In September, passengers traveling on select flights between Singapore and London will be the first to experience the new cabin products, installed in SIA’s First, Business and Economy classes. Singapore Airlines will roll out the new seats and KrisWorld in-flight entertainment system to other routes as additional new aircraft enter service.

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Christian Kjelgaard, the founder and editor of www.AirlinesAndDestinations.com and its associated Facebook page and Twitter account, is the featured guest on the Internet radio program Travel Itch Radio on June 27. Visitors to AirlinesAndDestinations.com may catch the episode live on June 27, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. EDT or listen afterwards to the recorded show.

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Airbus powered up the Trent XWB engines on the first flight-test A350 XWB on June 2 after starting up the aircraft’s auxiliary power unit (APU), as part of the preparations for the aircraft’s maiden flight.

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The JAL Business Class cabin in each refurbished Boeing 767-300ER will be fitted with 24 new JAL Sky Suite II seats, each designed to recline 180 degrees into a fully flat bed. Each 767 will also have a total of 175 Sky Wider economy-class seats, arranged in a 2-3-2 configuration.

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Once the flying public regains confidence in the 787, ANA’s embrace of the new-generation aircraft may come to be seen as a smart move. It’s a very beautiful, comfortable plane.

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China Eastern Airlines has taken delivery of its first A320 equipped with Sharklet fuel-saving wing-tip devices, becoming the first Chinese carrier to do so. The aircraft is also the first Sharklet-equipped Airbus A320 assembled and delivered at the Airbus Final Assembly Line in Tianjin.

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According to a new Harris Poll, most Americans who fly at least once a year would be willing to pay for extra legroom on a flight of three hours or more and over half would be willing to pay more to avoid sitting in a middle seat on a flight of the same length ‒ as long as the additional fee is $50 or less.

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United now offers live television on most of its Boeing 737NG aircraft and on many of its Boeing 757-300 jets.

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Cision, a major provider of publicity services, PR software and owner of the United States’ best-known database of media outlets, has ranked www.AirlinesAndDestinations.com among the top 50 travel blogs based in North America.

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Air Astana, Kazakhstan’s flag carrier, has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320 equipped with Sharklet fuel-saving wing-tip devices. The airline becomes the first in Central Asia to receive an Airbus A320-family jet with Sharklets.

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Alaska Airlines is installing in most of its Boeing 737NG aircraft new Recaro seats like those in its new 737-900ERs, allowing the carrier to add more seats in each aircraft’s cabin while providing the same amount of personal space for each passenger in each aircraft as they have now.

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The Federal Aviation Administration has approved Boeing’s design for modifications to the 787 battery system, a key step in returning the grounded Boeing widebody type to service.

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When a passenger does this, other passengers on the flight will be able to see that passenger’s Facebook profile. In turn, the Facebook-linking passenger will be able to see others who have linked their Facebook profiles when checking in for the same flight and where those other passengers are seated.

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Successful completion of each step within the plan will result in the FAA’s approval to resume commercial Boeing 787 flights, according to the manufacturer, but Boeing does not say how long it expects the process to take.

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German flag carrier Lufthansa has taken delivery at the Airbus A320 final-assembly line in Hamburg of its first Airbus A320 equipped with Sharklets. The airline will receive 21 more new A320-family aircraft equipped with Sharklets by 2015.

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JetBlue Airways has signed a letter of intent with Airbus to acquire 110 ship-sets of Sharklets to retrofit the airline’s in-service A320s. The LOI makes JetBlue Airways the first airline in the world to decide to retrofit its existing fleet of Airbus A320-family jets with drag-reducing Sharklets.

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Once installation is completed by autumn 2014, all of Finnair’s long-haul Airbus fleet will have flat-bed seats in Business Class, with the exception of three older Airbus A340-300s. These three aircraft will be the first to leave the fleet when Finnair starts receiving new A350-900s in 2015.

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The two new options allow more flexibility and increase the number of seats which can be installed, for the same comfort standard, according to Airbus. In addition, the new options raise the Airbus A321neo’s maximum exit limit beyond 220 seats, to as many as 236.

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The stylish fledgling carrier has earned customer loyalty from many travelers who have flown it, especially frequent fliers fatigued and frustrated by the vexations of U.S. domestic air travel.

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