service will include two daily nonstop trips - one from New York (JFK) to Tokyo (Narita) and another from Los Angeles to Nagoya, beginning April 1. The New York-Tokyo flight will be Delta’s first nonstop service from New York to Japan.

AirTran Airways (AAI: news, msgs) will start service between Pittsburgh International Airport and New York (LaGuardia), Chicago (Midway) and Atlanta, beginning December 12. AirTran will initially operate three daily nonstop flights from Pittsburgh to New York, three daily nonstop flights to Chicago and two daily nonstop trips to Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport.


American Eagle, the regional affiliate of American Airlines (AMR: news, msgs), plans to introduce service between Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport and New York’s LaGuardia. The airline will operate two daily roundtrips beginning December 2.

JetBlue Airways launched daily service from New York (JFK) to Palm Beach International Airport this week, and will add a second daily flight November 18.

Northwest Airlines (NWAC: news, msgs) is kicking off non-stop jet service between Pittsburgh and Memphis, with a discount fare promotion for travel between Pittsburgh and select cities. The Pittsburgh-Memphis hop will begin with two daily roundtrips on October 29 and Northwest will offer the low fares through February 14., a subsidiary of EResource Capital Group (RCG: news, msgs), has unveiled its new SKYSAVER jet charter program. SKYSAVER will provide non-stop jet service from Norfolk, Virginia, to New York (LaGuardia) and to Orlando, Florida with more routes to be added in January. Prices for the flights will begin at $69 each way.