After threatening to replace Finncomm Airlines with Flybe as its domestic feeder-route partner, Finnair has agreed a new deal with Fincomm for the coming winter season and has reached a preliminary agreement to buy a 20 per cent minority stake in the regional carrier.

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The airline will operate the service with 19-seat Beech 1900D turboprops under Gulfstream’s ‘Continental Connection’ affiliation with Continental Airlines.

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Star Alliance partners Continental Airlines and Brussels Airlines are to codeshare on Continental’s transatlantic flights between New York and Brussels, as well as on selected flights operated by each carrier on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Icelandair, Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air have entered into a new codeshare agreement and will also launch a reciprocal frequent-flyer partnership.

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From August 1, JAL will put its ‘JL’ flight prefix on flights operated by Finnair between Helsinki and seven additional European cities.

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Delta Air Lines and Brazil’s GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes have launched an agreement to offer members of Delta’s SkyMiles and GOL’s SMILES frequent flyer programs the ability to earn miles on all flights operated by each carrier.

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Star Alliance members Continental Airlines and TAM Airlines begin codesharing on routes within Brazil, within the United States and between Brazil and the U.S. on July 1.

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Regional airline Cape Air is continuing to expand its American Airlines-affiliated route network in the U.S. Midwest by launching three-times daily service between Kirksville Municipal Airport, Missouri and Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in mid-September.

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Southwest Airlines is terminating its long-planned codeshare agreement with WestJet, after the Canadian low-cost airline decided to cut a separate deal with Delta Air Lines covering both codesharing and the proposed transfer of slots from Delta to WestJet at New York LaGuardia Airport.

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GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes and Delta Air Lines have asked the Brazilian and U.S. authorities for permission to launch a codeshare agreement, and are planning to link their frequent flyer programs.

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Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has begun serving Japan with the launch of service to Nagoya and will begin flying to Tokyo in March.

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TAM and LAN Argentina are expanding their existing flight codeshare agreement to offer more convenience to passengers traveling between Brazil and Argentina.

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Delta Air Lines and Australia’s Virgin Blue Airlines Group will begin codesharing on four of Delta’s flights in January 2010. Codesharing between the two airlines begins on two of Virgin Blue’s flights in February.

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Brazil’s GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes and Spanish airline Iberia have signed a code-share agreement. The companies say they are also evaluating the possibility of linking their frequent flyer programs, GOL’s SMILES and Iberia’s Plus.

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Aegean Airlines and UK carrier BMI have signed a commercial co-operation deal that includes codesharing on the Athens-London route.

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Brazil’s GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes and Mexican airline AeroMexico have signed a codeshare agreement.

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Star Alliance members Air China and All Nippon Airways will begin codesharing on flights operated by both airlines between Beijing Capital International Airport and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport from October 25.

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Dubai-based Emirates, and Virgin Blue Group’s new international airline V Australia are beginning a codeshare partnership on the trans-Tasman route between Australia and New Zealand on October 25.

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Lufthansa and JetBlue Airways have signed a codeshare agreement that envisages JetBlue placing Lufthansa’s ‘LH’ flight code on its flights.

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