Swiss International Air Lines Ltd. has became the world’s first certified ‘allergy-friendly’ airline, by meeting the criteria of the European Center for Allergy Research Foundation. In May, SWISS will introduce ground and in-flight products designed to make air travel more comfortable for allergy sufferers.

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Southwest Airlines has operated its first revenue flight with a Boeing 737 equipped with Aviation Partners’ Boeing Split Scimitar Winglets. The first Southwest aircraft sporting the Split Scimitar Winglets is a Boeing 737-800 which previously had Blended Winglets fitted.

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The final-assembly process for the Airbus A320neo has begun with the join-up of the forward and aft fuselage sections at the A320 Final Assembly LIne in Toulouse.

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From March 1, passengers will be able to purchase wireless internet access on some of All Nippon Airways’ international flights.

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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines claims to be the first airline in the world to create a payment method which allows customers to pay via social media channels.

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The interior refurbishments by Delta Air Lines will provide power at every seat, add new slim-line seats with adjustable headrests, install updated lavatories, add more efficient galleys and additional features to improve passenger comfort.

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A Hoffman X-4 will take off from St Petersburg, Florida and fly across the bay to Tampa at 10:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Standard Time, re-tracing the exact path taken by pilot Tony Jannus and passenger Abram Pheil 100 years ago.

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Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson has told the airline’s employees that Delta will not allow voice calls to or from cellular or Internet-based phones onboard its mainline or regional aircraft during flight.

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American Airlines will introduce its first three new Airbus A321s – each configured with just 102 seats – into service on January 7 on the New York JFK-Los Angeles route and will build up its A321 transcontinental schedule until the type is operating 18 round-trips a day on two routes by mid-June.

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The sensing system has the potential to improve weather forecasting by providing real-time and frequent humidity data from many locations when aircraft take off and land at airports throughout the United States. U.S. National Weather Service forecasters routinely use observations from water-vapor sensing systems in their day-to-day operations.

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Boeing has begun low-speed wind tunnel tests for the Boeing 777X and calls the testing a major milestone in aircraft development. Testing started on December 5 at QinetiQ’s test facility at Farnborough in the UK.

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Air Canada has unveiled a new international cabin design and new seating, to be introduced on its Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet. The airline will take delivery in the spring of 2014 of the first of the 37 Boeing 787 widebodies it has on firm order.

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Southwest Airlines says it has become the first airline to offer its passengers gate-to-gate Wi-Fi services. From November 20, all Southwest Airlines passengers may use small portable electronic devices in “airplane mode” from gate to gate.

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Together, Lufthansa and fast-growing low-cost subsidiary Germanwings will serve 211 destinations in 81 countries in their forthcoming winter flight schedules, a marginal expansion of services which includes at least one new destination, the Russian resort city of Sochi on the Black Sea.

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The carrier will deploy the new, slimline seats on hundreds of aircraft that fly within the United States, Canada, Central America and the Caribbean.

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On August 10, Lufthansa Group is commemorating the 75th anniversary of the first non-stop transatlantic flight of a land-based passenger aircraft to New York. A Focke-Wulf Fw 200 Condor of the original Deutsche Lufthansa landed at New York’s Floyd Bennett Field on August 11, 1938, nearly 25 hours after taking off from Berlin Tempelhof

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The carrier expects its new lie-flat seats to debut in the market on new Airbus A321 jets beginning in the second quarter of 2014 on the two most popular non-stop routes in the United States – New York to Los Angeles and New York to San Francisco.

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Together with a new corporate tag-line displayed prominently on its aircraft exteriors, Japanese carrier ANA is introducing new in-flight services and standards in its premium-class cabins from September.

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The Boeing 737-800 with the new split scimitar winglet design ‒ similar to that to be used on the Boeing 737 MAX family ‒ made its first test flight on July 16, from Paine Field in Everett, Washington.

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