In Brief


US Airways, Expedia settle dispute
VIRGINIA: US Airways Group and Expedia say customers can once again purchase US Airways tickets through the Internet travel site.

US Airways had pulled its tickets off Expedia on Dec. 9, complaining that Expedia began charging US Airways customers $8.99 per booking, up from $5. Expedia still charges $5 to book flights on other carriers.
Ben Baldanza, a US Airways senior vice president, said at the time that Expedia was the most expensive of its online distributors, and the airline would not permit its customers to be singled out for higher fees. The companies declined to release details of the agreement.
Benin crash victims remembered
A memorial service has been held for the victims of a plane crash that claimed at least 130 lives in the West African nation of Benin.
A French military airplane carrying the coffins of 76 Lebanese and two Iranians departed Benin”s main city Cotonou, after a ceremony honoring the 130 victims of last month”s crash.
Your companion in the sky
With the launch of the “Fly Your Companion For Free” offer British Airways (BA) is providing Abu Dhabi travellers and their companions with opportunity to experience a perfect winter holiday and enjoy the excitement of the festive season.
Customers purchasing a Club World ticket and travelling before January 31, 2004 from Abu Dhabi to any destination in the UK, Europe, USA or Canada will receive a free Club World companion ticket on the same flight.

KLM launch e-ticketing
DUBAI: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has announced the introduction of the very first E-Ticket in Dubai or Saudi Arabia.  
E-Tickets will be available on and through KLM”s reservation department.  The second stage due shortly will provide travelers with the ability of acquiring E-Tickets through their preferred travel agencies.
Airline alliance deems SARS news 'misleading'
The Director General of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA), Richard Stirland, voiced the widespread concern of the aviation industry about potentially misleading statements on SARS.
“Obviously, in the light of what happened earlier this year, we are sensitive to headlines such as ‘Air Travel Fuelled SARS Spread',” said Stirland.

Swiss banned crashed jet since Oct ‘02
ZURICH: The Egyptian charter airline whose Boeing 737 crashed into the Red Sea, killing 148 people, has been banned from flying over Swiss airspace since October 2002 due to safety concerns, an official said.
“During an inspection we discovered that the airline was a danger to aviation security,” said Celestine Perissinotto, a spokeswoman for the Swiss Federal Office for Civil Aviation. She declined to give further details.

Air Arabia has cheapest fares for DSF
DUBAI: The Dubai Shopping Festival is expected to draw many people to the UAE, and we expect a good load factor on our flights which will ultimately generate good exposure and increase our sales, said Adel Ali, chief executive of Air Arabia.