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Airlines fighting for upscale travelers

Airlines are stepping up competition for full-fare passengers between New York and Los Angeles, with lie-flat seats, pricey French wines, and valets to whisk travelers from curb to gate without wasting time in lines.

The latest dogfight over first- and business-class fliers involves five carriers on the most lucrative US route. Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, and United ­Airlines are expanding space for high-end customers and offering goodies once reserved for international trips, such as mini-suites.

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