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Airlines vie for elite L.A.-to-N.Y. fliers with new luxury amenities
Airlines vie for elite L.A.-to-N.Y. fliers with new luxury amenities

Los Angeles International Airport has become a battleground for airlines trying to draw well-heeled business executives and Hollywood celebrities flying coast to coast. The weapons in the fight for the transcontinental VIP are luxuries like down pillows, in-flight espresso machines, chauffeur-driven Cadillacs and meals cooked up by celebrity chefs. "Movie stars, movers and shakers. It is why airlines compete so rigorously for the transcon," said George Hobica, an airline industry expert and founder of the website Airfarewatchdog.com. Although airlines are reducing legroom and adding new fees for passengers at the back of planes, American, United, Delta, Virgin America and...

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