Star Alliance member Lufthansa will operate five round-trips a week on the route, using Airbus A340-300s offering Business Class, Premium Economy and Economy seating.

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The arrival of a Boeing 777-300ER at New York JFK early on March 16 heralded the return of Philippine Airlines service to New York City, 18 years after the carrier ended its brief and unsuccessful first attempt to serve America’s largest metropolitan area.

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Lufthansa is introducing a three-tier Economy Class fare structure this autumn for all its flights within Europe. The airline is calling its three intra-Europe Economy fare tiers Light, Classic and Flex.

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Swiss International Air Lines will begin operating a second daily Zurich-Chicago O’Hare round-trip at the end of May and will introduce a six-times-weekly second service between Zurich and San Francisco from July 5.

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On November 16, Lufthansa will begin serving Panama City five times a week using Airbus A340-300 widebodies, each configured to seat 298 passengers for use by its leisure market-oriented ‘Jump’ operation.

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From December 2015 until April 2016, Jump will operate twice-weekly, Lufthansa-branded A340-300 services linking Frankfurt Airport with Cancún in Mexico, Malé in the Maldives and Mauritius.

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Finnair has converted its eight A350 options into a firm order, increasing its firm A350-900 buy to 19 aircraft. At Airbus list prices, the value of the eight A350-900s “would be approximately €1.9 billion” ($2.34 billion), according to Finnair, which is unlikely to be paying anywhere near that much.

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Lufthansa German Airlines expects to put forward to its supervisory board in December a business plan to create a non-Lufthansa-branded, long-haul, low-cost carrier which would operate a fleet of leased Airbus A330-200s, each configured to seat approximately 300 passengers.

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From April 1, Finnair will dedicate aircraft with flat-bed seats in Business Class to flights to Tokyo and New York, and from May 1 to Beijing and Seoul. From June 1, Finnair will also offer flat-bed seats on its routes from Helsinki to Hanoi, Hong Kong, Nagoya, Osaka and Shanghai.

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Scandinavian Airlines President and Chief Executive Officer Rickard Gustafson recently flew to San Francisco on SAS’ new Copenhagen-San Francisco service. The dual purpose of his trip: to promote the route and demonstrate the carrier’s determination to grow, even in challenging times.

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Lufthansa Group’s supervisory board has approved orders for 100 Airbus A320-family aircraft and two A380s, as well as six Boeing 777-300ERs – the Boeing widebodies being destined for Lufthansa Group subsidiary Swiss International Air Lines.

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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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From spring 2013 all Finnair aircraft will feature a ‘Marimekko for Finnair’ collection of textiles and tableware, featuring Marimekko’s classic patterns. The Marimekko for Finnair collection is designed to add a new dimension to the onboard experience and lighten the airline’s carbon footprint.

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Scandinavian Airlines is expanding its network to North America by launching non-stop service between Copenhagen and San Francisco on Monday, April 8, 2013. Additionally, from a week earlier, SAS is adding another three flights a week on its existing Newark-Copenhagen route.

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Already rated by the Carbon Disclosure Project as the world’s top airline for sustainability practices and open-disclosure reporting, Finnair is intensifying its sustainability efforts. The intensified focus comes as Finnair increasingly brands itself an “ecosmart” airline.

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According to Finnair, the new route is a logical next step in the carrier’s strategy of offering the shortest connections between Asia and Europe via Helsinki. Finnair says it is the first carrier to open a direct flight route between Europe and Chongqing.

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To maximize passenger comfort, choice and productivity, Swiss International Air Lines has created a Business Class cabin configuration in which alternate seat rows have a 1-2-1 configuration and a 2-2-1 configuration. This means, importantly, that there are only five seats in the cabin which don’t have direct access to an aisle.

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Swiss International Air Lines is set to complete a re-branding exercise. This is meant not only to emphasize its close association with Switzerland and the country’s core national values, but also to remove any lingering impressions of Swiss cliché associated with the branding of predecessor national carrier Swissair.

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Virgin Atlantic Airways is launching a new, four-times-weekly seasonal route between Vancouver and London Heathrow Airport in May 2012 and in March 2012 is launching a second service between London Heathrow and San Francisco, operating three times a week.

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