IATA reported that the number of premium passengers traveling in first and business class seats on international flights grew 5.9% in February compared to the same month in 2009, marking the third consecutive month of year-over-year increases (ATWOnline,, March 18). According to its latest Premium Traffic Monitor released last week, premium revenues climbed 9.4% in February "as rising average fares add[ed] to the growth in premium passenger numbers." Economy travel grew 6.9% and "the level ...

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