Lufthansa has announced that its first 10 Airbus A350-900s will be based at Munich Airport, the airline’s second-largest hub, and will begin operating long-haul commercial services from there in January 2017.

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South African Airways will launch non-stop service between Washington Dulles International Airport and Accra’s Kotoka International Airport on August 3. The new service will be the only non-stop flight between Washington D.C. and Ghana.

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In November, subject to government approval, the airline plans to replace the Airbus A340-600 aircraft with which it is initially serving the Chicago-Beijing route with new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners.

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As part of its new “Transformation Plan” to reduce operating costs and increase revenues, Iberia plans to optimize its route network in 2013. The route network changes mean that this summer Iberia will introduce more capacity to the U.S cities it serves from Madrid.

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The new three-times-weekly service will be South African Airways’ first-ever service to China. SAA will operate the flights with Airbus A340-600s.

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Etihad Airways is installing new advanced technology on its long-haul aircraft that can monitor the condition of passengers who display signs of illness that might require immediate medical attention.

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