Nigerian carrier Arik Air has placed the first dual-class Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen configured with three-abreast business-class seating into service in West Africa. Arik Air will use the CRJ1000 NextGen to increase service on its most popular business routes in West Africa.

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A day before its delivery flight, I went onboard Air New Zealand’s first Boeing 787-9 – the first 787-9 delivered to any customer and also the first long-haul jet painted in Air New Zealand’s glossy black ‘All Black’ theme livery – to see for myself the innovative new cabin-interior features the airline had installed.

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From April 1, Finnair will dedicate aircraft with flat-bed seats in Business Class to flights to Tokyo and New York, and from May 1 to Beijing and Seoul. From June 1, Finnair will also offer flat-bed seats on its routes from Helsinki to Hanoi, Hong Kong, Nagoya, Osaka and Shanghai.

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Once the flying public regains confidence in the 787, ANA’s embrace of the new-generation aircraft may come to be seen as a smart move. It’s a very beautiful, comfortable plane.

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The new aircraft will start flying the Mumbai-Brussels route on December 22, according to Jet Airways. A second new Airbus A330-300 will be delivered later this month, with two more arriving in 2013.

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From the information British Airways provides, it is clear the airline’s Boeing 787-8s in particular will not provide the same levels of personal space in their business class cabins as do some of BA’s European rivals in the business class cabins of their long-haul widebodies.

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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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The aircraft will be the first Boeing Sky Interior-equipped Boeing 737-800 operated by a Mexican airline, according to AeroMexico.

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In the first phase of the project, Japan Airlines will introduce a sweeping change called JAL Sky Suite 777 to the seat designs in every cabin class on 13 of its Boeing 777-300ER widebodies. The JAL Sky Suite 777 service will be indicated in JAL’s flight timetables as ‘SS7’.

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JAL will start refitting 13 of its flagship Boeing 777-300ERs with new seats; eight new seats in First, 49 in Business, 40 in Premium Economy and 135 in Economy Class. Subsequently, JAL will introduce the latest seats on its Boeing 767-300ERs, beginning in the second half of 2013.

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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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Qatar Airways has unveiled new Business Class seats and Economy Class seats for its Boeing 787s at the International Travel Bourse in Berlin, as well as a revamped in-flight entertainment system which will feature in the airline’s new aircraft type.

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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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Japan Airlines will put into service a new international executive-class seat, the JAL Sky Recliner, when it takes delivery of four new Boeing 767-300ERs from this month. The new 767s are also equipped with MAGIC V, the newly updated, most advanced version of JAL’s in-flight entertainment system.

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