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Thursday, March 24, 2005; Page GZ04

Art Tours at National

Docents at Reagan National Airport will conduct free "Art Walk" tours through Terminal B/C on April 23. Visitors can explore the artwork incorporated into the terminal, including stained glass, marble and glass mosaics, medallions and panels. The one-hour tours, which start at the Terminal B information desk, will be held as guests arrive from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The tours usually are available by appointment only. For more information, call 703-417-0895 or visit www.mwaa.com.

To Egypt in 10 Hours

Gulfstream Aerospace, a designer and manufacturer of business jets, has registered a flight to Egypt with the National Aeronautic Association, which keeps lists of speed and distance records. On Feb. 21 and 22, a Gulfstream G550 flew from Dulles International Airport to the airport in Sharm el-Sheikh in 10 hours 18 minutes 16 seconds, at an average speed of 589.56 mph. No one had registered that flight with the association. The G550, the flagship of Gulfstream's business jets, can hold up to 18 passengers.

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Grant for BWI Bag Checks

The Transportation Security Administration will provide $10 million for a new baggage screening system at Baltimore-Washington International Airport. The automated explosives detection system, which is faster than manual screening, will be in the new Terminal A/B, set to open in May. The total cost, including construction, will be about $15 million, and the system will be the first of its kind at BWI. The TSA has provided four explosives detection systems and $1.7 million to operate them in other parts of the airport, said BWI spokesman Jonathan Dean.

Flight Changes

• Northwest Airlines will begin daily nonstop service between National and Dane County Regional Airport in Madison, Wis., on June 9 and will replace twice-daily nonstop service between Dulles and Lansing, Mich., with daily nonstop service from Lansing to National.

• On May 8, US Airways will reduce flights between BWI and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., from daily to Saturdays only.

• Lufthansa will fly nonstop daily between Dulles and Munich starting May 2. It will be the first flight in the region to feature the airline's "lie-flat" seats in business class and will offer Internet service to all passengers.

-- Compiled by LILA DE TANTILLO


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