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Singapore Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-900, becoming the fifth operator of an A350 XWB widebody airliner.

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Airberlin will fly four round-trips a week between its main long-haul hub at Düsseldorf Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth, with 298-seat Airbus A330-200s.

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With the transfer of the Düsseldorf–Zurich route this week, Lufthansa Group has completed transferring all of Lufthansa’s short-haul, non-hub routes within Germany and Europe from the mainline Lufthansa operation to Germanwings, the group’s lower-cost subsidiary.

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All Nippon Airways will launch daily services between Tokyo Haneda Airport and Munich and between Tokyo Narita and Düsseldorf on March 30. It will also add a daily daytime flight on its existing route between Haneda and Frankfurt Airport. However, ANA is dropping its services to Tokyo Narita from Frankfurt and Munich, to codeshare on Lufthansa’s flights instead.

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Together, Lufthansa and fast-growing low-cost subsidiary Germanwings will serve 211 destinations in 81 countries in their forthcoming winter flight schedules, a marginal expansion of services which includes at least one new destination, the Russian resort city of Sochi on the Black Sea.

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In its 2013-2014 winter schedule Airberlin is increasing the frequency of flights on its routes from New York to Berlin and Dusseldorf and from Miami and Fort Myers to Dusseldorf.

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American Airlines plans to launch service to new markets in Asia, Europe and Latin America in 2013. On February 14, American will also add four new domestic routes, through its regional-airline affiliates American Eagle and ExpressJet.

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Air Berlin launched twice-weekly Dusseldorf-Las Vegas service on May 10, and thrice-weekly Berlin-Los Angeles service on May 11. It will also upgrade its seasonal Dusseldorf-Los Angeles service to year-round and is upping its Dusseldorf-Miami schedule from four to six round-trips weekly.

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