Delta Air Lines plans to begin daily non-stop service between Los Angeles International Airport and Beijing Capital International Airport on December 16, pending U.S. Department of Transportation and Chinese government approval.

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Air China will extend its existing Beijing-Montreal service on to Havana on a one-stop basis from December 27.

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Star Alliance member Air China says it is adding the four-times-weekly Bejing-Newark service to its existing twice-daily Beijing-New York JFK service “in order to further meet the buoyant demand for air travel between China and the United States”.

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Finnair’s first Airbus A350-900 will start long-haul service on November 21, when the aircraft flies from Helsinki to Shanghai.

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Air China will launch three-times-weekly Beijing-Montreal non-stop service on September 29. According to Air China, the new route will represent the world’s first transpacific non-stop service between Asia and Montreal.

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On October 25, Japan Airlines will launch new daily services from Tokyo Haneda Airport to Guangzhou and Shanghai and will add a second daily round-trip from Haneda to Beijing. However, on the same day it will drop its Tokyo Narita-Guangzhou service and one of two daily Narita-Beijing round-trips.

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Air China will create the first direct transpacific link between Asia and Montréal when it launches non-stop service between Beijing and Montréal on September 29. Air Canada and Air China intend subsequently to form a revenue-sharing joint venture for their flights between China and Canada.

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Finnair has begun selling tickets for its first long-haul services with the Airbus A350-900 and reveals its first long-haul destination with the type will be Shanghai. It has also detailed a series of shorter, intra-Europe A350-900 commercial flights it will operate in October before serving Shanghai.

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Air China has announced two moves which would considerably increase its presence on routes between China and the two largest nations of Australasia, Australia and New Zealand.

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According to Air China, its new four-times-weekly service starting on May 1 will represent the only direct route linking China with Belarus and Hungary.

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Hainan Airlines plans to launch three new routes between the United States and China in June and increase service frequency on three of its existing China-U.S. routes, as part of a planned large-scale expansion in the Chinese carrier’s service to North America.

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American Airlines is launching daily service between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Beijing Capital International Airport on May 7.

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The airline’s new Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental fleet made its debut on the Beijing-New York route on January 7, when flight CA981 landed at New York JFK in the early afternoon.

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The proposed alliance between the two national flag carriers and Star Alliance partners would see Air China operate a new direct Beijing-Auckland service, in addition to Air New Zealand continuing its existing Shanghai-Auckland service.

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Air Canada will expand use of its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet from Vancouver International Airport in early 2015, introducing the type on its routes to Beijing and Seoul from the British Columbia city.

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American Airlines has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation for the right to operate new service from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to Beijing Capital International Airport beginning next summer.

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Star Alliance member Air China will operate the service, using the flight numbers CA841 outbound and CA842 inbound, from Beijing Capital International Airport on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.

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The aircraft upgrade means that as of February 11, Air China will be operating Boeing 777-300ER jets on all its routes to destinations in the continental United States ‒ San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and Houston.

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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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