As the take-off delay on a September 2 KLM flight from Shanghai to Amsterdam grew to an hour, members of the Amsterdam Sinfonietta string orchestra traveling on the Boeing 747-400 decided they could do something to make the time pass more quickly for everyone on board.

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Delta Air Lines is planning to equip each of its 16 Boeing 747-400s between summer 2011 and 2012 with new fully horizontal flat-bed seats in their BusinessElite cabins and with new Economy-class seats featuring personal, on-demand entertainment, increased personal space and added under-seat storage.

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British Airways is helping travelers celebrate the 75th anniversary of Newcastle International Airport with a £1 round-trip fare, plus taxes, fees and charges, on its flights between Newcastle and London Heathrow.

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Delta Air Lines has announced the schedules for its new daily, year-round flights between Tokyo’s near-downtown Haneda International Airport and Detroit and Los Angeles.

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Virgin Atlantic Airways plans to launch twice-weekly nonstop flights from Manchester in the UK to Las Vegas on April 3, 2011.

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Delta Air Lines says it will invest $1 billion, or about $300 million per year, through mid-2013 to improve customer experience in the air and on the ground ― and also to improve the fuel efficiency of more than 170 aircraft in its fleet.

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