For its 2012-13 northern winter operating season, Singapore Airlines will stop flying Airbus A380s to New York JFK but will offer A380 service to San Francisco for the first time.

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Ho Chi Minh City will become Etihad Airways’ sixth destination within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations region, joining Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, and Singapore.

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Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways will add Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, to its rapidly growing network in November and will also launch service from its hub to the Indian city of Ahmedabad in the same month.

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Etihad Airways plans to launch non-stop daily service between Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates and Washington, D.C.on March 31, 2013, subject to receiving regulatory approvals.

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Singapore Airlines is adjusting service frequencies to various destinations during its northern summer operating season from March 25 to October 27, in order to match capacity to prevailing demand for travel.

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Etihad Airways’ inaugural flight to the Indian Ocean island nation of the Seychelles touched down at Seychelles International Airport on Mahé on the afternoon of November 2. The carrier began daily service between Abu Dhabi and Malé, the capital of the Maldives, the previous day.

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The new service, scheduled to begin on March 1 2012, will make Shanghai Etihad Airways’ 70th global destination.

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Etihad Airways plans to launch services to Chengdu in southwest China from December 15, subject to government approval. The airline will connect Chengdu to its hub and home base in Abu Dhabi with four non-stop round-trips each week.

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Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways plans to launch service to Mahé in the Republic of Seychelles on November 1, subject to government approval. The airline will operate four round-trips each week.

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Etihad Airways has unveiled a special ‘Visit Abu Dhabi in 2011’ color scheme on a newly delivered Airbus A330-300 as part of the airline’s new ‘Essential Abu Dhabi’ marketing campaign.

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has granted authorization for an alliance between Etihad Airways and the Virgin Blue Group of Airlines for five years. The authorization allows the airlines to cooperate on joint pricing and scheduling of services across their respective networks.

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The carrier will introduce 412-seat, two-class 777-300ERs on its three-times-weekly Abu Dhabi-Chicago service in August in place of the three-class, 240-seat Airbus A340-500s and 284-seat A340-600s it now uses.

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Virgin Blue Holdings and Etihad Airways are establishing a commercial partnership which will enable Virgin Blue’s international arm, V Australia, to launch direct services to Abu Dhabi in 2011 and which will allow the two airlines to offer a joint network of more than 100 destinations from October 1 this year.

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Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is beginning daily service to South Korea’s capital Seoul on December 12. Seoul will become the 65th destination on Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways’ network.

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Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has begun serving Japan with the launch of service to Nagoya and will begin flying to Tokyo in March.

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The Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, is hosting the second Abu Dhabi Dragon Boat Festival on October 9 and 10, in association with the Adrenaline Sports Live Festival, presented by Rani.

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