United Airlines plans to launch year-round and seasonal service on several new international and domestic routes, including new, daily transpacific and transatlantic flights from San Francisco, its largest Pacific gateway.

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American Airlines is resuming service between New York JFK and Tokyo’s near-downtown Haneda Airport on June 1. It briefly flew between JFK and Haneda from February 18, 2011, but suspended the service when demand for travel to Japan subsided following Japan’s March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

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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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American Airlines has decided to redesign and refresh the interiors of its international widebody aircraft – a move which the carrier says will mean it investing several hundred million dollars per year in enhancements to its passengers’ in-flight experience.

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British Airways has completed refurbishing the first of 18 Boeing 777-200ERs with the same new First, World Traveller economy and World Traveller Plus cabin interiors and new Thales in-flight entertainment system that are installed on BA’s six new Boeing 777-300ERs.

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United Airlines plans to launch daily service between its Washington Dulles hub and Qatar’s capital Doha, via Dubai, on May 1, 2012.

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Coninental Airlines is inaugurating on November 16 the first daily scheduled passenger service between Texas and Africa, with a new nonstop flight between Houston and Lagos in Nigeria. Continental is operating the service with Boeing 777-200ERs.

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The last of Delta Air Lines’ 18 Boeing 777s, each with 45 BusinessElite seats per aircraft, and all 21 Boeing 767-400ERs – each of which has 40 BusinessElite seats – have been retrofitted with full flat-bed seats. Each seat includes direct aisle access.

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Thai Airways International is launching non-stop service between Bangkok and Brussels Airport on November 17. The airline will become the only Southeast Asian carrier to operate direct flights between Belgium and Thailand.

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Aeroflot Russian Airlines has revealed it is the customer for six Boeing 777-300ERs and two Boeing 777-200ERs which were previously attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries website.

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Eight of the 777-200ERs feature Saudi Arabian Airlines’ new Business Market configuration with 24 first class, 38 business class and 170 economy class seats. The remaining 14 aircraft under modification are in a new ‘High Density’ configuration which accommodates 14 business-class and 327 economy-class seats.

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The carrier launches the new service on February 18 from New York John F. Kennedy International Airport and on February 20 performs the first return flight from Haneda.

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Continental Airlines is inaugurating a fifth daily flight from its New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport to London Heathrow Airport on October 30.

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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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United Airlines has applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation for authority to begin daily nonstop service between the airline’s Los Angeles hub and Shanghai, starting on May 20, 2011.

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British Airways will operate the service daily from June 1, 2011 between London Heathrow Airport and San Diego International Airport using Boeing 777-200ERs configured to offer three classes of service.

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American Airlines has applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation to launch nonstop service from Los Angeles International Airport to Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, China on April 5, 2011.

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American Airlines has been awarded final approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation to operate daily, year-round, nonstop service between New York John F. Kennedy International Airport and Haneda International Airport near downtown Tokyo, connecting two of the world’s principal financial centers.

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Continental Airlines is planning to launch nonstop flights between Newark Liberty International Airport and Cairo International Airport, Egypt, beginning May 18, 2011, subject to government approval.

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