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Alaska Airlines’ flight attendants reject the tentative agreement, demand improvements

Alaska Airlines‘ (Seattle/Tacoma) flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), have voted down a tentative agreement with management.

According to the union, “negotiations began two years ago and, in May 2013, AFA filed for mediation with the National Mediation Board. During negotiations, Alaska Airlines earned record-breaking profits and continued to earn top awards and accolades for customer satisfaction with the assistance of the Flight Attendants. Next, AFA will re-survey the over 3,100 Flight Attendants to determine their top priorities.  The National Mediation Board retains oversight of future negotiations.”

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-990 N323AS (msn 30021) taxies to the active runway at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport base and hub.

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Alaska Airlines orders two additional Boeing 737-900 ERs

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) has ordered two additional 737-900 ER (Extended Range) airplanes.  The agreement, worth $192 million at current list prices, coincides with the direct delivery of the 100th Next-Generation 737 airplane (Boeing 737-990 ER N453AS, msn 36354) to Alaska Airlines.

The aircraft order and delivery of Alaska’s 100th Next-Generation 737 (N453AS) was marked by a special celebration and delivery flight attended by 50 frontline employees from the airline and 50 Boeing employees.

The largest and newest model in the Next-Generation 737 family, the 737-900 ER can carry up to 26 more passengers or fly about 500 nautical miles (926 km) farther than the 737-900. Alaska Airlines operates the 737-900 ER in a two-class configuration with 181 seats and features the Boeing Sky Interior.

The longer range of the 737-900 ER can connect distant city pairs across continents, such as Seattle/Tacoma andOrlando, Florida, in a generous two-class configuration. It has substantial economic advantages over competing models, including 6 percent lower operating costs per trip and 4 percent lower operating costs per seat mile.

The Boeing Sky Interior is the latest in a series of enhancements for both airlines and passengers that introduces new lighting and a curving architecture to create a distinctive entry way. Passengers enjoy a more open cabin feel and newly improved and expanded pivot bins. In addition, all of Alaska’s seats feature outlets providing dual 110-volt and USB power.

Alaska flies 131 Boeing 737 aircraft, including 14 737-900 ERs. The carrier has 68 firm orders for 737-900 ERs and 737 MAX aircraft to be delivered through 2022. Alaska took delivery of its first 737-900 ER in October 2012 and began adding Next-Generation 737s to their fleet in July 1999 with the first delivery of a 737-700.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-990 ER N408AS (msn 41732) climbs away from the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Horizon Air to add two Bombardier Q400 Alaska University logo planes for Alaska flying

ALASKA AIRLINES UNIVERSITY-THEMED Q400 AIRCRAFT

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) and Horizon Air (Seattle/Tacoma) have issued this announcement:

Mascots and school colors from two of Alaska’s most beloved and heated collegiate rivals, the University of Alaska Anchorage and the University of Alaska Fairbanks, will soon be featured on two of Alaska Airlines’ Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) turboprop aircraft. The colorful paint themes will be unveiled tonight (December 6) to a crowd of fans at the Sullivan Arena where the Alaska Nanooks and UAA Seawolf hockey teams will battle in the first of a four-game series to claim the Alaska Airlines Governor’s Cup.

“We’re thrilled to show Alaska Airlines’ strong support of education while growing our fleet of university paint themes with our first two schools in Alaska,” said Marilyn Romano, Alaska Airlines’ regional vice president – Alaska. “The UAA and UAF school colors will proudly fly between our two largest cities and from Anchorage to Kodiak.”

Like other university-themed aircraft operated for Alaska Airlines by its sister carrier, Horizon Air, the Nanook and Seawolf planes will be painted at no cost to the university and will fly primarily between Anchorage and Fairbanks and Anchorage and Kodiak when the carrier introduces the 76-seat DHC-8-402 (Q400) to the state of Alaska on March 3, 2014. The UAF and UAA planes will be painted and unveiled in February next year.

ALASKA AIRLINES UNIVERSITY-THEMED Q400 AIRCRAFT

The UAF and UAA planes will be the 10th and 11th university-themed aircraft flown by Horizon Air since 2008. Other paint themes represent the universities of Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, as well as Boise State, Montana State, Oregon State, San Diego State and Washington State. Alaska Airlines recently unveiled the “Spirit of Education”  (see below). The specially-themed Boeing 737-900 ER was dedicated to the students and staff of Raisbeck Aviation High School located in Tukwila, Washington.

Above Images: The University of Alaska Anchorage (top-green tail) and University of Alaska Fairbanks (second from top-blue tail) colors will be featured on two university-themed Q400 aircraft. (PRNewsFoto/Alaska Airlines)

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-990 ER N403AS (msn 41730) with the special “Supporting Education Helping Dreams Soar” markings for the Raisbeck Aviation High School departs from Los Angeles International Airport.

Alaska Airlines adds new routes from Salt Lake City

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) is what could be considered a strategic response move, will begin daily nonstop service between Salt Lake City and Portland, Oregon, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Jose, California, starting on June 9, and will add a third nonstop flight to its existing service between Salt Lake City and Seattle/Tacoma.

Salt Lake City is the home of a large hub of partner Delta Air Lines (Atlanta). Delta Air Lines has recently been adding new routes at Alaska’s Seattle/Tacoma hub.

Alaska Airlines first began service between Seattle/Tacoma and Salt Lake City on April 4, 2013.

Summary of new service:

Los Angeles-Salt Lake City

Start date

City pair Departs Arrives Frequency Aircraft

June 11

Los Angeles-Salt Lake City 5:35 p.m. 8:20 p.m. Daily 737

June 12

Salt Lake City-Los Angeles

7:00 a.m. 7:55 a.m. Daily 737

Portland-Salt Lake City

Start date

City pair Departs Arrives Frequency Aircraft
June 9 Portland-Salt Lake City 3:10 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Daily 737
June 10 Portland-Salt Lake City 9:50 a.m. 12:45 p.m. Daily CR7
June 9 Salt Lake City-Portland 6:50 p.m. 7:45 p.m. Daily 737
June 10 Salt Lake City-Portland 8:05 a.m. 9:05 a.m. Daily CR7

San Diego-Salt Lake City

Start date

City pair Departs Arrives Frequency Aircraft
June 10

San Diego-Salt Lake City

7:00 a.m. 9:55 a.m. Daily CR7
June 10 San Diego Salt Lake City 7:55 p.m. 10:45 p.m. Daily 737
June 10 Salt Lake City-San Diego 1:20 p.m. 2:20 p.m. Daily CR7
June 11 Salt Lake City-San Diego 8:30 a.m. 9:25 a.m. Daily 737

San Jose-Salt Lake City

Start date

City pair Departs Arrives Frequency Aircraft

June 12

San Jose-Salt Lake City 8:55 p.m. 11:40 p.m. Daily 737

June 13

Salt Lake City-San Jose 7:00 a.m. 8:00 a.m. Daily 737
Seattle-Salt Lake City
Start date City pair Departs Arrives Frequency Aircraft
Existing flight Seattle-Salt Lake City 7:00 a.m. 9:59 a.m. Daily 737
Existing  flight Seattle-Salt Lake City 1:10 p.m. 4:10 p.m. Daily 737
June 9 Seattle-Salt Lake City 8:30 p.m. 11:30 p.m. Daily CR7
June 10 Salt Lake City-Seattle 10:30 a.m. 11:40 a.m. Daily CR7
Existing flight Salt Lake City-Seattle 11:00 a.m. 12:07 p.m. Daily 737
Existing  flight Salt Lake City–Seattle 5:10 p.m. 6:17 p.m. Daily 737

All times based on local time zones.

The routes will be operated with Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 aircraft and SkyWest Airlines (Alaska SkyWest) (St. George, Utah) 70-seat Bombardier CRJ700 regional jets.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Alaska Airlines’ Boeing 737-990 WL N318AS (msn 30018) in the Spirit of Disneyland II special scheme taxies at the SeaTac hub.

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Thai Lion Air to launch operations on December 4

Thai Lion Air (Bangkok-Don Mueang) has secured its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) and is planning to launch scheduled low-fare passenger operations on December 4 with two new 215-seat Boeing 737-900 ERs. The first routes will be from Don Mueang to Chiang Mai, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur according to the Bangkok Post. The low-cost carrier will add Singapore, Guangzhou, Hong, Shenzhen, Delhi and Mumbai next year.

Thai Lion Air is part of the Lion Air Group.

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Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured Boeing 737-9GP ER N5515R (msn 38738) became HS-LTI when it was handed over on October 18, 2013 in Seattle.

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United to start Chicago O’Hare-San Juan flights tomorrow

United Airlines (Chicago) tomorrow (November 5) will begin daily nonstop flights from its hub at Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Luis Munoz Marín International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Flight UA 1688 will depart Chicago O’Hare at 8:27 a.m. (0827) daily, arriving in San Juan at 3:05 p.m. (1505). The return flight, UA 1718, will depart San Juan at 3:55 p.m. (1555) and arrive in Chicago at 7:19 p.m. (1919). The service will be operated with Boeing 737-900 aircraft, with seating for 20 in United First, 51 in Economy Plus and 96 in Economy.

United will begin additional seasonal nonstop service between Chicago O’Hare and San Juan on December 4, 2013. Flight UA 1448 will depart Chicago O’Hare at 4:10 p.m. (1610) daily, arriving in San Juan at 10:48 p.m. (2248). The return flight, UA 1405, will depart San Juan at 7:05 a.m. (0705), arriving in Chicago at 10:29 a.m. (1029). The seasonal service will operate until January 6, 2014.

With the addition of the Chicago flights, United will offer nonstop service between Puerto Rico and five of its hubs. The airline already serves Puerto Rico nonstop from Cleveland, Houston (Bush Intercontinental), Newark and Washington, D.C./Dulles.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-924 WL N32404 (msn 30121) taxies to the runway at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

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Newsworthy Photo of the Day – May 27, 2013

Batik Air-Lion Group Boeing 737-9GP ER WL PK-LBO (msn 38731) HNL (Erik Nugal). Image: 912276.

Copyright Photo: Erik Nugal.

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United to start Chicago O’Hare-San Juan flights on November 5

United Airlines (Chicago) announced today that it will begin daily flights from its hub at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on November 5, 2013.

The flight will depart Chicago at 8:20 a.m. (0820), arriving in San Juan at 2:57 p.m. (1457).  The return flight will depart San Juan at 3:55 p.m. (1555) and arrive in Chicago at 7:13 p.m. (1913). The route will be operated with Boeing 737-900 aircraft with seating for 20 in United First, 51 in Economy Plus and 96 in Economy.  The airline also announced that it will add a second daily flight for the holiday season from December 4 – January 5, 2014.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. Boeing 737-924 ER N75429 (msn 30130) prepares to land at Los Angeles.

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United reports a 1Q net loss of $417 million

United Airlines (Chicago) today reported a first-quarter 2013 net loss of $325 million, or $0.98 per share, excluding $92 million of special charges. Including special charges, UAL reported a first-quarter 2013 net loss of $417 million, or $1.26 per share.

  • The company achieved its best first-quarter on-time performance in a decade, with 81.0 percent of mainline flights, including both domestic and international flights, arriving within 14 minutes of scheduled arrival time.
  • UAL’s first-quarter 2013 consolidated passenger revenue increased 0.7 percent year-over-year on a consolidated capacity reduction of 4.9 percent. First-quarter consolidated passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) increased 5.9 percent compared to the same period in 2012.
  • First-quarter 2013 consolidated unit costs (CASM), holding fuel rate and profit sharing constant and excluding special charges and third-party business expense, increased 7.2 percent year-over-year on a consolidated capacity reduction of 4.9 percent. First-quarter 2013 consolidated CASM increased 6.5 percent year-over-year.
  • UAL ended the first quarter with $6.4 billion in unrestricted liquidity.

“Our co-workers pulled together in the first quarter to significantly improve our operational performance and customer service despite challenging weather and high load factors, and I want to thank them for their hard work,” said Jeff Smisek, chairman, president and chief executive officer. “Although this was a difficult quarter financially, I’m very proud of our team.”

First-Quarter Revenue and Capacity

For the first quarter of 2013, total revenue was $8.7 billion, an increase of 1.4 percent year-over-year. First-quarter consolidated passenger revenue increased 0.7 percent to $7.6 billion, compared to the same period in 2012.

Consolidated revenue passenger miles (RPMs) decreased 1.2 percent on a consolidated capacity (available seat miles) decrease of 4.9 percent year-over-year for the first quarter. First-quarter 2013 consolidated load factor was 81.1 percent, an increase of 3.0 points versus the first quarter of 2012.

First-quarter 2013 consolidated PRASM increased 5.9 percent compared to the same period in 2012. Consolidated yield for the first quarter of 2013 increased 1.9 percent year-over-year.

Mainline RPMs in the first quarter of 2013 decreased 1.6 percent on a mainline capacity decrease of 5.0 percent year-over-year, resulting in a first-quarter mainline load factor of 81.4 percent. Mainline yield for the first quarter of 2013 increased 1.3 percent compared to the same period in 2012. First-quarter 2013 mainline PRASM increased 5.0 percent year-over-year.

“We are encouraged by our unit revenue performance this quarter, and we are working hard to build on our overall revenue progress this year,” said Jim Compton, UAL’s vice chairman and chief revenue officer. “My co-workers’ continued focus on our operational performance and customer service directly contributed to our improved revenue results.”

Passenger revenue for the first quarter of 2013 and period-to-period comparisons of related statistics for UAL’s mainline and regional operations are as follows:

1Q 2013PassengerRevenue  (millions) Passenger Revenue vs.1Q 2012 PRASM  vs. 1Q 2012 Yield vs. 1Q 2012 Available Seat Miles   vs.
1Q 2012
Domestic $2,909 (1.1%) 3.6% 1.1% (4.5%)
Atlantic 1,185 (0.3%) 11.0% 6.9% (10.2%)
Pacific 1,143 4.0% 7.2% 0.7% (3.0%)
Latin America 701 (3.4%) (2.6%) (5.6%) (0.8%)
International 3,029 0.5% 6.5% 1.5% (5.6%)
Mainline 5,938 (0.3%) 5.0% 1.3% (5.0%)
Regional 1,621 4.3% 8.8% 2.9% (4.1%)
Consolidated $7,559 0.7% 5.9% 1.9% (4.9%)

Year-over-year cargo and other revenue in the first quarter of 2013 increased 6.2 percent, or $68 million, to $1.2 billion.

First-Quarter Costs

First-quarter total operating expenses increased $112 million, or 1.3 percent, year-over-year. Third-party business expense was $121 million in the first quarter.

Consolidated and mainline CASM, excluding special charges and third-party business expense, increased 6.8 percent and 8.3 percent, respectively, in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the same period of 2012. First-quarter consolidated and mainline CASM, including special charges, increased 6.5 and 7.9 percent year-over-year, respectively.

In the first quarter, consolidated and mainline CASM, excluding special charges and third-party business expense and holding fuel rate and profit sharing constant, increased 7.2 percent and 8.6 percent, respectively, compared to the results for the same period in 2012.

“We are focused companywide on operating more efficiently. Moreover, we are building an infrastructure to achieve our return-on-invested-capital goals and generate long-term returns,” said John Rainey, UAL’s executive vice president and chief financial officer. “Our balance sheet is the healthiest it’s been in years, and that benefits everyone—co-workers, customers and investors.”

Liquidity, Cash Flow and Return on Invested Capital

UAL ended the quarter with $6.4 billion in unrestricted liquidity, including $1.0 billion of undrawn commitments under its new revolving credit facility. During the first quarter, the company generated $393 million of operating cash flow and had gross capital expenditures and purchase deposits of $526 million. The company made debt and capital lease principal payments of $1.3 billion in the first quarter, including $1.0 billion of prepayments. The company’s return on invested capital for the 12 months ended March 31, 2013, was 8.0 percent, below the company’s goal of 10 percent.

First-Quarter 2013 Events

  • United Airlines achieved a U.S. Department of Transportation first-quarter domestic on-time arrival rate of 81.4 percent, exceeding 80 percent in each month of the quarter. For international flights, United recorded an on-time arrival rate of 79.7 percent for the quarter. The on-time arrival rates are based on flights arriving within 14 minutes of scheduled arrival time. This was the best first-quarter on-time performance for the carrier in a decade.
  • United co-workers earned cash incentive payments totaling $22 million for on-time performance during the first quarter.
  • Co-workers earned $4.4 million for reaching the company’s customer-satisfaction target for the first quarter, as measured through online surveys of MileagePlus members flying United and United Express. United also awarded $125,000 to select employees of United and United Express for excellence in customer service as part of the company’s Outperform Recognition Program.
  • United continued its comprehensive customer service training program for all customer-facing agents and flight attendants worldwide, and nearly 13,000 co-workers completed the training in the first quarter.
  • During the first quarter, United replaced its $1.2 billion term loan due 2014 with a new $900 million term loan due 2019, and reduced the principal balance by $300 million in the process. Simultaneously, United entered into a new $1.0 billion revolving credit facility due 2018 that replaced the company’s $500 million undrawn revolving credit facility due 2015, bolstering the company’s unrestricted liquidity position.
  • The company pre-paid $400 million of its 9.875 percent Senior Secured Notes and $200 million of its 12.0 percent Senior Second Lien Notes during the first quarter.
  • United broke ground on a new widebody aircraft maintenance hangar at Newark Liberty International Airport and is constructing a new maintenance hangar at Washington Dulles International Airport, boosting United’s maintenance capabilities on the East Coast. The company signed a 10-year lease extension on its Maintenance Operations Center at San Francisco International Airport, United’s largest maintenance facility.
  • United opened the airline’s new employee health clinic at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, offering convenient on-site health services to co-workers at no charge.
  • The company took delivery of six Boeing 737-900ERs and removed from service three Boeing 737-500s and two Boeing 757-200s.
  • The company reached an agreement to sell up to 30 Boeing 757-200 aircraft to FedEx.
  • During the quarter, the company expanded its industry-leading global route network, launching new nonstop service to Nassau, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and Oklahoma City, Okla. United also added two new cities to its network, Fayetteville, N.C., and Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. The company announced future new nonstop markets, including the company’s first nonstop service to Dickinson, N.D., as well as additional service to Portland, Ore.; Austin, Texas; San Jose del Cabo, Mexico; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada; Anchorage, Alaska; Traverse City, Mich.; and Charleston, S.C. The airline also announced it will resume nonstop daily service from Chicago to San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • United relaunched the Premier Access program offering customers access to expedited check-in and security checkpoint lanes along with priority boarding.
  • United launched a new baggage delivery option, enabling customers to have their checked bags delivered directly to their final destinations and skip baggage claim upon arrival. The airline will expand the service to more than 190 domestic airports in the coming months.
  • The company unveiled a new lounge standard at its United Club in Terminal 2 at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, the first to feature a new design that the airline will use when building and renovating lounges worldwide. The airline is investing more than $50 million to renovate many of its United Clubs, with three more United Clubs to be renovated this year.
  • The carrier introduced its first reconfigured transcontinental “p.s.,” Premium Service, aircraft equipped with flat-bed seats, all-new interiors, personal on-demand entertainment, Wi-Fi connectivity, in-seat power and USB ports. United offers p.s. on all nonstop flights between New York Kennedy and both Los Angeles and San Francisco.
  • The company ramped up installation of global satellite-based Wi-Fi on its mainline fleet and currently offers satellite-based Wi-Fi on 38 of its aircraft, becoming the first U.S.-based international carrier to offer customers the ability to stay connected while traveling on long-haul overseas routes.
  • United introduced a new application for Windows Phone 8 users. With the launch of the Windows app, United is now available on all mobile platforms, including iPhone, Android and Blackberry.
  • The company continued to install flat-bed seats in premium cabins on its international fleet and now has more than 7,000 new flat-bed seats on 182 aircraft, more than any other U.S. carrier. In addition, Economy Plus is now available on nearly all of United’s mainline fleet.
  • UAL merged its two operating subsidiaries, United and Continental, into a single operating entity, United, on March 31, 2013.

Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin/AirlinersGallery.com. The Continental Airlines name is being kept alive with this United Airlines’ Boeing 737-924 ER WL N75436 (msn 33531) painted in Continental’s 1947 Blue Skyway retrojet scheme.

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Alaska Airlines is upgrading its aircraft with new seats and power outlets

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) is upgrading its fleet and interiors. According to the airline, “passengers starting this fall will enjoy new aircraft seats that feature a personal space-enhancing design and are equipped with power outlets. The airline is also nearing a decision on an enhanced inflight entertainment system that will allow customers to watch movies, television shows and other programming streamed to any Wi-Fi-enabled device.”

The $100 million project to upgrade the cabins on all of Alaska’s Boeing 737-800, -900 and -900 ER aircraft is expected to be finished by the end of 2014.

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Cabin Photo: Alaska Airlines.

Alaska Airlines became the North America launch customer for the main cabin Recaro seat when the carrier took delivery of its first Boeing 737-900 ER in November 2012. The seat’s slimmer design and location of the literature pocket at the top of the seat back enables Alaska to reconfigure its cabins while maintaining the same passenger comfort standards and personal space that are on its aircraft today. Six seats will be added to the airline’s 737-800s and nine seats to its 737-900s.

Alaska will be the only U.S. airline to provide power outlets at every seat on its equipped aircraft, which will include nearly three-quarters of the fleet. The outlets, supplying both 110-volt and USB power for tablets and smart phones, will be conveniently located on the seatback in front of each passenger.

The inflight entertainment solution under consideration will allow programming to be streamed wirelessly from a server onboard the aircraft to any Wi-Fi-enabled device, including passengers’ own laptops, tablets and smart phones as well as tablets provided by Alaska.

After reconfiguring its aircraft, Alaska Airlines’ 737-800s will accommodate 163 passengers (16 in first class and 147 in the main cabin). The carrier’s 737-900s will accommodate 181 passengers (16 in first class and 165 in the main cabin). Its 737-900 ERs, which are not being reconfigured with more seats, also accommodate 16 passengers in first class and 165 in the main cabin. Alaska Airlines’ aircraft will provide passengers with the current fleet standard seat pitch of 31 to 32 inches and 3 inches of recline.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Boeing 737-990 ER N408AS (msn 41732) arrives at Los Angeles.

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