United Airlines has placed a new order for 25 Boeing 737-700s, in addition to its January 21 order for 40 of the type. It also will convert 787 orders originally anticipated for delivery in 2020 and beyond into orders for four 777-300ERs and five 787-9s, for delivery beginning in 2017.

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The new concourse extension at Terminal B contains a total of 10 new gates. The gates, numbered from B30 to B39, will be used to serve American Eagle regional jet flights. Meanwhile, Qantas has announced it will replace the 747-400s used on its Sydney-DFW service with Airbus A380s.

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According to Delta, completion of the installations in all its international-service widebodies makes it the only U.S. carrier to offer flat-bed seats and direct aisle access in the business class cabins on all its overseas long-haul flights.

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The journey between San Francisco and London was necessarily long, but BA provides a high level of comfort and a wide range of distractions, and that helped the time, er, fly by.

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Air China is increasing service frequency on its non-stop New York JFK-Beijing service from 7 to 11 round-trips a week on March 31. At the same time, Air China is switching to Boeing 777-300ERs to operate the route, from Boeing 747-400s.

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Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines will begin the new Seattle-Tokyo Haneda service on June 1.

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The last of the 16 Boeing 747-400 widebodies, each with 48 BusinessElite seats, has been retrofitted with full flat-bed seats. It entered scheduled service this week on a flight between Singapore and Tokyo’s Narita airport, before making its way to Atlanta.

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Delta Air Lines plans to expand its international service and customer enhancements at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, offering benefits to its own and Alaska Airlines’ customers as a result of the alliance between the two carriers.

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El Al Israel Airlines passengers can now reserve Economy Class Plus seating for travel as of July 1 on all of the carrier’s Boeing 747-400 jumbos flying between New York (JFK and Newark) and Israel.

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British Airways will begin offering four classes of cabin service on its route from London Heathrow to Moscow from March 25, when the airline introduces a daily Boeing 747-400 flight on the route, and two daily flights by Boeing 767-300ERs operated by its long-haul division.

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Our reviewer found some things to like about United Airlines’ BusinessFirst service on a round trip between San Francisco and Sydney. But while the in-flight service was fair and the flat-bed seat good, the reviewer found the service in the United Club lounge at SFO’s International Terminal to be poor.

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Singapore Airlines will operate a special commemorative round-trip between Singapore and Hong Kong on April 6, 2012 to mark the retirement of the Boeing 747 from the carrier’s passenger fleet after nearly four decades of service.

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Qantas Airways will grow its DFW service incrementally, initially expanding to six flights a week from January 12 and with the airline planning to add a seventh weekly flight by July 12.

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United Continental Holdings says it will invest more than $500 million dollars in its on-board service product in addition to the 25 new aircraft – among them some Boeing 787s – that the airline will introduce to its fleet next year.

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The twice-weekly service will begin on June 12, 2012 and Virgin Atlantic Airways expects up to 94,000 customers to travel between London and Cancun in the first year.

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Cargo carrier Atlas Air has been approved by the U.S. Department of Defense to operate passenger charter services for U.S. military personnel, complementing the carrier’s long-time status as an operator of military cargo-charter flights.

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Australia’s Qantas Airways will begin nonstop service from Sydney to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) with four flights a week starting on May 16, 2011.

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Air China will launch a second daily nonstop round-trip between Los Angeles and Beijing on September 1, operating the flight with a Boeing 747-400.

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Transaero is operating three-times-weekly service on the New York-Moscow route, which it launches on October 29; and twice-weekly service on the Miami-Moscow route, which Transaero begins serving on October 27.

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